Why Low Code Will Not Kill DevOps – It Makes It Stronger

6. Januar 2022 Posted by Andrew Manby

While its roots can be traced back to rapid-application development (RAD), low-code application development started to gain serious momentum about three years ago; some of the DevOps community had initially dismissed the trend as the plethora of approaches from no-code to low-code for professional developers started to enter the market.

At the time, enterprises of all sizes had embraced agile software development processes, moving to cloud infrastructure for some critical workloads and using test automation tools widely. DevOps emerged as an essential discipline.

In a recent report, Gartner predicts that the low-code development market will increase by 22.6 percent, to a total of $13.8 billion in one year, so it’s clear that the obituary for low code was premature.

With thousands of medium to large enterprises either already adopting or are planning to adopt low-code for professional development, and DevOps’s growth continues. Rather than expecting Low code platforms for professional development to replace the DevOps model; instead it places an emphasis on a robust software development lifecycle working with the business and IT to increase the velocity of transformational digital experiences. Here’s how:

1. The Need for Speed

During the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic, many organizations were compelled to accelerate their digital innovation to adapt their business activities to the new norm, or find new ways to compete against nimble competitors to stay afloat. In order to deliver their services to more customers and employees, they began to switch to low-code development platforms to deliver solutions faster.

Low-code software is easy customizable, can fit any organizational needs, doesn’t require in-depth coding skills, and speeds up development. Low-code platforms feature a host of pre-made tools to develop an app in a matter of hours, instead of weeks or months.

The low-code development platform HCL Volt MX, for instance, features integrated DevOps services and automated testing capabilities (like an AI-powered built-in test recorder that generates test cases to be executed on the cloud as part of the continuous integration/continuous delivery, or CI/CD, pipeline).

It doesn’t replace developers, but rather helps to automate their work and lets them focus their time on new features and big ideas, rather than on coding repetitive, but essential, tests, or on figuring out the backend complexities.

2. A Confidence Booster

With a low-code platform, DevOps teams get automated tools for testing, deployment, security, data management — all of the backend development — plus frontend and design. This is a set of very different skills and expertise, but such a simplified development process allows almost any developer to work on an app through its full life cycle.

Even if an aspiring coder from the organization’s marketing team builds an internal app, DevOps team won’t have to worry about build validation or version control because low code enables a continuous process.

One small DevOps team can efficiently and confidently manage building and deploying an app from any developer. It can also deploy these apps across multiple devices — with very little learning of different programming languages required. Low-code platforms, like Volt MX, include pre-wired components, templates, and sample apps for smart speakers, wearables, AR, PWA, native mobile, and others.  

3. Strategic Focus

Once low code frees the organization’s DevOps teams from repetitive tasks and lowers workloads, they can concentrate on more complex problems, like upgrading and maintaining existing enterprise-class apps — enterprise resource planning comes to mind — or work on other high-value digital and operational strategic initiatives.

When a European energy giant decided to future-proof and digitize operations, it turned to HCL Volt MX. With a vision to lead the industry by focusing on renewables as well as providing energy to those who lack it, the company’s digital team chose to develop a suite of apps — for employees and customers — to foster this transformation.

Instead of hiring a small army of software developers to build and deploy apps — varying from SaaS for energy plants to spare parts collaborative solution — the company took advantage of a single development platform to save both time and money.

Long Live DevOps and Low Code! 

Low code for professional developers is best suited for developing consumer-grade mobile and multi-experience apps. Whether an organization is trying to digitize an old process, or create new ways to engage with consumers, business partners, customers or employees, low-code development helps organizations be more responsive and agile — just like a good DevOps culture. With the ever-rising demand of a digital-led economy and the subsequent shortage of development talent,  by adopting the velocity of low-code development approach we can enhance the power of the developer (and the DevOps) models to meet the next business challenge.

Meet HCL Volt MX: A Game-Changer for Your Business

14. Oktober 2020 Posted by Andrew Manby

Today, we are thrilled to announce a brand-new, game-changing product in our application-development suite. HCL Volt MX, an industry-leading low-code platform for developers, lets you build multiexperience consumer-grade apps rapidly and empowers you to deliver highly contextualized experiences to reach your customers, employees, and partners with the right information, in the right way, at the right time.  

Using low-code approaches, Volt MX provides the agility to create fast solutions and unified experiences across all channels — as well as improves developer productivity, creates better app experiences more cost effectively, and helps you build innovative experiences that meet the evolution of customer expectations. 

Build once. Deploy everywhere. From native mobile to PWAs to wearables, build once and deploy any app, anywhere — even on kiosks! — on one cloud-native platform. Your internal dev teams don’t have to become experts on iOS, Android, or any available platform. Using a single code base, they can build amazing apps with no limits on user experience, at any scale and complexity.  

Integrations without limits. This means the ability to remove backend complexity and unlock existing data and business processes. Our secure integration capabilities hide any backend complexity, helping developers connect diverse systems and data sets easily and efficiently.  

Innovative interactions. Meaningful engagement. Engage your users in new ways with virtual reality, augmented reality, and voice chat. Add your choice of virtual elements, artificial intelligence, and natural language processing engines with ease. You can captivate users and stay ahead of the competition by incorporating advanced technologies that drive adoption, engagement, and retention.  

Fast app delivery. Our low-code development environment provides rapid, visual assembly and pre-built backend services so you can build robust solutions in weeks instead of months. Volt MX lets you visually build back-end business processes and makes managing complex workflows simple. You can achieve more than a 60% reduction in time to market — giving you faster innovation and lower TCO. Your IT teams can focus on the higher-value organizational opportunities that matter.     

Secure to the core. Volt MX’s security defends against compromise, detects, and reacts to attack. You get data and identity protection with enterprise-grade security certifications.  

Proven success. Volt MX is the result of the license agreement announced in June 2, 2020 to develop, market and support Temenos multiexperience development platform (MXDP) for non-financial services enterprises. Under HCL ownership, we will improve and develop new capabilities of Volt MX. 

Join us for the world premiere. We will showcase Volt MX in all its glory with presentations and technical sessions at Digital Week 2020, our blockbuster upcoming event. This event will be broadcast from everywhere — in 6 continents and 8 languages — with more than 75 sessions. Be sure not to miss the session with Richard Jefts, General Manager and Vice President of HCL Digital Solutions, and me, as we will share an in-depth look at how HCL Volt MX can accelerate your digital transformation initiatives, drive innovation throughout your enterprise, and deliver significant productivity benefits to your developers. 

For more information on HCL Volt MX, click here. Or schedule a demo here.  

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Everything You Need to Know About Domino Volt

23. April 2020 Posted by Andrew Manby

On April 16, we hosted the official Domino Volt launch webcast. Nearly 1,500 people signed up for the webinar, and we had almost 1,000 live attendees. You can always watch the replay here.

There were about 250 questions were asked during the one-hour time slot. We’ve distilled them down to the following Q&A.


Q. Will Domino Volt be included in HCL SW Partner Pack?

A. Yes, Domino Volt will be included in the Partner Pack by May 2020.

Q. Will HCL provide partners with enablement resources?

A. Yes, starting on April 22, we are delivering education and sales resources to help partners communicate Domino Volt’s value to customers.

Q. Are there plans for a trial version?

A. HCL will make trial versions for Domino Volt available soon.

Q. Is a training course available for Domino Volt?

A. Yes, video tutorials are already available in the Domino Volt Help Center

Q. What is the minimum number of licenses to take advantage of Domino Volt?

A. To purchase Domino Volt, you must buy the equivalent number of users as you have for the underlying Domino user license. Like email we believe the Domino Volt product is for everyone in your organization, so the license is both people using and building apps.

Q. Once licensed, are there any limits to the number of apps can be built with the tool?

A. There are no limits to the number of applications you can create.

Q. How will licensing be handled when anonymous access is available?

A. This will be announced as we get closer to the availability of anonymous usage.


Q. How does versioning work? Can we create new versions with added functionality and if needed revert back to a prior version?

A. Versions of Domino Volt apps can be made by making copies of them. This can be done through the duplicate option. Domino Volt apps can also be exported giving you the ability to save a version of the app at any given point and then revert back to that version if needed.

Q. Is Domino Volt available in multiple languages and can we create multilingual apps?

A. Yes, Domino Volt supports 31 different languages. Also, there is a sample app available which shows how this can be done. Translated strings are stored in a central DB which apps use to dynamically fetch translated strings based on locale or language preference.

Q. Can you authenticate with Microsoft Active Directory and SAML idProviders?

A. Yes, this is possible. Domino Volt authenticates users based on Domino, which can be configured to work with and sync with Microsoft Active directory. Domino Volt authenticates users based on Domino, which can be configured to work SAML idProviders.

Q. Most of the integration examples I have seen show Domino Volt reading information. Can I also update?

A. Yes, Domino Volt services can create, read, update and delete information if the API you are accessing allows. Each Domino Volt app automatically exposes its data through a REST API which will allow full create, read, update and delete – provided access permission set on the app allow you to do so.

Q. Why does Domino Volt include an entitlement for HCL Enterprise Integrator?

A. Yes, Domino Volt includes an entitlement to HCL Enterprise Integrator. This has been included for future releases of Domino Volt to be able to access data from enterprises databases such as Oracle, DB2, and SQL Server.

Q. Can I use Domino Volt for external people to sign up for an event? Is anonymous usage supported?

A. Building apps for anonymous usage is not supported in the first release of the Domino Volt. This is something HCL will add support for in a future release.

Q. The demo showed some built-in analytics, can these be customized?

A. A limited number of modifications can be made on the summary page which show charts and analytics. This includes which charts you wish to see, the type of chart. The ability to see charts based on data filters will be added soon.

Q. How does Domino Volt handle authentication with REST APIs?

A. Service credentials can be stored in the service configuration or provide at runtime in the form. Credentials are passed to the header section of the call. Additional options for secure interaction with OAuth based REST APIs planned for the product.

Q. We have a standard UI for all our Notes apps. How can we enforce our own custom standard UI across Domino Volt apps?

A. Domino Volt provides an option to include your own CSS. This provides a way to enforce corporate guidelines for usability and branding. Themes included with the product provide a way to consistently style applications

Q. How does my Domino Volt app work on mobile devices?

A. Yes, Domino Volt apps are mobile friendly and responsive by design. The responsive settings can be set to any dynamic range and can include breakpoints for when to collapse to single column and show/hide different elements of your app.

Q. Can we use Domino Volt in a Docker container?

A. Yes, Domino Volt and Domino can be containerized. Details on how to get started can be found at the domino-docker project on GitHub. HCL has plans to offer a single container version of Domino Volt and Domino in the near future.

Q. Is a dedicated server recommended?

A. In most cases this is not necessary. Domino Volt application runs client side with server interaction being limited to when a user opens or saves. This approach allows a single Domino Volt (and Domino) server to scale with little impact on server resource.

Q. Is it possible to lookup information in another Domino database?

A. Yes, this is possible in the first release by Domino Volt making service calls to Domino Access Services. In the next release HCL will introduce direct access to Domino data which will make accessing data much easier.

Q. If you build a Domino Volt app, how can you export the data?

A. Data can be exported from any Domino Volt app in Excel spreadsheet format (xls). Each app can also expose its data through a REST API.

Q. Can we do the role-based workflows?

A. Role-based access is part of the set of workflow capabilities in Domino Volt. Access and permissions in each workflow stage are role-based.

Q. Can Domino Volt be integrated with SAP for fetching of employee master data?

A. This can be done today through services. In the near future we will make this easier to do through HCL SAP Connector and Domino Volts ability to work with Domino data.


Q. What is the expected release schedule for Domino Volt?

A. In keeping with Verse, Nomad, and AppDev Pack, HCL will release new Domino Volt functionality as continuous updates on a quarterly basis. Details of what will be delivered in the next release will be shared soon.

Q. Is there a public detailed roadmap for HCL Domino Volt?

A. Yes, we have shared our plans for Domino v12 and Domino Volt at Engage 2020. In broad terms, we are focused on enhancing support for Domino functionality, adding a visual workflow experience, enterprise integration, and dedicated mobile app.

Q. Will Domino Volt workflow support parallel tasks, due date notifications and conditional routing? Will a visual workflow designer be introduced?

A. Workflow is a priority focus for the team, and we do plan to add these capabilities in the future

Q. Is HCL planning to integrate Domino Volt with Verse, Connections and Sametime?

The simple answer is yes. Today, customers can immediately embed Domino Volt apps within Connections. Support for Verse and Sametime are currently being explored as candidates for the v12 roadmap.


Q. Can I modify my Domino Volt app so that it can also be used on a Notes Client?

A. Domino Volt apps are Domino apps, so, yes, they can be opened in Notes and with Nomad. You can customize Domino Volt apps in Designer to adding styling and capabilities such as Views for Notes and Nomad client users. The one caveat to keep in mind is that client-side logic in the Domino Volt app will not work in Notes or Nomad.

Q. Is it possible to extend an existing Domino app with a new Domino Volt interface?

A. Domino Volt is designed to both build new apps and extend existing Domino apps with new forms and workflows. It will be able to leverage existing Domino data and agents.

Q. Is there a documented list of Domino Volt artifacts that we should not touch?

A. The HCL development team will provide some documentation and guidance on Domino Volt artifacts which should not be changed by Designer.

Q. Does Domino Volt support HA and Domino Clusters?

A. Not in the initial version. We plan to update Domino Volt at some point so that you can leverage Domino clustering seamlessly.

Q. Can I use DQL in Domino Volt?

A. Domino Volt uses DQL under the covers to provide filtering and sorting capabilities and is one of the reasons why Domino Volt requires v11.0.1 of Domino. Use of custom DQL is not possible today, however, we are planning to enable that functionality in the future.

Q. Views are a significant part of the design of a Domino application. Domino Volt has no View design capabilities equivalent. What are the plans here?

A. We plan to enhance Domino Volt’s capabilities more in line with Domino’s underlying capability. This could include letting you define custom views as part of your app and to include categorization.

Q. When I change the app in Domino Volt, will my customizations from Designer be lost?

A. Changes made in Designer will not be lost when you update your Domino Volt app with the exception of changes to some of the artifacts that are generated by Volt (the subforms, file resources, etc.).

Disclaimer – HCL’s statements regarding its plans, directions, and intent are subject to change or withdrawal without notice at HCL’s sole discretion. Information regarding potential future products is intended to outline our general product direction and it should not be relied on in making a purchasing decision. The information mentioned regarding potential future products is not a commitment, promise, or legal obligation to deliver any material, code or functionality. Information about potential future products may not be incorporated into any contract. The development, release, and timing of any future features or functionality described for our products remains at our sole discretion. Performance is based on measurements and projections using standard HCL benchmarks in a controlled environment. The actual throughput or performance that any user will experience will vary depending upon many factors, including considerations such as the amount of multi programming in the user’s job stream, the I/O configuration, the storage configuration, and the workload processed. Therefore, no assurance can be given that an individual user will achieve results similar to those stated here.

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Domino Volt is Here! Build Enterprise Apps Lightning Fast Today

13. April 2020 Posted by Andrew Manby

With the launch of Domino v11 in December, we told you that Domino Volt was coming. Earlier this year we had a very successful beta program — more than 800 people signed up to help. We are thrilled to say that Domino Volt is here. Please join us for the official Domino Volt launch webcast on April 16, 10 a.m. ET.  

 What is Domino Volt?

Domino Volt offers a new low-code capability that makes it easy to develop powerful, secure, and enterprise-grade applications. We want to protect and extend the value of your investment in Domino. Now you can create form-based workflow apps and surveys, as well as apps that handle document management, secure audit compliance — with no specialized IT or prior Domino skills 

Domino Volt makes it easy for you to integrate and extend these apps and build more complex solutions — plus, it’s powered by Domino which means you get the built-in scalability, reliability, and security you know and love. HCL Domino Volt apps are Domino apps. It’s quick and easy to install and doesn’t require new servers or new hires.

Why Domino Volt? 

Traditional applications can take a long time to build or be expensive — and they require valuable development resources. With low-code solutions like this, people and teams who are close to the business are empowered to build solutions or processes with minimal IT intervention. This means that more people and teams can solve business challenges and issues. In times of crisis, such as the one the world is experiencing with COVID-19, more people need the agility to spin up solutions quickly. Nimble solutions like Domino Volt are essential, especially because of the stability and power the underlying platform provides. 

What Do I Need to Run Domino Volt?  

Domino Volt is now available for Domino customers on a v11 installed server. To learn more about V11, click hereHere is a list of resources for you to explore Domino Volt and what it can do:

How Do I Get Started? 

Contact your sales rep or schedule a demo today. 

Read the press release

Domino Product Team  

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How to Make Domino Deployment and Monitoring Radically Easier

2. April 2020 Posted by Andrew Manby

We recently hosted a webinar co-hosted with Panopta, our partner, on how to create a controlled, efficient Domino deployment (regardless of where you want your servers).  Panopta helps IT teams easily manage large-scale infrastructure monitoring from a single pane of glass, regardless of infrastructure deployment. Panopta works with us to create pre-built Domino dashboards for immediate insight into the most relevant health metrics, automated runbooks to minimize repetitive manual triage, and built-in thresholds and easy dynamic alerting and triage. If you’re interested in a trial, sign up here.

Those of you who joined learned how to get complete visibility of your Domino servers’ key health metrics in easy-to-use dashboards, ensure the right person is notified in case of any health or performance issues, and solve problems with automated remediation instead of manual intervention. The webinar was well-attended, and great questions were asked. We provide the questions and answers here.

Q. Is there an on-premises-only version of Panopta? 
A. No, it’s cloud-only.

Q. Do you need to have Domino v11 to use the solution? 
A. Panopta works with Domino v10, Domino v11 and hopefully well into the future!

Q. Can you comment on overlaps with native Domino features (e.g. Domino Domain Monitoring) and whether the best tool for the job has been clearly identified? 
A. There are many tools out there to monitor Domino and other infrastructure besides that can be a good fit depending on your team and their appetite for manual work. Our value at Panopta is having monitoring experts do a lot of the heavy lifting for you and having this first-class integration with Domino.

Q. What is the raw data regarding Domino server? How do you gather the real-time Domino data?  
A. Domino outputs metrics that we’re set up to read and stream back to the cloud for dashboarding, reporting, alerting and more.

Q. How do you install it on Domino? 
A. It’s simple! Go to domino.panopta.com and sign up for a free trial. You simply install the lightweight Panopta agent on the Domino server to get started.

Q. What would be the benefit regarding other products like Nagios (Open Source) or GSX Monitor (License fee)? 
A. Benefit over Nagios: You don’t have to build it yourself.
Benefit over GSX Monitor: No infrastructure required; it’s cloud-only. Panopta is one more option for monitoring that you could use.

Q. Can you monitor agents? 
A. Yes, we can!

Q. Can you monitor user interactions with Domino?  
A. Yes, we can!

Q. Do you have some actions like top, dmesg, for Windows servers? 
A. Yes, absolutely!

You can sign up to watch the webinar replay here.

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What’s New in HCL Domino v11.0.1 and Sametime

31. März 2020 Posted by Andrew Manby

HCL Software is pleased to announce a new release of HCL Domino and an upcoming fix pack for HCL Sametime. The launch of v11 represented a major milestone in HCL’s commitment to the Domino and Sametime roadmaps and our community. We’ve focused these enhancements on feedback from our beta testers and your ideas from the Aha! Portal.

Domino v11.0.1 now available for download on FlexNet and Sametime v11.0 FP1 will be available early April.

HCL Domino v11.0.1 Highlights

  • Group 1 languages packs
  • Domino Docker Image based on RHEL UBI
  • Security improvements to core Domino
  • AppDev Pack 1.0.4
  • HCL Enterprise Integrator for Domino supports v10 and v11 Domino versions
  • Notes v11.0.1 improvements

Sametime v11.0 FP1 Highlights

  • New Mobile HCL Sametime v11 apps for iOS and Android
  • HCL Sametime proxy support for mobile clients
  • Stand-alone HCL Sametime Community Mux install
  • Install support for Linux console and sample files for silent
  • Translation updates

HCL Domino and Notes v11.0.1

Group 1 Language Packs
The following languages are available in the HCL Domino language pack: Brazilian Portuguese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, and Traditional Chinese. Details of when Group 1 Language Packs will be available on v11.0.1 will be announced shortly.

Docker on Docker Linux Image
HCL Domino 11.0.1 includes a Docker-compatible Red Hat Universal Base Image (UBI) of Domino that is part of your entitlement and available for download through the HCL Licensing Portal. HCL Domino 11.0.1 is pre-installed on this image, allowing you to deploy Domino servers as containers with just a few commands. Thank you to those who upvoted this idea!

TCO Improvements
Auto Update (AUT) servers now support future upgrades of HCL Client Application Access (HCAA) clients and we’ve made DAOS Tier2 configuration improvements. Also, we have updated the version of MarvelClient Essentials from panagenda that comes with Notes and Domino.

Security Improvements
We’ve made the following important security improvements to Domino:

  • Subject Alternate Name (SAN) support: X.509 certificates with a SAN field (extension) no longer require a Subject field containing a distinguished name for TLS connections.
  • Server Name Indication (SNI) support: Domino web servers now support the Server Name Indication (SNI) extension to the Transport Security Layer (TLS) protocol. You can host multiple SSL certificates on the same Domino server with just one IP address. We’re glad to make this idea part of GA!
  • New Notes IDs must have 1024-bit or stronger RSA keys: We are increasing security by enforcing a higher encryption strength when registering new Notes User IDs. New user IDs must now have at least a 1024-bit RSA key size.

AppDev Pack 1.0.4
Release 1.0.4 includes the following changes:

  • Support for Domino v11.0.1 or later and Domino v10.0.1FP4 or later. The AppDev Pack install kit includes separate archives for each major Domino release.
  • Domino-db support for rich text items in Notes documents. This came from another requested idea.
  • Domino-db support for running agents in a Notes database.
  • Proton request rate limiting for rogue applications.
  • Proton console log messages are now written to log.nsf on the Domino server. See the PROTON_USE_LOGNSF Notes.ini in Proton Administration to revert to the old behavior of only writing to the console.log file.

HCL Enterprise Integrator
HCL Enterprise Integrator (HEI) for Domino can be used to perform high-volume data transfers, synchronize disparate data sources, and provide real-time integration between Domino and backend data sources such as DB2, SQL, and Oracle. You can construct complex workflows straight out of the box and run all your Lotus script agents in one place for better control and scheduling.

HEI supports both Domino v10 and v11, with support on Windows and Linux. Note that with Domino v11 and HEI v11, HCL will no longer make OEM Progress Datadirect ODBC drivers available. The use of ODBC drivers from Progress and other vendors working with Domino and HEI are fully supported.

Notes v11.0.1

  • SwiftFile is now installed with Notes: As requested in this idea, SwiftFile assistant is now integrated with HCL Notes in v11.0.1. In previous releases, it was provided separately.
  • Changes to attachment viewing and importing: The underlying software that Notes uses to import and view attachments has changed in v11.0.1.
  • AES for database encryption: As requested in this idea, HCL Notes v11.0.1 introduces 128-bit AES as an option for local database encryption.
  • Support for JAWS 2019: The screenreader JAWS version 2019 is supported for use with Notes v11.0.1.

HCL Sametime v11.0 FP1

New Mobile HCL Sametime v11 Clients on iOS and Android

  • HCL Sametime v11 mobile clients fully supports persistent chat with a newer, cleaner, and modernized color scheme and design.
  • New “click to meet” feature is fully integrated with the HCL Sametime v11 mobile clients.
  • iOS and Android keyboard emoticons are now enabled.


HCL Sametime Proxy Support for Mobile Clients
This includes supporting persistent chat, multiple client connections, and mobile device push notifications.

Stand-Alone HCL Sametime Community Mux Install
If you have a large number of Sametime users, the HCL Sametime community server can be expanded and extended for chat and awareness using a stand-alone Sametime community Mux. Mux is a connections synchronizer that can take in thousands of connections and send them to backend community servers, making the community server scalable. HCL Sametime Community Mux installs are supported on both Windows and Linux platforms.

Install Support for Linux console and Sample Files for Silent
HCL Sametime Community on Linux operating system adds support for console installs.  In addition, sample files for silent installs are now provided.

Translation Updates
Additional language support has been added to the HCL Sametime Community, Proxy, and Clients.


For more information on these releases, please refer to the following links:

Domino and Notes

As you can tell from this release, we’ve implemented many of your ideas and feedback into our product and we want to keep hearing from you. Please submit your ideas in the Domino Aha! Portal and vote for others that you may find useful.


Thank you for your continued support and we hope you enjoy the latest versions of our products.

Domino and Sametime Product Teams

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The Domino Volt Beta Program: Your Questions Asked, and Answered

19. März 2020 Posted by Andrew Manby

We recently hosted a webinar that was one of the most well-attended ones we’ve held yet (there were almost 200 people there for the full hour). There were more than 300 who registered, so luckily the playback link is here, for anyone who wants to watch it. As usual, those who attended were super active, and a lot of great questions were asked. You can find those questions — and the answers — below. The general availability (GA) for Domino Volt is scheduled for April 2020; stay tuned. And for those who helped us with our beta program — you are rock stars.  Don’t forget to leave your comments and feedback in our beta forum. And, if you’re experiencing issues with the beta, please contact the beta support team.


Q.   Is access control explained in a single place?

A.   This section in the documentation on securing explains everything related to access control and privileges.

Q.   Can we use Domino access levels like a reader, author, editor in Domino Volt?

A.   Domino Volt has a set of roles and privileges that map to the different workflow stages in your application.  With them, you can define who can read, update or delete documents in your app in each workflow stage.


Q.   How do we import data from a Domino database?

A.   With the initial release of Domino Volt, you will be able to import data from Domino apps using REST APIs. Going forward, we will add capabilities to make it easier to access and integrate with your Domino apps.


Q.   What database does Domino Volt use?

A.   Domino Volt uses NSF for the database. All application definitions and data are stored in NSF. Domino Volt apps are real Domino apps complete with Domino forms and views.

Q.   Can we leverage agents developed in Lotus Script?

A.    In future releases of Domino Volt, we add capabilities to let you leverage Domino agents. This will allow you to build apps with client-side events that trigger server-side processes through agents.

Q.   Is it possible to automatically convert Lotus Script apps to Domino Volt apps?

A.   This is not possible in the product.

Q.   Can apps be generated as React components?

A.   This is currently not possible in the product.  A React-based runtime is something we may consider going forward.

Q.   Does Domino Volt require Domino Server v11?

A.   Yes. Domino Volt requires Domino v11 to run.

Q.    What are the advantages with Domino Volt compared to HCL leap?

A.    Domino Volt is a new capability for Domino whereas HCL Leap is a standalone product which runs on WebSphere.  If you are looking for a low-code offering that runs on Domino, then Domino Volt is the answer!

Q.   Will HCL replace Domino Designer with Domino Volt?

A.   No. Domino Volt is HCL’s browser-based low-code option for Domino that is focused on building forms and workflow-based web applications.  Domino Designer continues as the best choice for a variety of use cases including, Notes applications.

Q.   Can we cluster Domino Volt apps, and can we have High Availability?

A.   Not in the initial version.  We plan to update Domino Volt at some point so that you can leverage Domino clustering.

Q.   How can we integrate Domino Volt Apps with our organizational structure to determine workflow assignments and notifications?

A.   Domino Volt will look to your directory when making role assignments for workflow. These assignments need to be explicit in the initial release.  In a future version, we will add dynamic assignments as an option.  This will let you look up organization relationships in your directory to make dynamic role assignments.

Q.   Is it possible to use JSON-Services from a Domino server with session based-auth/SSO instead of basic authentication?

A.   Yes, you can use either option in the product.

Q.    Is https on the Domino server supported?

A.    Yes, https is supported.

Q.   How does Domino Volt support heavy workloads? Has there been any stress testing?

A.    Testing for the initial release is underway.  We are seeing good results and will be able to provide more information when the product is available.

Q.   Can we personalize the names of the NSF to avoid this c75-c556-cc6.nsf format?

A.   Not in the initial release.  We will consider this for future releases.


Q.   How do we debug Domino Volt apps?

A.   Domino Volt has a built-in syntax checker and objects picker to make sure your code is clean. Debugging is often a matter of previewing the app to determine if your code works. Preview error messages point to the object, event and code so that you can make quick corrections and test again.

Q.   Does Domino Volt have a field type for written signatures?

A.   No, not in the initial release.  This is an often-requested feature which we will look to introduce at some point.

Q.   Is there a sample app that shows how to integrate with SAP?

A.   No, but we plan to create an example of how you can integrate with SAP.

Q.  Is there a multi-lingual sample app?

A.   There are various approaches you can take to create multi-lingual apps.  We plan to introduce an example soon.

Q.  Can I create responsive layouts?

A.   Yes, by default, the layout of your Domino Volt app is responsive.   You can easily customize responsive settings through the page properties and with rules.

Q.   Are the sample apps stored in NSF format?

A.   Sample apps are stored as .Volt files.  These are package files which contain the application definition in XML format, any application artifacts (images, style sheets, etc.) and optionally data.  To import a sample app, you click on create new / from existing and then select the .Volt file.

Q.   Can we customize the sample apps?

A.   Yes, absolutely.  You can also duplicate them and edit the copy.

Q.   Does Domino Volt keep track of app versions?

A.   Domino Volt will keep track of the deployed version of the app and an edit version.  This allows you to make changes, preview the changes and save the changes without disturbing the deployed runtime. Beyond this, you can version apps by exporting them periodically.

Q.  Will Domino Volt be able to connect with SOAP-based services?

A.  Yes.  We will introduce this capability and service definitions to Domino Volt in a future release.  They exist today in HCL Leap and have not yet been implemented in Domino Volt.  Service definitions are xml documents which are catalogued and become available to application designers.

Q.   Can I use Domino Volt as front-end to a Java Spring Boot?

A.   Yes.  Domino Volt should be able to interact with any REST services in your Java Spring Boot application.

Q.  It is possible the use of real-time processing like WebSockets?

A.  Not at this time.  Future versions of the product which offer additional opportunities for extension technologies may allow for this.

Q.  Can I modify existing Domino apps with Domino Volt?

A.   No.  Domino Volt is for creating new applications and not for designed modification of existing Domino apps.


Q.  Will HCL replace the FEB based Community Surveys in Connections with Domino Volt?

A.   There are currently no plans to do this. Going forward, we will look at integration opportunities between the products.


Q.   How will Domino Volt be licensed and priced?

A.   Pricing will be on a per-user basis for Domino Volt.  For Domino customers, this means they will have the opportunity to pay ‘slightly more’ per user to add Domino Volt.

Q.  Is there a licensing issue if we use Domino Volt for anonymous use?

A.  The initial version of the product will only support authenticated users.  A subsequent release will introduce support for anonymous users.  At that time, we will add a license option to allow for anonymous users.


A.  Can we get an editable version of webinar presentation and information on how run Volt in a docker container?

Q.  Yes, we will provide a link to the charts for those who need them and information on how to run Domino Volt in Docker on the beta forum.

Q.  Are we allowed to blog about the Domino Volt open beta?

A.  Yes, absolutely.

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You’re Invited to the Domino Volt Beta Program

14. Februar 2020 Posted by Andrew Manby

We are excited to announce the HCL Domino Volt Beta Program! We’re calling on our community to share honest, constructive, and thoughtful review and testing of the software. Your input is essential to how we develop our products. Your input is essential to how we develop our products — and we will continue to listen to you every step along our roadmap.
With Domino v11, HCL Domino Volt provides new low-code, app-building capabilities that empower IT teams and business users to create web-based situational apps and workflows in minutes. You can now build apps 60-70% faster! And because it runs on Domino, you get all the benefits of the proven, secure platform underneath.
We’re seeking people who meet the following criteria:

  • Customers or business partners who are up and running on Domino v10 or v11

HCL is looking for participants to:

  • Share applicable use cases for the beta
  • Engage in a dialog and provide timely feedback
  • Attend the web conferences and meetings pertaining to the Beta Program (note: No travel is required)
  • Review and comment on documentation
  • Be open to the idea of becoming a reference for HCL Domino and HCL Domino Volt

To learn more about HCL Domino Volt, watch this video.

To participate in the beta program, it’s easy to register here

For testers who have been accepted into the program, you will receive further instructions by March 9.

Thank you for your participation and your passion for HCL Domino.

The HCL Domino Team

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Domino Query Language for Domino v11 in Action

3. Februar 2020 Posted by Andrew Manby

With v11, Domino Query Language (DQL) completed its consolidation of all means of searching Domino data, using full-text indices. We discussed and demonstrated this and other vital enhancements — and presented the expansive future of DQL and the problems it can be used to address — in a recent webcast. Attendees asked a lot of questions. We answer them here.

Q: Are there any tutorials on DQL?     
A: We have published several slide decks and guides. We agree that we should do more to educate developers about the capabilities of DQL. We will publish them here.

Q: Is there a possibility to download the slides and demos after this webinar?
A: Here is a link to the replay.

Q: Are Qbus results updated automatically when a matching document is added to the database?    
A: Yes, the result set will contain any documents matching the query.

Q: What if the search query contains umlauts (e.g. Müller) or Unicode characters? Is it going to work in v11?    
A: Accent sensitive searching will be honored through the FTSearch calls, but not the view or NSF ones in v11.  We have this as a backlog item going forward.

Q: Is it possible to search with DQL under a specific Notes view like FTSEARCH? It looks like the research is global to the entire DB.
A: Yes, it is possible using the IN clause ANDed with the FTSearch criteria: in (‘myview’) and lastname contains (‘Schmidt’, ‘Rose*’)”

Q: Can I query a range date or number for field now with DQL?    
A: Yes, it is supported in DQL using View and NSF Scanning. 11.0.1 will support dates and numbers using FTSearch in the future.

Q: Are aggregate multi-database searches planned for next release?    
A: We’re currently working on it and have designs. However, the schedule is not in place yet and we are unable to confirm a release date.

Q: Is XPages class for DQL ready in V11?    
A: Not yet. However, we have seen the idea raised in the Aha portal and have started to look into it.

Q: When will 11.01 be released?    
A: We are aiming for end of the first quarter., However, the exact timing will depend on quality testing.

Q: When will the QueryBus functionality be available?   
A: We are expecting this to be available as part of v12.

Q: To clarify, DQL is a way for developers to perform searches in their code; it is NOT something end users would see as an alternative way to perform searches in a database (unless a developer created it)?    
A: Yes and no. For now, it is too complex to provide this to a typical end user. But there is more to say about our plans. End users can see query-by-example UIs like DQL Explorer. We’re trying to keep the DQL complexity down to provide accessibility to low-code folks.

Q: In which “native” way can I get JSON out of DQL (not using GSON or a third party)?    
A: Today (v11) document collections must be traversed and document data must be sent to the NotesJSONNavigator (Lotusscript) or Java-based JSON classes. QBus will have JSON output as one of its options in a future release.

Q: What is the impact of running simultaneously DQL in a web application?     
A: DQL runs with any other load on the server. Its performance and resource impact are a function of the complexity of queries and the amount of data, but there are no concurrency restrictions at all.

Q: Are there plans to extend support for using DQL to access a server-based application from client-side agents? At the moment a user-initiated agent generates the following error, “Method is not available. Function is not supported for remote databases.”      
A: Yes, you can use DQL to access server-based applications. Nomad/Notes Client will be able to run DQL on servers and C API calls will be published and supported as well. True client/server DQL will be delivered in v12.

Q: Will instant refresh be addressed for DQL only or for any non-Notes client solution like http?    
A: It is an option on the query, that, if set, guarantees the FT Index will be refreshed at query time. We have an SPR for the FTSearch issue, JCUSBKSN4Z, please continue to raise feedback on our Aha portal if you want it addressed.

Q: Full-text search cannot use wildcards in Japanese, but can I use the Contains operator in DQL to search?    
A: Since there are no space delimiters, wildcards are not as useful in DBCS languages. But using Contains should work fine.

Q: How will the DQL work with the access control list of the Domino Database? Often we want logged users to see data based on the ACL groups and roles.    
A: Access control settings will be honored. DQL will never allow a document to be opened by a user without privileges or fail to allow a document to be opened by a user who does have privileges.

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Important Languages Support Update: Domino, Notes, VOP, and Volt

17. Januar 2020 Posted by Andrew Manby

We learned in 2019 that adding languages support to HCL Notes turned out to be a lot tougher than anyone had expected. We plan to streamline our processes in 2020, however, and deliver more languages. We deeply appreciate your patience. As promised, here’s the update with our progress on language support in Domino, Notes, and Sametime for v11.0.1 and beyond.

What’s the plan for group two languages for Domino v11.0.1?
HCL intends to provide support for the following languages for Domino V11.0.1 (including Notes V11.0.1) early in July 2020:

  • Russian
  • Czech
  • Polish
  • Dutch
  • Swedish
  • Arabic

What about Verse, Sametime and Domino Volt?
Verse, Sametime, and Domino Volt are already multi-language ready. In fact, they support 30+ languages.

What’s the plan to add other language packs for HCL Notes?

After shipping group 2 languages for v11.0.1, we are going to streamline the process to enable us to deliver more languages. Here is the list of languages we have in plan for v12 (or before). An update on the timing for when these language packs will be communicated in July this year.

  • Catalan
  • Hebrew
  • Finnish
  • Norwegian
  • Slovakian
  • Slovenian
  • Hungarian

Are you adding languages for Verse, Sametime, and Domino Volt?
Yes, we are going to be adding Basque and Hindi for the v12 versions of these products.


Domino and Sametime Product Teams

Disclaimer – HCL’s statements regarding its plans, directions, and intent are subject to change or withdrawal without notice at HCL’s sole discretion. Information regarding potential future products is intended to outline our general product direction and it should not be relied on in making a purchasing decision. The information mentioned regarding potential future products is not a commitment, promise, or legal obligation to deliver any material, code or functionality. Information about potential future products may not be incorporated into any contract. The development, release, and timing of any future features or functionality described for our products remains at our sole discretion. Performance is based on measurements and projections using standard HCL benchmarks in a controlled environment. The actual throughput or performance that any user will experience will vary depending upon many factors, including considerations such as the amount of multiprogramming in the user’s job stream, the I/O configuration, the storage configuration, and the workload processed. Therefore, no assurance can be given that an individual user will achieve results similar to those stated here.

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Moving Your Mail from SCN/Verse: What You Need to Know

19. Dezember 2019 Posted by Andrew Manby

We recently hosted a well-attended webcast focusing on in-depth how to move your mail from Smart Cloud Notes/Verse to your Domino server of choice (on-premises or in a managed cloud environment). In this session, we shared technical guidance on how to move both hosted and service-only mail users. Representatives of our new HCL Managed Service Providers joined us for an interactive Q&A. Here are the questions — and answers. You can watch the replay here.

Q: If we don’t want to move back to on-premise Domino mail solution, what is our option to remain in the cloud?

A: HCL has negotiated with several Cloud Hosting Providers globally to provide cloud hosting for Domino mail, applications, Sametime and Connections services. Find those Cloud Hosting Providers here.

Q: What about hosted customers migrating from SCN to another mail service? Will this be covered, or what is there some approach in this case?

A: This webcast focused on migration to on-premises Domino. HCL is not planning to provide tools to customers who wish to migrate to another mail service. Furthermore, customers who are migrating from SCN to another mail service will need to work with a third party to migrate their mail.

Q: What happens if a customer also has Connections? Is there a similar process in place for migrating to on-premises? Will there be the same session for Connections migration?

A:  For on-premises migration, Connections has a set of open public APIs. If you choose one of our Cloud Hosting Partners, listed above, they can assist with the migration. Also, migration scripts are created that obtain the source data — more information to be provided in a future webinar on HCL Connections Cloud migrations.

Q: What about encrypted mail?

A: For hybrid, replication will also include encrypted mail, the user will still be able to decrypt it with his/her notes ID. However, for service only, users should decrypt mail before migration or replication on-premises, as the “Super Delegate” ID will not be able to decrypt encrypted mail.

Q: For service, only accounts, will the unread marks be replicated?

A: They are replicated, as unread marks, but will not appear for the “Super Delegate” user.

Q: To confirm, for service only accounts, the replication is JUST with client Notes. Does it mean that I cannot use a local Domino server to do this?

A: Yes, via a workstation service, only replication is possible that has a Notes client installed.

Q: For SCN service, only accounts is it possible to obtain a list of groups with email addresses and members of the groups?

A: Yes, service only customers are provided with an extract containing public groups. It can be possible by opening a ticket with HCL Software Support.

Q: How do you create the replica stubs on the on-prem server? Doing it one by one manually is not feasible. Will HCL provide a tool?

A: Script version is available. The replicate DB tool can help with this process. The tool will be available for download by customers.

 Q: Is it possible to do server to server migration with SCN service only organization. Is it correct that HCL will NOT provide organization certification to create an on-premises server to be able to replicate server to SmartCloud Notes servers?

A: HCL does not distribute certificates from the cloud environment. Rather, SCN Hybrid customers will have copies of their licenses and SCN service; only customers must create new ones, and they cannot be cross-certified in the cloud.

Q: Does the staging server/migration superuser id need to be cross-certified? If no, how does the on-premises get access? When must you move the data to the on-premises server?

A: The Super Delegate account used for service-only migration is certified the same way as any other user, so no cross-certification is needed to access SmartCloud Notes. To replicate the data to on-premises mail servers, if the particular ID is in use, then it must be cross-certified with an on-premises organization or organization unit certifier so that it can authenticate with the on-premises mail servers. Above all, for hybrid accounts, the SCN servers and the on-prem servers typically have a common org certifier, so no cross-certification is needed there.

Q: For service only migration, we can’t decommission users with connections licences. So how can we route the mails from other SCN to our new on-premises mail server?

A: The Connections environment will route mail to wherever the SCN smart host or MX record for the domain(s) tells it. During the migration, you set up the SCN smart host property on the domain(s) to point at the new mail environment. However, mail for the users routes to wherever the smart host indicates, removing the SCN subscriptions for them. Once all SCN users migrate, you update the MX record to point to your on-premises environment so that all emails will route there directly.

Q: For service-only users, will the LDIF list include the size of mail files? If not, how do we obtain mail sizes for all users?

A: The LDIF file does not contain mail file size information. However, the “Super Delegate” account (or any other account with access to the mail files) can obtain information about the mail files through the administrator client or programmatically, such as with the SmartCloud Notes Mail File Analysis Reporting tool.

Q: Can a customer request the total volume that the customer uses?

A: You can open a ticket with HCL Software Support to get this information or download the SmartCloud Notes Mail File Analysis Reporting tool and run it as needed to gather mail file information.

Q: Last time I checked only Notes Client IDs of active SCN users were allowed NRPC access into SCN (i.e. no IDs of Domino on-premises servers even if added to the mail files ACL), so replicating multiple mail files out of SCN onto a local Domino mail server wasn’t possible. Has that restriction been removed?

A: Authenticated on-premises server to SmartCloud Notes server access, never restricted for hybrid accounts; for example, free-time lookup between on-premises users and SCN users necessitated such access. For service-only accounts, access to SCN mail servers limits to Notes client workstations. To obtain mail file access, the on-premises server name(s) (for hybrid accounts) or delegate name(s) (for service-only accounts) must add to all mail file ACL’s, either directly or via a group. The organization’s administrators can do it. A migration guidance document will be made available for download addressing this topic. 

Q: You mentioned ACL Update Utility. Where do you get that?

A: That is available in the SCN Admin console in HCL Connections Cloud; navigate to SmartCloud Notes administration panel, users then link to batch request.

Q: How is it possible to remove the subscription of a user? Is this option greyed out for our users?

A: To address this, open a ticket with HCL software support.

Q: Will mobile users need to reconfigure their clients?

A: Yes, mobile devices will be required to reconfigure. MDM solutions can help with the burden on users of client reconfiguration. Please check with your preferred MDM service provider.

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HCL Verse on-Prem 1.0.9 is Here

13. Dezember 2019 Posted by Andrew Manby

HCL Verse On-Premises (Verse)’s superior user experience means there’s less clutter and more clarity while using mail to get your work done faster. Designed for browser-based mail on both desktop and mobile devices, Verse gives you everything you need.

HCL Software is pleased to announce the release of HCL Verse On-Premises 1.0.9 for general availability. Verse 1.0.9 highlights include:

  • New logo and color scheme: Verse now sports its HCL Digital Solutions logo and improved color scheme
  • See the Verse version you are using: Now it lets you see your current Verse version so you can make sure you’re using the latest and greatest Verse user experience with the widest set of features.
  • Change your internet password easily: Quick access action leads you to the change password setting
  • Double click an event in the calendar bar to open it: More streamlined than ever, the Verse calendar bar now provides super-quick access to meeting information
  • Improvements for 24+ hour meetings: Meetings that you’re invited to that span 24 hours or more are now shown at the top of your calendar, above the individual time slots. In addition, you can now create 24-hour meetings if you are using the calendar event design preview.
  • Use a QR code to join online meetings: Great for joining meetings quickly with a QR scanner
  • Drag and drop to change a meeting attendee’s role: Change someone’s meeting role (required, optional, FYI) with simple drag and drop
  • Administrators can enable relative archive mail path URLs

Administrators can use the notes.ini setting iNotes_WA_UseRelativeUrl=1 to enable archive mail file URLs to be relative to the Domino server being used.

HCL Verse User and Admin documentation can be found here.

HCL Verse Developer site can be found here.

If you have requests for new features, please submit them in the VOP category on the Domino Ideas Portal.

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Meet the HCL Domino, Leap, and Sametime Team

8. November 2019 Posted by Andrew Manby

I’m thrilled to share with you the people behind the Domino, Leap, and Sametime product management team, some of which you know already, and some who are probably new to you. These are the people that work closely with HCL development, sales, support and marketing, our HCL Masters, and Business Partners to get the Domino and Sametime portfolio to market.
We have a “two in the box” approach to ensure we are covering everything from covering: market, product and technology, for example, from grooming the backlog to competitive analysis, to product strategy and go-to-market.
Product Managers Contact Information
Thomas Hampel
Application development
products: Domino, Nomad, AppDev Pack, Enterprise Integrator
Agnes Ng
Mail products: Notes, Verse On-Premises, Verse Mobile, HMSMO
Ginni Saini
Chat and meetings
product: Sametime (lead)
Ketan Godhaniya
Product: SafeLinx and Sametime
Martin Lechleider
Low-code application development
product: LEAP, Domino Volt


Business Product Managers
“Go to market” planning
Contact Information
Kathryn Corey
Business planning, life-cycle management, pricing and packaging
Joe Stoisits
Business planning, SaaS/Cloud
Jarrett Regier
Market analysis, low-code app dev: Domino AppDev Pack and Nomad
Frank Fuchs
Product management process, royalty reporting and ISV partnerships

We are all looking forward to the launch of V11 in Q4 2019, seeing you are one of the upcoming events, and working with you in our new format V12 workshops beginning in January 2020. 
Thank you.

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How We Are Building a Notes Mobile Application for iOS

16. Oktober 2019 Posted by Andrew Manby

On October 15, 2019, we hosted a popular HCL Domino-focused webcast hosted by Gabriella Davis from Turtle Partnership and Andrew Manby from HCL. The plan was to bring you up-to-date with the work we have completed on the discussions template for iOS mobile as well as how we got here, what is coming next, how you can get involved. It also includes our hopes for additions to Domino Designer that will allow us to map mobile gestures and behavior to Notes applications. There were hundreds of participants asking a lot of questions. We provide the answers to those questions here (sorted by topics, in bold).

You can watch the replay here, and find out more about the Template Experience project here.

Project Scope 

Q: Once you completed discussion and team room template, will you continue to enhance other templates? 

A: Yes, at this time currently limited to discussion and Team room template features. However, it is the starting point for the Template project that Gab was describing. Once this template is completed and shipped, we will then look at the other templates (based on customer feedback) we want to modernize.


Q: Can we get the Nomad on the iPhone now? When is it expected to eGA? 

A: Yes, you can! Sign up for our iPhone Nomad beta here. By the way, this URL is right for the beta for Android tablet too. We expect Nomad for iPhone will eGA by EOY 2019.


Q: Having used Nomad, will you be adding Workspace like the standard client to make accessing new templates easier?

 A: Yes, we are planning on providing the Workspace as an option for Nomad. Stay tuned.

Q: Do you intend for this prototype template to work for Nomad on other mobile platforms?

 A: Yes, once it’s ready for distribution, it will load a frameset appropriate to the device for example, from an iPad or Android tablet to an Apple iPhone or Android-based phone.

Q: What about Nomad WebAssembly and the Notes desktop? Will those be supported platforms too? 

A: That is the ultimate goal, the template will present the best way possible independent of the Nomad client being used (or Notes).


Q: This looks great. What more has to be done before it will be shipped? How often will you have updates available? 

A: There is more work to be done before its ready to ship the new template that works for Nomad on iPhone. For example, we are adding translations for our supported languages, more bug fixes, performance tweaks, etc. Once we have something ready, we intend to ship updates every quarter like the Domino AppDev Pack and VOP. The work of optimizing templates to work on Nomad WebAssembly and the Notes desktop will come, however, there is no timeline for that work yet. Stay tuned. We are focusing on updating templates on Nomad on mobile devices for now.


Q: We saw new template functionality introduced in the demo, including a new set of icons, will they be available in Designer in the future?

A: Thanks to the community’s feedback, we are extending Designer to add functionality to make creating more contemporary mobile apps more accessible. Stay tuned for timing.


Q: Why there are two top menus?

A: The Top menu, is the Nomad toolbar, the second is the application action bar.

Q: Is the middle column showing the value only from 1 View Column or combined Info? Can we make a part of text Bold too?

A: The Nomad client view columns have the same design features as the Notes views, different text stylings within a single column in view are not currently possible.

Q: The users can copy paste a link into a notes doc or attach it there as normal?

A: The same copy/paste functionality for doc links is available on Nomad iPhone as on the Notes client; however, we have not chosen in this template to map that to action yet. That is something that can be customized, for instance.

Q: It will be possible to combine data from linked documents in a single view? Like adding text from the lookup-ed document?

A: It is still a Notes view with the same design capabilities as today, so not a relationship join within a view.

Q: In my opinion, create a lookup option for a text field in the view, should be very simple to add.

A: Notes has never been able to support this type of view join functionality.

Q: Also, default scrolling horizontally is not a preferred UI option.

A: This is understood. In a future release of the template/Nomad, horizontal scrolling will be disabled. Thank you.

Q: And keep vertical space, top UI should hide when not using.

A: We agree. You will see the Toolbar hidden in future releases for an application like this. We are also looking at ways to redesign the tab bar, which currently takes too much space. Thanks for the comment.

Q: Is there also a view, that shows the main topics/questions, including all responses in a hierarchical fashion?

A: The underlying data is still in a response hierarchy, within the mobile client, it is not displayed in a hierarchy, as we found it created too much space on the smaller real estate. You can see in the “more comments” view that we show documents in a hierarchy but chose not to in the primary views to maximize space on the screen. That could easily be changed in your application if required.

Q: In a discussion forum, you often want to quickly find all topics, that are either new or that have new responses. What would be the best way to find such discussion threads?

A: Great question. In the traditional Notes client, I would suggest using the date flat view, where you can see everything added, new topic, or response etc. In the mobile client, you could use tracking to track subjects you are interested in for some time. Lots of thought going into this area for the future. The Filter and Tracking features are helpful in this area. We’d love your feedback on these.

Q: Will there be a way to handle multi-document actions?

A: Currently, Nomad does not support a view selection column so we cannot select multiple documents in the way we do in Notes. We are discussing alternative ways to approach that.

Q: If we can get an update on a long (> 10 years) existing discussion database… that would be great!

A: We agree!


Q: As a developer, I’d like a configurable template so I could have a great looking mobile approval form on an iPhone. Any plans to add a Nomad template for this type of solution, please?

A: It’s a great idea and an excellent use case of Nomad on the phone. Before we commit, we want to collect the community’s input on the next target template. To help us, please complete this survey.

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Update: Strategy and Release of Nomad 1.0.4 for Apple iPad

4. Oktober 2019 Posted by Andrew Manby

I am delighted to bring you an essential update on the Digital Solutions strategy for HCL Nomad, the client interface to Domino applications.
First, we are shipping HCL Nomad 1.0.4 for the Apple iPad available from the Apple App Store today.

  • New name, same great product – HCL Nomad. While the Domino Mobile Apps product, officially rebranded to HCL Nomad, the mission and capabilities remain the same. As a result, run your existing Domino apps online or offline without any additional investment. Furthermore, if you were testing the Nomad on iPad via Apple TestFlight previously, you would be notified by email with the link to download the GA version on the Apple Store.
  • Where am I? Nomad knows. The release includes some cool new features such as a new LotusScript interface for iOS and Android, built-in GPS and gyroscope capabilities. For instance, once V11 ships, your Domino apps can capture the user’s exact LAT and LONG information. The possibilities for retail, asset management, audit/inspection and travel-based applications are endless.
  • Personal Mail File Access. Yes, users by default can now access their private mail file using HCL Nomad. Hence, administrators should refer to the following link for MDM options for mail and other settings: Managing HCL Nomad via an MDM provider.
  • What else is new in Nomad 1.0.4 and 1.0.3? Here’s a brief synopsis of what we think is useful in case you missed it.
  • Configuration of Nomad is now possible to avoid DNS, a necessary setting for some VPN solutions.
  • We have added Notes Rich Text Selection. Double-tap a word to select text.
  • Added Notes Rich Text Copy/Paste
  • @Command FileOpenDatabase temporary flag now works with “Recent Applications”, only when the applications were closed previously
  • @Platform[Specific] returns additional entries for iOS: model type (“iPad” or “iPhone”), apple model identifier
  • Native OS Style number fields will now display a number keyboard by default
  • Fixed Native OS style multi-input time fields
  • Managing your Nomad rollout and deployment. Now with the MarvelClient from panagenda, it’s even easier setup, manage, and customize your enterprise’s use of Notes on the desktop and Nomad on mobile devices. Therefore, for more information and an FAQ about the MarvelClient and HCL Nomad, click here.
  • Better still, replay the panagenda webinar that took place October 16  to learn what MarvelClient can do.
  • Better support for Mobile Iron MDM via Application Config. Starting with version 1.0.4, HCL Nomad on an iOS device supports managed configuration via most common Mobile Device Management (MDM) providers. However, all MDM providers are slightly different in how they implement managed configurations for applications. To learn more, please click here.

Second, calling all Android tablet and iPhone users. Finally, we have Nomad available for beta testing on Android 8.1 and iPhone available. Please sign up to participate in both betas here.

Third, the Nomad Web Assembly work is proceeding well. Some of you saw the first demo at the recent Factory Tour in Chelmsford, MA. Above all, the goal of this Nomad offering is to enable Domino apps to run natively on a web browser without installing a Notes or ICAA desktop client. In addition, for the companies I’ve spoken with, the “zero footprints” approach greatly reduces complexity. Most noteworthy, it saves time and money — a real game-changer. The timeline for a beta is 1H-2020.

Fourth, HCL Nomad and Google. Based on Google’s strategy, we’ve already demonstrated the Nomad for Android beta running ChromeOS as a native application. Furthermore, once the Nomad Web Assembly work is complete, you will able to run those apps without an install on the Chrome browser on your ChromeOS device natively. Therefore, if you want to try the Android beta, please subscribe to the beta here.

Enhancement requests? As always, we want to hear from you. Please submit your ideas as usual in the Domino ideas portal.
Thank you for your continued support of the HCL Nomad initiative.Andrew Manby / Andrew Davis


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