SUTOL Symposium 2020 ONLINE – Looking back

Last year we celebrated the 25th SUTOL Symposium. Apart from sessions, this event has always been a place of personal meetings. Covid-19 joined (without invitation) the organization of this year’s event , and he did not allow us to meet in our standard place. And so we organized the entire SUTOL Symposium online for the first time.

I must thank the representatives of HCL Digital Solutions for joining us and presenting plans for the future with HCL products for collaborations with their entries. Thanks again for Richard Jefts (General Manager of HCL Digital Solutions), Andrew Manby (Assistant Vice President of Product Management, HCL Domino, Leap, and Sametime), Ginni Saini (Product Manager for HCL Sametime) a Danielle Baptiste (Director for Connections with HCL Digital Solutions). And Petr Kunc (Technical Advisor, HCL Digital Solutions), who represented the Czech Republic.

All sessions were prepared by the Czech HCL Masters: Martin Hansgut, Jan Krejcarek, Jan Valdman and me. Many thanks to them for the preparation and time devoted to their presentations.

I must also thank Filip Pavlicek and his colleague from the company Techdata Michaela Kocankova, for for providing the background and technical equipment for online broadcasting.
Thanks to Mirek Orlik for managing registrations. Thanks to all the others from the SUTOL team, who did not have their session this time, but were a great support and helped us to compile an excellent program.

And most thanks to you, all of you 150 attendes who joined our premiere online SUTOL Symposium and were with us all the time. THANKS!!!
I have received many positive responses and I am glad that the event was a success. It has been reaffirmed to us that this effort is important.

We have published the date of another traditional meeting, the technical SUTOL conference, which we always hold at the end of the year. This time on November 25.

Although I had my presentations in czech language, I tried to make them in English and if you are interested in looking at them, here is the link: HCL Sametime 11 and HCL Nomad for Admins. All presentations are available on the sutol.cz website


I became HCL Master 2020. Thanks!

I’m proud and happy I came to a selected community of professionals from around the world who are dedicated to HCL CWP products.

It is a great appreciation for me and at the same time an even greater commitment to continue my work.

Thanks HCL, thanks to all who nominated me!

Huge congratulations to all the other HCL Masters 2020. I am honored to be part of this team.

I look forward to further work.

List all HCL Grandmasters and HCL Masters 2020 LINK

HCL Grandmasters

Daniel NashedJulian RobichauxRoberto Mazzoni
​Gabriella Davis​​Richard Moy​Theo Heselmans
  Paul Withers (retired)

HCL Masters 2020

Adam Brown​Jan KrejcarekPaul Harrison
Aleksandr UsenkoJan ValdmanPavel Aleshkevich
Ales LichtenbergJared RobertsPer Henrik Lausten
Amy StonesiferJens Overgaard DinesenRainer Brandl
Andreas PonteJesse GallagherRamazan Salpagarov
Andreas WeinbrechtJoao VendruscoloRemco Angioni
Andrew MagermanJohnny OldenburgerRobert van den Breemen
Arne Sigurd Rognan NielsenJon SchultzRoberto Boccadoro
Bernd GewehrJörg RafflenbeulSandra Bühler
Carsten GerrickeJustin HillSang Jin Kim
Christian LuxemKarl-Henry MartinssonSatoru Abe
Christoph AdlerKarsten LehmannSerdar Basegmez
Colin BrecklesKazunori TatsukiSharon James
Daniel ReicheltKeith BrooksSiggi Meyer
Daniele GrilloKenio CarvalhoSoehnke Grams
Daniele VistalliKensuke HagiharaSonja Wessels
David HablewitzKim GreeneStefan Lage
Detlev PoettgenKris De BisschopStefan Thier
Devin OlsonLeonardo Antonio Pereira da CostaStefano Benassi
Doug RobinsonLucy MontagueStephen Thorne
Femke GoedhartLuis SuarezSunny Qi
Francie TannerMakoto OnoThilo Volprich
Georg SchallerMaria NordinTim Malone
Giuseppe GrassoMartijn de JongTobias Edelmann
Graham AcresMartin GarrelsTom Van Aken
Guillaume GESNELMartin HansgutTony Holder
Haruyuki NakanoMasahiko MiyoTore Søgård
Heather HottensteinMathieu FABIENUlrich Krause
Heiko VoigtMatteo BisiVerena Hausmann
Helmut SprollMichael McReadyVladislav Tatarincev
Hogne B. PettersenMike McGarelWannes Rams
Horacio BenedictoMitsuru KatohWilliam Malchisky
Igor BreusMouhanad ChebibWinai Sriariyanant
Ivan KuzmenkovNico MeisenzahlYuuichi Kojima
Jan F. ZeuthenOliver Busse

The SUTOL Conference 2019 is over. Yes, it makes sense

Every autumn we organize a technical conference with the Czech user group SUTOL. The same was true this year, when we met at a traditional place in Prague.

We have carefully selected topics so that both administrators and developers will find their way. And I think the program was successful because 124 participants were registered and it really arrived.

The conference is a bit specific in that most of the lectures are exclusively in Czech. Even so, there is interest in the conference abroad.

Very pleasing was the presence of representatives of HCL Digital Solution. And what more could you want than when Richard Jefts, Barry Rosen and Uffe Sorensen, Tim Clark, Antony Blake, Rene Schimmer, Michael Florentino, Stephan Wissel arrive with them. Not only pleasant, but even more responsible.

The conference started keynote by Richard Jefts – Vice President and General Manager of HCL’s Collaborative Workflow Platform business. What happened, what was happening, what was going to happen. What we have done, what we are doing less well and what we will focus on. Those were Richard’s keynote themes.

This was followed by a summary of HCL products by Petr Kunc, who represents HCL in the Czech Republic. Petr in his presentation gradually invited to all other sessions and thus started the technical part of the conference.

Jan Valdman (Whitesoft and HCL Master) has prepared a presentation on the latest in HCL Connections and managed to get Rene Schimmer, Director of Product Management for HCL Connections, for a joint performance.

We look forward to the release of Connections 6.5, which should be this year and next year, we expect another big version that looks very interesting in the first screens.

Barry Rosen – Director of Product Management (Domino, Sametime, Verse) summarized the news we can expect with the coming Domino 11 and Sametime 11. The official announcement will be on December 4 in Tokyo and you can watch online. Registration for this event is here.

Questions were asked about the Czech Language Pack, which falls into Group2 and it was promised that it is still true that the LP for Group2 will be for Domino / Notes 10 as well as for V11. Exact deadlines, but they are not.

There followed two sessions for developers, when Mirek Orlík (Downstream) introduced HCL Leap as a tool for easy development of web applications (Low code strategy) and connection with Domino V11.

Tim Clark (responsible for the HCL Master program, for example) also showed a live demonstration of HCL Leap usage.

For me as a pure Administrator, HCL Leap seems like an interesting and fast tool that can be used in minutes without the need for complex programming. I hope to find time soon and personally try it.

Ondra Fuxa (Your System) focused on the news awaiting developers in Domino 11 because he had the opportunity to beta test. And as he said: functionalities or news are shifted more to the status of “Developer Friendly”. For example, he showed practical programming using new classes in LotusScript.

After lunch break we prepared an interesting session t “Ask HCL”, where people from the audience could ask the HCL team about everything. There were repeated questions about language localization or support. This discussion was also open to those who did not have a stand-alone presentation, such as Uffe Sorensen (Global Director of DS Strategy at HCL Software) or Michael Fiorentino, who is Director of Support. The interest was great and the “round table” exceeded the time limit, but that was not to the detriment of the next conference program.

After this interesting part, I had a practical demonstration of how to analyze and configure HCL Nomad for iPad and iPhone using Panagenda MarvelClient. Anyone who is still interested can sign up for the HCL Nomad beta and start testing Nomad for Android.

Stephan Wissel (Solution Director – Products & Platforms Division at HCL Technologies) arrived at the conference. It was an opportunity for a large group of developers to meet and discuss everything they were interested in. And the interest was so great that we had to move another developer presentation to another time.

Not only for administrators Lukáš Doležal (Whitesoft) summed up the news in Sametime V10 and especially showed what we expect in Sametime 11. No more DB2, no Websphere. Simpler implementation, less hardware. What else could you wish for?

In the next block of lectures, one of our current HCL Masters Jan Krejcarek (PPF Bank) could present his precisely prepared demo (of course everyone had precisely prepared their presentations) on Domino AppDev Pack – what’s new in version 1.0.2. He has shown, for example, the use of IAM Service (Identity and Access Management); access control of documents; work with files.

This was followed by another HCL Master – Martin Hansgut (TOTAL SERVICE), who always presents tips for administrators at SUTOL conferences. This time he chose a very interesting topic, showing different possibilities of connecting Domino with Microsoft Active Directory: SSO, SAML and service that will be part of Domino V11 DirSync.

Slowly approaching the end of the conference and for the developers were prepared the latest presentation by Mirek Orlík, where showed how to deal with large volumes of data in Domino. The lecture full of tips, ideas, observations certainly captivated a completely full house despite advanced time.

Finally, I shared with Jan Valdman our experience on how to register for HCL customer programs, how to support HCL, where and how to download installation files. We mentioned information about planned licensing changes, which raised a lot of questions.

The conference was over. Yes, there was a lot of information that has already been presented, but also a lot of new information. However, it is always a good idea to hear and see this information in a comprehensive way. It is always good to have a community of people who have a common interest, to discuss common problems, to show their tips, ideas and achievements.

It’s always good to see a lot of people for whom all of this matters, and if there’s a chance of meeting a team of the most skilled people from HCL, that’s all the better.

It was a difficult day not only for us organizers and speakers. It was a difficult day for the audience. But it was a really successful day.

Thanks again to my colleagues with the SUTOL team, thanks to the HCL team for taking such a long journey behind us. But mainly thanks to all who arrived and stayed with us until the end. See you next time.


World Premiere of Domino, Notes, and Sametime v11, December 4

Get ready for the World Premiere of Domino, Notes, and Sametime v11, and Connections v6.5. This will be a historic day, marking the first major product releases for these iconic products under HCL Digital Solutions. Tune in live to hear the latest product features, hear from thought leaders, and find out how you can upgrade to the latest versions.
Registration: LINK


A Major HCL Milestone
Richard Jefts, General Manger, HCL Digital Solutions
Domino V11: Why Modernizing Beats Migrating
Andrew Manby, Vice President of Product Management, HCL Domino
Domino V11 Demo: One Vendor, One Solution, One Stack. The Only Stack You Need
Andrew Manby, Vice President of Product Management, HCL Domino
We Hear You: HCL Connections 6.5 = More Value from Your Investment
Danielle Baptiste, Vice President of Product Management, HCL Connections
Boost Engagement with HCL Connections 6.5: We’ll Show You How
Danielle Baptiste, Vice President of Product Management, HCL Connections
Get Started with Domino V11 and Connections 6.5 Today
François Nasser, Global Sales Leader, HCL Digital Solutions

Panagenda MarvelClient starting manage HCL Nomad

Panagenda MarvelClient allows administrators to manage HCL Nomad clients by defining their own settings. MarvelClient is provided with all installations of HCL Nomad starting with version 1.0.4.

HCL has integrated MarvelClient into Nomad, their new Notes client for mobile devices. Manage Notes clients on tablets and phones right out of the box – for free!

MarvelClient allows administrators to:

  • Centrally manage every aspect of Nomad – including Recent Apps, local replicas, Location/Connection documents, and more – without end-user interaction.
  • Ensure Nomad clients are properly set up following initial installation. End-users can be productive immediately without having to think about settings or how to find their Notes applications.
  • Apply settings consistantly, making sure Nomad stays configured correctly – a simple restart of the app automatically fixes mis-configurations without the need for the help desk to get involved.
  • Continuously collect detailed information about all aspects of deployed Nomad installations, operating systems, and hardware to further administrative analytics.

Configuring MarvelClient on Nomad clients

MarvelClient does not require any manual configuration if there is a MarvelClient Config database at one of the default Domino paths.
Each time HCL Nomad is started, MarvelClient automatically applies any new configurations after the user login process.

Disabling MarvelClient on Nomad clients

MarvelClient on HCL Nomad can be disabled. When not in use a MarvelClient on your Domino server, MarvelClient will not perform actions to configure your HCL Nomad client. There is no need to disable MarvelClient.
If you are using MarvelClient and want to disable it for HCL Nomad, use one of the options:

  • If you use Desktop Policy Custom settings, set the notes.ini NOM_MC_DISABLE=1 parameter. This will disable the MarvelClient’s configurations from being applied to the Nomad client after the user enters their credentials during setup.
  • If you use an MDM in your mobile environment, navigate to HCL Nomad’s AppConfig definition to set the AppConfig variable enableMarvelClient to false.


HCL Masters Nomination is open

The HCL Master nominations, known as IBM Champion, are open on October 1.

The HCL Masters program is a recognition program that showcases the best of our community. HCL Masters go ‘above and beyond’ their normal job roles to help others, share information and organise events for the whole community to benefit.

Nominations will be judged by a panel of HCL employees.

Do you want to nominate someone or yourself? Read more on this LINK.
More about HCL Master is on this LINK.


September? News, news, news ….

The beginning of September is really hectic. HCL is rolling out news with us starting with Beta V11, FP3 for V10.0.1, Verse On-Premises 1.0.8 and Domino App Dev Pack 1.0.2.

In addition, we are still faced with various problems related to the products transer from IBM to HCL.

The positive thing about all of this is that something is happening and HCL has been keeping the promised deadlines and news ahead of time. We are still waiting for the Beta Nomad for Android. But I think we have enough toys.

Here is a few links to the latest news:

  • HCL Domino V11 portfolio beta simply register here
  • Notes/Domino 10.0.1 Fix Pack 3 is here
  • HCL Verse On-Premises version 1.0.8 is here
  • HCL AppDev Pack version 1.0.2 for Domino is here

The Product Ideas Forum for #dominoforever

The Product Ideas Forum for Domino, Notes, Verse, Sametime, Connections has been available for a long time. This is the place where you can submit your product ideas and enhancement request.
You can participation by voting on, commenting on, and creating new ideas.All new ideas are evaluated by HCL Product Management & Engineering teams. Some user ideas have already been included in the new versions, some are in the solution.

So you can be co-creator or visionary of new functionalities, new versions. You may be part of the new #dominoforever era.

Come join, share, vote on the website https://domino.ideas.aha.io

I myself have put in a few ideas and if you are interested, you can vote for them:

  • User ID – default “Not localy encrypt” local DB (NTS-I-951)
  • Export, import, Save as – theme Notes (NTS-I-949)
  • Attachment Viewer (NTS-I-44)
  • Users and devices management DMA (NTS-I-47)
  • Domino Administrator client for Mac OS (NTS-I-25)
  • Domino console for iOS (iPad) (NTS-I-429)

Registration for Domino V11 is open

Domino V11 beta is scheduled on September 16. To participate in the Domino Portfolio and Sametime V11 beta simply fill-in and submit the entry form on this site: LINK

HCL is looking for participants who are willing to:

  • Engage in a dialog about Domino, Notes and Sametime V11 and provide timely and candid feedback
  • Be constructive and professional in all written/spoken interaction with beta program members, and HCL
  • Attend the web conferences and meetings pertaining to the beta program
  • Install and test the beta offering in a non-production environment
  • Share their use case for the beta in their company
  • Be open to the idea of becoming a reference for Domino and/or Sametime V11

There will be an initial beta release with a product refresh to follow. Testing will start on 9/4 for the products below:

  • HCL Notes and Domino v11.0.0 Release Notes English
  • HCL Notes v11.0.0 Basic Configuration Windows English
  • HCL Notes v11.0.0 Windows English
  • HCL Notes v11.0.0 Mac 64 bit English
  • HCL Notes, Domino Designer and Admin v11.0.0 Windows English
  • HCL Domino Server v11.0.0 Windows 64 bit English
  • HCL Domino Server v11.0.0 Linux 64 bit English
  • HCL Sametime v11.0.0 Multilingual*

*Initial beta release will be Sametime Embedded client only for install with Notes v11.0.0. All other Sametime v11.0.0 clients and servers will follow. New code strings will be English only.


First month with HCL software

We have completed the first month when HCL fully took over from IBM Collaboration software (Domino, Notes, Sametime, Connections …..).
Information comes from all sides, we gain access to individual systems.

Everything is not going smoothly, but from my own experience I know that the people of each teams are trying to help. I wish everything was successful and thanks to all HCL people and customers for patience.

We get a lot of information, which is gradually updated, so I tried to prepare some interesting sources.

  • Website HCL software LINK
  • Customer registration LINK
  • Partner registration LINK
  • HCL Software Customer Support LINK
  • Overview of purchased software LINK
  • HCL Software Licensing and Download LINK
  • Factory Tour 3 – HCL Presentation Catalog LINK
  • Digital Solutions Blogs LINK
  • HCL Masters Programme LINK
  • Sign up for Nomad on Android beta LINK
  • Template Experience LINK
  • Social Connections 15 Conference (Munich- September) LINK
  • RNUG Forum (Moscow – October) LINK
  • Domino Portable Edition – Building the smallest Domino server (Thomas Hampel) LINK