Pointer – Integrating Search

Integrating Search

Welcome to the Jive Connects for Microsoft SharePoint video series. I’m John Underwood, technical evangelist at ThreeWill. In this episode, we’re going to talk about the integration of jive and SharePoint search results.

One of the challenges that we face in an information management system, be it jive or SharePoint, is the ability to find things. I’ve heard people joke that applications like this are sometimes like your grandmother’s attic. You put things in there and they never come out and you never find them again. I think we could say that in both the case of jive and SharePoint, that they both have excellent search facilities. They may present the data in different ways but in the end, they both give users a pretty good chance of finding what they’re looking for. When we begin to bring the connector into that discussion, we want to have an environment where users that primarily live in jive will be able to see search results from both environments and, likewise, users that primarily live in SharePoint would be able to see results from both environments.

Let me take a moment now and show you how that looks. You can see I’m inside of my Acme Corp. Place and within that place, I’m just going to search for some content. I know that I’ve uploaded a coding standards document, so I’ll just type in the key word coding and hit enter. You’ll see on the screen here the results showing that there is, in deed, such a document inside of jive but notice over to the left, because of the presence of the connector, there’s also a set of SharePoint results. If I click on that, that just basically provides me a link back into SharePoint where those particular things are located.

What about our users that spend most of their time in SharePoint? Well, you’ll notice that I’ve navigated to my SharePoint site and then, underneath my top level site, I have a search site. I’ll go in and search for the same term, coding, and you can see that it presents the SharePoint results. In order to afford our SharePoint users the same courtesy that we did with our jive users, we need to have a way to show the jive search results here.

You saw a moment ago in the case of jive, it just automatically presents both but in the case of SharePoint, we actually have to add a web part. You may recall when I did my earlier video on web parts, I talked about the fact that there was a search related web part that we would show later. The way I’m going to do this, well, first I’ll navigate to my search results page without a query string. Then I’ll click on the page tab and choose edit page. Then what I’m going to do is add a web part to the right zone. Obviously, I’ll want to select the jive category. I’ll choose the federated search web part and then click add. Then there’s a couple of options that I’ll want to change here, so I’ll choose edit web part. I’m going to change the title to jive search results. I’m also going to turn off the display search box and display search options. Once I’ve done that, I’ll click okay and then I’ll stop editing.

Now, let’s navigate back to the search page. I’ll search for the term once again and you’ll see not only do we show our search results, but we also show the related jive search results including a hyperlink that will take us directly to that page.

One last thing I need to demonstrate for you and that is using the search web part in another context. For this example, I’m just simply going to navigate back to my top level site. I’m going to go to my site page’s library and I’m going to add a new page. We’ll just call this one jive search.

You saw just a moment ago that I can integrate jive search results within a search center but I can also use that same web part in a more stand-alone mode. If I go to the insert tab and choose web part, once again I’ll go to the jive section and select the federated search web part and then click add. In this example, I’m not going to change any of the properties like I did before. I’ll just go ahead and save and close. What you see now is that the web part includes a search box and some filtering criteria here. Once again, I’ll go ahead and type in coding and press enter. You can see that the results appear. Then if I want, I can refine in different ways.

The point here is just to let you see that this federated search web part can behave in one of two ways. It can behave in sort of a silent fashion where it just simply shows results on a search center page. That’s what I demonstrated first. Then it can also be used as a control on any web page that a user might author, so whatever else a user might put on the site pages that they create they can also provide a facility for showing jive search results.

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Pointer – Controlling Flow of Data

Controlling Flow of Data

John Underwood from ThreeWill here, with another installment of Jive Connects for Microsoft SharePoint. This time, we’re going to learn about controlling the flow of data between SharePoint and Jive.

As you saw in an earlier demonstration, the establishing of a socialization relationship between a SharePoint site and a Jive place is the most common and probably the most powerful way of sharing data across the connector. However, there are often legitimate concerns about this kind of data sharing. After all, if we’re too permissive in the way that we do things, we may actually wind up streaming data into Jive that never should’ve gone there in the first place. What I’m going to show you in the course of this video are several ways that you can manage and control that flow. The first of those happens at the document level. Let’s see a scenario of how we might use this disabling of Jive activity streams for a particular document.

Let’s suppose that you uploaded a document to a library, and that library is participating in a socialization relationship, and you realize that you’ve streamed this data over to Jive when you didn’t really mean to do so. Well, on a document-by-document basis, we actually have an option of blocking that document from the activity stream. You see that on the menu, disable Jive activity streams. Notice this is just going to apply to the individual document, not the entire library. If I choose to disable this particular document from the activity stream, you’ll notice that its Jive status icon changes, indicating that it is no longer being socialized.

If I go over to Jive, we’ll see upon refreshing the screen that that content actually disappears from the Acme Global place. As you can see, we use that feature as end users in order to fix our mistakes. If we accidentally publish something, we can at least go in and rectify the problem. A more proactive and more administrative approach would be to establish certain parameters at the site level. Again, you’ll recall from an earlier demonstration that we set up socialization for a particular site and potentially its sub sites. By reviewing those settings, we can go in and make sure that we’re not over sharing data. Let’s see how that looks.

In order to access the socialization settings for a particular site, simply click on the site actions menu and then navigate to site settings. Obviously, one would need to be logged in with the appropriate privileges in order to be able to access this page. You’ll notice the link in the Jive section named Jive Socialization Settings. Click on that one, and then several things you’ll want to note here: first of all, this lets us confirm that we’ve socialized this site to the correct place over in Jive. Below that, the includes sub sites. This is important to end that if we turn this option on, it has the possibility of greatly increasing the scope of documents that we would be socializing into Jive via the activity stream. Then just below that, the all document libraries option. In most cases, what we want to do is turn that option off, and then below in the list box, specify just the libraries that we wish to socialize.

There are 2 reasons that this is a good practice. Number one: there are going to be certain libraries, such as site pages, that are going to contain data that Jive doesn’t know how to process. Number two: by turning off the all document libraries option and being more specific, we just reduced the likelihood that some piece of data accidentally flows into Jive when we didn’t really intend for it to do so.

The third approach for controlling the flow of data between the environments happens at the farm level. Whenever you install the connector, there’s an option set up in central administration that allows you to establish corporate policies on how data will flow from Jive to SharePoint. As you’ll see in the demo that follows, this is the way that a farm administrator can establish global control to make sure that we’re only sharing the kinds of data from the places that we intend to share from.

I’ve navigated to central administration for my SharePoint farm, and now I’m going to go into the application management section. You’ll notice the link entitled “Corporate Policies for Jive.” I don’t want to overwhelm you with a lot of different options here, so let me just kind of hit the highlights of different options that can be set by a farm administrator in order to control the flow of data. The first of those has to do with the triggering of the vents and the activity stream. In simple terms, we can choose to put an activity stream entry in any time an item is added or an item is updated. In this case, I’ve chosen to do both.

The next thing we can do is make some kind of statement at the SharePoint site level as to whether or not that particular site should be able to participate in activity streams. Notice we have 3 options here. The first is to allow all SharePoint sites to be streamed. The second says let me block a particular site or sites. You’ll see that that’s the option I’ve chosen. The third approach says to allow only certain sites. The reason for the three options, obviously you want to be able to specify the smallest number of sites possible. As an example, if you had three dozen sites and two of them needed to be barred from participating in socialization, you’d use the block option and specify those two sites. Conversely, if you had many, many sites and only a few were allowed to participate in socialization, you would choose the allow option instead, and then you would specify that small number of sites.

Whatever I just did there in terms of blocking or allowing SharePoint sites I can also do the same with particular file extensions, and even content types. May take a little planning to get these right, but all of these are just going down the path of trying to make sure that we don’t socialize data into Jive and we’re trying to avoid that either because it’s data that Jive wouldn’t understand or because it’s data that’s inappropriate for Jive or perhaps even malicious, such as with a file extension for an executable that might contain some virus.

Finally, if you look at the very bottom of this page, there are going to be certain cases where particular users should never participate in socialization. As an example, let’s say that we have an executive level assistant that is responsible for dealing with payroll issues. It could be that this individual’s daily work is of such a secure nature that we never want their data to flow across an activity stream. Notice that I can actually specify a user account here, and in effect, say, even if this person puts a document in a library that’s properly socialized, that particular document will be blocked because it belongs to this user.

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Pointer – Migrate to SharePoint

Migrate to SharePoint

Hello. I’m John Underwood, Technical Evangelist at ThreeWill, and in this installment of the Jive Connects for Microsoft SharePoint series, we’ll have a look at the Migrate to SharePoint feature.

Let’s take the following scenario. Let’s say that you work in a department in your company that heavily uses Jive. You’ve been using it for quite a while, and you’re used to using that. It may be that when you begin to author a document, you’ll want to begin the process in Jive. For this example, we’re going to pretend that we work in an art department, and the art department is going to create some sort of content that it will then push out to the company.

I’ll begin by browsing to the space that I want to work in, and I’ll use the Acme Global space. Then, I’ll start the process by uploading a file, and we’ll say that I’ve been working on this file on my hard drive, and now I’m going to add it to Jive. You can see I’ve provided a description for this document, and I’ve also provided a couple of tags, and then once I’m satisfied with the input, I’ll go ahead and publish. Now you can see that the document is successfully uploaded and rendered.

At this point I could do all of the normal things that I would do on a document in Jive. I could edit the document, I could version, I could comment, annotate, rate. All of these different kinds of things. Now, let’s say that I’ve done all of that, and this document has reached a level of maturity where I now wish to take it and push it out to SharePoint so that others can use it. The way that I’m going to do that is through the Migrate to SharePoint link that you see on the screen.

Now, a couple of things to think about. Number one, what’s going to happen to this document going forward? Well, as the name implies with the migrate, we’re going to move the document over to SharePoint. Once that move is complete, SharePoint will “own the document”, and any changes that we make will have to be made in SharePoint. The second question is what becomes of this document inside of Jive? Well, the answer to that is going to be obvious as I go through the demo, but the way you’ll understand it now is that when I go to migrate this, I can only migrate it to a library that’s participating in socialization.

As you’ll recall from an earlier video, when I put a document in a socialized library, a visual representation of that document flows back into Jive. So, for all practical purposes, once I’ve taken this mood going forward, the document will be read only viewable in Jive, and can also support annotations and comments. The actual document will live in SharePoint, and any future changes would have to be made there.

Let’s go through the process. I’ll click on the Migrate to SharePoint link. For our example, the shared documents library in the top level Acme Corp site will do just fine. It’s already selected, I’ll click publish, and then I’ll get a message indicating that it has succeeded. Now let’s switch back to SharePoint and see if the document is there. So, I’ll navigate to the shared documents library, and you can see that my art department template is now here and available, and not only that, notice the green icon indicating that it has been socialized.

Now, if we go back to Jive, and then we navigate once again to the place where we originally had stored this document, and then look at recent content, you’ll see art department template now appears here. If I click on the link for that, we see all of the visual queues indicating that it’s now housed in SharePoint. You’ll notice the information at the top. You’ll also notice that the edit action is no longer available. Then, down at the bottom we see the familiar links that allow us to navigate either to the library, or the actual document in SharePoint.

As you think about the Migrate to SharePoint capability, remember that it’s going to fit best in a business scenario where we wish to create the document first in Jive, have the document live there until it reaches some state of maturity, and then migrate the document over to SharePoint where SharePoint then becomes the system of record.

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Pointer – Copy to Jive

Hello. I’m John Underwood, Technical Evangelist at ThreeWill. In this installment of the Jive Connects for Microsoft SharePoint video series, we’ll look at the Copy to Jive feature. Now, you’ll recall from our earlier video on socialization, that the connector has a built-in mechanism that will automatically cause data to flow from SharePoint to Jive. However, there may be some cases where you wish to have more control over this, or to do this in a manual fashion, and that’s what the Copy to Jive feature is about.

For this scenario, let’s say that we work in the Human Resources department and that one of our jobs is to review any incoming resumes. However, because of the way that we do business, we don’t want to immediately publish those resumes to the entire company. Instead, we’d rather load them in to a SharePoint library, go through some sort of review process, and then, once we decide that it’s a worthwhile candidate, we can push that information out to our Jive users. I’ll begin the demonstration by adding a document to my resumes library. Now, something interesting to note. Unlike some of our other demonstrations, you’ll notice that there is not a Jive status column here. The reason for that is that this library is not participating in socialization. You’ll recall, in the earlier video when I talked about socialization, that I specifically set up shared documents, but I did not set up resumes.

Now, let’s say that I’ve gone through the process of reviewing this resume and I want to push it out to other users so they can begin reviewing it. The easiest way for me to do that is simply float my mouse over the item, and then click on the ECB, or edit control block, menu. Most of us would know that as a context menu. Then, you see the option here for Copy to Jive, so I’ll select that and then I’ll decide the place that I want to put it. In this case, I’ll just use the same Acme Global space that I’ve been demonstrating with all along. I’ll click OK, and then I get a banner at the top of the screen indicating that the copy was successful. Now, if I go back over and navigate to my Acme Global place, you’ll see that the resume does appear.

Now, very important to note this. If I click on this resume and navigate to it, you will notice that it indeed made a copy of this resume and placed it into Jive. That is to say, unlike socialization here, we actually have two copies of the document. The original, that lives in SharePoint, and a copy that now lives in Jive. Notice that I can edit this document like I would any other Jive document. So, that’s something that you need to be aware of when you take advantage of this capability. It does give you the ability to manually decide when something moves over, but then the flip side of that is, going forward, there are two copies of this document and there is not a connection between the two. If I modify it in SharePoint, it’s not going to show up here, and vice versa. If I modify it in Jive, it’s not going to appear in SharePoint.

Now, one other way that you might take advantage of this capability is through a Workflow. Let’s say, for sake of demonstration, that we had a very elaborate Workflow that we had set up in order to approve these documents. Well, I could also use Workflow capabilities for the copying to Jive, and really I could do that in two ways. One way is to go into the library’s Workflow settings and actually add the included Workflow that comes with the connector. You can see, right here, that there is a Jive copy document Workflow, and I could configure that to run either manually, by the user launching it, or running automatically based on some event. In addition to configuring this Workflow, there’s also a copy to Jive Workflow step that comes with the connector that could be integrated with other custom Workflows. So, if I build my own custom Workflow for the approval process as the final step, once it’s approved, I can copy the document over to Jive. So, you can see some business scenarios where this might be useful, either as a part of an automated Workflow, or as a part of being able to manually decide when I want something to flow from SharePoint in to Jive.

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Pointer – Jive Web Parts

Welcome to the Jive Connects for Microsoft SharePoint video series. I’m John Underwood, technical evangelist for ThreeWill, and in this installment of the series we’re going to look at web parts. If you’ve ever customized a page in SharePoint then you’re probably familiar with web parts. If not, you can think of a web part as being the SharePoint equivalent of Jive widget. It’s simply a user configurable control that can be placed on a page and then customized as the user sees fit. Web parts typically show SharePoint information, such as the contents of a list, however, the web parts I’ll be showing in this video are enabled to display information from Jive. As you’ll see, these can be very useful to users that spend most of their time in SharePoint but need to be aware of activity that is going on in Jive.

The web parts I’ll be presenting fall into two general categories. The first displays information from Jive, and the other displays navigation links that make it easy for a user to travel from SharePoint back into a particular place in Jive. Also note that there is a web part related to the showing of search results, however, I’ll be demonstrating that one in a later video. Let’s have a demonstration now, and see how these work.

To begin the demonstration I’ll navigate to the site pages library, and then from there I’ll add a new page and I’ll name the page Jive Web Parts. This is just like any other content page you would create in SharePoint, so if I wanted I could put mark up directly on the page, I could also add any of the SharePoint related web parts that I’d like, but for this example we’re going to focus just on the Jive web parts. I’ll start by changing the text layout to one column with sidebar, and that will highlight some of the formatting with web parts. Then from there I’ll go to the ‘Insert’ tab and choose ‘Web Parts’. Notice when I highlight the Jive category we see all of the web parts that are related to Jive. Let me focus first on a couple of web parts that have to do with navigation.

I’ll start by selecting the ‘Freedom’ web part and placing it in the right most column, and then just below that I’ll add the ‘Places’ web part. As you’ll see more fully when I save the page, both of these web parts are about navigation. These are particularly useful in the case where a user may spend a fair amount of time in SharePoint, but they need to be able to easily navigate back into Jive in order to carry out an action. Two other web parts that I’d like to show you, the next one that I’m going to show is ‘Recent Content’, and I’ll add it to the wider portion of the page. Notice in the case of this web part it needs to know what Jive place it should watch in order to show the recent content, so I’ll go in and use the familiar model, if you’ve used SharePoint web parts you’ve seen this before, of editing the properties for a web part, and then I’ll go over and browse and select the Jive place that I want.

In this case I’m just going to use the Acme Global Space. Once I’ve done that, I’ll click OK to commit my changes, and then you can see a couple of example items that I’ve added to my Jive place. The last item that I want to add here is the ‘Watch a Tag’ web part, and I’ll also put it in the wide section of the page. In the case of ‘Watch a Tag’, it’s also going to require me to edit a property, so I’ll choose ‘Edit Web Part’, and in this case I have to specific the tag or tags that I’m interested in. In this case I want to watch for a marketing tag, so I’ll simply enter that. Then once I’ve entered the tag I’ll go ahead and click OK, and then save my changes to the page. Now you can see the information that’s presented by the page. The ‘Freedom’ web part gives me a convenient way to create things. I can start a discussion, I can do all these different things, and in each case it’s simply going to prompt me for where I want to go in Jive and then allow me to add it.

Let’s do the ‘Start a Discussion’. You can see now it’s prompting for the location. It’s very important to note that SharePoint’s not really doing anything here; Jive’s doing all the work and SharePoint is just simply providing a convenient link to get us there. Now, if I navigate back to my web part page you’ll see similar functionality in the ‘Places’ web part. I can go down and browse for particular Spaces, Projects, Groups, et cetera, and then navigate easily to those. The other two web parts that I’ve provided, the ‘Recent Content’ and the ‘Watch a Tag’, are both about showing me content. Notice that I have a link to original document, I also have a link to the place where it’s located, and some information about the author. Notice if I float my mouse over the author I actually see some information about that author, including their rating and so on. I even have the option to follow that user if I’d like.

As you can see, using the Jive related web parts inside of SharePoint is all about allowing users to work in SharePoint but to continue to monitor and be in touch with things that are going on in Jive as well as giving those users a very easy way to navigate to Jive and carry out certain tasks.

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Pointer – SharePoint Widgets

SharePoint Widgets

Welcome to the Jive Connects for Microsoft SharePoint video series. I’m John Underwood, Technical Evangelist at ThreeWill. This time, I’m going to be talking about widgets. First of all, what is a widget? In the Jive world, a widget is a user-configurable control. Users might place this on a page and customize their appearance and their behavior, in order to convey some information in the Jive environment. One might use this as an example to show recent content or top-rated content. In the context of the Jive Connects for Microsoft SharePoint product, there are also a series of SharePoint-aware widgets. As you would expect, these behave like a Jive widget but instead of showing data from Jive, these actually present information that originates from a SharePoint site.

Of the three available widgets, the first that I’m going to show you is the SharePoint Calendar Widget. As the name suggests, this displays a SharePoint calendar in Jive. Let’s have a look at the calendar widget in action. As you can see, I’ve created a custom list named Project Dates. If I navigate to the list Settings page, you can see that it contains a description column which is just the Title column renamed. A Task Start, which is a date field and a Task End which is also a date field. I’ve already created a calendar view for this list and if I apply the view, you can see that the list renders as a calendar. I’ll switch to Jive and show the SharePoint calendar widget in action. First, I’ll customize the homepage for our Acme Group in Jive. Next, I’ll select the other category of widgets. This is where the SharePoint related widgets can be found.

In this case, I’m using the SharePoint calendar widget so I’ll select it and then drag it to the middle section of the page. Obviously, the widget needs to know which list or calendar to show. I’ll accomplish that in this case by providing the name of the list, Project Dates and also by providing the name of the view, Project Dates calendar. Now, the SharePoint calendar widget also knows how to render in a narrow column, so if I select it and drag the widget once again in this case, dragging it to the right most column, I can provide the same settings, the calendar name and the view name and it will render in date or time format that is appropriate for a narrow column. Once I’m satisfied with my changes, I can publish them and then all of the group members may access the updated page.

The SharePoint List Widget presents information from a SharePoint list in the Jive environment. It provides an easy way to reference the contents of a SharePoint list, while carrying out other Jive socialization activities. As with the SharePoint calendar widget, it is able to support views defined on the list in SharePoint. Let me show you how it works. As you can see, I’m using the standard tasks list on a SharePoint Team site. I’ve added several tasks. I’ve assigned one to myself and I’ve assigned the others to my coworkers. Now, I’ll navigate to the Jive environment and customize my group page once again. In the list of available widgets, I’ll select the SharePoint list widget and then I’ll drag it to the center of the page.

Once it’s on the page, I’ll give it a new title and I’ll tell it which list to display, in this case, the tasks list from our SharePoint site. Having completed the settings, I’ll publish the changes and now all tasks display on the group page. Suppose however, I wanted to display just the tasks for a particular user, well SharePoint does provide that capability through something called a filtered view. The good news here is that the SharePoint list widget can take advantage of that capability. Once again, I’ll customize the page, I’ll edit the list widget and this time, I’m going to include a view named My Tasks. This view gets created automatically in the SharePoint team site and it includes a filter to show only the tasks assigned to the currently logged in user.

I’ll save the changes on the widget and I’ll publish the page. Upon completion, you’ll see that the page only displays my tasks. If one of my coworkers were to visit this page, they’d see only the tasks assigned to them. The last of our three widgets is the SharePoint Sites Widget. It is by far the simplest and it exists to provide navigation from Jive back to the site where we’re getting our socialized content from. As you can see on the screen, it provides a convenient hyperlink that will allow a user to navigate directly to the SharePoint site. In the case of a socialization scenario where we have sub-sites, those socialized sub-sites would also show on this control.

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Pointer – Socialization

What is socialization? More than anything, socialization represents a connection between two entities. In this case, a connection between a SharePoint site and a jive place. This connection is know as an activity stream. From the SharePoint perspective, the activity stream is a vehicle for publishing information about changes to document libraries. Documents added, documents deleted, updated and so on. From the jive perspective, jive polls this activity feed to determine what has changed in SharePoint so that it can display that information properly inside of jive. By default, this polling happens on a one minute interval.

Let’s take a look at how socialization gets set up and what happens as a result of that. I’m going to start by clicking on the site action’s menu and then I’ll choose site settings. Because I have the jive connector installed, you can see that there is a section on the site settings page entitled jive. In this example, jive socialization settings is where I want to go.

For the sample team site that I’m using for this demonstration, I do not yet have socialization configured so when it comes to setting up socialization, the first place is to specify where we want to socialize to inside of jive. In the jive world, a place is where we socialize, a space, a group or a project.

Now I have two choices here, I can socialize to an existing place or I could create a new social group on the fly. In this example, I’m going to socialize to an existing place. I’ll click on the browse button, then in the drop-down, I’ll select groups. In this example Acme group is the one that I wish to use, so I’ll select it and click okay.

Once I’ve specified the place that I want to socialize to, the next thing I need to do is set up activity streams. In very simple terms, the activity stream is a way for SharePoint to provide information to jive about the changes in the activity that has taken place on this site. Some obvious examples would be things such as adding or deleting documents. I’ll go ahead and enable that capability.

Once I’ve enabled activity streams, I have to make some kind of choice about whether or not to include sub-sites. In this particular example, I don’t have any sub-sites that I wish to publish or wish to make available to this activity streams, but I might in the future, so I’ll go ahead and include those.

The next step of this lets me specify what I want to send across the activity stream. A very simple approach would be just to choose all document libraries, however, in some cases, you’re going to want to be a little more selective or a little more discrete than that. In this example, let’s say that for now shared documents, that’s really all I want to put in the activity stream, so I’ll simply select that. For this example I’m going to use the default security model of SharePoint security, so I’ll go ahead and click okay.

Let’s go see what happens when I begin using the site. I’m going to navigate over to shared documents and I’m going to add a document. We’ll say for this simple, little example that we’re going to add a document that has some marketing information in it. I’ll choose to add the marketing notes document. I’ll click open and then okay to upload to the site. Notice for the existing documents that I had in the site, plus the new one that I added, they each have a jive status associated with them. In simple terms, the green icon simply means that this document has been made available to the activity stream so the next time jive goes to read that activity stream, it should see some information about these new documents.

Now that we’ve set up socialization on the SharePoint side, let’s go have a look at jive. You can see I’m logged into jive software and I’ve already navigated to the acme group. Under recent content you can see not only content that was previously created inside of jive, but we also see the results of our activity stream, the two existing documents plus the new document that I added.

Clearly, there’s a lot more functionality when it comes to the connector and the different things that it can do but setting up socialization and then using the activity stream is an important first step.

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Pointer Intro (formally known as Jive Connects for Microsoft SharePoint)

John Underwood is a Technical Evangelist at ThreeWill. He has nearly thirty years of software development experience. He is an experienced technical instructor with superior presentation skills and is proficient in delivering standard curriculum as well as developing and delivering custom curriculum.

Pointer Intro

Hey, I’m John Underwood. I’m a Technical Evangelist here at ThreeWill. I’ve produced this series of short videos to give you a bit of an introduction to the Jive SharePoint Integration product that we’ve worked on with Jive Software. A couple of quick things before we get started. First of all, understand that this is just an overview. It’s not intended to be a full fledged educational course. After you’ve viewed these videos, you should have a good understanding of the basic capabilities of the product.

Second thing to be aware of is that I’m assuming that you already know a fair amount about SharePoint and Jive. If you’re lacking experience with either of those products, let me give you a couple of links that you might find useful. is an excellent resource for getting started with Jive. As the name would imply, it is a community where users, customers, Jive Software professionals and support professionals meet together to learn how to use the product. In addition to discussion forums, you’ll find documentation and even some nice educational and tutorial videos that will show you how to use the product.

The next resources I’d like to point you to, This is the home page for Microsoft’s SharePoint product line. You’ll find several useful resources here, including a free downloadable evaluation version of the product.

With that, I encourage you to go forward to the first video of the series and we’ll begin learning about socialization between SharePoint and Jive

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John UnderwoodPointer Intro (formally known as Jive Connects for Microsoft SharePoint)