Feature Updates: June 2014

|   Jun 27, 2014

Socialcast Thanks badges are a great way to acknowledge co-workers for a job well done, and can boost employee morale and productivity. Everyone loves to be recognized, which is why this month we’re enhancing Thanks to be sent to multiple people. Additionally, we’re improving our provisioning options and controls so admins will have more flexibility when it comes to managing users. Check out a few of the features available in June*:

1. Multiple Thanks

After much anticipation we are excited to be releasing the multiple Thanks feature! You can now recognize up to ten (10) recipients with a single Thanks! Each recipient and their corresponding manager will be notified that they have received a Thanks.

If a user tries to send a Thanks to more than ten people at one time, they will see a dialog that informs them that they have hit the max of ten recipients.

NOTE: Multiple Thanks can only be shared from the Share Form and not directly from a message or comment.

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Acknowledge up to 10 Co-workers

If the community admin has set a limit on the frequency of Thanks that can be given, sending multiple Thanks will only decrease the allotted badge count by one. The message of the Thanks badge will stay the same for all recipients, and will be reflected on each person’s profile page.

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Send Thanks to Multiple People

2. Additional Avatar Upload Options For User Profiles

We have added a new set of options for users to change their profile photos. You can now upload a photo from you computer, import from LinkedIn, or take one directly with your webcam.

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Multiple Avatar Upload Options

3. Attend Button Added to Town Hall Announcements

Once a new Town Hall is created and an announcement is made in the stream, we’ve added an ‘Attend’ button as part of the announcement so community members can easily participate in Town Halls.

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Attend a Town Hall

4. LDAP Group Sync

LDAP Group Membership Sync allows community admins to maintain Socialcast group memberships directly from the company Active Directory. This new feature synchronizes group members in the Active Directory with designated groups in Socialcast, and updates Socialcast group information with any changes made to the Active Directory. Eligible groups are restricted to those defined by IT and/or the community administrator, and must be created in Socialcast prior to the synchronization. Since these group memberships are managed by LDAP, inviting new members or joining groups directly within Socialcast will be disabled.

More information, including setup instructions, can be found here.

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Manage Group Memberships Using an External System

5. Email Report for Provisioned Users

Admins now have the option to opt-in to receive an email report when users are provisioned through a bulk process, such as LDAP. This report will indicate if the provisioning job was successful. The setting can be found under Admin Setting > Setup > Provisioning.

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Receive Provisioning Report

6. User Deactivation Threshold

Some of our customers have requested a way to safeguard from accidental user deactivation from a misconfiguration in the provisioning or LDAP setup. Admins now have the option to set a threshold for user deactivation done by the provisioning job. Check the Sync deactivate threshold enabled box under Admin Settings > Setup > Provisioning and type in the desired threshold percentage. If the provisioning job detects deactivation of a percent of users greater than the threshold, it will not deactivate them.

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Provisioning Safeguard Using a Deactivation Threshold

7. Enable Provisioning via External System

We have added an API authentication key for external provisioning systems using the Socialcast provisioning API. This provides an alternative for using member credentials in the command line interface. To enable this feature, Admins will need to go Admin Settings > Setup > Provisioning and click ‘Enable Provision via External System.

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Provision Users Though External Systems

NOTE: Generating a secret key will override the existing one. Any external provisioning system that is using the existing key will not be able to perform provisioning jobs.

On the Socialcast command line interface, you can authenticate using the authenticate_external_system command. You will be prompted to enter the API Client Identifier and Secret Key. Using an external system is currently limited to the provisioning endpoint.

Example $ socialcast authenticate_external_system --domain demo.socialcast.com
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Authenticate via the Socialcast Command Line

*Please note that On-Premise clients will receive these features in a future release.

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