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HCL software is coming

On July 1, a new era “Collaboration” software under the leadership of HCL begins. The transaction between IBM and HCL was successfully completed by June 30th and now everything can be started.

Here’s the official announcement LINK

The transfer under HCL includes in particular these products:

  • Notes
  • Domino
  • Traveler
  • Verse
  • Domino Mobile Apps
  • Sametime
  • Connections
  • Portal
  • and more

Here are some resources:

  • HCL software page LINK
  • HCL Domino page LINK
  • HCL Notes page LINK
  • HCL Sametime page LINK
  • HCL Verse page LINK
  • HCL Connections page LINK
  • HCL Customer Support page LINK
  • HCL Partner Connect page LINK
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What’s new in Verse on Premises 1.0.8?

IBM Verse 1.0.8 provides the following new features and enhancements. Release 1.0.8 is scheduled to be available in August 2019.
Detailed information: LINK

  • Enhancements to the calendar event design preview in 1.0.8
    IBM Verse 1.0.8 provides the following enhancements to the calendar event design preview feature.
  • See names in your native language
    In Verse 1.0.8, in work environments that use internationally-recognized names, your administrator may allow you to see names in their native languages and character sets. These are known as alternate names.
  • See your archived mail
    In Verse 1.0.8, if you archive your mail to an archive database on a server using another client such as iNotes, or if your administrator archives your mail on a server for you, you can now open the archive mail file from the folder panel to see the archived messages.
  • More support for encrypted meeting notifications
    There is additional support for encrypting meeting invitations and responses.
  • Font sizes are consistent with Notes and iNotes
    In Verse 1.0.8, the font size is the same as the font size in Notes and iNotes. For example, Arial 14 is rendered the same size in Verse, Notes, and iNotes. Previously, the Verse font size was smaller.
  • Improved web browser experience enabled by default
    An improved experience for users who access Verse from browsers on mobile devices is now enabled automatically.
  • New password and Notes ID features
    In Verse 1.0.8, you can change the password that you use to log in to Verse, change your Notes ID password, and manage your Notes ID.
  • Server support for IBM i
    Verse is now supported on a Domino 10.0.1 server running on IBM i version V7R2 or V7R3.
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What’s coming in Sametime 10 Limited Use?

The release of Sametime Limited Use V10 is scheduled for June 14th. HCL does a lot of work on upgrading Sametime and certainly many of us can’t wait to start using Sametime Limited.


So what can we look forward to?

  • Modern user interface with alternating chat bubbles and the conversation list as the primary view
  • Persistent chat including groups with the ability to receive messages immediately and on all clients (desktop, mobile, and browser) concurrently
  • Seamless, offline chat with automatic queuing and receiving of messages instantly after logging into any client
  • Brand new React-based, lightweight web client
  • Domino® 64-bit support (Windows 32-bit will ship first, followed closely by Windows 64-bit, and then Linux 64-bit)
  • Server-side chat history (Mongo will initially be required for server-side chat history; Domino to follow at a later time)
  • Chat configuration settings allowing the ability to turn persistence on or off, establishing which users or groups of users receive persistence, and specifying for the duration of chat history storage
  • Fully compatible with Sametime 9.0.1 FP1

IBM Sametime Limited Use V10.0 enables the use of selected integrated instant messaging and presence awareness functions from IBM Sametime. The components from IBM Sametime that make up IBM Sametime Limited use are:

  • IBM Sametime Connect Client V10.0
  • IBM Sametime Community Server V10.0
  • IBM Sametime Proxy Server V10.0

Features included in this release:

  • Instant messaging chat
  • Online presence status and status icons
  • Set presence status and status message on startup
  • Chat history (desktop client-side)
  • Emoticons and emoticon palettes
  • Business card display
  • Contact type ahead
  • Spell check
  • Group chat
  • Mobile access
  • Multilingual release
  • MacOS and Windows™ client-side; Windows server-side

Sametime Roadmap what’s next?

Administration

Chat

Meetings

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What’s coming in Notes V11?

During the Engage conference in Brussels, HCL team members presented V11 Notes client. The V11 beta is coming in Q3. Will the V11 premiere be as big as the V10? Certainly …

So what can we look forward to at the end of this year?

New look, blue comes

  • Simplicity – Keeping the UI simple to use with less clutter
  • Progressive Disclosure – Show the advanced features and actions as the user needs them
  • Attentive UI – Able to manage the user’s attention to the right areas and display information in a way that increase the effectiveness of the interaction
  • HCL Branded
New login to Notes V11
Mail Notes V11
New Message Notes V11
Calendar Notes V11

Some interesting features

  • Multiple Dictionaries Support
  • Meetings > 24 Hour Support
  • Export As PDF
  • Support For TLS 1.2
  • Mac 64-bit Uninstaller
  • Open JVM 8 support
  • Template refresh – Discussion, Contacts…
Multiple Dictionaries Support Notes V11
Meetings > 24 Hour Support Notes V11

Features Availability

Source: HCL presentation
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SUTOL Symposium 2019 – Looking back

SUTOL Symposium in Prague took place a week after the successful Engage conference in Brussels. This spring event, which is not as technically focused as the autumn SUTOL conference, has been held regularly for 25 years (first organized by Lotus, IBM and SUTOL in the last few years), which is almost unbelievable.

One era is over (IBM) and another is starting because HCL Digital Solutions has become the main partner of the event. Thanks.

The SUTOL Symposium is specific in that most presentations are exclusively in Czech (except for the opening keynote). However, the event was attended by over 100 people. This is a very beautiful number in such a small region.

For this occasion, everyone received a yellow t-shirt and we could make a unique group photo of the “big yellow family”.

A great pleasure was the opening keynote personally presented by Richard Jefts. Richard is the Vice President and General Manager of HCL’s Collaborative Workflow Platform business. As always, it was an interesting presentation with clear goals that HCL had set and fulfilled at a fast pace. He showed plans for the future.

Also arrived Uffe Sorensen (Global Director of DS Strategy at HCL Software). He was not here for the first time. This time as a member of the HCL team.

As always, we have tried to make presentations balanced for both Administrators, Developers, and Notes users.

A detailed program and presentations can be viewed at www.sutol.cz

The full house stayed to the very end and there were many people who told me during the day and especially at the end that the event was very enjoyable and sees the true effort of HCL and hope for the rebirth of Domino/Notes.

During the day, a lot of us posted information from the conference on Twitter and if I look at the feedback on my Twitter, the event has also received a response from abroad. Thanks for the feedback.

At the end of the Symposium, we immediately held an organizational team meeting and booked a date for the autumn technical conference. I will not publish the term yet, but it is again in November. We believe that we will show you Domino / Notes V11, that everything will be under the wings of HCL and there will be a lot of things that could not be published at this time.

  • Thanks again to Richard Jefts and Uffe Sorensen.
  • Thank you to all the colleagues who took care of the presentations.
  • I would like to thank all colleagues who participated in the preparation of the symposium.
  • Especially thanks to everyone who arrived.

Goodbye in November.

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IBM Domino Mobile Apps for iPad official release. How to install

April 23, 2019 – IBM and HCL released the first official version of Domino Mobile Apps for iPad. The app is available in the Apple App Store

Do you want to know how to easily install the app on your iPad?

What is IBM Domino Mobile Apps

IBM Domino Mobile Apps is a mobile client for the Apple iPad that allows you to work with your Notes Applications. It is available from the Apple App Store. IBM Domino Mobile Apps includes offline replication, touch optimization and extends your Notes Applications with device capabilities.

Limitations

  • The Notes mail application (based on the standard mail template) is not supported.
  • Sharing attachments with other entities such as other iOS applications is not supported.
  • Custom actions that are defined for the drop-down action menu are not available.
  • Importing images into Notes rich text fields is not supported.
  • Domino Mobile Apps network requests are limited to 10 seconds. If latency between the client and a Domino server causes network operations to exceed this limit, then normal operations can fail.
  • The Notes Workspace is not supported.
  • Roaming is not supported.

Requirements

  • iOS 11.4+ or 12.1+ installed on your iPad.
  • IBM Domino 9.0.1 or 10.x or later server that you can access through a virtual private network (VPN) or over the internet.
  • SmartCloud Notes mail users: You must copy your Notes ID file to your iPad. For information, see Setting up Domino Mobile Apps in the cloud.
  • On-premises users: If your ID file is in an ID vault, it is downloaded automatically during setup. If your ID file is not in an ID vault, you’ll need to copy it to your iPad as described

Deployment Domino Mobile Apps on-premises

  • If your Notes ID file is not in an ID vault on a server make a local copy of it on your iPad. The following steps describe how to a copy it from computer using Apple iTunes.
  • Install iTunes on your computer if not already installed
  • Copy your Notes user ID file to you computer
  • Launch iTunes on your computer
  • Connect your computer to your iPad. If PC, use an adapter that allows you to connect
  • From your Mac or PC, select the iPad icon “Tablet” and select Settings/File sharing
  • Select Domino Apps and browse for your Notes ID file and add it
  • Open Domino Mobile Apps on the iPad
  • Use the Client Configuration page that opens and then click Next
  • Enter your name associated with your Notes ID
  • Enter the name of your Domino server. You can use DNS server name
  • Read the Terms and Conditions and click Agree
  • Provide the password for your Notes ID and click Next. If you see a message stating that the ID file can’t be found on the server, browse and select a local copy of the file that you copied to your iPad.
  • Provide the password for your Notes ID and click Next. Wait for the configuration to complete and the Home page to open

Now you can start using IBM Domino Mobile Apps.

You can read about using the app in this POST
Good luck with Domino Mobile Apps

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HCL Factory Tours Milan – Day 2 Summary

After an intensive first day and a great evening followed by an interesting program right from the morning.

The second day I was most interested in the news about Verse 11, Sametime 10, Client Notes 11.

VERSE On-Premises 11…

Barry Rosen and Andrew Davis have demonstrated the functionality that will appear in the near future in VOP 1.0.7 :

  • ICS Import directly from an attachment
  • Allow user to download all attachments at once
  • Allow user to filter search results to show unread messages
  • Allow viewing of messages sent with “prevent copy” turned on
  • Better user experience when type-ahead yields no results
  • Change blank subject line to the name of an attachment
  • Continued enhancements on the modernization of the Calendar user interface
  • and several others

VOP features coming to VOC in Q1/Q2 -Subject to change:

  • 24 hour time setting
  • 30 days data sync for offline
  • Accept button added to Calendar Inbox popup card
  • Allow users to minimize the compose and quick calendar create docked windows
  • Dual Time Zone in Calendar Inbox
  • Extension: 3rd party Files repository integration
  • Extension: Custom name Picker enhancement.TO/Cc/Bcc in one action
  • Extension Enhancement: Hook before on Send: provide attachment name & size and bcc info
  • and many others

VERSE TOP BACKLOG ITEMS:

  • Complete New Calendar React UI
  • Complete effort for supporting Verse Web on Mobile (Mobile web alternative to iNotes Ultra Light)
  • Next Gen Lightweight Client

Notes & Lightweight Client Strategy

Another (for me) expected session was Notes & Lightweight Client Strategy by Adrew Davis

Notes 11 backlog sneak peak – Subject to change

  • Windows 64-bit /JVM 11 support
  • Mac 64-bit installer
  • Modernized Look
  • Stretch Goal: Create meetings beyond 24 hours – for all clients !

What does it mean to be “Lighter Weight”

  • Simpler Install and Upgrade – No more provisioning
  • Super fast startup – enough said
  • Single native process – No Java, less memory ….
  • Simpler extensibility model – HTML/JS programming – No more Eclipse, Java, SWT
  • and others

The first beta Lighter Weight Client should be in 2019

Sametime 10

What to expect in Sametime 10 showed Pat Galvin.

What´s in Sametime Limited use V10

  • Concurrent online clients – desktop, mobile, browser
  • Messages received immediately on all online client
  • Received queued messages when logging in on a client
  • Runs on Domino 64-bit
  • Fully compatible with Sametime 9.0.1 FP1

What’s next in V10 or V11

  • Server-side Chat History
  • Multi-Device File Transer
  • Multi-Device Voice/Video Calling
  • No More Browser Plugins
  • Docker for Simplified Deployment
  • Get rid of WAS, DB2, Sametime System Console
  • and many others

What to write at the end?

I did not get any more because I had to go back home to work. The journey by car was long enough and I had time to think about what it was like for 2 days in HCL Factory.

It was a great day with lots of interesting information, and it seems that HCL really means “Domino family” seriously.

I’m glad I could be there to meet a bunch of new people.
I’m glad I do not have to end after 25 years of working with Domino / Notes.

Thanks for the invitation, thanks to the all members HCL team.
You do not stop!
!

I look forward to May – engage.ug and sutol.cz conference

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HCL Factory Tours Milan – Day 1 Summary

This week, another HCL Factory Tours is running, this time in Milan. I like to join the others and I’m in place.

Richard Jefts started HCL Factory Tour Episode 2 as Star Wars style. Richard summed up what had happened since the launch of the Domino V10 and introduced the plans for year 2019.

Richard Jefts

Then Russ Holden presented plans for Domino 11.
What did he say?

  • Domino 11 will HCL branded 
  • Domino 11 – more interfaces
  • Domino 11 – selected language kits will be available for betas
  • Domino 11 – re-engineering language kit
  • Domino 11- DirSync feature will pull drama AD, runs on Domino Directory Admin server
  • Domino 11- DAOS shared data
  • Domino 11 – Recall undelivered mail
  • The first beta is planned at the end of June and July.


A new beginning ….

The tours were then split into two tracks. Technical and Business. Information from the parts I’ve been to.

Francois Nasser introduced the BP Connect program. We will still see what this will be for  the current IBM Partners mean.

Francois Nasser and BP Connect Program

Maxx Sutton and Andrew Davis introduced the Nomad Roadmap.

  • will be support for the iPhone
  • language Support Group1 (now)
  • It will open the Beta Nomad program for Android as it is now for the iPad
Domino APPS – Platforms Roadmap

The day was then ended by visiting the center of Milan and the perfect dinner.

Although tired, I’m looking forward to the next day.

Thanks HCL team!




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How to publish Domino 10 statistics to New Relic

IBM Domino 10.0 you can set up Domino to publish Domino statistics to an external monitoring service via New Relic .

You can publish Domino statistics to New Relic, a third-party, web-based monitoring application. New Relic allows you to visually monitor statistics in real time on multiple Domino servers from one dashboard.

This statistics are reported through a New Relic plugin called DominoStats.
Statistics are published once a minute and are retained for 24 hours.
The Domino Stats Plugin New Relic is FREE with limited features.

What you need to do in this case:

  • create a New Relic account
  • add a setting to the server notes.ini file to enable the server to report its statistics.

How to enable Domino statistics monitoring in New Relic :

  • Create an account at www.newrelic.com.
  • Log in to your account.
  • Click the arrow at the top, right of the New Relic window and select Account Settings.
  • Copy your license key in the License key field.
  • On each Domino server that you want to report statistics to New Relic add the following notes.ini setting: NEWRELIC_LICENSE_KEY=
  • Wait a few minutes for the initial metrics to be published.
  • Open the DominoStats plugin, click DominoStats in APM/Plugins

A summary page that you see when you open the plugin reports key monitoring statistics for each server that you have configured to report to New Relic.

New Relic Domino Statistics
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IBM Domino Mobile Apps (IDMA) for iPad

IBM Domino Mobile Apps (IDMA) is access to Notes applications from Apple iPad without the need for re-design Notes applications.

The access to the application is only for registered beta testers for now.

I was lucky because I was included in the IDMA beta program.

I received an email with a link to the application in the “TestFlight app”, which was automatically installed on the iPad. Through iTunes I needed to copy my ID file from the Notes client to the application.

When I open IDMA, I enter the password for my ID file as for the Notes client. Then I can open an application from my server or from local iPad (local) .

IDMA open application

Opened apps will show “Recent applications” as Home by default.. The last 12 are displayed.

IDMA – Recent applications

However, I can open my Workspace. Open / On My Device / Bookmark.nsf

IDMA – open Workspace

For now, Workspace options are limited, but you can, for example, change the background, arrange icons, and so on.

IDMA – Workspace options


Most of us appreciate the ability to replicate applications. This means I can run offline applications just like I am used to from your Notes clients.

Just set the application to be offline. You will see the replication setting screen and you can start replicating.

IDMA- offline settings app

Replication can be found in the replication server as in the Notes client.

IDMA – Replication

The application is in beta. So far with limited functionality.
The iPad does not support Java (JavaAgents and xPages that you used in your applications).

IBM Domino Mobile Apps also supports older versions of servers.
I tested Domino 9.0.1 FP9.

I think this is a good thing from HCL and I look forward to the next version. A lot of users will certainly welcome this access to Notes applications.