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.

Check out the success story with DWave Systems

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

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LibreOffice Conference in Tirana, Albania!

This year the LibreOffice Conference was held in Tirana, Albania from September 25 to September 28, 2018. As a tradition, all our team was there and gave several talks.

Sept. 25th: Tuesday – Team building day

The special Collabora team-building event happened just before the LibreOffice Conference, on Tuesday, September 25, 2018! In the sunny city of Tirana, we played an exciting Stand-up paddling game, learned more about the history of Albania by visiting the National Museum and then we had a relaxing lunch in a traditional restaurant in Tirana.

Sept. 26th: Wednesday – First day

The first day of the LibreOffice conference started! Marina Latini and Italo Vignoli welcomed us at this edition of LibOCon, three days full of interesting presentations. Also, we had the mayor of Tirana, Erion Veliaj, who gave a warm welcome to everyone at the city of Tirana. He shared the progress done by the Municipality of Tirana by implementing open source software.

We are thrilled to be the largest code-committer this year (with 5302 code commits), alongside Red Hat and the community!

Collabora was again this year a proud sponsor of the conference and Michael had a presentation regarding the involvement Collabora has with LibreOffice! 🙂

From Collabora Productivity team Luboš had a talk about “Reducing Build Time“, Tor about “Improving LibreOffice as a MSO replacement for Automation and VB Clients“, Tomaž about “Image Handling Rework“, Jan about “New features in the Online since the last conference“, Ashod about “PDFium for better PDF rendering and editing“, Luboš about “Improving Calc parallel calculations“, Mike about “Central Configuration Management for LibreOffice in Windows networks” and the last one was by Tamas about “Database migration in LibreOffice“.

Of course that even this year we couldn’t miss out on handing some really nice swag for the participants! 🙂

In the evening it was the time for the community dinner that took place at Brauhaus. A very lovely evening that we spent enjoying the delicious food under the company of the friendly LibreOffice community. At the end of the dinner, we had a surprise for everyone – we celebrated our 5th anniversary!

Sept. 27th: Thursday – Second day

The second day of the conference started very early and with a lot of energy. On the second day, we had talks from Michael about “Meet the Engineering Steering Committee”, Ashod about “Shrink and Load: Optimizing for speed and footprint“, Michael about “Economics, Marketing & LibreOffice”, Andras about “Level 3 support case studies” and Luboš about “Profiling with Callgrind“.

The HackNight took place on Thursday, from 7 PM, at Destil where we spent the night hacking on LibreOffice and enjoying some pizza!

Sept. 28th: Friday – Third day

Last day of the conference! On the third day of LibOCon our team members Szymon, Miklos, Marco, Jan and Tor had various talks. Szymon had a talk about “Latest improvements in PPTX support“, Miklos about “Editing ReqIF-XHTML fragments with Writer“, Marco about “Adding support for grouping header entries in Calc Online“, Jan about “Async dialog execution – what is that and why it’s needed” and Tor about “Recent Mac-specific bug fixing and possible future Mac-specific work“.

And we came to the end of the conference, celebrating the birthday of LibreOffice and announcing the next city where will be hosted LibOCon!

Even this year LibOCon was a great event. Kudos to the organizing team for their great job!

See you soon in Almeria, Spain!

PS: PS: If you missed LibOCon and you are interested to see the presentations from our team, we have thought about you too! 🙂 You can download all the hybrid PDF files by clicking the button below or one by one through the links in this article. Files are under the following license: Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International.

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“Real Time, Secure Collaboration” presentation at ownCloud Conference 2018

From September 18 until September 21, ownCloud held their annual conference oCCon2018 in Nürnberg, Germany. Participants joined the four days of the conference, hacking, learning and trying out new ideas on the ownCloud platform.

During the ownCloud conference, Collabora Productivity’s General Manager Michael Meeks gave a talk about how Collabora Online integrates into ownCloud. Collabora Online is a powerful LibreOffice-based online office that supports all major document, spreadsheet, and presentation file formats, which is easy to deploy in ownCloud, as a simple extension. Key features are collaborative editing and excellent office file format support.

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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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“Real Time, Secure Collaboration” presentation at Nextcloud Conference 2018

From August 23 until August 30, Nextcloud held their annual conference, including an enterprise day, providing enterprise focused talks about large scale use of Nextcloud, security, scalability, Real Time & Secure Collaboration with Collabora Online, and much more.

During the Enterprise Day, Collabora Productivity’s General Manager Michael Meeks gave a talk about Collabora Online in Nextcloud. Collabora Online is a powerful LibreOffice-based online office that supports all major document, spreadsheet, and presentation file formats, which is easy to deploy in Nextcloud, as a simple extension. Key features are collaborative editing and excellent office file format support.

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