beeekeeper product release notes november 2017

Beekeeper Product Release Notes November 2017

We’ve made some big changes since the last product release updates! Here’s what you can start using this month and some you can look forward to in upcoming months.

Release Highlights

    • Android navigation redesign (Android) – This week we released a new interface for the Android version of the Beekeeper app. The stream, chats, and notification tabs moved to the bottom of the screen. The app menu, also known as the “More” tab, is also at the bottom of the screen (similar to the iOS app) and the stream switcher is now at the top left. Click here for more details about the new Android interface and why we made these changes.
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    • Navigation extensions interface (Dashboard) – To streamline access to Navigation Extensions, we’ve finished the interface that enables you to create and edit extensions from your Dashboard. To access the Navigation Extensions interface, look under the “Extensions” tab in the Dashboard.
    • Navigation extension UI

    • Start a new campaign or survey by cloning an existing one – To help you save time reaching your colleagues, this new feature allows you to clone existing surveys and campaigns from the Dashboard. You can easily make modifications to fit the context of your next communications.
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    • Dashboard in German and English (Dashboard) – To serve our growing base of international system administrators, this month we implemented the necessary changes to translate our Dashboard in multiple languages. We currently support English and German. More languages will be added according to demand.
    • Database encryption in all data centers (Hosting Infrastructure) – All our data centers are now running fully encrypted databases. This completes the encryption of our system and is a step towards the privacy and legal requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Everything Else

    • Message Receipts (web, Android, API) – The team has built the API and Android and web app components of our upcoming Message Receipts feature. We are still working on the iOS components, so look out for the feature release in January!
    • To accommodate our expanding user base, we’ve translated the web and mobile apps in Brazilian Portuguese, Turkish, and Romanian.
    • The app now warns users about unsaved content when navigating away from the compose box in Streams.
    • User’s “last seen” time, which is the last time they used Beekeeper, is now available in the profile view on the web and iOS apps. It will be on Android soon.
    • To open chat details, you can simply click a group chat’s avatar (Android).
    • Link previews in chats show two lines of text instead of one (Android).
    • When an image is loading, a placeholder appears instead of just a gray background (Android).

    The Beekeeper product team is always fine-tuning the platform to create a better experience for our customers. Hopefully these will make your app experience more enjoyable and you saw some features coming up that you requested!

    For more information about Beekeeper and specific features, check out our Help Center or contact us. Or let us know what features you would like enhanced or added in future releases!
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Beekeeper Announces New Android Interface

The Beekeeper app for Android devices is getting a fresh new look and even simpler interface. The new user interface aligns more with the iPhone navigation, providing a better user experience and making it easier to help colleagues using a different device.

What is changing?

The main app navigation containing streams, chats, and notifications tabs moved to the bottom of the page. The tabs are marked not only with an icon, but also with a name so users can better understand which icons do what.

The stream will show you public posts for all colleagues. In the chats, you will find private conversations with one colleague, group chats, campaign announcements, and surveys. The notification will display all alerts you haven’t read yet.

New Beekeeper Android Interface

Additionally, the “More” tab (previously the app menu) moved from the top left to the bottom right of the screen. The icon changed from three horizontal lines to a square. This is where you can find information about the app and the customized navigation extensions that your organization might have set up for you.

In the top left corner you can find the stream switcher. Many organizations use multiple streams and here is where you can switch from one to the other.

Lastly, the stream information has remained in the top right corner, but you’ll need to tap the circled “i”, to view the stream details, suggested tags, and view who has access to that stream.

Why are we doing this?

We build our app using native Android and iPhone layouts to facilitate seamless navigation for our users. iPhone traditionally provides navigation at the bottom, while Android had it at the top of the screen. Google, who designs Android software, recently released a new navigation layout at the bottom of the screen that is more similar to the iPhone interface.

We monitored the way customers use the app and found the iPhone navigation was more intuitive. Our iPhone users were switching streams more frequently than Android users and also switch more frequently between chats and the app menu.

By aligning both versions of the app and changing to the iPhone navigation, we’re aiming to provide you with a better user experience.

To find helpful app information and FAQs, visit the Beekeeper Help Center.
Beekeeper product release notes october 2017

Beekeeper Product Release Notes October 2017

We’ve officially launched the Beekeeper Marketplace with some very helpful apps and integrations you’ll want to start connecting to the Beekeeper app. Beyond the Marketplace, you can also start enjoying some new app features this month.
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Beekeeper is Digitizing the Non-Desk Workforce With Transformative Integrations

Beekeeper is Digitizing the Non-Desk Workforce With Transformative Integrations

Digitizing the non-desk workforce is a big movement since this employee demographic hasn’t been prioritized when it comes to the digital transformation. For five years we’ve been listening to our customers and evolving our platform to anticipate future workplace needs.

Today, non-desk employees don’t regularly have access to operational systems and communication channels in a mobile-first solution that actually works for them. And if they do, the business environment is cluttered with so many different systems it makes workflows more confusing than they need to be.

We’re here to change that. Today.

Imagine a world where you didn’t have to open a bunch of different platforms to get your job done. A world where you could just open a single app that had all your operational systems and communication channels in one place.

Sounds like a workplace productivity machine.

Enter Beekeeper Integrations

Our mission is to digitize the non-desk workforce so everyone has access to colleagues and systems they need to get their jobs done more efficiently (and with more personality). The goal of Beekeeper integrations is to revolutionize productivity and facilitate high individual and team performance. All while keeping employees engaged, happy, and empowered.

We’re thrilled to announce Beekeeper 2.0 with the launch of two flexible forms of operational system integrations.

1. Marketplace Integrations

The Beekeeper Marketplace is an integration hub that enables organizations to design and implement highly customized digital workplace platforms for their employees. These off-the-shelf integrations are completely user-ready from the get go.

This gives non-desk employees a simplified, secure, and easy-to-use tool where anything a particular worker needs to excel in their daily routine is stored in one convenient location. You can integrate with common systems like Sharepoint, Box, and various HR software, request an app, or connect your own software to Beekeeper.

2. Custom Integrations

Connecting to your legacy systems is not only convenient, it allows management to gain access to more data and get better insights that guide operational improvements and growth. Beekeeper’s open API gives IT teams the ability to create custom connectors and integrations, saving time and resources compared to building proprietary systems.

Our customers love Beekeeper’s intuitive interface so much that they wanted to carry it across all the systems they integrate with. They’re merging their existing operational systems like payroll, scheduling, file sharing, task management, and much more into the centralized Beekeeper app. Employees already use the app to communicate throughout the work day, and now enjoy using it more operationally.

The Beekeeper Developer Portal allows organizations with deeper technological resources to make these robust integrations even more customizable. Between expanded APIs and the eternally elastic resources available on the Beekeeper Developer Portal, the possibilities with custom integrations are limitless.

Evolution is a Great Thing

Don’t worry, none of the feel-good features are going away. In fact, we are always working toward improving those features too. Our core product is an industry-leading communication tool, and by adding operational functionality through custom integrations, there are unlimited possibilities to digitize the non-desk workforce.

We just wanted to make our customers lives a bit easier by giving them everything they need in the palm of their hands. Let your hive thrive!

Schedule a demo so our app experts can walk you through Beekeeper’s integrations. Don’t see one you need? Request your own and we can add it to our Marketplace.
September Beekeeper Product Release Notes

Beekeeper Product Release Notes September 2017

As promised, here are the latest features and improvements we’ve developed since last month’s product release notes. Here’s what you can start using now or very soon!
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Break down communication barriers with new inline translation feature

Our clients have spoken and we’ve listened. We’re thrilled to announce our newest (and most anticipated) feature—inline translation! This feature, available on both web and mobile versions, allows Beekeeper users to have any post or comment translated in their preferred language with a simple click. It supports 30 languages including Spanish, French, German, Chinese, Italian, Arabic, and many more.
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Upload Company-Wide Videos Straight From Your Mobile Device

Customers love our easy-to-use video upload feature to connect and inform entire organizations about what’s going on internally, including onboarding, new processes, company updates, and much more (a few of which we’ll highlight in this article). Previously, this feature was only available on the web version of the Beekeeper app, but we’ve made it available for Android and iOS mobile versions as well.
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New Confirmation Campaign Feature Ensures Critical Information is Read

New Confirmation Campaign Feature Ensures Critical Information is Read

Step aside read receipts—our new confirmation campaign feature helps ensure every employee has not only read important communications but has also confirmed they’ve been read. Don’t get me wrong, read receipts are incredibly useful. But for critical matters, you need confirmation that a message or document has been read or a video has been viewed. This feature provides an extra level of accountability.
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Instant and real-time feedback with our new employee survey chatbot

Our Chatbots take employee surveys to the next level. The chatbot was designed with employee surveys in mind and makes great strides in simplifying internal communication. Read more

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“Beekeeper’s Simplicity has been key to our adoption!” – Seaboard Foods, Beekeeper Client

One of the largest Pork Producers in the United States, Seaboard Foods connects their entire company, from the farmers to the production line employees, with Beekeeper. With over 5,000 employees spread out across farms, production facilities and corporate headquarters, keeping every employee informed and engaged can be a challenge. With Beekeeper, Seaboard Foods has overcome this challenge.

“Now that we have Beekeeper, large numbers of our employees are no longer unaccounted for. They are already on their phone, so we can easily reach them with Beekeeper.” – Beth Holz, Communications Specialist, Seaboard Foods

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