Collabora & DWave Systems: a success story

D-Wave Systems is the world’s first quantum computing company and the leader in the development and delivery of quantum computing systems and software. D-Wave’s mission is to unlock the power of quantum computing and solve the world’s most challenging problems.

Quantum computing, however, has a learning curve. Edward (Denny) Dahl, Principal Research Scientist, and lead trainer visit customer sites to conduct training classes for customers. He travels to customer locations to set up training environments for students. You might think that quantum computing needs equally complicated tools for training. But that’s not the case. One of the tools in Dahl’s toolbox is a simple spreadsheet that he uses to guide students through a sequence of models of a very simple quantum computer. Dahl wants to ensure that his tool is platform agnostic, as customers use heterogeneous environments, including Windows, macOS, and Linux. Not every spreadsheet program is compatible with all these platforms.

The good news is that LibreOffice is a fully open source project. Anyone can add the features they need. But it does mean a lot of work. It needs in-house resources and expertise. In many cases, that turns out to be counterproductive and more expensive. That’s where Collabora, as a company, enters the picture. We make it extremely easy for customers like D-Wave to work with us and implement the features and functionalities they need.

We provided source code (VBA) to Collabora with the requirement that the Calc program should be extended to handle the VBA,” said Dahl “Collabora’s ability to extend the underlying VBA meant that the same spreadsheet could run under both Excel & LibreOffice. It meant that D-Wave did not have to maintain two separate VBA code bases, which was the deciding factor to go with Collabora,

The winner of their choice was Collabora Productivity as our LibreOffice-based solution met all of his requirements. Collabora enabled D-Wave to support the heterogeneous environment his customers were running and democratized his tool. With Collabora, D-Wave is able to go beyond laptops and run the tool anywhere, including public and private cloud.

Further information

To read more details about the success story, check out the case study document we have published.

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If you want to collaborate with us and publish a case study together please contact us at hello@collaboraoffice.com.

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Nextcloud and Collabora bring deeper integration to document collaboration

Integration adds previews, image insertion and sidebar with comments and sharing options

UK and Germany – October 18, 2018 – The Nextcloud and Collabora teams announce they have developed deeper integration, setting the stage for easier and more efficient browser-based collaboration for teams who need to create and share documents, spreadsheets, presentations and more. The improvements allow direct insertion of images from Nextcloud in documents, showing other people who are editing the file and integrating the Nextcloud file sidebar with Collabora Online. The sidebar gives users access to the sharing settings, comments, earlier file versions, and the file activity overview.

These great improvements, and the tighter integration with Collabora Online provides productivity and efficiency benefits for our mutual customers” said Michael Meeks, General Manager at Collabora Productivity. “We look forward to building further on our strong partnership.

These improvements set the stage for further integration. With the ability to start a chat or video call or sent an email to any of the participants in the call, share documents in a publicly shared chat to make it available to all participants and more, organizational borders disappear.

We see daily at customers that being able to seamlessly communicate and get work done on one platform is key to the productivity of modern, interdisciplinary teams” said Frank Karlitschek, CEO of Nextcloud GmbH. “Nextcloud and Collabora deliver on that in an unprecedented way.

The changes are available right now in the app that can be downloaded from the Nextcloud app store, in combination with the latest release of Collabora Online. Further work is planned which will be reflected in future releases later this year.

About Nextcloud

Nextcloud offers the industry-leading, fully open source, self-hosted Content Collaboration Platform, combining the easy user interface of consumer-grade cloud solutions with the security and compliance measures enterprises need. Nextcloud brings together universal access to data through mobile, desktop and web interfaces with next-generation, on-premise secure communication and collaboration features like real-time document editing, chat and video calls, putting them under direct control of IT and integrated with existing infrastructure. Nextcloud’s easy and quick deployment, open, modular architecture and emphasis on security and advanced federation capabilities enable modern enterprises to leverage their existing file storage assets within and across the borders of their organization. For more information, visit https://nextcloud.com or follow @Nextclouders on Twitter.

About Collabora Productivity:

Collabora Productivity is the driving force behind putting LibreOffice in the Cloud, providing a range of products and consulting to enterprise and government. Powered by the largest team of certified LibreOffice engineers in the world, it is a leading contributor to the LibreOffice codebase and community. Collabora Office for Desktop and Collabora Online provide a business-hardened office suite with long-term, multi-platform support. Collabora Productivity is a division of Collabora, the global software consultancy dedicated to providing the benefits of Open Source to the commercial world, specializing in mobile, automotive and consumer electronics industries. For more information, visit www.collaboraoffice.com or follow @CollaboraOffice on Twitter.

Screenshots

Inserting an image that is stored on Nextcloud into the document.
Users can now click the share icon in the top bar and get the sharing side bar.
The sharing sidebar also allows commenting on files, viewing older versions and the file activities.
Two users are collaborating with the file owner.
Nextcloud allows users to click each users’ avatar to immediately contact them.

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Kolab Systems using Collabora Online

Kolab Systems AG is an Open Source Independent Software Vendor (ISV) developing, maintaining, supporting and providing a wide range of services around the Kolab Groupware Solution. Collabora Online is available as an integrated component in Kolab. The integration of Collabora Online into Kolab allow users to compose text documents, fill in spreadsheets, and design presentations together, even when in different locations from each other.

Kolab integrates the collaborative editing of office documents through its file cloud and integrates the use of third-party file cloud solutions with collaborative editing through Collabora
Online,
” said Jeroen van Meeuwen, CTO, Kolab Systems AG.

As a result of our collaboration, Kolab systems customers get a fully-featured, Open Source, integrated solution for collaboration. Kolab and Collabora being Open Source help customers customize the solution where it needs to fit their needs, rather than adapting their needs to the solution provided.

Further information

To read more details on the integration of Collabora Online into Kolab, why they chose us etc, please check out the success story we have published.

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Collabora Office 6.0 – The Migrator’s Choice

Cambridge, June 13, 2018 – Today we release Collabora Office 6.0 with great new features to smooth our customer’s migration to an Open Source office suite with associated cost savings – as well as adding a large set of features and enhancements.

Migration – New Line of Business Interoperability

Tooling Large enterprises are often infested by legacy line of business applications from small – a parking ticket solution, to large – eg. a complex patient record system. This legacy, un-documented often un-supported solutions can tie some groups of users in an enterprise to the deep past. With Collabora Office 6.0 we’ve created a great new interoperability tool: COLEAT that lets Collabora Office 6.0 act as a drop-in replacement via our compatibility APIs. We also implement a tracing tool to allow easy troubleshooting, allowing us to extend those APIs to cover new tools and users. This is critical to unblocking estates of stranded users. This complements our work to extend our VBA macro interoperability making many more macro driven documents work out of the box.

Migration – Manageability and Interoperability

We’ve been listening to our partners and customers, supporting them through their migrations and working hard to improve things for everyone migrating. This release for the first time brings together a large set of functionality. From deeper Sharepoint support with Excel Web-Query (iqy) file import and ADO recordsets, to significantly deepened interoperability with Microsoft file formats, to smooth migration of complex AutoTexts – we have worked hard, with the community to deliver smoother more effective migrations. For admins deploying and managing large estates of Windows computers – in addition to providing easy to deploy MSP patches, we have significantly improved our ADMX lock-down for Group Policy configuration, allowing granular file-filter management, as well as improving our Active Directory integration to easily identify users for hassle-free change tracking.

Migration – Support & Open Source improvement

Collabora is privileged to work with so many great contributors to the LibreOffice project and appreciates all the amazing work done by so many that is also included into Collabora Office 6.0. This, our annual release, contains much work that was contributed to LibreOffice 5.4 and then 6.0. These cover all manner of areas from significantly improved Enhanced Metafile Format (EMF+) rendering, to initial import filters for QuarkXPress, along with a new export filter we created to produce EPUB3 from Writer.

Complete list of updates

Check out the complete list of updates in the 6.0 release page.

Collabora Office 6.0 release notes

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CiviHosting to offer Collabora Online as a service

Cambridge, United Kingdom – March 22, 2018 – Collabora Productivity, the driving force behind putting LibreOffice in the Cloud, and CiviHosting, an established full-service hosting firm based in the USA with a strong focus on security, are proud to announce a partnership to offer Collabora Online.

Collabora Online is a powerful LibreOffice-based online office suite with excellent support for all major office file formats, and includes key features such as collaborative editing, Long Term Support and signed security updates. With Collabora Online, SLA Documents, spreadsheets and presentations can be edited right from the web browser, with no need to download any add-on or plugin.

Collabora is delighted to partner with CiviHosting” said Michael Meeks, General Manager at Collabora Productivity. “We are excited about their focus on customer satisfaction, and look forward to integrate Collabora Online into their cloud service.

Collabora has done impressive work developing Collabora Online” said David Feldman, Communications Manager of CiviHosting. “It’s exactly what our customers need: a powerful online office suite that allows them to access and edit their office files, while respecting their privacy.

For more information, please mail to sales@civihosting.com or sales@collaboraoffice.com.

About Collabora Productivity:
Collabora Productivity is the driving force behind putting LibreOffice in the Cloud, providing a range of products and consulting to enterprise and government. Powered by the largest team of certified LibreOffice engineers in the world, it is a leading contributor to the LibreOffice codebase and community. Collabora Office for Desktop and Collabora Online provide a business-hardened office suite with long-term, multi-platform support. Collabora Productivity is a division of Collabora, the global software consultancy dedicated to providing the benefits of Open Source to the commercial world, specialising in mobile, automotive and consumer electronics industries. For more information, visit www.collaboraoffice.com or follow @CollaboraOffice on Twitter.

About CiviHosting:
CiviHosting is an established, full-service hosting firm based in the USA with a strong focus on security. With shared, VPS and dedicated server solutions in both Europe and the US, CiviHosting provides services to a wide range of clients from small businesses to large Universities. Their hosting includes daily backups and a 24/7 Support Team. For more details about their Collabora Online hosting services, visit: https://civihosting.com/collabora-online-hosting/

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