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


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.


My SUTOL Symposium 2019 presentations are download available

At the May SUTOL Symposium 2019 in Prague I had two presentations about Upgrade Notes V10 via Panagenda MarvelClient Upgrade Free Edition and Installation and Use of Domino Mobile Apps.

Upgrading Notes clients to V10CZdownload
Upgrading Notes clients to V10 ENGdownload
Domino Mobile AppsCZdownload
Domino Mobile AppsENGdownload


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.