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Connecting the Dots

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201409_SimplifyGroupOverview.pngUpdate on the Community

It looks like most people prefer Layout A we presented inWhich Homepage Layout, NIC-400 Opti Webinar, Finding Unread Discussions.

Today, I've got another call for feedback. How can we improve the group overview page so it is more relevant to YOU?! (example: ARM Processors)

Internal feedback I've already received suggests simplification: having more available without scrolling. For instance, even if the tags are crucial for search, we don't really need them displayed. Similarly, the group creation date doesn't bring much to the party.

If we follow the same logic as the homepage, we could also move the description text to the top of the middle column. I believe we should keep the group owners, because they are your contacts in case you have to escalate an issue. Also, even if I already removed all social sharing icons, I will keep a warning on any private collaboration area.

All the space reclaimed would allow to have the latest blogs more prominent without even having to scroll.

 

Wenjun highlighted that most Partners now joining the community (spaces under Find a Partner) now directly send all the elements from the start. A great example of what the community can bring: by putting all the information/guides and requirements public, this has allowed us to speed up the joining process. Less email exchanges also means that everyone saves time. That should also increase satisfaction.

 

On Saturday, we will be renaming the Smart and Connected group to Internet of Things (IoT). The IoT content today split between Smart and Connected and Embedded will be moved to that newly named group.

 

Featured Content

Every week, I pick a few items on the community I think you should see. You can also find featured content on the community homepage and on the overview page of each community.

 

ARM TechCon is approaching. Tell us about your presence, and tag your content techcon2014 for better visibility:

 

Featured User

Carissa Labriola is an intern in ARM San Jose. Every week, she will research questions and report in her Intern Inquiry blog series.

 

Featured Partner

This week, we welcome Moortec Semiconductor with Stephen Crosher who already posted a couple of blogs. Stephen, don't forget to add your products in your company space so they can be found and advised by the search and recommendation engine.

 

Tip - ARM Employees in the Community

I have updated the ARM Employees In The Community - FAQ about private 1-2-1 support requests.

To avoid frustration, we request that you do not send private messages or emails to our staff unless they asked you to.

ARM employees (and anyone) are advised to decline any private support: that defeats the purpose of a community (answer once, help many).

ARM has formal support channels in place if your company requires urgent help to progress on a project. Unlike community support, the official support has SLAs in place.

 

I hope that you will understand that 1-2-1 timely support for everything is not a scalable model: with 6.000 members and many more readers, it just cannot work effectively.

 

What Next?

Any other thing we should think of? Just tell us: Comment below, Ask, Email, smoke signals, or even via a fax.

And don't forget, How can we improve the group overview page so it is more relevant to YOU?!

 

Thank you!

Alban

Update on the Community

As Brad was highlighting last week, we have used members' feedback for improvements since launch: event calendar, opening groups to ease contribution, update social sharing icon location, roll out new features...

We have offered two new layouts for vote to the community owners. Their preference is towards Layout A which is a bit simpler, but the votes are very close.

What is your point of view? Any layout you really don't like?!

Click on a picture to zoom in, and then please comment with your observations.

 

Layout ALayout B
  1. Featured content as carousel, mouse over gives some details (see the 3rd carousel slide)
  2. Topic areas (like ARM Processors) better promoted at the top
  3. Instant search at the top middle section: great feature from the platform we should better promote
  1. Featured content as carousel, mouse over gives some details (see the 3rd carousel slide)
  2. Topic areas (like ARM Processors) better promoted at the top.
  3. Add a shortcut to go to the content for each topic area (the icon below each place name on top left column)
  4. Instant search at the top middle section: great feature from the platform we should better promote
NewHomeWelcomeWidget_LayoutA.pngNewHomeWelcome_LayoutB.png


The next changes will be about the overview pages (example). We have already asked the community owners' feedback, but what YOU need is the most important.


The ARM Processors group has two additional community owners from this week. Ben Walshe and Eoin McCann will be looking after System IP related content (CoreSight, CoreLink, AMBA...)


I also want to warn you that Smart and Connected group will be renamed to Internet Of Things. Today, IoT content is split between Smart and Connected and Embedded.

On top of making it easier to know where to post, re-purposing the group will also allow it to cover subjects like mbed. I am currently doing some testing to make sure links to the existing blogs won't break when we do the change. Also, we will move existing IoT content from Embedded to the renamed group. Change will occur during weekend to minimise disruption and you will be notified in Connecting the Dots. Also, all members of Smart and Connected will receive an inbox notification.

 

Featured Content

Every week, I pick a few items on the community I think you should see. You can also find featured content on the community homepage and on the overview page of each community.

 

Featured User

We welcome Allen Willson, Product Applications Engineer at NXP. Allen will be able to advise you on the best NXP LPC microcontroller for the application you have!

 

Featured Partner

Atmel stays at the top of monthly views thanks to fresh, interesting, content posted. I recommend you follow their space and Paul Rako!

 

Tip - Browsing Discussions Like a Forum - Obvious Unread Content

Even if this community platform allows you to subscribe to content so you only see what you care about, we understand some members/readers are browsing the community discussions like they would forums.

When you look at the list of discussions, you can very quickly learn if you have read the full thread or not.

If you have not read the thread or one of its replies, the thread title will be in bold. This only works when listing discussions, not when listing all content.

To list all discussions/questions, see Update on the Community in Nearly 90% of Discussions Have Replies, New ARMv8-A Whitepaper by ARM and Qualcomm, ARM’s 64-bit big.LITTLE at 2.5GHz+

Here is a cheat sheet!

DiscussionsQuestionsReadUnreadAnsweredClosedOpen.png

What Next?

How is going for you‽

Update on the Community

We value everyone's constructive feedback on how to 'better' the ARM Connected Community - and with our 1 Year Anniversary approaching at the end of October, we have been working hard on finalizing a homepage redesign. The new homepage will hopefully make it easier to search and find content from across the community platform. We are in process of obtaining feedback from the Community Owners (those that look over the different community areas) and then once we have narrowed down the options, we will be opening the possible new homepage layout options to the wider community for input - so stay tuned as we welcome your thoughts.

 

The ARM Digital Business Survey attracted a bit less than 300 replies - thank you to everyone that participated! It was not only promoted in the community, but also to those that subscribe to ARM newsletters. Consultants have also interviewed five community members and are now starting to interview employees.


New this week: We've added a System IP category to the ARM Processors Group which will now help members filter related content.

 

Featured Content

Every week, I pick a few items on the community I think you should see. You can also find featured content on the community homepage and on the overview page of each community.

Featured User

The ARM Processors Group has a new Community Owner, Tom Stevens will be looking over the group and ensuring your processor-related questions are being answered - he will be a great addition to the community. Welcome Tom!

 

Featured Partner

Avnet just released PicoZed™ which is a highly flexible, rugged, System-On-Module based on the Xilinx Zynq®-7000 All Programmable SoC

 

Tip - Invite People to Join the Community

Send Invites.jpgMore the merrier! Know someone designing on ARM and has not yet joined the community? We thank you in advance for personally inviting them.

 

How to send an invite: Click on the down arrow to the right of your name in the top right of the window --> Select 'Inbox and Activity' from the drop-down menu --> Click on the 'Send Invites' button on the left pane.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What Next?

Any other thing we should think of? Just tell us: Comment below, Ask, Email, you could even phone me!

 

It would be useful for us to have feedback on what you think is good and what isn't, so we know what to try and change and what not to interfere with...

Please take a minute to tell us.

Update on the Community

Share_Call_To_Action_ARM_Connected_Community.pngI would like to thank the readers who kindly took the time to answer our digital business survey (now closed). If you haven't yet, please consider allowing 10-15min to take the survey to help ARM better serve you, to help ARM offer the services You want to use. More details on the survey are in ARM Digital Business Survey Open and Why Answering Will Benefit YOU!

 

Go to the ARM Digital Business Survey (now closed)

 

Would you be available for a phone interview instead of the online survey?

We would love to hear from you. Please leave a comment or contact me!

 

Featured Content

Every week, I pick a few items on the community I think you should see. You can also find featured content on the community homepage and on the overview page of each community.

 

Featured User

Thanks Bob Boys! Bob has been very active answering members' questions in the ARM and Keil Tools group, in particular MDK-ARM and CMSIS questions. Bob has also written many popular application notes you can get from the Keil website.

 

Featured Partner

This week, we highlight Sonics as Tiffany Quan has updated their space with all their fresh product information.

 

Tip - Presenting Your Business in the ARM Connected Community is Free

Are you a company working in the ARM ecosystem?

You don't need to manufacture chips to join the ARM Connected Community and promote your products and services in your dedicated company space.

For some of the benefits, and on how to join, please read How to Join the ARM Connected Community Partner Program (For Company Space)

 

Thanks to our Partnership, ARM was ranked #3 world's most innovative company by Forbes!!

 

What Next?

Any other thing we should think of? Just tell us: Comment below, Ask, Email, smoke signals, or even via a fax.

The better we know your expectations, the more we can try and match them.

 

Thank you!

Alban

Why do we need to hear from you?

ARM is currently working on a project to better understand how to engage and serve our Partners, developers, tech enthusiasts, press...  through digital channels.

Your experience is crucial to us, so we would be very grateful if you could take less than 15 minutes to complete an online survey. This survey will close on Tuesday 26th August:

 

Go to the ARM Digital Business Survey (now closed)

 

ARM employees will be polled at a later date with questions more pertinent to their expected use.

 

Which angles are we researching on?

We would like to hear about how you work with us and our products, and understand how we could better support you.

On top of that, we are also looking for members and visitors who would be willing to have a phone interview with our consultants.

If you can offer us 1h of your precious time for that phone interview, please leave a comment or contact me privately: Alban.Rampon@ARM.com

 

Our consultants are looking at the following:

  1. Background: the type of work you do and your relationship with ARM
  2. Your online needs and preferences: how do you use the Internet at work e.g. download software, get access to documentation etc.
  3. ARM current sites and communities: which ARM sites/channels do you use and what could be improved?
  4. Potential new services and ways of interacting:  e.g. what kinds of new online services would you like to see ARM introduce?

 

Your contact details are NOT collected during the survey.

We will NOT be contacted directly after replying to the survey, unless you ask us to!

 

By sharing your opinion and preferences, you will help us shape the future of the ARM Connected Community but also all other channels like social media, marketing website...

If you have any concern or question, please feel encouraged to ask us as we want to improve!!!

 

Go to the ARM Digital Business Survey (now closed)

 

Thank you for your time!

Alban

Update on the Community

I have noticed there are more and more students and educators joining the ARM Connected Community on a daily basis - I want to welcome all of you to the ARM ecosystem! You all are the next generation of developers that will help solve the world's demands. Please comment below and tell us where you attend or teach - it would be interesting for everyone to see where you are all from. It's great you have stumbled upon the community and I hope you take complete advantage of all of the valuable resources here. If you haven't yet heard about it, I would like to introduce the ARM University Program to you.

 

The ARM University Program equips university students and faculty with a variety of low-cost development tools, IP, resources, support, and other starting points to enable academic projects and courses to utilize ARM technology (there is no formal admission process to the program). In support of the program, the ARM University Program has officially partnered with the following companies to enable their ARM processor-based technology in academia: Cypress, Freescale, Nuvoton, NXP, Silicon Labs, STMicroelectronics and Xilinx. Click here to learn more.


Lastly, the ARM University Program is co-sponsoring an IoT Design Contest seeking innovative proof of concept projects based on the Freescale FRDM KL25Z dev board or NXP LPC1768 mbed board. Don't hesitate on it since the deadline to enter is August 20th.

 

Featured Content

Every week, I pick a few items on the community I think you should see. You can also find featured content on the community homepage and on the overview page of each community.

 

Featured User

Since he joined last week Carlos Delfino has quickly become a fantastic asset to the community. He is a TCP/IP Networks with Windows and Linux expert and is currently studying and applying technologies related to DTN, IP and VoIP networks. Welcome Carlos!

 

Featured Partner

EDA Partner Blue Pearl Software announced this week that they are allowing engineers to try out their Advanced Clock Environment (ACE) tool for FREE

 

Tip - Adding Code, Using Syntax Highlighter

To add a function name or some code in a fixed-width font, simply select the text and choose Courier New in the Font family drop-down. Look at From Zero to Boot: Porting Android to your ARM platform for an example.

 

If you add a longer piece of code, it may be judicious to use the syntax highlighter. It will not only add line numbers, but will also change the font to fixed-width and highlight keywords based on the selected programming language. To use the syntax highlighter, select your code, click on the >> in the rich text editor menu, then Syntax Highlighting, then a language.

 

The example in the picture shows the menu and some syntax highlighted code:

RTE_SyntaxHighlighter.png

What Next?

Any other thing we should think of? Just tell us: Comment below, Ask, Email, you could even phone me!

 

It would be useful for us to have feedback on what you think is good and what isn't, so we know what to try and change and what not to interfere with...

Please take a minute to tell us.

 

Brad Nemire

Update on the Community

Announcement: Community Unavailable Sun, 10 Aug from 12am to 6am GMT: Our host needs to carry out essential maintenance work on our system and their network infrastructure. Multiple system restarts may occur. Please save your work before midnight GMT!

 

The ARM Connected Community was created for you and we strive to fulfill the expectations of our members. Please don't shy away from telling us below in a comment what you like, dislike or would like to see more of in the community. Perhaps an online meet-up in the community, an opportunity for a live Q & A with ARM experts, a date with Alban Rampon or ...? Thank you in advance for your feedback and helping achieve our goal of making the ARM Connected Community the one-stop interactive platform for anyone designing on ARM.

 

Two items worth noting:

  • Use your creativity to invent the next big thing for IoT! Time is running out to enter your idea in STMicroelectronics' STM32 EMEA IoT Design Challenge. ST will be assisting the finalists in turning their dreams into reality with technical support during the development phase and will help in bringing the winning solution to market.
  • Software Developers Workshop coming to ARM TechCon 2014, October 1-2 in Santa Clara, CA. Learn about ARM-based devices in IoT, through hands-on workshops using real devices and boards - which are provided to attendees free of charge. Registration is now open via the ARM TechCon website.

 

Featured Content

Every week, I pick a few items on the community I think you should see. You can also find featured content on the community homepage and on the overview page of each community.

 

Featured User

Congrats to Donatien Garnier on successfully funding his Kickstarter campaign: MicroNFCBoard! If you missed the campaign, you can submit your email to be notified when the board is available to order.

 

Featured Partner

Memory and interface solutions partner Rambus has been quite active with Aharon's two recent posts on How to Build Power Conscious Servers and Breaking the DDR4 barrier

 

Tip - Invite People to Join the Community

More the merrier! Collaboration becomes most effective when a large number of people are participating. Inviting people to join the community is one of the easiest ways to start. In the ARM Connected Community, there are a number of ways to do this:

  • Share ARM Connected Community content by clicking "Share" in the Social Sharing menu in the right pane. If the person isn't already a member, they'll have the opportunity to sign up.
  • Invite people you know by clicking Send Invites in the left pane of Inbox and Activity.

 

What Next?

Any other thing we should think of? Just tell us: Comment below, Ask, Email, you could even phone me!

 

It would be useful for us to have feedback on what you think is good and what isn't, so we know what to try and change and what not to interfere with...

Please take a minute to tell us.

 

Brad Nemire

Update on the Community

Will you get a timely response to your discussion in the ARM Connected Community? Part of the formula for a successful community is the confidence a member has that their question will receive a reply. Let me share some impressive data with you. Since launching the community at ARM TechCon in October 2013, 1,288 discussions have been asked and 1,140 have responses - that's nearly 90%, which is pretty impressive! A huge thank you to all of the members and ARM experts for sharing your ARM knowledge with others.

 

If you have asked a question in the community and received a correct answer, it would be very helpful if you can mark the reply as 'correct' (and other replies as 'helpful'). Once you mark the correct answer, the reply automatically rises to the top of the thread - making it easier for the next member with the same question to find the answer. This is also helpful for others to differentiate which questions are still awaiting a correct answer.

 

See the visual below on how you can differentiate discussions that have been marked as correct.

Mark as correct.png

 

Tip: You can easily search for unanswered questions by clicking the 'Content' tab on the top menu bar --> Click the 'Discussions' tab --> Select 'Open Questions' from the drop-down menu

Find Open Questions.png

 

Please keep in mind the community traffic dips down from Friday evening through Sunday evening as many members and experts are away from their computers. Your question asked during this time will most likely receive a reply on the following Monday.

 

Featured Content

Every week, I pick a few items on the community I think you should see. You can also find featured content on the community homepage and on the overview page of each Group.

 

Featured User

Dan White of DSP Concepts is great asset to the community of experts. His specialties include optimizing code for ARM processors at both the C and assembly levels, embedded design, digital design, computer architecture, and adaptive signal processing

 

Featured Partner

Allwinner had a busy week. They announced that its first 64-bit tablet processor should hit the market by end of 2014 and $4 Allwinner A33 Quad-core Tablet Processor Now in Mass Production

 

Tip - Poll Community Members

Do you want to know what community members think about something? Create a poll in one of the groups you would like people to find the poll in. After you post your question and the possible answers, your poll will show up for other people to vote on.

 

To create a poll:

  1. Visit one of the Groups
  2. Click 'Create a poll' from right Actions
  3. Give the poll a title and description. The title will appear above the list of options in the published poll, so you should use it as the poll's question. The description will appear on the page that lists the poll's full results
  4. In the Choice 1 and Choice 2 boxes, type in answer options
  5. Add any tags to the poll so it will show up in searches
  6. Click Advanced Options > Change voting options. From there, set the date you want to publish the poll (immediately or a specific date) and when you want voting to end (on a specific date, in X amount of days, or manually)
  7. Click Create

 

 

What Next?

Any other thing we should think of? Just tell us: Comment below, Ask, Email, you could even phone me!

 

It would be useful for us to have feedback on what you think is good and what isn't, so we know what to try and change and what not to interfere with...

Please take a minute to tell us.

 

Brad Nemire

Update on the Community

Do you know we have a Chinese Community here in the ARM Connected Community? Here it is 中文社区 - a place for Chinese language members to network and gain knowledge for your ARM-based projects. My name is Bin Song 宋斌, the Chinese Community Manager and I work out of the ARM office in Shanghai, China.

Chinese members are welcome to post blogs or any other technical documents in the Chinese Community - and if you ask a question in Chinese, we have many Chinese language experts ready to help you. It's not just a place for Chinese Partners though - I'd also like to extend an invite to all of our ARM Partners and encourage your Chinese technical employees to become involved in the community.

I am your Chinese contact if you have any questions and I look forward to seeing you in the Chinese Community!

Featured Content
Every week, I pick a few items on the community I think you should see. You can also find featured content on the community homepage and on the overview page of each community.

Featured User

We have many great members in the Chinese Community. I would like to introduce wangyong, a fantastic engineer and very active in the ARM Processors Group and 中文社区. He has contributed some original blogs in Chinese Community. [原创] ARM可穿戴系统架构浅析, this blog is about the ARM wearable system architecture. I also want to say thank you to Wangyoung for being very helpful with the translation of a few English blogs so the Chinese Community can benefit from them, . [原创翻译]关于Cortex-A53需要了解首要的5件事. This is about Cortex-A53 and written by Brian Jeff.  We hope more Chinese members can join us and contribute to the Chinese Community like him!

Featured Partners

China partner Forlinx Embedded Technology, an embedded system solution provider, designs and manufactures ARM-based single board computers, CPU modules and peripherals - and they are good at commercial/industrial control solutions. There are interesting products and technological content on their partner page and they have been recently promoting an ARM Cortex-A8 based development board in China OK335xD-II Is on Promotion!!

Tip - Share Something

You can easily share any document, discussion, or blog post in the ARM Connected Community with a community member or non-member. Just navigate to the content you want to share and click Share from the Social Sharing menu. You can send a personalized message within the community or a link to the content, and, in some cases, even attach a PDF of the content to an email message. You can either choose someone who's a member of ARM Connected Community, or you can just enter an email address of someone you know - they'll automatically receive an invitation to join the community.

What Next?

Any other thing we should think of? Comment below, Ask, or Email now!

Update on the Community

Calling all Makers/Developers! Share your ARM-based projects in the community - we would love to see what you've been working on. It's a great opportunity to seek comments from other developers and gain some extra exposure for your project.

 

Thank you to Julio Enrique Fajardo, Paul Stoffregen and cabledev for sharing your projects:

Bionic RoboHand Prototype - Myoelectric controller based on DSP and Machine Learning

LED Video Panel at Maker Faire 2014: Concept and Development

mbed Smart Lighting Demo with code examples

 

Two items worth noting:

 

Featured Content

Every week, I pick a few items on the community I think you should see. You can also find featured content on the community homepage and on the overview page of each community.

 

Featured User

Brazilian Electrical Engineering student Clovis Fritzen is putting his Freescale FRDM-K64F development board to use in his new weather station/datalogger project

 

Featured Partner

GPU Compute partner Aricent posted a great blog Parallel Computing: Architecting video software for multi-core heterogeneous platforms

 

Tip - Enhance your Profile

Your profile is your central identity in the ARM Connected Community. Community members will go there to learn about you, understand your expertise, and read content you've written. Make sure it's up to date. At a minimum, you should make sure to:

  • Upload a photo of yourself and create an avatar. An avatar is a quick thumbnail image of you. Most people use a smaller version of their photo for this but it's also fun to pick another image.
  • Enter your contact information, as much as you wish - remember you can also control who sees what information.
  • Enter a biography and skills. Tell other people about your background and what you're an expert in.
  • Tag yourself. Tags are a great, and succinct, way to describe yourself. This also helps ARM Connected Community's search engine find you if someone is looking for an expert.

 

Fantastic job by these members. Check their profiles for reference: Jacob Beningo, Peter Harris and Colin Walls

 

What Next?

Any other thing we should think of? Just tell us: Comment below, Ask, Email, you could even phone me!

 

It would be useful for us to have feedback on what you think is good and what isn't, so we know what to try and change and what not to interfere with...

Please take a minute to tell us.

 

Brad Nemire

Update on the Community

We're happy to announce the winners of  the ARM Connected Community Q2 Member Rewards Program, as well as share some of the most popular posts from the quarter.

 

A huge thank you to everyone in the community for your contributions - in Q2 the community received 370 blogs, 514 discussions, 1,220 likes, 1,141 new members, 100,000+ page views per week and 1,314 responses on content. These stats are proving the ARM Connected Community is quickly becoming the one-stop platform for anyone working with the ARM architecture.

 

The Top Employees and Members with the most points will be rewarded with an ARM Cortex-M4 powered Sphero Robot Ball plus a Nubby Cover which enables you to take it off-roading! The members will receive a gleaming trophy badge for their profile.

 

 

The Rewards Programs will continue into Q3 and points will not be carried over - so you're all now on even field.

 

 

Top 3 Employees with Most Points

Lori Kate Smith, Sr. Manager Partner Marketing

Peter Harris, Mali Software Architect*

Chris Shore, Training and Education Manager

Chris Varnsverry, Software Engineer

Note: * denotes this Employee was rewarded in Q1 and you can only win once per calendar year. Peter, I want to personally say thank you on behalf of all the members you have helped in the community - experts like yourself is what is helping with the success of the ARM Connected Community!

 

Top 3 Members with Most Points

techguyz, frequent discussion contributor to the ARM Processors group

jensbauer is a design engineer from Denmark that consistently lends his knowledge in helping others in the community. Jens is definitely someone you should be following.

Gergely Imreh spends most of his time in the Embedded group and has a current poll open wondering What operating system do your ARM devices use?

 

 

Most Viewed ARM Partners

Atmel

STMicroelectronics

Cypress

 

Most Viewed Groups

ARM Processors

ARM Mali Graphics

Embedded

 

 

Most Viewed Content

Collaboration at its best at Day One of Freescale Technology Forum with Crank Software, Carbon Design Systems, Greenhills Software and Freescale WaRP by Andy Frame (@andyframe_ARM)

Kickstarter: USB2Go - ARM based USB development board for Android by bmulej89

Introducing ARM Cortex-A17 – a New Performance Point in Mid-range Mobile by Stefan Rosinger

 

 

Popular Discussions

Microcontroller Development Board/Kit for Home Automation project by gdillen

Some questions in Porting to ARM 64-bit White Paper by larry

What is the GLops of Mali T628MP6? Can't get 17 flops per pipe using OpenGL. by chen2308

Does anyone know how I can remotely update code to distant arm system? by bojana.djukic

 

 

Feedback?

If you could take some time to tell us how you think we are doing, we would be delighted to get your feedback.

You can either comment here, contact us in private or by email: community@arm.com.

 

Brad Nemire

Update on the Community

Now we are starting the second half of 2014, let's look back a little. The ARM Connected Community was publicly launched at the end of October 2013. To make the comparison easy, we will count 9 months as we started to welcome members a bit before the front curtain was dropped.

 

You are now a few shy of 5,000 registered members (I do not count user accounts migrated from previous systems).

A minority of the members are ARM employees (8.7%) and most of employees have technical roles (76%).

 

The community was created to address quite a few needs. Before the community, ARM had blogs, forums, and partner profiles. Blogs were launched in 2010, so about 4.5 years before the community.

Here is a comparison only a few of the community goals.

  • Improve ease of contribution:
    • 910 blogs in previous 4.5 years,
    • 946 blogs in 9 months of the community.
  • Offer richer content:
    • Before you had blogs and forums (on an extremely frustrating system), and some text.
    • Now, you have status updates, blogs, discussions, collaborative documents with version control, polls, events, photo albums. We can even host/stream videos.
  • Increase engagement: lengthy registration form, cumbersome system and not really any incentive meant we didn't really have people joining... so even less engaging.
    • <50 comments in previous 4.5 years,
    • 1k comments,  4.5k likes in 9 months.
  • Increase event reach and coverage: physical events ( != webinars) have a significant cost to set up and we cannot all attend. We can all get more out of them!
    • DAC 2013 = 4 pieces + 0 comment / like.  Content from employees only,
    • DAC 2014 = 31 pieces + 66 comments + 95 likes.  Content also from Partners + attendees.
  • Increase Partner satisfaction: with 1000+ Partners in the ecosystem, we outgrew the system we had before. We also wanted to address sources of complaints.
    • Approvals took forever: approval removed and review is post-publication. Content must still be relevant to ARM technology.
    • Difficult to edit/copy content and very limited features: now an easy rich text editor where you can embed pictures, videos, PDFs...
    • Courses difficult to maintain: ARM Approved Training Partners can now edit the course details and dates within seconds.
    • Visibility of Partner product/services: search improved and relevant product/services advised in search results.

 

For the next 4 weeks, if you need any help and Community Help isn't appropriate, please contact Brad Nemire or community@arm.com as I will not be around...

 

Featured Content

Every week, except last, I pick a few items on the community I think you should see. You can also find featured content on the community homepage and on the overview page of each community.

 

Featured User

Thanks Dr. Paul Beckmann for your explanation on Using CMSIS DSP Function: arm_fir_f32 - Correct Use?. CMSIS is a free library for you to make abstraction of the lower levels in MCU programming. Have a look at CMSIS - Cortex Microcontroller Software Interface Standard to learn more and download the library and its components.

 

Featured Partner

Jacob Beningo from Beningo Engineering wrote a very useful guide on bootloaders in Bootloader Design for MCU's in Embedded Systems

 

AddInlineComment.pngTip - Add Notes to Presentations

You will notice that you can "Upload a file" in all our groups. Not only will the content of the file (PDF, DOC...) be indexed by the community search and recommendation engine, but you will also have a file viewer. The file viewer is available for logged in members on a browser with Flash.

In the viewer, you can add comments inline with the presentation/document.

This means you don't have to say "on page 24, paragraph 6, line 3, word 4..." but you just add the note where relevant.

For instance, if you look on The 64-bit ARM Surge, at the top of the viewer, you will have an "add inline comment" icon.

Just click and type. All comments, inline or not, can be shown at the bottom.

 

What Next?

Any other thing we should think of? Just tell us: Comment below, Ask, Email, you could even phone me!

 

It would be useful for us to have feedback on what you think is good and what isn't, so we know what to try and change and what not to interfere with...

Please take a minute to tell us.

Update on the Community

The maintenance last weekend was successful and all changes mentioned were rolled out.

I can already see the effects: now more content is created directly in the most appropriate topic area.

Over time we will be able to gauge if there is an increase of comments, now it is easier to make them.

 

Featured Content

Every week, I pick a few items on the community I think you should see. You can also find featured content on the community homepage and on the overview page of each community.

 

Update on the Reward Program

Instead of the usual Featured Member and Featured Partner, let me promote a few more this week with an update on the reward program. Points/views are counted from 1st January 2014.

Giving a correct answer is 10 points so ranking can still change. Points in the table below were correct as of last night.

For members/employees, you have until the end of June.

For Partners, you have until the end of the year.

 

#ARM EmployeePointsMemberPointsPartnerViews
1Peter Harris*342superccc*473Atmel11,331
2Xingguang Feng315wangyong*264STMicroelectronics*8,372
3Chris Shore282pravinchanm*258Cypress4,442
4Chris Varnsverry264Brian Fuller206Cadence Design Systems3,815
5Lori Kate Smith263Gergely Imreh197Xilinx3,394

NOTE *: you can only win once. Members with a red star have either already won, or are well placed to win the Chinese reward program. So, you may be closer to the top than you think!!!

 

More on the program in Brad's blog Member Rewards Program, IoT Prototyping Workshop, How to Search for Partners and Products.

 

Tip - LaTeX Math Equation

You can now use some of the LaTeX syntax to include math equations in your content. Follow the guide: Using LaTeX Syntax for Maths Equations - Guide

 

What Next?

Any other thing we should think of? Just tell us: Comment below, Ask, Email, you could even phone me!

Update on the Community

The community will be under maintenance Sunday 15th June from 11am UK Time for ~1 hour (other time zones). The system will stay available for you to read and contribute but you might experience temporary visual glitches and slower performance.

Thanks to your feedback, we will do the following few changes to the community:

Ease Content Contribution

  • You will no longer need to join public groups before contributing. Today, if you haven't clicked "Join this group", you are unable to create, comment or select the group in the target place on the content creation page. We believe this step is not helpful and after a vote open to all community owners, we are removing it. We are not allowing guest contribution not to be swamped by spam, you will still need to be logged in.
  • Documents will be able to host up to 50 attachments. This was requested in order to attach multiple functions/firmware revisions without having to bundle them in the same compressed archive.
  • Highlight the need to login/register before commenting. Today, if you are not logged in, nothing tells you that the comment section is open and you simply are browsing as guest. Adding the mention "Login or Register to comment" will make it clearer for guests that logging in brings more features.

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LinksMenuTopicAreas.pngPeople

  • When you click on people in the top menu, you will now have the list of the latest people who registered.


Improve Navigation - Links

  • By default, the main topic areas are now available to everyone in the "links" dropdown menu in the top navigation. This allows you to quickly jump from ARM Processors to Embedded, for instance.
  • Guests also have these links available.
  • Every member can personalise their top 10 links. The bottom 5 stays the same for everyone: Links - Personal and Common to All Members.

We also did a couple of changes on the backend to ease the job of your community owners.

 

Featured Content

Every week, I pick a few items on the community I think you should see. You can also find featured content on the community homepage and on the overview page of each community.

 

Featured User

Thanks Vatsalya, for his tips on passing the AAE certification in Achieved "ARM Accredited Engineer" Status

 

Featured Partner

This week, we recommend you follow LineStream Technologies. Adam Reynolds has already published 4 blogs about control (PID, ADRC) and motor control.

 

Tip - Copy and Paste a Picture, or Upload from URL

This week tip comes from Philippe who discovered something I didn't know... even if I spend about 16h per day here

If you use Google Chrome browser, you can copy a picture from a website and paste it in the community content editor. Just a copy/paste!

There is a caveat to that: this is "hotlinking" the picture, so don't use this from your Intranet or a public site with a paywall because only You will see the picture.

 

If you want to upload a picture on the community that you have on a blog somewhere, on Windows, you can choose the option to upload a picture from your computer but, instead of selecting a file, you can paste a web URL. This will upload the picture on the community.

 

What Next?

We have received suggestions to improve the global homepage from several parties and are looking at ways to make them work together. The goal is to improve the usefulness of that homepage.

Any other thing we should think of? Just tell us: Comment below, Ask, Email, you could even phone me!

Update on the Community

Already a week since the last update... and with almost 130 new pieces of content written, you have been very busy again. Of course, we also had many comments, replies and shares/likes on top of that.

Thank you for taking the time to create content and contribute to the community!

 

On the direction of the community, we keep looking at new use for the community, or broadening the adoption for existing use cases. (like we've done with Sensor Platforms Open Sensor Platform (OSP))

I have received a number of ideas to improve the community. For instance, it has been observed that not many people use the homepage prominent icons... so to increase the relevance of this homepage, better highlighting the featured content seems judicious. Now I need to see how this could be done practically and in a visually appealing manner.

If you also have suggestions, please don't keep them to yourself!

Similarly, if you see an error preventing you from doing something, please highlight it as we might not have seen it!

 

Also, we working to allow more code (snippets, functions, or package) sharing from ARM employees in the community: we recognise examples play an important role in understanding and developing with/on our technology.

 

Featured Content

Every week, I pick a few items on the community I think you should see. You can also find featured content on the community homepage and on the overview page of each community.

This is the week of Computex and DAC. These two important trade shows were the main subjects discussed.

But as every week we also had useful technical content!

 

Featured User

This weeks thanks go to a select field applications engineer from ARM. Thank you Ronan Synnott for being so helpful! Follow Ronan to learn how best use ARM development tools.

 

Featured Partner

With Brian Fuller on the challenge and Frank Schirrmeister telling us about system design at DAC we really got a lot from Cadence Design Systems last week!

 

Tip - Control How Many Emails You Receive

You think you receive too many emails? Or did you miss something you would have liked to know straight away?

We do NOT use the community to send you marketing or sales emails, and you have full control over the emails you receive.

By default, you will receive:

  • a weekly digest on thursdays: the latest activity and some metrics on content you contributed. You can change their frequency or stop them at any time from your user preferences.
  • notifications when someone mentions your name, when a document you wrote is edited, or when someone comments on content you created. Even if I believe you should keep these notifications, you can switch them off under the Inbox Email Preferences.

Finally, you can use custom streams to specify what you want to be emailed about: How To Create/Manage a Custom Stream?

 

Conclusion

Is something bugging you? Is something not working as you'd like it to? or are you especially happy with something/ someone on the community?

Don't be afraid to share or ask as my team is here to help! Comment, email, phone, SMS, postcard, the choice is yours.