Monday, 19 August 2013

SkillsServe 4.2 Release Notes

Overview

The SkillsServe team are pleased to announce SkillsServe 4.2, which will be available from the end of August 2013.

What’s new in this version?

  1. Safari Books Online Single Sign-On Portlet
  2. Deleting CPD Records
  3. User Details Synchronisation

 

1. Safari Books Online Single Sign-On Portlet

Is it a new feature or an upgrade?

Safari Books Online is a new paid-for online book service enabling users to access a vast number of technology related books from within SkillsServe.

How it works…

In SkillsServe 4.2 we’ve enabled access to Safari Books Online direct from the SkillsServe homepage via a new Safari Books Online portlet:

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Administrators can take out a Safari Books Online subscription and give their users access to the service. When users access Safari Books Online via the portlet, an account is automatically created for them if they’ve not used the service via SkillsServe before. Subsequent access is authenticated using the user’s SkillsServe credentials.

In addition to access to the Safari Books Online website, links to specific books can be placed in the Catalogue and users’ Training Plans.

Why is this beneficial?

The new Safari Books Online homepage portlet enables easy access from within SkillsServe to a great learning resource. Single sign-on means users don’t have to remember an additional set of credentials in order to access the service.

Default or configurable?

This feature is configurable, subject to a Safari Books Online subscription. Please contact your account manager for further details.

 

2. Deleting CPD Activities

Is it a new feature or an upgrade?

This new feature enables users to permanently remove personal offline CPD activities from their CPD Log.

Any CPD activity can be removed from a user’s CPD Log and placed in Removed CPD. They can be restored at a later date if needed. Deleting CPD activities takes this a step further, allowing permanent deletion of personal offline CPD activities.

How it works…

In a user’s CPD Log, within Removed CPD, personal offline activities can be permanently deleted by clicking on the dustbin icon alongside the activity they wish to delete:

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Users can choose to permanently delete an activity when they remove it from the CPD Log. An additional checkbox option is shown as part of the removal process:

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It’s also possible for users to permanently delete personal offline activities from their Training Plan.

Why is this beneficial?

Permanent deletion of CPD activities enables users to better manage their CPD activity logs and training plans, so they’re concise and relevant.

Default or configurable?

This new feature is included by default on all SkillsServe 4.2 sites.

 

3. User Details Synchronisation

Is it a new feature or an upgrade?

This is an update to the same sign-on web service which is used to authenticate users logging into SkillsServe via a 3rd party system.

The user’s username, password, first name, last name and email address are updated on SkillsServe 4.2 via updated information from a 3rd party authentication service.

How it works…

When a user logs into SkillsServe and is authenticated via a 3rd party system, any changes to their username, password, first name, last name and email address will automatically be updated.

Why is this beneficial?

This ensures user details on SkillsServe are in line with details held on 3rd party systems.

Default or configurable?

This feature is configurable and depends on the information provided by a 3rd party authentication service. Please contact your account manager for further details.