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Teamwork Anytime, Anywhere

Hannah Chudleigh


September 15, 2017 3:00 pm





More than 1 in 4 organizations in North America have employees who work remotely. For multinational organizations, that number more than doubles. With so many employees working on different schedules in different places, how do teams stay connected? The answer is Micro Focus Vibe.

What happened to Teaming?

If you found this article by looking for Novell Teaming, you’re in the right place. Teaming actually started as a SiteScape forum in the early 2000s. But in 2008, Novell acquired SiteScape and added their own brand to the name. Then, in November 2010, Novell combined Teaming and another product, Novell Pulse, to create a new product: Vibe. Novell was later acquired by Attachmate and then again by Micro Focus. The product has changed hands several times, but each time, it continued to prove itself as a valuable communication platform.

Vibe is now a powerful collaboration solution that uses all of Teaming’s old advantages and adds the new ones of Novell Pulse, another collaboration tool loosely based on the Google Wave Federation Protocol. Together, this new combination of software enables users to create unique workspace branding with increased productivity, better task management, and faster instant messaging.

What is Micro Focus Vibe?

If you’ve ever had a Facebook account, you’ll pick up on Vibe easily. The old Novell Teaming is part of Vibe, a Micro Focus product that keeps your team connected. Its design is similar to many popular social media sites, so it has a familiar interface and is intuitive to use. Collaborate, delegate, and communicate with status reports, notifications, and wikis. For a personal touch, create your profile and upload your resume. Vibe’s hierarchical structure ensures that everyone knows where to find important information. Users can import data and documents directly into their workspace, which makes documentation a cinch. The fast communication helps your coworkers work and feel like a team.

Whatever your role in your organization is, Vibe can increase your efficiency. Mike Bills, a product manager for Micro Focus’ collaboration product line, said, “It’s a platform where everyone can communicate and be updated with relevant information. For management, it means that with Vibe as a collaboration platform, [we] can collaborate at all levels and in every corner of our business.”

What does Micro Focus Vibe do?

Vibe offers a wide range of advantages, but here are the main five tasks that it empowers you to do:

Organize. Admins can create both personal and team workspaces that contain folders, documents, data, or more workspaces. This way, your team members know exactly where they can find their information. As you discover helpful sources that are pertinent to your project, you can tag relevant information and build a “favorites” list so that you can return to it later.

From this workspace, the user can see available folders and the members of each group.

Streamline. Save time and money by creating workflows to automate otherwise time-consuming processes. Vibe’s easy-to-use workflow process enables workspace owners to create automatic notifications, delete unused files, and schedule file synchronizations.

This workflow was created with two possible paths for the admin to choose whether or not to approve an employee’s time off.

Authorize. User rights are critical for any collaborative software. Admins choose who has access to which folders and for how long. It’s a built-in way to keep your team and your data secure.

Collaborate. Wiki folders make it simple to accomplish goals together. Work simultaneously on the same article as others, or give feedback on someone else’s piece. If anyone makes changes to your work, you can receive notifications by email or text. When you’re working on a particularly complicated project, you can even set up a “discussions” folder for your team to ask and answer questions.

Discussion threads make it easy to communicate quickly and efficiently.

Manage. Admins can manage projects faster and easier with Vibe’s efficiency. You can set up remote applications so that your users can access their data anytime, anywhere. By configuring email integration, you can keep all your teams on the same page. Making mirrored folders also simplifies large sets of data that are already available somewhere else.

This tag list makes it simple to create a mirrored folder.

5 best features of Vibe

  1. Vibe has flexible configuration options. Whether you have a single server or multiple remote ones, this will work with you. See a complete list of server configurations here.
  2. When they say Vibe is for everybody, they mean everybody–including people with disabilities. Vibe has some amazing features that increase accessibility for your talented team members with disabilities. For example, visually impaired employees can download AT software that tells them when a new window has opened and allows them to access drop-down menus with keyboard strokes.
  3. With data access going mobile, you need your collaboration solution to go mobile too. Vibe works great on mobile so that all your remote users can participate fully in your team conversations.
  4. Vibe has high interoperability. It supports multiple browsers, end-user operating systems, mobile devices, and Microsoft Office integrations.
  5. You can get a free 60-day trial of Vibe for both Linux and Windows. Try it out on your team and see how your mobile users react.

With Vibe’s history of better collaboration in any circumstances, it’s no wonder that the product has withstood the test of time. Its versatility makes it a flexible solution that works for users for companies all over the world.

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Categories: Collaboration, Messaging & Team Collaboration, Technical, Vibe