Posts Tagged: ‘Digital Solutions’

HCL Domino v12 Beta 3 Has Arrived

2. April 2021 Posted by Thomas Hampel

What a blast! In our webinar hosted this week, we announced Beta 3 is now available for download on Flexnet for all Domino customers. Watch the replay here.  This will be the last beta drop before the v12 release so don’t miss your chance to participate and help us shape the future of Domino! In this third iteration, we are unleashing another set of great features. See the full list here or read highlights below.

We’ve also included a Q&A received during our webinar and a special shoutout to all our customers and partners who covered our beta in blogs and tweets below!

Notes Client Highlights

New 64bit Notes Basic Client
For the first time ever, we are releasing a 64-bit Notes Basic client for beta testing. Many of our customers have been voting for this and we’re pleased to deliver. (See this idea from Cormac.)

Our main intent for this release is to engage customers, business partners, and third-party vendors to try out 64-bit Windows Basic version and test existing extension integrations. Our plan is to provide several iterations of this 64-bit client in beta and once we feel that we have addressed most of the known and reported issues, we will release the Standard 64-bit client.

More Improvements for the Workspace
In Beta 2, we introduced a new Notes client user interface for the workspace. Thanks to all your feedback, we have addressed several improvement requests such as reducing excessive spacing between icons and adding the ability to change the font color of workspace database icon (which is also policy controlled). Now you can also partially or completely collapse the workspace navigator and easily identify multiple replicas with the added a visual indicator. Read more here: 

Apple M1 Support
Good news for customers planning to use Apple’s new M1 hardware with HCL Notes. Beta 3 now also supports those type of CPUs.

Domino Server

Password Synchronization
A new secure method to synchronize password changes from Active Directory to Domino allows customers to reduce the number of passwords that users have to remember. Password changes from Active Directory are instantly being applied to the Domino IDVault.

Domino Backup
An integrated backup solution that allows you to manage backup and restore processes from within a Domino application. It provides a simple backup client for Domino. (See this idea from Sean.)

Entitlement Tracker
This new entitlement tracker will help to take an inventory of your environment to identify the entitlements needed under the new CCB/CCX license model. 
For more details about the license model please refer to the following articles on CCB Licensing and CCX Licensing or review documentation here

Other Enhancements 

Questions and Answers 

We received more than 300 questions in our Q&A earlier this week. We’ve answered some of your key questions below. However, if you have an unanswered question about the beta, please submit them in the beta forum

Q: How do I join the beta program?
A: If you are a current customer, then you already have access to the beta. More details here.   

Q: Does the new Domino Backup allow for backing up NSF and NTF files? 
A: Yes.

Q: Does it need a new volume to be mounted in Docker? 
A: You need a volume because you want your backup to be preserved, you can use the same volume as for your data directory or a different one.

Q: Do unread marks get lost when restoring? 
A: No, for a full restore the unread marks will be recovered. When merging individual documents back into the original database, merged documents will have a new UNID and so unread marks will be different.

Q: Is the backup system compatible with IBM Spectrum Protect? 
A: It is possible to integrate with a variety of backup vendors, however for Spectrum Protect there is no need to change as there is an existing backup agent for Domino.

Q: Will Verse support updating photos in the Domino Directory instead of Connections? 
A: Yes, Verse will release a new version in April, so in just a few days, which will support this.

Q: Will Nomad Web be available with v12 beta or do we need to get access to another beta program? 
A: Nomad Web runs its own beta program. If you want to participate, register here.

Q: Is it possible to sync passwords back to AD? 
A: No, a Domino server does not have a copy of the Notes UserID password.

Q: Is there a chance we’ll see Sametime Community, or Traveler also on Docker? 
A: Yes, Traveler on Docker is part of this beta. Sametime to be provided later.

Q: Can I have page 25 of the handouts? I am a guitarist and server names are EPIC.  
A: You can find the slides here – Domino v12 Beta 3. Rock On!

Q: Can I use any TOTP application? 
A: Yes, any TOTP application of your choice will work.

Q: Who can I talk to for some sparring of upgrading a customer from R7.03 to 11.0.1FP2 or version 12? 
A: Please reach out to Luis Guirigay, luis.guirigay@hcl.com. 

Q: Where can I provide feedback on a feature or report a problem? 
A: Please use our Domino v12 beta forum.

Q: When is Domino v12 be released? 
A: v12 is scheduled to be released prior to launch but mark your calendars for the live announcement event on June 7th 2021.

Customer Feedback So Far 

We’re so excited to hear your experiences with the beta so far! Please keep them coming and don’t forget to tag us on Twitter, @HCLDigital, for a retweet.

Special thanks go to Haruyuki Nakano for deploying Beta 3 and testing the new Domino Backup solution just a few minutes after the webcast.

Ales Lichtenberg also tested the new Backup solution backup in his test environment to and he seems to like it!

Marc-Oliver Schaake saying (translated): Thomas Hampel is showing features we have been waiting for since 1989.

Please read and share Rainer Brandl’s blog about Beta3 containing “a great surprise”. 

Milan Matejic nicely summarizing what he likes the most in this iteration of the Beta.

Oliver Busse being has been actively blogging about v12 testing the Domino 12 backup feature and highlighting UI changes here and here.

Great note from our Nordic Collaboration User group about our Connections Plugin

Past Beta Blogs

Exciting New HCL Sametime Features Released Today

1. April 2021 Posted by HCL Sametime Team

Today marks a major milestone in our commitment to helping create the digital office our teams need to get work done, be more efficient, and collaborate effectively with colleagues. We are thrilled to announce 6 new features for your favorite meetings and chat solution:

  • New filters in video settings: Animations will make it appear as if you are focusing intently, even if you are checking your phone or surfing the web 
  • Awards show mode: Music will automatically fade in when the meeting goes past the scheduled end time — or attendees can activate it manually to drown out someone who is being dominating and annoying 
  • Picture-in-picture pet mode: A new setting allows for you to have your camera display one window for you, and one window for your pet (who only seems to wander around or bark when you have meetings with management) 
  • Social media security settings: A custom notification will display if you are sharing your screen and distractedly attempt to go over to the browser tab that has Facebook open 
  • New AI integrations: When you suddenly are asked a question in a meeting when you weren’t paying attention, you can summon Siri or Alexa to answer it for you — run through a special Sametime voice-matching filter set up to sound like you 
  • New audio settings: Less embarrassing, pre-set sounds, such as water running or a carn horn honking, will be auto played to drown out toilets flushing or family members yelling in the background.  

 Happy April Fool’s Day. Of course, this was a joke!

But you know what’s no joke? The upcoming global premiere of the newest version of HCL Sametime on June 7. Register here. And, the fact that Sametime beats the competition — hands-down. Let us show you how.  

Why Connections Communities Are Critical for Project Teams Success

30. März 2021 Posted by Adam Gartenberg

Project teams are a critical component of getting work done, and their productivity is key for success. Since collaboration and communication are so important, how do you know if your current toolset tools support your needs?

Eliminate roadblocks

One of the biggest roadblocks to close collaboration is the lack of a fundamental framework that makes collaboration easier. In other words, collaboration is not just a personal skill, it’s a result of structure and tools that support content sharing, ideation, and interaction between team members. If you add virtual project teams into the mix, the challenges of effective collaboration are even more pronounced. 

HCL Connections solves this dilemma by enabling organizational teams and project teams to create “Communities” to support a collaborative work experience. So, what is a Connections Community? It’s a flexible, digital workspace where people come together to communicate, collaborate, share information and expertise, and solve problems. Communities enable information flow and sharing across the entire collaborative ecosystem.

Make success repeatable

Connections Communities make collaboration an integral part of the work experience by organizing your productivity tools, apps, content and tasks all in one place. Virtually everything you need, focused on a particular project or important activity, is at your fingertips. Whether you need to view the status of assigned tasks or edit a shared document, your Connections Community provides the tools to get the job done efficiently.

Connections also includes a setup wizard to simplify the creation of new Communities. Use our built-in, professionally designed templates or reuse proven and engaging templates built upon your own best practices. Creating a new community and getting a new project team up-and-running has never been faster or easier.

Be more productive

One of the biggest productivity losses for project teams is searching for information. Information is typically disconnected from projects and tasks, and therefore hard to find. Studies consistently demonstrate that employees spend needless hours each week searching for crucial data and information. Communities address this inefficiency by providing a content repository for all project documents. No need to search across multiple applications to find missing information — everything is together in one place. Knowledge is presented and shared within an organized approach so everyone on the team can access it more readily.

Locating specific expertise or another team member, with a specific skill or knowledge to help solve a problem, is another benefit of a Community. Team members, with specific expertise, can be easily identified, speeding up problem-solving.

Increase transparency

Solving complex business problems takes efficient and organized teamwork and communication. Communities create a natural collaboration channel for team members to increase transparency and visibility of project timelines, dependencies and roadblocks, typically resulting in accelerated problem-solving. Communities also help facilitate communication across time zones and multiple geographies to make it easier to connect with remote team members. Problems are more difficult to solve if they are not visible — and Connections provides the framework to keep everyone informed, focused and on the same page.

Strengthen the power of your teams

Today’s workforce is more digital and automation-savvy than ever. At the same time, business expectations, needs and demands are evolving at lightning speeds. Connections Communities meet these challenges head-on by providing the needed framework to support the modern digital workspace. Communities are one of the most important basic components to help increase productivity, accountability and drive team results.

Why Providing a Consumer-Grade App Experience is So Important

19. März 2021 Posted by HCL Volt MX Team

Would you pay for content from a streaming service that required you to read a detailed manual in order to find and then watch any shows you picked?  Would you use Instagram if it meant grinding through a series of hour-long tutorials on how to post a photo?  Could you comprehend ponying up the cash for a smartphone if you knew it would take months, maybe even years to figure out how to use it properly?

You no doubt answered “no” to these questions because you value your time, and you have a clear expectation of what certain products offer and will require in return.

For many years the gap between the enterprise app-experience and a regular consumer app experience was cavernous — enterprise software was not expected to be user-friendly, it was expected to be complex and robust enough to carry out functions on a large-scale.  But a shift has occurred, and a new paradigm has emerged.

A consumer-grade experience is now integral to building enterprise app software, what users expect, and is mission-critical for companies interested in maintaining a position of strategic leadership in their respective industry.

What is a consumergrade experience?

Simply put, if you can intuitively operate a product with little or no training required, you are having a consumer grade experience.  You can open a box or download an app, press a button and bam. In a few minutes you’re on your way to using a product you have never used before.

Typically, a consumer-grade product or experience will offer the following features: 

  • Simplicity: processes are streamlined allowing users to take action with limited steps
  • Aestheticallypleasing: users not only enjoy the experience more but are comfortable and confident when the visual presentation is appealing and engaging
  • Intuitive: users become adept more quickly with a product or service if the user-experience patterns are familiar and the learning curve builds on a previous knowledge base
  • Accessible: can integrate on multiple platforms without any loss of usability or engagement, can be connected to regardless of location or setting, and is usable by anyone

Conversely, a professionalgrade experience — which enterprise software historically has been — is one in which the technical requirements demand training, onboarding and immersion before the product can be operated and adopted to its full potential.  It’s not opened and mastered instantly.

And that’s for a very good reason:  Enterprise software is incredibly complex!  Perhaps one day navigating an enterprise system responsible for operating a supply chain — to pick one example — will be as direct as ordering a pizza from your phone, but until then there’s a level of sophistication impossible to ignore.

Enterprise software has to handle enormous loads of data and integrate information across a sprawling network of systems, applications, people and channels. The complex nature of what’s required in an enterprise operation could only — until relatively recently — be properly addressed with complicated, professional-grade developers tools.

In short, enterprise applications were previously used begrudgingly, out of necessity to perform tasks no consumer grade software could handle.  That has changed.

The shift toward user choice of software within enterprise companies 

The evolution of enterprise software reflects how powerfully digital transformation has impacted the way these applications are bought, integrated and updated.  The early days of enterprise software was marked by a top-down approach:  software was purchased by the C-suites and pushed onto employees to learn and use, regardless of whether they liked or benefitted from the user experience at all.

As enterprise software has evolved and expanded over the past decade, so has the decision-making process for choosing software.  The top-down approach has been upended as companies have realized a powerful truth: if users, customers, and teams don’t like an app ‘s user experience or software, if it’s not intuitive, responsive and accessible, they will not fully embrace it. That can result in an avalanche of squandered time, stunted collaboration and diminished productivity.

Adoption is key to productivity and organizational success and reduces the risk of people going to “shadow IT” (unsanctioned and possibly risky technology) to get work done. The users, once an afterthought in choosing enterprise software, are now the ones driving adoption and looking for systems that include the dynamic user capabilities of a consumer-grade experience.

Take enterprise messaging tools, for example. Often, they were not pushed upon individuals by higher-ups.  They were selected and requested — demanded even — by teams who had either tried it for themselves or heard about it through word-of-mouth and were convinced it could improve workflow communication for their company.

Why consumergrade UX is essential for mission critical apps 

Enterprise companies are aiming not just for peak performance but to establish and enhance their reputation for strategic leadership.  And rightfully so.  Gaining an edge in hyper-competitive industries is about productivity, sure, but it also hinges on continual innovation and internal cohesion that only an engaged and connected workforce can achieve.

Nurturing those qualities includes giving developers app platforms and software that they can master quickly and build seamlessly with.

Finding a comprehensive platform that can create digital experiences across all channels with a consumer grade user interface can improve critical areas of need: 

  • productivity boost from development tools such as low code that speed up app delivery for professional developer and empower less experienced developers or business users to problem solve on their own 
  • Simplified integration of data that connects systems and processes easily — and can foster collaboration
  • A bottom-up innovation pipeline which empowers designers by giving them software they like rather than software they merely tolerate
  • A fully realized modern approach to app design that fuses the capabilities of enterprise software with the engagement power of consumer grade experience
  • Embedded security that protects against system compromises and attacks

Give your workforce a platform that lets their design talent flourish without sacrificing any of the integration, scaling or security demands of an enterprise system.  Give them a consumer grade experience on a professional level.

In order to bring a product or service to light and do this for hundreds — or even millions — of users, you need to empower your developers to provide beautiful, meaningful, and innovative experiences and engage and interact with your users in new ways. The last great experience a consumer has is the one they expect next.

You need serious tools with serious capabilities. HCL Volt MX is an industry-leading low-code app-dev platform that empowers professional developers, enterprise architects and digital designers to rapidly deliver consumer-grade apps. HCL Volt MX lets you build, deploy and deliver beautiful, powerful, consumer-grade experiences and applications the way you want.  

 

HCL Domino v12: The 4 New Security Features You’ve Been Waiting for

16. März 2021 Posted by Cormac McCarthy

While no platform is immune to the possibility of hacking, the question I would pose is: Has your Domino infrastructure ever been hacked?  Didn’t think so. It’s probably boring to say that the most straight forward answer is HCL Domino is rock solid on security.   When set up correctly and optimised, HCL Domino is the most secure platform of its type.  It’s true though.  Reliable and secure is a good thing. A very good thing. 

The HCL Domino v12 beta is out now.  If you haven’t already tried it, it’s free for all existing licensed Domino customers.  It’s waiting there in flexnet for you to download and try it out!  It’s the first time a beta of this type is in existence and it has multiple interactions (we’re currently on beta 2; beta 3 is scheduled for the end of March. Register here to join us for the beta 3 webinar.

What I really love about it is the almost instantaneous feedback from the beta forum, from those in charge of development.  Domino v12 is scheduled for full release in Q2 of this year.  (June 2021 timeframe is given at the moment).

Read an overview of what’s coming here.

Here’s is a list of all the NEW NATIVE security features coming in Domino v12 and there’s a whole host of them:

  • Automating certificate management 
  • Time-based one-time password (TOTP) authentication 
  • Enforce internet password lockout based on IP address 
  • TLS 1.0 is disabled by default 
  • Support for PEM-formatted TLS host keys and certificates 
  • Two new curves supported for TLS 1.2 ciphers that use ECDHE for forward secrecy
  • New template signing ID uses 2048-bit keys
  • NRPC port encryption supports forward secrecy using X25519
  • Import internet certificates that contain unsupported critical extensions
  • Suppress key rollover alerts during ID vault synchronization
  • New Query Vault command options
  • Support for SameSite cookie 

Also note native support for DKIM is planned in the 12.0.x timeline. (Again natively, you can achieve DKIM with third party mail gateways).

We could argue about which are the best and more important ones here, but I’m going to concentrate on the 4 new security features in Domino v12 that you’re going to want to implement straight away:

  1. Automating certificate management 
  2. Time-based one-time password (TOTP) authentication
  3. Two new curves supported for TLS 1.2 ciphers that use ECDHE for forward secrecy
  4. NRPC port encryption supports forward secrecy using X25519 

Note: these are all based on current plans at beta 2, some of these will be subject to change (for the better) come beta 3 and GA.

What is it?
Automating certificate management?

What does it give you?

This topic could probably be four killer new features in one on its own, because it includes so much.

The short answer here is it takes something that was a headache to most admins and makes it completely seamless and automatic. It also includes support for ECDSA which is very progressive in terms of offering support for cutting edge security (some browsers don’t even support it yet).

In order to explain the context here, we probably need a short history lesson on cert management in Domino.  Prior to SHA-2 being the supported, Domino managed certs via a Domino database. It did exactly what it said on the tin and was never really updated from the time of release. But it worked. There were only four steps listed in the database. Some customers did find it fiddly.

Then SHA-2 support for Domino came out and admins did not like how this was implemented.  Again, it’s Domino, so it was secure, and it worked, but the process was a headache.  I have to admit for 99 percent of our customers, I just did it for them to save them the hassle so I got used to it.  But you did need a kyrtool, you’d need to install Openssl, you’d have to copy and paste various commands, copy parent and intermediate certs into text files.  It was messy to implement.

Well that’s gone.

What’s in its place is the most straight-forward solution one could imagine.

Let’s Encrypt offers free third-party SSL certs.  They’re currently the most widely used Certificate Authority in the world and work with all major browsers (they’re sponsored by some of them).

You can now get Let’s Encrypt Certs in Domino, by filling in a couple of fields in a form.  In short saying, “I want a cert for my website.  Give me one now.”  And it will give you one straight away. In seconds, your web server will be running with that cert.  A new task called CertMgr manages it all.

“It can’t be that easy,” I hear you say.  Well, in most use cases, it is.

Wildcard certs are slightly different, but again it’s as easy as it can be.  Other third-party certs are still 100 per cent supported, and easier than ever to implement with the Certificate Store.

Another point you might have missed around this is CertMgr supports Elliptic Curve Digital Signature Algorithm (ECDSA) using the NIST P-256 and NIST P-384 curves.  Not all browsers support this yet (most do), but in short it has the potential to give quicker and more secure TLS connections and shows that HCL are ahead of the curve #badnerdpun.

How do you implement it?

There are a lot of options available here but I cannot over emphasise how straight forward this is to implement.

CertMgr runs as a task. The first time you load it builds a back-end Domino database.  The database has intuitive forms but there’s documentation just in case.  You create a free account with Let’s Encrypt with a couple of clicks within the database.

I don’t want to get too bogged down in the detail here, because you don’t actually need to know the back ground details, but there a couple of ways Let’s Encrypt will verify you’re the owner of the domain, either by HTTP response (the most straight forward I think, but requires that the server can initiate outbound HTTPS requests – even temporarily to Lets Encrypt) or via DNS Response.

The HTTP response in particular is VERY easy to setup.

Third party certs are managed via the database, so you won’t have to fiddle about with openssl and the kyrtool.

ECDSA is a more complex subject, but the steps to implement are relatively straight forward here, the main complicating factor here is managing browser support, there’ll be more of this in beta 3 (thanks to Daniel Nashed for answering some of my basic questions on this.  Follow Daniel’s blog for more expanded detail on these subjects).

What is it?

Time-based one time password (TOTP) authentication

What does it give you?

Firstly, the obvious point here is you’ve been able to do TOTP in Domino for a long time, but it required third party software or appliances.  Here we get TOTP natively within Domino.

What is TOTP? Well, it’s two factor authentication based on a time based password that changes.   You put an app on your device that manages a six figure pin that changes every 60 seconds and it associated with a specific account.

Here you can deploy here with any number of apps (I’ve used Google Authenticator and OpenATP with Domino12 extensively for a couple of months and both have worked perfectly).

How do you implement it?

It’s easy.

You set up a trust relationship with your ID Vault and TOTP.

You enable it on the configuration settings document and then either web site, server or virtual server document.

You’ve to do a once off configure on the login form (but there’s a template for you to use, so it’s two minutes work for a non-developer).

Restart Domino and you’re ready to go.

Each user does a self-enrolment process the first time they connect which is intuitive, and takes no more than a couple of minutes.

There’s more functionality coming on this with Directory Assistance and managing multiple domains so watch this space.

What is it? 

Two new curves supported for TLS 1.2 ciphers that use ECDHE for forward secrecy

What does it give you?

Better performance on Perfect Forward Secrecy.

Perfect Forward Secrecy has been available since Domino 9.0.1 FP3 IF2.  It gives assurances session keys will not be compromised.

This new set of two new elliptical curves (once forward secrecy is set up) can offer better performance.  The two new curves are X25519 and X448. 

How do you implement it?

You do nothing. If you don’t want it you need to actively turn it off with a notes.ini setting. Domino 12 will attempt to use supporting curves in the following order

  1. X25519 
  2. NIST P-256
  3. X448
  4. NIST P-384
  5. NIST P-521 

What is it?

NRPC port encryption supports forward secrecy using X25519

What does it give you?

This sounds very similar to the last one, but there’s a whole lot more to unpack here.  These are for Domino to Domino connections over port 1352 or Notes client to Domino connections over port 1352.

So if you’ve ports with encryption turned on (which nowadays we are recommending to everyone), with Domino 12 the level of encryption increases from:

  • 128 bit AES-GCM for network encryption and integrity protection and 128 bit AES tickets 

 To: 

  • 256 bit AES-GCM for network encryption and integrity protection, X25519 for forward secrecy, and 128 bit AES tickets.

Basically stronger, encryption, better protection for sessions with forward secrecy and a curve that gives the best performance.

How do you implement it?

This is one of those points of different between Domino and Notes clients and ANY other technology.  (i.e. as opposed to the Office365 hacks, which are being put down to weakness in how Microsoft authenticates out of box).  Certs are baked in.  Basically if you have port encryption turned on, this will turn on by default.  If you don’t have them, turned on you can just enable encryption on the ports (for all inter server traffic), and via a policy for Notes clients.

In any other technology this would be so much more complex to do.  You’d need multiple devices to manage the connections, you’d have to change the port numbers, probably have to allow that port in a firewall plus you’d need to manage certs with third parties.  With NRPC, you’re already using certs to connect in so it’s just saying encrypt the port.  The same port (1352) is in use whether encrypted or not encrypted, so no further changes are required on the network or firewalls etc.

Oh and that’s only NEW and NATIVE features in Domino 12.  I just have to mention one more briefly that is no-charge to all entitled CCB customers. It’s HCL SafeLinx.  It is already available and in the wild.  It supports both HTTP and Notes port connections out of the box as a reverse proxy.  If you already user HCL Nomad you’ll probably know about it.  Later this in 2021, HCL Nomad Web will be out and you’ll look into this more then. (It can also be used for Sametime, Traveler and Verse – there’ a webinar on this coming up).  It builds upon the layers of native Domino security and gives you flexibility to add extra layers of security, particularly for external connections.  The main advantage is that it’s got baked in functionality for Domino so you don’t have to reinvent the wheel to do a basic set up.

I hope you enjoyed my first blog for HCL.

As always please provide feedback if you found anything interesting here.

Cormac McCarthy – Domino People Ltd

The Low Down on HCL Domino v12 Beta 2 and Beta 3

1. März 2021 Posted by Barry Rosen

A month ago we released the first beta drop of HCL Domino v12 and we’re excited to see such a high level of engagement among our customers, ambassadors and business partners. Two weeks ago, we announced the drop of Beta 2 and hosted a webinar with an overwhelming number of live questions — 118 to be exact! If you missed the webinar, you can catch the replay here. We also picked the most popular questions about our beta program and v12 , and have published those — along with the answers — here.  

To keep up with this exciting momentum, please join us at our next webinar about beta 3 on March 30, at 10AM ET. Register here. Beta 3 will be the last beta drop before the v12 release, so don’t miss your chance to participate and help us shape the future of HCL Domino! In fact, don’t wait for the next beta drop. All existing customers are automatically entitled to download the software packages from Flexnet today. We look forward to your feedback.

Beta Q&A 

Still have unanswered questions about the beta? Submit them in the beta forum.

Q: Is there a way to tell if issues raised in the beta forum are included/fixed in beta 2 or 3? 

A: The list of SPRs fixed in beta2 can be found in the release notes. Please see here.

Q: When can we expect the 64-bit standard client? 

A: Our plan is to start with the basic Notes client first in v12 beta 3, and then release the 64-bit standard client in a beta post v12 GA.

Q: Is the C-API toolkit updated and available as part of this beta? 

A: We released the C-API toolkit for v11 and will update for v12 post release.

Q: Is two-factor authentication available? 

A: Yes, feel free to try it out today! 

Q: If I load the beta on my system, will upgrading to v12 Prod work? 

A: When going from the beta version to the GA version, we recommend uninstalling the beta and installing v12 as a clean new install.

Q: Is there a backlog of undo/redo? 

A: No, but it has been submitted in our Ideas Portal. You can vote for it here.

General HCL Domino v12 Q&A 

Q: Does Domino 12 install VoP automatically as part of the base install? 

A: VOP will be included in Domino v12, but not automatically installed. 

Q: When will Hebrew and Finnish be included in Domino? 

A: Both languages are on the list for v12.0.1.

Q: Is there any chance for DKIM support in Domino in near future? 

This is in our future roadmap and will be delivered in the V12.0.x timeframe.

Q: Is there a future for HCAA ? 

A: From a technical point of view, HCL Nomad Web will succeed HCAA.

Q: What version of Domino will the Nomad Web client require? 

A: It will require a v12 server.

Q: What version of Java is supported by the v12 Domino server? And what is the roadmap for Domino for keeping up with Java versions? 

A: OpenJDK 8, and of course we are going to upgrade this to newer versions moving forward.

Q: Is Certificate Store replacing CertSrv 

A: Yes.

Q: Can I install and configure Domino through Ansible? 

A: Yes, feel free to do that. You can also check out some examples here.

Q: Is the old KYR/STH still supported? Can I push in new certificates by script or automation? 

A: LetsEncrypt will manage certificate renewals automatically. If you do not want to use LetsEncrypt, you can use your own CA. And yes, you can automate it.

Q: Is it possible for a developer to use the LetsEncrypt support to create SSLKeyring for dummy FQDN? 

A: LetsEncrypt certificates are only issued to servers that can be reached via HTTP or where the owner is in control of the DNS record. Creating a self-signed certificate is not possible with LetsEncrypt but will be possible with the Domino Certificate Manager.

Q: What will happen to Xpages going forward?  

A: Domino V12 will include Bootstrap 4. XPages functionality will continue to be enhanced and fully supported, but note that we are shifting to make low code (Domino Volt) our top priority.

Q: Will Bootstrap4 & FontAwesome also be available in XPiNC? 

A: Yes.

Q: Are there still text size limits in text fields or form documents?  

A: Many limits of Domino were raised or will no longer exist in v12. However, if you still need anything to be improved, please submit your idea here.

Q: What is the version of Sametime embedded in Notes v12? 

A: Sametime 11.5.

Q: When will Domino v12 be available to the market and how can I learn more?  

A: We will launch v12 in Q2 this year, around June. Stay tuned as more details to be announced soon. In the meantime, you can read our preview article here and watch our preview demos here

HCL Sametime Premium Desktop Client for Meetings (Tech Preview)

24. Februar 2021 Posted by HCL Sametime Team

HCL Software is pleased to announce the tech preview of an installable HCL Sametime meetings desktop client. This desktop client is available for both Windows and macOS and works with any Sametime Premium v11.5 deployment. It provides the same UI features as our browser experience and can be pinned to the taskbar (screenshot below).  

Once installed, simply clicking a meeting URL will automatically let you join via the desktop client. Additionally, you can use the client by itself to join or create meetings. 

This desktop client is available through our HCL license and delivery portal (FlexNet) for all our Sametime Premium customers. For our mobile users, you can continue to use the existing HCL Sametime app, available on Apple and Google app stores, that supports both chat and meetings features. 

For more information, please read this article to learn how to install and use the Sametime meetings desktop client. 

HCL Sametime Product Team  

HCL Digital Solutions Announces First Telephony Partnership for HCL Sametime

18. Februar 2021 Posted by HCL Sametime Team

HCL Sametime Premium is a proven and trusted video meetings platform, built for how today’s modern organizations need to be working — nimbly, securely, and remotely — all while reducing your operational costs.

HCL Software intends to extend Sametime Premium with telephony capabilities from an ecosystem of complementary partners. Today, HCL is announcing it is working with ilink, a leading provider of solutions and services for unified communications customers worldwide and an active HCL business partner. The goal is to provide telephony services for the new release of Sametime Premium coming in the first half of 2021. HCL expects to add other such partnerships in 2021.

The integration with ilink will enable Sametime Premium users to call into any Sametime meeting from their phone and participate via telephony-based audio in addition to the internet-based audio available today. A meeting moderator can also dial out from a Sametime meeting to bring in additional participants in audio only mode. Additional telephony features, such as direct “call me” functionality, will be added to later releases. HCL believes this approach will help organizations further reduce their costs compared to other video meeting solutions, where telephony costs can be significantly higher per user. 

Further details of the integration will be available nearer to the release.

HCL Sametime Product Team

About ilink 

ilink is an independent software company based in Berlin, Germany. ilink offers enterprise products and services for unified communication solutions for worldwide customers and has excellent know-how and many years of experience in telephony/audio integrations in the datacenter and in the cloud.

More details about this partnership are available directly at the ilink site here.

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.

Your Digital Experience Should Evolve with You

15. Februar 2021 Posted by Kirsten Kelley

With deep integrations and a history of rock-solid reliability, see how HCL Digital Experience has evolved into the industry’s most robust cloud-native platform

As some of our top global digital agency firm just told us, “it’s much harder for industry DX platforms that support the anonymous user experience and then try to bridge into the known user experience that integrates everything “behind the login”. HCL DX at the core shines bringing all those applications and processes to life with relevant content that completes the customer journey”


It has been only 18 months since HCL acquired IBM Digital Experience, the longtime DX platform leader across every analyst report in this space. We are incredibly proud of the progress we have made in advancing the technology to new heights — making the user experience more intuitive, provided modern tools for developers, and giving administrators more flexible options to deploy new capabilities 10x faster than before — using their on-premises environment, in the cloud, or even through a hybrid cloud environment. We have come a long way, and the journey continues! When you are a leader, the competition can get fierce. Here, we set the record straight:

REALITY: Far from it. Our proven legacy in digital experience for decades has established deep trust from prospects and customers alike. Our eye for innovation has not been stifled as a result of our traditional systems and has in fact been accelerated since joining HCL. In the last 18 months, we have increased our engineering headcount by triple digits worldwide, and this trend will continue as we look to continue to build innovation our clients need. We have undertaken a continuous delivery model and have delivered 11 new releases since July 2019 and we have been recognized as the LEADER in the SPARK Matrix for DXP.

REALITY: Wrong! We have recently invested in more intuitive and efficient ways for our customers to build and manage content, but that’s not limiting our investments overall. Our product roadmap spans all of the key tenants of a true DXP. From firms like PennVet who are using DX and Unica’s marketing capabilities to advance their customer experience to a major pharmaceutical company driving billions in revenue through a robust DX powered Commerce experience! Some of the capabilities we have been developing and have planned include:

  1. Deep analytics: New integrated analytics from Unica Discover provide struggle detection, compliance and behavioral insights to help improve customer journeys. Plus, we have added integration with Google Analytics 360, offering insights to help teams optimize user experiences and improve conversions.
  2. Advanced e-commerce capabilities: Customers can streamline their digital engagement to support a comprehensive Commerce experience especially in the authenticated realm of b2b and b2b2c business models with HCL DX + HCL Commerce, and new CMS/DAM to create purposeful experiences that support the complex relationships of b2b and b2bc.
  3. Multi experience application development: Internal development teams shouldn’t have to be experts on iOS, Android, or any available platform. Developers can manage a single deployment and deliver across any digital touchpoint or device — even wearables and kiosks — with best-in class UX.


REALITY: Completely false! Many of our customers have made deep investments to develop a robust, secure, flexible on-premises solution. We will continue to support and expand capabilities for these customers. With that being said, we also provide the opportunity for these customers to expand their footprint (when they are ready) and move to the cloud. With our latest release, HCL DX provides the broadest cloud-native platform in the market, with support for Docker and Kubernetes, OpenShift, Amazon EKS, Azure AKS and Google GKE — and more to follow. With our latest hybrid deployment model, existing customers can access the latest cloud capabilities without needing to migrate their entire deployment. This offers the flexibility to keep current investments in our customers on-prem deployments who wish to keep their secured experiences within their data centers, while accessing new features in the cloud as they are ready. It’s all about choice. Further, HCL DX is now also available in SoFy, which will dramatically accelerate software deployment from weeks to minutes. Now, customers can test integrations with multiple HCL software products in the SoFy sandbox, such as Commerce and Unica, and use this as a virtual POC. Customers have the opportunity to create and deploy powerful websites in a cloud environment or continue to develop and deploy through their on-premises solution. We offer flexibility — while also helping preserve existing investments.

REALITY: Not anymore. In the past 18 months, we have made significant investments in our practitioner tools and the platform now enables teams to easily create, manage, and publish content. From a completely reimagined and modernized content authoring experiencer, to an intuitive DAM (which is free to HCL DX customers unlike our competition) with video integration, we have taken the UI to another level. Freedom Mortgage uses HCL DX extensively for multiple use cases and business users are able to create content in minutes! We are helping customers accelerate production of persuasive content to engage their audiences.

BOTTOM LINE: If your organization uses HCL Digital Experience to manage the intersection between data, content, applications and processes, it means that you’ve chosen the digital experience platform that listens closely to customer needs, stays in lock-step with what’s going on in the market, and has the vision and technology to stay one step ahead of the pack. To take advantage of all the new features and join us on our journey, talk to us.

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You know HCL DX. You know Portal and WCM.

11. Februar 2021 Posted by Kirsten Kelley

Since joining HCL, we’ve shipped 11 new releases of Digital Experience based on your input to better enable business-critical digital experiences.

Whether you are a Developer, Architect, Release Manager, or Product Owner involved with your DX projects, we need your experience and expertise.

HCL is inviting our DX customers to participate in targeted virtual design-thinking workshops to share ideas for the Digital Experience roadmap in 2022 and beyond!

During our live, interactive two-hour session, we will cover:

  1. What we are working on for 2021
  2. Tell us what’s working and what’s not in your current deployment
  3. Give input on the core components you’d like to see in the roadmap
  4. Provide ideas for the next wave of product and ecosystem innovation
  5. Connect with the HCL Product Management, HCL Technical, and HCL Development teams

The #DXInspire Jams will be held on March 9th and 11th for the EMEA time zones, and March 16th and 18th for the NA/LATAM time zones.

Since space in the workshops is limited, if you are interested in joining us please sign the form today and we will follow up with the meeting details.  Help shape the future of your HCL DX!

We look forward to meeting.

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HCL Domino Support Update

3. Februar 2021 Posted by Uffe Sorensen

HCL Digital Solutions would like to take this opportunity to clarify the requirement for offering Support subscription for the various HCL Domino Programs. This blog covers two such cases related to partial renewals that are not permitted.

Specifically, HCL Digital Solutions does not permit:

  1. Partial renewal of HCL Domino Programs under Non-Expiring (“Perpetual”) License. I.e., Licensee cannot renew a lesser quantity than the entitled volume to obtain Support.
  2. Separate renewal of Client-only or Server-only licenses where both are needed for a production environment and must be on Support for all users.  

Here are the requirements for the HCL Domino Programs that can subscribe to Support (1) for Perpetual Licenses beyond the initial 12 months:

  1. All-inclusive Per User Licenses (i.e., all server entitlements included with the per user license) 
  • HCL Domino Complete Collaboration Business Edition (CCB/CCX)
  • HCL Domino Volt User
  • HCL CEO Communications User
  • HCL Collaboration Express User
  • HCL Messaging Express User 

To receive Support for any above Program, each User must be under Support. Licensee cannot have some Users on Support and others not, which precludes any partial Support renewals of Perpetual Per User Licenses.

2. Stand Alone Server Licenses 

  • HCL Domino Utility Processor Value Unit (“PVU”) 
  • HCL Domino Utility Express Processor Value Unit (“PVU”) 

To receive Support for either of these Programs, all PVUs as entitled must be under Support. This precludes any partial Support renewals of Perpetual Utility Server and Utility Server Express Licenses. 

3. Client and Server Licenses   

  • HCL Domino Enterprise Client Access
  • HCL Domino Enterprise Processor Value Unit (“PVU”) 

As stated in the License Information (LI), each of these parts are interdependent and form one logical Program. Specifically, the HCL Domino Enterprise Server License Information mandates the corresponding Client License for any productive use (for all in-market versions). 

From the HCL Domino Enterprise Server V10.0.1 License:
Use of the Program by any means of Authenticated Access requires an entitlement to HCL Domino Enterprise client access, or a subscription to either HCL SmartCloud Notes or a HCL Connections Cloud S1. (2) 

Further, the most recent Domino v9.0.x and Domino v10.0.x Support Update [KB0085697] documents the packaging and Support dependency for HCL Domino Enterprise Client and Server side as one Program, why these cannot be separated from a Support viewpoint.

HCL Domino Enterprise Client Access is required for productive use of HCL Domino Enterprise PVU, hence both must be on Support to the full volume of Perpetual entitlements for each, i.e. no partial renewals. 

4. Client and Server Licenses for Messaging Only 

  • HCL Domino Messaging Client Access
  • HCL Domino Messaging Processor Value Unit and/or HCL Domino Enterprise Processor Value Unit (3) 

In keeping with the other Client and Services licenses, each of these parts are interdependent and form one logical Program. Specifically, the HCL Domino Messaging Server License Information mandates the corresponding Client License for any productive use (for all in-market versions).

From the HCL Domino Messaging Server V10.0.1 License:
Users of the Program must be covered by an entitlement to either HCL Domino Messaging client access or HCL Domino Enterprise client access. (4) 

HCL Domino Messaging Client Access is required for productive use of HCL Domino Messaging PVU, hence both must be on Support to the full volume of Perpetual entitlements for each, i.e. no partial renewals. 

General Rules for Renewals  

  • If you already own Perpetual Licenses and a compliant Support subscription, you can simply renew Support AS-IS per above rules.  
  • If an organization (i.e., the Licensee) wishes to decrease the number of supported users, it may do so if it relinquishes perpetual license entitlements for such unsupported users. However, remaining entitlements must be fully covered by Support.
  • Conversely, to increase the number of perpetual Client Access License users and/or server PVU License capacity for a currently compliant Support subscription, HCL Digital Solutions requests that you move to the CCB/CCX licensing model to greatly simplify your renewals and compliance tracking in addition to enhancing your value of the licensing. 

If you have any questions about this announcement or have any licensing questions, please contact your HCL product specialist or HCL Business Partner. 

Comments: 

  1. “Support” was formerly known as S&S, “Subscription & Support”.   
    Product Support from HCL is described in the HCL Software Customer Support Guide
  2. “HCL SmartCloud Notes” and “ HCL Connections Cloud S1” are obsolete and withdrawn Programs
  3. HCL Domino Enterprise PVUs can constitute the server side for HCL Domino Messaging Client where a high-availability (clustered) environment is desired and/or if add-on applications for mail management need to be installed. Mandates Client and Server Support and preclude partial renewals for any configuration of a Messaging Only deployment.
  4. The use of HCL Domino Enterprise client access in this context is limited to Messaging use 

Useful links: 

 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.

HCL Connections v7 Is Here

1. Februar 2021 Posted by Dan Allen

Staying connected at work is more critical than ever. Speed and efficiency are paramount, and communication is more and more vital. You can’t afford to get this wrong. The latest version of HCL Connections is here and it helps teams and organizations overcome workplace challenges and helps create solutions better than ever before.   

HCL Connections v7 provides the structure to close information and communication gaps. It drives efficiencies for teams that are working remotely and enables employees to get project teams up and running more quickly, to interact more seamlessly with other team applications, and drastically reduce deployment and upgrade cycles. Connections keeps project teams connected, helps manage communication around strategy and shifting business focus. And it helps promote a strong sense of community for employees — especially important as we work through the last months of this global pandemic.  Unlike other collaboration platforms that require tiresome toggling between application silos, HCL Connections delivers an intuitive experience that delivers team content, news, conversations, and project tasks all in one place.  

HCL Connections v7 lets you deliver these innovations and more:  

  • Jumpstart your project teams and make success repeatable: get your teams up and running 80% faster with new, easy-to-use set-up Community wizard and templates built upon your best practices. Templates save time and help drive increased consistency that promotes successful results.  
  • Integrate the power of HCL Connections with Microsoft 365® eco-system: leverage the value of your Connections people-powered communities and content into your Microsoft applications. Readily access and share critical knowledge, conversations, and content in your communities. Make teamwork more seamless  built-in integration amplifies team communication, decision velocity, and productivity. Accelerate discovery and decision-making and remove boundaries with oneclick access to content, conversations, and expertise.  
  • Reduce IT costs and headaches with cloudnative supportdeploy powerful new features 90% faster with component pack and cloud native support. Deploying and upgrading is dramatically faster and easier with new component pack installation scripts which automate deployment. Easily deploy the latest functionality with a cloud-native version of Component Pack (Amazon EKS and RedHat OpenShift).

Connections enables a structured, collaborative approach for teams to get their work done. It offers a seamless work experience and the flexibility to work anywhere, anytime. People power your business. Connections v7 powers your people.

Learn more about HCL Connections

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Build or Buy? The Answer Is Key to Digital Transformation. Are the Resources It Takes to Build Worth It?

22. Januar 2021 Posted by HCL Volt MX Team

Companies worldwide are developing new technology strategies and solutions, and there is a fundamental question that can keep CEOs awake at night: Build or buy?

Choosing whether to buy or build has historically depended on the type of tech that a company needs to implement. But in an environment in which more people than ever are working remotely and app developers need to cater to more user modalities (such as mobile, wearable, and desktop devices) than ever before, a clear shift is emerging in favor of buying.

Build consumer-grade multiexperience apps — fast — with HCL Volt MX

The hidden costs of building

It’s understandably tempting to build new solutions  companies have teams of talented developers and want to maintain control over their costs as well as their technology. However, what initially seems like the cheaper, more reliable option can be riddled with hidden costs.

Organizations tend to underestimate both the time and money it takes to maintain security and operations when building new tech — plus it’s hard for development teams to control or push back against “scope creep” when those requests to add features or functions come from upper management or the head of IT. There are often many more building steps required before deployment than companies often realize when they first plan projects and solutions. 

The time and IT support that building internally requires can slow the deployment of new tech drastically. We are living in a time when time-sensitive information and updates are as important as ever, and remote working conditions make it impossible for IT teams to address company tech issues in person. Once an app or other technology solution is built, the journey is far from over — development teams have to maintain and update it to keep up with the needs and demands that can come from employees, partners, and/or customers.

Enterprise organizations bank on success by choosing to buy

A recent Forrester study interviewed five companies with revenue from $5 million to $6 billion and found the net financial benefit of buying new tech (over building) to be $1,686,884, with an average ROI of 207%. While building new tech might initially seem attractive because it may have fewer up-front costs, the numbers show that, over time, companies tend to save significantly by buying.

Gartner also pointed out that IT spending is predicted to drop 7.3%, while companies refocus that budget to software solutions. CIOs are investing in subscription products and cloud services, which lower upfront costs while setting organizations up with scalable, long-lasting solutions.

2020’s IDC Spending Guide showed that despite pandemic-induced setbacks, digital transformation is still a key priority across industries. Brands will continue to pivot toward bringing on and using external technologies like HCL Volt MX that deliver scalable, low code, integrated and omni-channel solutions with quick adoption time and reliable security.

Watch this video that showcases the power of the possible with HCL Volt MX

Achieving digital success by choosing your technology wisely

In the rapidly evolving digital ecosystem, companies need to invest in multi-channel solutions that meet users wherever they areMore and more companies are realizing that to stay competitive and meet the needs of their audiences, that they need to use multiexperience development platform, or MXDP, to solve challenge and create solutions. The complexity in building multiexperience apps, let alone updating and maintaining it, is far beyond the scope of most enterprise’s in-house capabilities. You would need an army of developers to make sure that your solution works across multiple devices, operating systems, and is constantly being updated. Buying becomes the clear choice when looking to adopt highly complex, secure tech that can run onpremises or in the cloud with a quick adoption and onboarding processes.

AI-powered data analytics and tools like smart chatbots are also factors to consider when adopting new technology. Maintaining advanced technical offerings is often beyond the scope of many remote IT team capabilities, so investing in a solution that promises this kind of operational support is a major factor of the current digital climate. 

When it comes to advanced tech solutions, it’s ultimately worth enterprise organizations’ time and resources to invest in a low code app dev platform that offers the control, flexibility, and scalability required. In order to make the most of digital transformation efforts, one thing is clear: More enterprise leaders need to embrace buying rather than building to make sure their digital transformation and consumer experiences are scalable and competitive.

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Start Your Engines! HCL Domino v12 Beta is Here! Are You Ready?

20. Januar 2021 Posted by Thomas Hampel

If you joined us at Digital Week 2020, you’ve probably heard about the preview of Domino v12. (It was the most popular session of the event!) Now that the release of v12 is around the corner, we would like to provide all current customers an exclusive preview. Today, we’re officially launching the first public beta of Domino v12!  

We are inviting you to join this beta program and take part in shaping the future of our product, helping us deliver the best-ever product experience! All existing Domino customers are automatically entitled and will be able to download the required software packages from Flexnet today. (See below for Q&A.) 

The goal of the Domino v12 Beta Program is for our community of beta participants to conduct an honest, constructive, and thoughtful review and testing of the Domino v12 beta software, which includes HCL Domino V12 , HCL Notes V12 , HCL Domino Designer & Admin V12 and HCL Traveler V12  

 In the first phase of the beta program, we are delivering the following components:   

  • Domino on Docker (English)  
  • Domino for Windows, Linux, AIX (English)  
  • Traveler for Windows, Linux, AIX (Multilingual)  
  • Notes Standard for Windows (English)  
  • Notes Standard for Mac (English)
  • Designer and Admin Client (English)  
     

At a later stage of the beta program, we will be providing Domino and Traveler for IBMi, as well as additional language support. 

Beta participants, please let us know how you think about the product by submitting your feedback in our beta forum. For general input and new ideas or feature enhancement requests, please use the Domino ideas forum here.  

v12 Beta Highlights 

Domino 

 Domino Designer 

  • XPages now Bootstrap 4.4.1 – Thanks to Howard for this idea.   
  • Improvements to build responsive and mobile Domino applications,  
  • Ability to use DQL in Formulas 

 Notes Client 

  • Significantly improved the performance on Windows and Mac, especially on slow networks. 
  •  Improved Search: When searching for a person, an email, or a Notes application, suggestions will now appear in the typeahead. Your recent searches will also be displayed in the typeahead. This is based on this idea.  
  • Multiple email signatures: If you were bothered by the lack of email signature management before, Notes v12 allows you to choose a signature when you compose, reply or forward an email. Based on this idea from Daniel.
  • Choose a different “From” address when composing an email, a feature initially requested by Vlaad in this idea

 These are just a few highlights of the new features of V12. For more details, please refer to the What’s New section of the product: 

Frequently Asked Questions:   

 (1) Do I need to register to get the beta version of v12?  

If you are an existing customer, you are entitled to v12 beta automatically. Please contact your IT admin to get v12 beta from Flexnet.   

(2) How can I submit feedback on the beta and how would HCL handle my feedback?  

Please submit your feedback via our beta forum here.  

We will review all the feedback and respond as soon as we can. Note that not all feedback will be implemented into the product; the final decision depends on various factors. However, we will ensure every comment is heard and being taken into consideration.  

(3) Do I need to register for the beta forum to provide feedback? 
 
If you have not created an account on HCL Partner Connect website, you will need to register for access. It will take around 1 business day to get the approval. Once the registration is approved, you can access the beta forum. The account will be used for accessing any beta forum in the future. For customers who already have an account, you can login and access the forum directly. 

(4) If I am not a current customer, can I be a part of the beta?   
 

Currently, the Domino v12 beta is only open to existing customers. If you would like to try Domino, please contact your HCL sales representative to get access to the trial version of Domino v11.  

 (4) What is the difference between beta and trial?  

A beta is considered as an early access program to our latest version which is not available to the public. The goal of setting up beta is to collect concrete feedback from users so that we make improvements and bring the best experience when the features go live.   

A trial is offered to potential customers who haven’t tried our software before and expressed interest in purchasing the software.   
 
(5) What is the difference between HCL Domino Early Access Program and the beta? If I have already registered for the Early Access Program, should I try the beta too? 
 
The Early Access Program (EAP) is intended to give users a preview of features that are considered for HCL Domino v12. It is feature-driven and iterative, meaning new iterations (code drops) will be made available as soon as they are declared ready for testing by our development team. In the EAP, you are usually be able to test only one or a few features.  
 
The beta is a full-scale preview of features and functionalities considered for HCL Domino v12. Various components including Domino, Notes and Traveler will be offered.  
 
With this beta release for v12, the EAP will be suspended until the official launch of HCL Domino v12.

Deploy Cloud-Native HCL Digital Experience — in Minutes — with HCL SoFy

13. Januar 2021 Posted by Jason Cornell

Cloud-native adoption can seem complex and daunting — but it doesn’t have to be. Digital experience platforms that connect and integrate some or all parts of your enterprise require thoughtful planning, organization and testing to successfully make a cloud-native transition. The benefits to adopting a cloud-native approach, however, are huge. From reducing your total cost of ownership (TCO) to speeding up the development process and delivering experiences during peak times without service interruptions, adopting cloud will accelerate business processes, improve system reliability, and preserve the value of your investments. 

With HCL SoFy you can dramatically simplify and accelerate a cloud-native deployment of HCL Digital Experience … it will take about the same amount of time it takes to make a cup of coffee(!).  You can also connect other HCL products and services in just a few clicks — and discover the native synergies within HCL’s family of products — in a cloud-native environment. 

Testing New Possibilities 

Deploying HCL Digital Experience cloud-natively in minutes may sound too good to be true, but HCL SoFy makes it easy. HCL SoFy paves the way for rapid testing and prototyping cycles that enable organizations to speed cloud-native adoption, reduce TCO, auto scale services based on demand, and even accelerate the deployment of your feature pipeline keeping organizations ahead of competitors. 

HCL SoFy enables organizations to quickly assess and test cloud-native strategies to see what best fits adoption plans. It also helps organizations quickly gain the expertise to successfully adopt cloud-native and establish an understanding of what is required to make a transition to a cloud-native environment.  Using HCL Sofy, businesses can gain valuable insights to help plan cloud-native adoption transitions based on hands-on expertise and real-world scenarios. 

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Taking the Guesswork Out 

The move to cloud-native solutions has many benefits but getting started and assessing the differences in implementation (compared to an on-premises installations) has historically stopped many organizations from taking the plunge.

Learning how to transition your HCL Digital Experience platform to a cloud-native deployment using container, Kubernetes and microservices technologies used to be painful, but, now with HCL SoFy, it’s much easier to understand, plan and take the guesswork out of making the cloud-native transition. With HCL SoFy, you can also connect other HCL products — such as HCL Unica and HCL Commerce — to provide a world-class experience to your customers with just a few clicks. 

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HCL is not only committed to providing the latest cloud-native technology, but also to helping organizations successfully transform to being entirely cloud-native. Learn more about how you can take advantage of HCL SoFy’s powerful features with HCL Digital Experience by registering to see it in action in a short webinar and live demo or through scheduling a free personalized workshop where our team can help you get started. 

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