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Release 5.0

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Version 5.0 Releases

Release date: 9/25/20

Release 5.0

Akumina Framework Functionality

  • Anchor Items:
    • Intelligent Activity Streams provides a multi-lingual feed experience with M365 and 3rd party providers, with the ability to share and promote content, communicate critical and time sensitive messages and ties comments and notifications to user personalized collaborative activity stream
      • Ability to send stream praise posts to team members
      • Ability to send stream polling posts to team members
      • Ability to receive SharePoint subscriptions in the stream
      • Ability to receive Outlook subscriptions in the stream
      • Ability to receive third Party Connectors with Power Automate in the stream
      • Ability to personalize your activity stream configuration
      • Ability to filter the activity stream by subscription type and priority
    • Comment Engine provides ability for threaded and nested comments, likes with emoticons and @mentions; and provides ability to report a comment concern for administrator review
    • Reaction Engine provides the ability to react on comments and stream events with user defined reaction type icons, displays label on hover, and rollup counts by reaction
    • Notification Engine introduces social network functionality in the notification bell with clickable links for redirect to the item and ability to customize which notifications are received
    • Experience Builder 3.0 provides true page version personalization by driving different experiences per Persona on the same URL.  In alignment with the employee journey strategy, for example, the newly onboarded employee will see a different experience than the tenured employee
      • Added a new preview page version button on the Akumina tray
      • Added a new persona personalization button on the page editor bottom tray
  • Optimizer Experience 1.0 allows customizable checklist functionality for driving a completion of tasks. Great for onboarding and other tasks with the ability to integrate with 3rd party workload actions
  • Several performance enhancements included to improve overall performance


AppManager Functionality

  • Anchor Items:
    • Added a new AppManager Dashboard Manager management app to enable a site-specific dashboard that provides user defined statistical and analytics reporting with updated links to personalized information for enhanced usability
    • Locale formatting allows for a personalized user experience providing the ability for the user to select their AppManager color preference for theme setting, and control the date and time format display in AppManager (Date Format – EU date format DD/MM/YYYY; US MM/DD/YYYY and Time – 12 hour time (12:00 am to 11:00 pm); military time (0000 to 2300))
    • AppManager Branding Rework enables customized app manager experiences for enhanced usability
  • Added several new Management Apps to support the new Activity Streams and Socialization Experience:
    • Activity Streams Manager provides functionality to establish customized feed subscriptions with M365 and 3rd party providers
    • Comment Manager provides clients with a customizable repository to track and report comment concerns, establish comment concern thresholds, review flagged concerns, and generate historical reporting
    • Cosmos DB Manager provides clients with a mechanism to view and query their Activity Stream data, troubleshoot data concerns, and identify areas for data cleanup
    • Message Notification Manager provides clients the ability to send multi-lingual notifications to an activity stream for a group, persona or specific user, and identify important messages for the stream
    • Notification Manager provides the ability to configure notification rules for the site, establish multi-lingual messages by notification type, and define email digest templates
    • Reaction Manager provides a customizable reaction repository for users to engage with posts on Activity Streams and Commenting system
  • Added a new Activity Stream User Manager content app to define the widgets to display, the order of the widgets and if they are expanded on the Activity Stream
  • Added a new Step Planner Management App to establish and maintain customizable checklist functionality for monitoring and driving a completion of tasks
  • Added a new Social tab to enable the content app comment and reaction rules used for displaying content in the Activity Stream and Social Engine
  • Enable multi-lingual as a default and provision multi-lingual columns for all lists
  • Enhance Switch Site Collection to easily view current site from AppManager ribbon, provides a drop down to switch site collection and configure subsites
  • Activate new license keys to support Activity Streams, Social Engine and Optimizer
  • Enable license key expiration to provide a countdown and alerts for upcoming expirations
  • Enhance user experience by providing knowledge-based links in AppManager to Akumina Community user guide documentation
  • Added upgrade compatibility to ensure all content apps and configurations are enabled from any previous 4.8 version


Akumina Foundation Site Functionality

  • Foundation Site Branding for FS’20
  • Added Activity Streams and Optimizer to FS’20 Foundation Site
  • Upgraded third party library versions for font awesome and zurb foundation css framework



  • Restructure PeopleSync entities into a single container with the option to switch to multi-containers
  • Support for 5.0 PeopleSync using Microsoft
  • Modify PeopleSync to persist the data to Cosmos DB (SQL API)


Developer Functionality

  • Lots of nice bells and whistles added for developers
  • Provide dashboard analytics using AppInsights with CosmosDB
  • Upgraded frontend framework to Jquery version 3.5
  • Remove the Verb from the REST API’s
  • Build Akumina 3rd Party connectors for use with Activity Stream
  • Multi-tenancy CORS support
  • Remove and refactor the Session State Variables – author, forms, actionresults

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