Posts Tagged: ‘Digital Solutions’

Take Your HCL Digital Experience Deployment to Your Cloud of Choice with HCL Now

4. Juli 2022 Posted by HCL Digital Experience Team

HCL is excited to announce the availability of HCL Digital Experience (DX) on the HCL Now cloud-native-as-a-service platform. With this offering you can have your digital experience solutions managed on a cloud of your choice. This means you can focus on achieving business results faster, while reducing time building and managing systems and ensuring the highest security and reliability.

HCL Now is HCL’s SLA-based cloud service management platform, with built-in security and compliance and includes ongoing maintenance and upgrades to the latest releases of HCL software. The platform delivers:

  • Enterprise grade availability, scalability and flexibility, and is built from the ground up as cloud-native 
  • Experts on demand: Reduce risk, cost and time to production as you move to Kubernetes cloud-native deployments with our cloud and product experts 
  • Dedicated, single-tenant infrastructure instances — you decide when to schedule your deployment upgrades and fixes

HCL Digital Experience on HCL Now has three components:

  1. HCL Digital Experience cloud-native license: See this blog for more information   
  2. Infrastructure as a service: Dedicated single-tenant hosting for your software and data, provisioned on your choice of cloud provider: Google Cloud Platform, Amazon Web Services, or Azure
  3. Managed services: Assistance to migrate your on-prem deployment to cloud-native with HCL cloud and DX product experts — this includes ongoing maintenance and upgrades to the latest DX releases

With HCL DX on HCL Now, customers can have their existing DX solutions managed on the HCL Now managed hosted platform, with guidance and services provided by HCL Cloud and DX operations experts. DX customers deployed to HCL Now retain control of their deployments and upgrade schedules and gain the benefits of the HCL Now platform including cloud security, scalability, 99.9% SLA uptime, compliance elements such as ISO27000, monitoring and alerting, and more.

To learn more about moving your HCL DX deployment or establishing new experiences on HCL Now please visit hcltechsw.com/hcl-now or contact your HCL Sales representative or Business Partner.

Thank you.
HCL DX Product Team

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 like those stated here.    

 

 

Business Users Can Supercharge Their Application Development with the Newest Version of HCL Leap

24. Juni 2022 Posted by HCL Digital Solutions

Our latest HCL Leap v9.3 delivers major improvements to help you automate processes faster than ever and unleash innovation with your business users and citizen developers. This release includes new features and tools enabling continuous process improvements in a secure and sustainable way. Here are some of the new benefits:

  • A modern look, with a flatter UI, to increase user productivity eliminating the need to click into dialogs to discover and set item properties. 
  • Updated visual designer and UX to simplify the building of workflow apps. Sketching out new workflow stages, setting user assignments or sending out email notifications are now more intuitive. 
  • Three new features — App Pages, Data Grid and Navigation — let you build apps, not just forms. It’s now easier than ever to build dashboard-style apps which include non-form pages and item lists for viewing and selection. 
  • A code editor to improve productivity by highlighting and properly formatting the JavaScript you write. The new editor will also allow you to pick from a predefined list of code snippets and provide typehead choices to speed up your work. 
  • Enhanced role and stage-based rules to provide more power for customizing the business logic in your app without having to write code. 
  • Added name-picker widget enables a user to easily choose names or groups, from the apps directory, to engage others in the app-building process.
  • A rich-text widget for app building allowing users to enter and format text — complete with links and images. 

 And that’s not all we are delivering….

Visit the HCL Leap Sandbox to try out our latest features and view ready-made app examples which demonstrate our capabilities.  You can also watch this video on how to build apps with HCL Leap. See how quickly you can turn all your great ideas into real innovative solutions!

Transformation Awaits: Upgrade to HCL Domino v12 Now

20. Juni 2022 Posted by HCL Digital Solutions

We are deeply invested in the future of Domino, since it continues to be the underlying platform powering core business processes around the globe — for airlines, banks, health-care organizations, and governments. In the past two years, we have delivered two exciting new Domino releases that include new features aimed at improving our software’s usability, as well as important security updates. Our latest release — v12 — has been well-received and many customers have already upgraded. Given our customer’s positive response, we are announcing the end of marketing and support for two of our older releases.

End of Marketing (EOM) and End of Support (EOS) for Domino and Notes v9.0.x and v10.0.x 

We announce today the EOM and EOS for Domino and Notes v9.0.x and v10.0.x effective December 1, 2022 (EOM), and June 1, 2024 (EOS). We wanted to provide ample time for our customers to prepare. 

What Does This Mean for You, as a Domino Customer? 

  • End of Marketing (EOM) – HCL ceases selling the specific product versions in this announcement and removes them from the HCL FlexNet software download site effective December 1, 2022.  This allows our existing customers to download versions 9.0.x and 10.0.x before December 1, 2022, if desired.    
  • End of Support (EOS) – HCL ceases support for the specific product versions in this announcement effective June 1, 2024. Customers should deploy a more recent software version.   
  • No extended support will be offered for the specific product versions listed in this announcement. 

To support your transition, our sales and technical support teams are here to address your questions and help you set up an upgrade plan. For help, contact your local HCL partner or contact us directly.

Get Started with Your Upgrade Planning 

Existing customers will have the option to upgrade to Domino v12.0.1 and all affected customers are encouraged to make this transition. To provide you with more information and additional resources about upgrading Domino, you can browse our Domino Upgrade Webpage.

Upgrading your software allows you to leverage the full value of our extensive new feature set and the latest in mobile and web app development to improve workflow management. Our latest Domino v12 software reduces your security risks, helps protect your data and ensures compatibility with other updated technologies. And, most importantly, it supports innovation to help you stay ahead of the competition.

We know that some customers could want to consider other HCL options to deliver low-code functionality. We recently announced the launch of Volt MX Go, which combines the power of our multiexperience low-code platform, Volt MX, and Domino. Volt MX Go enables you to extend your skills and investments in your Domino apps and transform them into exceptional mobile, web, and even wearable experiences. Volt MX can also be deployed as a stand-alone solution if desired. Contact us to learn more.

Upgrading Domino is direct, fast, and easy. You can also deploy your Domino environment wherever you want – on-prem, hybrid or cloud — with cloud-native capabilities. Let’s do this together! Start your upgrade planning today. 

Here are the specific Domino and Notes versions 9.0.x and 10.0.x that are affected: 

EOM/EOS Product Version(s)   EOM Effective Date   EOS Effective Date   Current Product Version(s)  
IBM Notes v9.0.x, v10.0.x    12/01/2022   06/01/2024   HCL Notes v11.0.1, v12.0.1  
IBM Domino v9.0.x, v10.0.x    12/01/2022   06/01/2024   HCL Domino v11.0.1, v12.0.1  
IBM Domino Designer v9.0.x, v10.0.x     12/01/2022   06/01/2024   HCL Domino Designer v11.0.1, v12.0.1  
IBM Traveler v9.0.1, v10.0.1   12/01/2022   06/01/2024   HCL Traveler V11.0.1, v12.0.1  
IBM XWork Server v9.0.x, v10.0.   12/01/2022   06/01/2024   *None  
IBM Client Application Access v1.0.x, v2.0.x    12/01/2022   06/01/2024   HCL Client Application Access v3.0.3  
IBM Domino Connector for SAP Solutions v2.0.1    12/01/2022   06/01/2024   HCL Domino Connector for SAP Solutions v2.0.2  
IBM Enterprise Integrator for Domino v9.0.x, v10.0.x*    12/01/2022   06/01/2024   HCL Enterprise Integrator for Domino v11.0.1, v12.0.1  
IBM Connections Content Manager Plugin for Notes v9.0.x, v10.0.x    12/01/2022   06/01/2024   HCL Connections Content Manager Plugin for Notes v11.0.1, v12.0.1  
IBM Connections Files Plug-In v9.0.x, v10.0x (part of Connections packages)    12/01/2022   06/01/2024   HCL Connections Plug-ins for HCL Notes June 2022 release 

 

IBM Mail Add-in (IMSMO Client) v2.0.x IBM Mail Add-on (Server) v2.0.x    12/01/2022   06/01/2024   HCL Traveler for Microsoft Outlook v3.0.x  
IBM Verse On-Premises v1.0.x     12/01/2022   06/01/2024   HCL Verse 2.0.x  
IBM Sametime Community Server v9.0.x (9.0.1 FP1)    12/01/2022   06/01/2024   HCL Sametime Limited Chat v11.x and v12.x Community Server  
IBM C-API ToolKit v9.0.x   12/01/2022   06/01/2024    HCL C-API Toolkit, v11.0.1 and v12.0 
IBM HCL ODBC Driver for Notes/Domino 9.0    12/01/2022   06/01/2024   **ODBC Driver Knowledge Article Links below 

*It is recommended that XWork Server Customers move to HCL Domino Complete Collaboration (CCB) which will be done on a case-by-case basis and that Partners move to HCL Domino Complete Collaboration Solution Edition (CCS).  

**ODBC Driver Knowledge Article Links: 

https://support.hcltechsw.com/csm?id=kb_article&sysparm_article=KB0077626 

https://support.hcltechsw.com/csm?id=kb_article&sysparm_article=KB0068692 

Join as at the #HCLDX Inspire JAMs 2021

16. Juni 2022 Posted by Kirsten Kelley

You know HCL DX. You know Portal and WCM. 

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.  

Domino Next-Gen Jams Starting Soon (#dominoforever)

10. Juni 2022 Posted by HCL Digital Solutions

At engage.ug in Bruges, HCL announced new Domino Jams for 2022. What’s a Domino Jam (for those new to the concept)? It’s a face-to-face design get-together with product management and development for customers (and BPs) to share their thoughts, ideas, and feedback on what’s right — and what’s wrong — with the platform and the roadmap. Our past Domino jams reached 4,000+ participants including clients, business partners and ambassadors, face-to-face and online.

For our Domino Next-Gen Jams in 2022, we have a packed, full-day agenda for you to enjoy:

Morning session:  Explore the Future of Development on Domino  

After our big announcement of Domino Restyle for Domino “Danube,” we want to hear what you think about the future of Domino Designer. This is a prime opportunity to provide your feedback and make requests directly to the design and product management teams. Don’t let this pass you by … come and help shape the future of Domino!

Attendees will:  

  • Get a first-hand view of Domino Restyle 
  • Give feedback on Domino Restyle
  • Give feedback on Domino Designer
  • Get a one-hour v12 upgrade-best-practices session

Afternoon session: Five Easy Steps to Extend your Domino Apps with Volt MX Go  

There’s a lot of buzz about HCL’s recent Volt MX Go announcement at engage.ug. In this session, you will get insight into how HCL combines the power of our multiexperience low-code platform, Volt MX, and Domino “Danube,” to extend your skills and app investments into exceptional mobile, web, and wearable experiences.   

Attendees will:  

  • See what makes Volt MX Go special for Domino developers to extend their apps – VoltFormula, VoltScript, and more   
  • Understand the power of Volt MX as the market’s leading multiexperience low-code platform for application development and integration 
  • Experience a walkthrough step-by-step of a real customer use case, with the opportunity to discuss your particular use cases and options 

Coming to a City Near You: 

Starting in August/September, the Jams will be coming to the following cities. Exact dates and locations will be posted once they are confirmed.  

  • Berlin 
  • Delhi 
  • Düsseldorf 
  • Johannesburg 
  • London 
  • Madrid  
  • Milan  
  • Mumbai 
  • New York  
  • Paris  
  • Prague 
  • Rio de Janeiro 
  • Sao Paolo 
  • Singapore 
  • Stockholm  
  • Sydney 
  • Tokyo  
  • Toronto  
  • Vienna 
  • Warsaw 
  • Zürich 

Register Here:  

If you’re interested in having a say on the future of Domino, along with insight on HCL’s roadmap for our Domino “Danube” release and beyond, we strongly suggest you attend one of the jams. To get started, please use this form to reserve a seat (here). You will be notified when the date of the Jam you’ve selected becomes available. Since each venue will have participants, please register ASAP to avoid disappointment.

If you can’t attend a jam, don’t worry, there will be online ones coming, too. Plus, you can always submit your ideas online and here’s a handy blog that explains our explanation of our methodology and the relevant links to our ideation portals.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

HCL Digital Solutions Product Management Team 

 

Introducing New HCL Digital Experience Cloud-Native 9.5 Bundle with User Session Pricing

2. Juni 2022 Posted by HCL Digital Experience Team

HCL Digital Experience v9.5 is a powerful digital experience platform optimized for deployment to Kubernetes container environments. With the HCL Digital Experience 9.5 Container Update CF202  release, a new cloud-friendly subscription pricing model and download is available. HCL Digital Experience v9.5 Cloud Native is a subscription pricing approach that aligns with cloud vendor consumption pricing practices.  It considerably simplifies how customers license DX 9.5 software for development, test and production, enables more predictable costs and easier consumption reporting. This model provides a consumption-centric rather than a capacity-centric approach to subscription licensing. Under this new model, customers select the number of user sessions to be consumed in their DX sites over a 12-month period. The HCL Digital Experience Cloud Native v9.5 subscription pricing model offers graduated tier-based pricing, with lower costs at each tier as user session quantities increase. This means you only pay for what you use.

Digital Experience User Sessions

As interactions with end users become increasingly “digital-first,” adding capability at scale to drive targeted, productive digital experiences that expand audiences and conversion rates is the name of the game. Digital Experience platform managers continually monitor user session levels, that is, the volume of web user sessions, and plan for capacity to support user traffic in their DX sites.

A “user session” is defined as the number of web sessions or other online interactions by anonymous or authenticated users interacting with HCL Digital Experience sites.  DX administrators can use standard web analytics packages such as Google Analytics to track user sessions consumed in DX sites.  See the Digital Experience Help Center topic Integrate Google Analytics with HCL Digital Experience for more information.

Digital Experience Cloud-Native v9.5 Subscription Tiers

The Digital Experience Cloud Native v9.5 pricing model offers allocations of user sessions in tiers that are consumed over an annual period.  For example, if the number of user sessions used across an organization’s DX sites deployed to Kubernetes would total to 2 million annually, HCL Digital Experience Cloud Native v9.5 “Tier 2” would be selected.  Each DX Cloud Native v9.5 tier includes an allocation of virtual processor core (VPCs) supporting production deployments according to pod CPU requirements for Digital Experience v9.5 cloud-native components. And under this pricing model, deployments to non-production, test, staging or developer environments are unlimited, offering greater flexibility and value to organizations moving to Kubernetes platforms.

HCL Digital Experience Cloud-Native v9.5 term pricing is also used for deployments to the HCL Now platform. HCL Now provides managed hosting services on dedicated, secure cloud container environments.  Hosting and management services offered can be found in the HCL Digital Experience on HCL Now Service description on the HCL Software License Agreement site.

Continuing to Use PVU-Based Licensing

With this announcement, there is no change to the existing PVU-based software pricing. Existing PVU pricing and parts are calculated according to the computing power of the hardware made available to the software operations, defined as Processor Value Unit (PVU) pricing. PVU pricing terms are outlined in applicable HCL Software License Agreement documents.  To determine the PVU costs for target hardware, HCL Software publishes HCL Software Processor Value Unit for Distributed Software and Capacity Counting Rules, along with an online PVU License Calculator tool.

Stay Informed!

To take advantage of his new pricing, please contact your HCL sales representative or BP. For more information about DX:  

  • Subscribe to the latest HCL DX news, interact with peer and HCL practitioners in the HCL DX Q&A forums
  • Access DX training materials in the HCL Software Academy
  • Take a test drive of HCL Digital Experience 9.5 from the HCL SoFy platform
  • Enroll in a complementary HCL Accelerator program for expert guidance to modernize, upgrade and maximize the business and technical value of your Digital Experience solutions

Thank you
HCL DX Product Team

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 like those stated here.   

If You Couldn’t Make It to Engage, We’ve Got the Inside Scoop

24. Mai 2022 Posted by HCL Digital Solutions

The latest news about Domino, Sametime, and introducing Volt MX Go

The largest user group event — Engage — was in-person again (finally) in beautiful Bruges, Belgium. Held every year since 2009, this event is where the world’s smartest people (!) gather to showcase the latest technology, network, and enjoy delicious food and beverages. Don’t worry if you missed out on the event (and the beer and wine), we’ve got all the juicy bits right here.

Image courtesy of our partner, panagenda 

“NEXT” was the theme of the event, and that is exactly what Richard Jefts, HCL Software’s Senior Vice President of Development and General Manager, and all the presenters, were focused on. This year’s Engage was all about … what’s NEXT!

The NEXT Big Release: Domino “Danube” 

This release will be coming in the last quarter of 2022, and it’s BIG. Even though v12 was just last summer, and we did another point release in December, we are still rolling out another big one this year! This is more proof of how deeply we are invested in Domino, and the future of your digital success with apps and mail. The key themes of this release are: 

  • Better-looking apps
  • Enhanced mail security
  • Easy meeting scheduling  

What Do We Mean by “Better-Looking Apps”?  

We are launching “Project Restyle” to give you a fast way to easily update the visual styling — the look and feel — of your existing Domino apps. We aren’t touching the code that powers the logic behind your apps with this, so don’t worry about any risk. This is just about making them look better. With “Project Restyle,” you’ll get a new set of design options (colors and themes) that will style the views, frames, pages, action bars, embedded outlines, and framesets of your application.

NEXT: Domino REST API 

HCL Domino REST API (a.k.a., Project Keep), provides secure REST API access into HCL Domino servers and databases for pro-code development. This makes Domino development and access available to a broad audience — without sacrificing ease of deployability that’s legendary with Domino and their preferred programming language and framework. If you’re interested in getting early access, read our announcement blogs about Domino Danube and Domino REST API. Or, sign up to receive our newsletter, here.

During the Engage sessions, we drilled into the details of v12, and shared what’s NEXT in future releases. We also launched a new deployment workshop on the HCL Digital Solutions Academy. More about the “Danube” release will be revealed in the upcoming months!

What’s NEXT for Sametime Premium? 

As you know, we recently launched a major new version V12 recently focused on enhancing your data security, delivering lower TCO, and delivering a customized meeting experience for every meeting owner and participant. Highlights of the release include:

  • Make good security decisions every time: We ensure your privacy is protected with pre-defined meeting modes: Collaboration, Confidential, Lecture Mode, plus new member management capabilities. 
  • Customize your Meeting experience: We provide personalized and branded experiences, plus powerful meeting reports for those managing meetings. 
  • Administrators get up and running faster with lower TCO with a fully containerized deployment on-prem or private cloud.

Read more about the v12 announcement here.

What’s NEXT in multiexperience app dev for Domino: Introducing Volt MX Go

We’re excited to announce the launch of Volt MX Go, which combines the power of our multiexperience low-code platform and Domino to extend your skills and investments in your Domino apps into exceptional mobile, web and wearable experiences.

To bring the Volt MX Go offering alive, Bernd Gewehr at Voessing, a German engineering company, showcased how he extended his field service app built on Domino with Volt MX Go.

This new mobile application extends their existing Domino app capabilities with capturing and annotating photographs of the equipment they are inspecting, while automatically pull location and compass heading from the metadata, elements that are essential for them to include.

Interested in learning more about Volt MX Go? Fill out the contact us form here.

What’s NEXT after Engage?  

This is an exciting year for Digital Solutions products — and there is lots to come from HCL Software so stay tuned for upcoming news and events by subscribing here.

Domino Mail Product Strategy Update

24. Mai 2022 Posted by Agnes Ng

Providing a secure enterprise mail solution trusted by governments and regulated industries has always been an essential mission for HCL Domino. Trusted by 40% of the Fortune 500, Domino is the backbone of corporate communications and powers our customers’ workflow applications that run their business.

In every Domino release, we have continued to invest in the core platform for apps and mail. This includes our own desktop, web and mobile clients, plus open client options such as Apple Mail. Here, we provide an update on the progress we’ve made and what’s coming.

User Experience  
Here are examples of the improvements we’ve made to both HCL Verse and HCL Notes. If you’ve not seen these before, please contact your BP or HCL sales representative for more information on upgrading so you can take full advantage of this more modern experience.

Capabilities Recently Delivered and What to Expect Next

Based on feedback from our community, here’s a summary of our Domino mail portfolio and our product plans for the next 3 years: 

Product/capability    Delivered recently   HCL roadmap & strategy 
Domino 
  • Improved security by introducing “Let’s Encrypt” and TOTP for web clients. 
  • Simplified admin management by streamlining cluster replication experience and introducing one-touch server setup. 
  • Cloud-native — flexible and scalable deployment on various platforms such as Azure, Google, and AWS 
  • Enhancement for mail security — including ICAP support, DKIM Inbound and SPF checking.  
  • Introducing Domino App Restyle — to make your existing apps UI look more modern with just a few easy steps.  
HCL clients for mail and apps 

  • Notes 
  • Nomad Web 
  • Verse Web  
  • Verse Mobile  
  • iNotes  
HCL Verse  

  • PWA for Verse 
  • Photos from NAB 
  • New calendar event interface 
     

HCL Verse Mobile 

  • Dark Mode Support 
  • Smart forward/smart reply 
     

HCL Notes 

  • Workspace UI Improvement 
  • Improved mail usability experience – sent from, copy formatting 
 

  • Introduce Verse 3.0 — new user interface for contacts & find availability visual scheduler. 
  • Nomad Web — printing and offline support.  
  • Notes Standard — continuous improvement of workspace and client performance. 
  • End of Support for iNotes — replaced by Verse with comparable functionality and much more. 
  • Our goal is to deliver a unified web experience that enables users to get work done more easily across today’s separate Verse, Nomad Web, Sametime and Domino Volt web experiences.  
Open clients 

  • HCL Microsoft for Outlook – (HTMO) Outlook on Windows *  
     
  • Project Quattro – Outlook on Mac and mobile *  
     
  • Traveler – Apple mail and calendar on iOS  
HTMO 

  • Delegation (full access) 
  • x.509 certificate authentication/ signing and encryption 
     

Traveler (Apple Mail) 

  • Room and resources updates in Apple calendar 
  • HTMO – improve performance, stability, and calendar features. 
Interoperability  
  • Directory Sync — External LDAP sync with Domino directory including password synchronization. 
     
  • Domino online meeting Integration (DOMI) in the Notes client — allows users to schedule meetings using Zoom, Webex, GoToMeeting, Teams and Sametime. 
     
  • Simplified backup experience – integrate with third-party backup solutions to restore your data reliably.  
  • A built-in free time busy look up feature — that works across both Domino and Exchange/Outlook-based systems.  

 

  • Migration tool — an intuitive UI for importing mail and calendar data from any third-party vendor such as Microsoft or Zimbra.   

 
Note:*
Recently, Microsoft announced an initiative to consolidate its Outlook clients and mail protocols. In addition, they announced the deprecation of the Exchange Web Services (EWS) protocol and API and its M365-based replacement that even Exchange on-premises customers will need to use.  

Due to the change in Microsoft’s protocol, and since most of the Domino customer base are Windows users, HCL has decided to invest in HCL Microsoft for Outlook (HTMO) to provide the open mail experience rather than continuing to develop EWS support. Specifically, our plan to deliver support for Outlook on Mac and Mobile under Project Quattro has ended. Consequently, in subsequent HTMO releases, we’ll focus on improving the ease of installation, performance, stability, and provide calendar feature parity with Notes and Verse where applicable.  
 
As always, HCL Digital Solutions is fully committed to the Domino community and our customers.  We value your feedback, so please feel free to reach out to us with any questions or submit your ideas to Aha. Thank you for your support.

Domino Product Team

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 like those stated here.  

 

 

Early Access to New Domino REST API Beta Is Now Available

24. Mai 2022 Posted by Adam Gartenberg

As part of the Domino Early Access Program, we are pleased to announce the first beta of the Domino REST APIs (formerly known as “Project Keep”). We heard from our customers that these APIs play an essential role in allowing you to extend your Domino applications. These APIs are on the roadmap for delivery for Domino Complete Collaboration (CCB) and Domino CEO Communications customers on active support along with the Domino “Danube” release coming in the fall of 2022. Note: The REST APIs only work with Domino v12.0.1 and higher (if you haven’t upgraded yet, now’s the time!). 

 

What is it?   

The Domino REST APIs allow for pro-code development through secure access to HCL Domino servers and databases, allowing you to use the programming language and framework of your choice — while maintaining the reliability and deployability of your Domino data and applications. They run alongside the server and allow you to — securely and easily — expose your Domino data in the form of standardized Open-API–based methods. Using a browser-based admin UI, application owners can define which data will be made available for view or update on a REST API. The APIs extends the Domino principles of reader/author document access definitions into the world of Internet protocols.

The Domino REST APIs also includes the Swagger UI, an API explorer that allows the visualization and interaction with APIs without having any of the actual implementation logic in place. The APIs are automatically generated from an OpenAPI (formerly Swagger) specification with visual documentation, making it easier to later implement the back-end code.

What’s special about the new Domino REST APIs?  

  • Secure by default, with fine granular controls per form, field, and user basis  
  • Implements latest open standards
  • HTTP/2-ready, for server-to-server or client-to-server communication
  • API-first design with full interactive documentation
  • Low barrier to entry, as it runs on a Domino server and/or your Notes client
  • Admin UI and Postman samples included
  • State-of-the-art JWT access token integrated with your existing IdP infrastructure

What can be accessed via the Domino REST APIs? 

You can access content like views, documents, and fields, as well as agents and ACL settings. And, of course, featuring DQL queries to quickly access the data you are looking for.

Built-in declarative security ensures the API will only allow access to fields the caller is authorized to see or update. This can effectively prevent computed fields to be overwritten and limits participants in a workflow to update their fields only.

How is this different than the previous beta program? 

The Domino REST APIs are now focused on application-based data. We will not be providing APIs for mail-related data and tasks. In addition, participation in the beta and access to the shipping release will require a Domino Complete Collaboration (CCB) and Domino CEO Communications license.

How to participate

The Domino REST API is now available as a prepacked, ready-to-use Docker container to Domino Complete Collaboration (CCB) and Domino CEO Communications customers on active support. The download will be available in the “HCL Domino” product line category on our License and Download Portal. Please visit the documentation here to learn more and to set up your test environment.

You are invited to join our Domino Early Access program forum here, to provide your valuable feedback and suggestions on the Domino REST API Early Access program.

Please note, the Early Access program will run from now until the Domino REST APIs are shipped with the Domino “Danube” release coming in fall 2022.

Digital Solutions Product Team  

 

Join Our Beta! Introducing Domino “Danube” Early Access Program

24. Mai 2022 Posted by HCL Domino Team

After the successful launch of HCL Domino v12.0.1 in December 2021, we are approaching the next release milestone: Today, we are happy to announce the new early access program for HCL Domino Danube!

You are invited to join the early access program to beta test our latest release and give feedback to our development teams.

We’re calling on our community to share honest, effective, and thoughtful reviews and testing of our software product. Your input is always essential for developing our products, and we will continue to listen to you every step of the way.

What you can expect from this first drop of Domino Danube:

HCL Domino Server 

For the Domino server, there are several enhancements waiting for you: 

  • Anti-virus scanning for message attachments 
    This will allow you to set up HCL Domino to work with an ICAP protocol server to scan for viruses in mail message attachments. 
  • Windows VSS support in Domino backup 
    Domino now provides a native Windows VSS writer for snapshot backups for use with the Domino backup and restore. VSS writers are designed for application-aware VSS snapshots. 
  • DAOS improvements 
    A new server task, DAOS Encryption Manager (daosencmgr), can be used to ensure DAOS objects on an HCL Domino server use a consistent encryption key.
  • XPages: upgrade to CKEditor 
    CKEditor, used in iNotes, is now version 4.5.6.1. Previously it was version 4.18.0. The new CKEditor version is also used in XPages.
  • New version of OpenSSL 
    HCL Domino now uses OpenSSL version 3.0.1. (it used OpenSSL version 1.1.1a previously).
  • Support for 5.x Linux kernels 
  • “Tell Domino support” console command 
    You can use the new tell domino support command to collect diagnostic files recently created in the IBM_TECHNICAL_SUPPORT directory into a .zip file to provide to support.
  • 256bit AES Encryption for database 
    The new default selection for database encryption is 128-bit AES. Previously it was Strong Encryption.
  • Administration Quick enhancements 
    Administration Quick (AdminQ) has been enhanced in Domino Danube.
  • Domino directory user interface enhancements 
    These Domino directory user interface enhancements are added for improved usability. 

… Plus, several other minor changes and performance improvements.

For a complete list of changes and improvements, please refer to the Domino Danube release notes.

And this is just the first beta drop! We are going to release even more features and Notes client builds in the coming stages of the early access program. We are planning to have monthly drops until the end of September (subject to change).

What’s new in Domino Danube? Find out here.

How to participate in this beta? 

Customers with a current entitlement to Domino can find the software packages for both beta programs on Flexnet. Beta participants, please let us know by submitting any and all feedback in our beta forum. For general input and new ideas or feature enhancement requests, please use the Domino ideas forum, here.

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

HCL Domino Product Team 

 

What Do My Kitchen, Bruce Willis, and Microsoft Power Platform Have in Common? (And Why You Need HCL Domino.)

17. Mai 2022 Posted by Henry Bestritsky

About three weeks ago, my entire new and expensive kitchen went dark. I gave my wife a confident smile, said, “I got this,” and went to the basement to flip a few breakers. As you can probably gather, I didn’t “got” this, and the stubborn breakers kept flipping back as if mocking me. I took the walk of shame upstairs and called my friend Rebecca, the electrician. 

My kitchen was not part of the original house and was an addition done later, so Rebecca was able to get behind the wall and take a look. This is where the Bruce Willis part comes in. Having watched The Fifth Element the night before, I made a joke by imitating Chris Tucker playing Ruby Rod in the scene where he discovers the bomb that’s about to blow up the entire place. I said, “Corbin, Corbin, my man, you know how to stop this, right?” The look Rebecca gave me was exactly the look on the face of Bruce Willis, right as they started running to the escape ship just before the big explosion.

Here is the scene from YouTube. You will love it! 

The wiring was a complete mess and obviously not to code. Rebecca said that the kitchen could’ve easily caught fire, and, unlike Bruce Willis, I did not have an escape ship to run to. 

So how does this relate to Microsoft Power Platform? 

As you probably know, Microsoft Power Platform consists of four parts, Power BI, Power Apps, Power Automate, and Power Virtual Agents. If you want to build any business app that is beyond just a simple form, you need at least the two main parts of the platform, Power Apps to build the UI and Power Automate to build the workflow and automation. (Oh, and let’s not forget the data sources such as Dataverse and other data connectors.) 

For example, if you just want to send a simple email, you need to create a form in Power Apps and then pass the values into Power Automate a.k.a. Microsoft Flow to execute it. Here is an example of the process in Automate after something gets filled out in a form. (Please pay attention to the title of each box.) 

Click Here for the Above Example

This is just a simple flow, but you get the picture. We all know how incredibly easy it is to do this in HCL Domino. These flows can get extremely complex, split many ways, and integrated into multiple SaaS products. Imagine dozens of them for just one app, and that’s where things get really tangled up (like the bad wiring behind the wall in my kitchen), and things could go wrong (boom, big bada boom). 

In my previous life, when I used to run a marketing technology company, I integrated an ancient twenty-five-year-old Microsoft Access database with Facebook Ads using Microsoft Flow. I created very complex processes that worked well and even got my company a case study on Facebook.com. 

What the case study didn’t mention is that six months later, just like my kitchen, everything went dark. No leads were coming through right in the middle of the busy season. I went back to the code and had the exact same terrified look that Rebecca  and Bruce Willis had in their movie. I figured it out eventually, but it took a few sleepless nights and a lot of anxiety. Now that I am gone, I don’t know what will happen if there is a next time and things go dark again.  

To achieve a viable solution with Microsoft Power Platform, you need to learn four overly complicated products that are nothing like one another. They were four different products until some Microsoft marketing head decided to lump them together (I admit that this is conjecture). One of Microsoft’s taglines about the Power Platform is: “Give everyone the ability to create solutions that accelerate business.”  Really? Seriously? At What Cost? Risk? Real, business-critical solutions come from technology that is not cobbled together that changes every six months. With Microsoft, to debug something, it really is like looking at a mess of wires behind a fifteen-year-old kitchen wall!   

Now you can see what my kitchen and the Microsoft Power Platform have in common. 

They all might just go down if one thing goes wrong. And how does this all relate to why you need Domino? Customers always tell me how they have been running Domino Apps for YEARS with no problems. Simply nothing goes dark. Ever! I am not saying that Domino can’t be complicated, but what I am saying is that the code has already been written and simply works. And what we are trying to do here at HCL is to expand and modernize Domino while minimizing risk, time, and the expense of a traditional rip and replace process that can be fraught with so many pitfalls and unforeseen costs (just like my new kitchen).   

In today’s crazy world, is it really a good idea to try something new and unproven? 

All I ask is that you go past the marketing hype and really, really look at what really drives your business and how you can make your workflows even better with minimal disruption and risk. 

I am not preaching Domino here (well, a little), but what I am saying is that we at HCL are very much aware how critical business continuity is…and how Domino plays a huge part in that process. We are doing everything possible to make sure that your existing Domino investment like existing code, data, security and management can be leveraged within any new tech you add to your stack, instead of being ripped out and replaced by a set of electrical wires that can burn down not only your kitchen but the entire house. (Dramatic music, please.)

After all, none of us won’t end up like Gary Oldman in the end of The Fifth Element, do we?

Thank you for letting me geek out!  😊 

 

Announcing HCL Sametime Premium v12: Secure Video Meetings & Persistent Chat

1. Mai 2022 Posted by Ginni Saini

HCL Software is pleased to announce the general availability of our latest release, HCL Sametime Premium v12.

This is a major release of Sametime Premium that’s focused on enhancing your data security, delivering lower TCO and a customized meeting experience for every meeting owner and participant.  It is now available for download on FlexNet, HCL’s License & Delivery Portal.

Here are the highlights of Sametime Premium v12: 

Make good security decisions every time: We ensure your privacy is protected with pre-defined meeting modes: Collaboration, Confidential, Lecture Mode, plus new member management capabilities.

Customize your Meeting experience: We provide personalized and branded experiences, plus powerful meeting reports for those managing meetings.

Administrators get up and running faster with lower TCO with a fully containerized deployment on-prem or private cloud. 

As an end-user and a meeting owner, you can take advantage of:    

  • The ability to tailor your meetings to the level of security needed with meeting modes to protect your company’s confidentiality. 
  • Reporting so you can keep records of who attended and what was presented in your meetings. 
  • Restrict your meetings to only those you invite and are included in your member access list. 
  • Make Sametime your preferred meeting solution with our easy-to-use Outlook integration and our unique personal, custom, and instant meeting options. 
  • And finally, our new click to call feature that enables you to carry on an important conversation after the meeting has finished. 

HCL strongly encourages all Sametime Premium customers and business partners to upgrade to this release and leverage the new features above and much more. 

For a complete view of what’s new in this release, please click here.

Lastly, we want to hear from you, please submit for your ideas for future enhancements here. 

Thank you.
Ginni Saini,   

Sametime Product Manager   
HCL Software    

1-2-3: Free Your Apps with the New Releases of HCL Nomad

11. April 2022 Posted by Thomas Hampel

Not one, not two, but three new releases of HCL Nomad in just one week! This is a new track record delivered by our development teams op lease our customers.

Take a look at what’s new:

  • HCL Nomad for Web Browsers 
  • For HCL Nomad Web, version 1.0.3 provides usability enhancements and is delivering functionality that customers have been waiting for.
  • A new application switcher enhances the user interface with an optional dropdown menu displayed in the navigation bar of HCL Nomad for Web. This allows administrators to define shortcuts to specific applications. A very handy feature for customizing the user experience!
  • Replication a key feature of the Domino platform to take applications offline is now also available to Nomad Web users. Released at this time as a “Tech Preview” feature, due to an issue in the Chromium browser engine. For more details please refer to our documentation.
    Please vote here if you like the feature!
  • If Printing documents is important to you? Now you can. This is the first stage of delivering the full functionality our customers have requested.
  • We have also added the ability to switch users and clearing user data on shutdown. The details of this feature can be configured by the administrator to tailor it to your environment.
  • More Languages are available! Folks in the Nordics will enjoy this release because it now provides support for Danish, Finnish and Norwegian. Additionally, support for Turkish was also added.

For further information about this HCL Nomad for web browsers release, please refer to the What’s New page and the also Release Notes.

HCL Nomad for iOS 

For mobile users with Apple iOS devices, HCL Nomad 1.0.20 is available in the app store now!

This release provides the ability to scan QR codes, a feature requested in this idea, which enables building new mobile applications, e.g. for inventory management and more. And, it offers improved text input support and numerous bug fixes.

HCL Nomad for Android

For users on Android devices, HCL Nomad 1.0.28 has just been published to the Google PlayStore and Flexnet.

In this release we are providing administrators refined Biometric authentication options to handle removal of fingerprint data gracefully.

New Ideas: Streamlining Our Ideation Process

5. April 2022 Posted by HCL Digital Solutions

The HCL Digital Solutions Product Management team has streamlined the product ideation process for HCL Domino, HCL Domino Volt, HCL Sametime, HCL DX, HCL Connections, and HCL Volt MX.

We often get asked what our process is for how an idea becomes a feature and how best to submit an idea that will have a better chance of successfully becoming a reality.

This blog will help make the process more transparent, responding faster to our customers.

What Is an Ideas Portal, and Why Have One?

There are many factors that shape modern software development.  One of the most important is crowdsourcing feedback from our customers, specifically the users and administrators of our products. We have portals where customers can submit ideas for features and capabilities that they’d like to see happen for our products. By studying submissions and responses in our Ideas Portals, we understand more about how the product is being used and discover ways to make the experiences even better.

Submitting a New Idea

When you navigate to an Ideas Portal, you can select the “add a new idea” button. Some portals request you specify the product (because the portal contains more than one product). After that, add your idea, some details, and a category.  Categories help us to organize ideas and we may even recategorize your idea once we review it. Here’s a list of all our Digital Experience portals:

Domino idea portal including:

  • Notes  
  • Safelinx 
  • Sametime
  • Traveler 
  • Traveler for Microsoft Office (HTMO) 
  • Domino Volt 
  • Nomad 
  • Domino Verse
  • Leap
  • Enterprise Integrator
  • Domino Designer
  • Connector for SAP Solutions
  • Client Application Access
  • Admin Client 

When you’re ready to add your idea, please follow three steps (outlined below). While we want to gather and prioritize your ideas, we’d like you to vote and comment on other people’s ideas too. Here is our best practice to add an idea:

Step #1: Search first to see if your idea already exists. Please vote for any ideas and add any additional comments that you may relate to your idea.

Step #2: If your idea doesn’t yet exist, create a new idea and format it like this: 
“As a <insert role>, I would like to be able to <insert action> in order to <insert need>.”

Step #3: Create as many ideas as you’d like but remember to keep each idea as a separate entry repeating steps 1 and 2 above, i.e., do not create an idea that consists of more than one request for enhancement.

Ideation Workflow and Process

Once your idea has been submitted it moves its way through our custom process and we evaluate strategy alignment, technical feasibility and scheduling.  Below is a simplified diagram of our process with an explanation of each step in the process.

All Ideas enter the system as “Needs Review.”  On a weekly basis Product Mangers (PMs) will examine that bucket of ideas and process them.

“Needs Clarification” is a possible outcome of a review because the PM does not understand the idea.  Here’s where you can make a huge contribution.

All ideas should be written as a “user story.”

As a person in my role, I want <this functionality>, so I get <this benefit>.

Example 1: As a Sametime meetings user, I want to have an interactive white board, so I can collaborate with peers and accelerate productivity through staying in one tool.

Example 2: As a Connections Wiki editor, I want the rich text editor buttons to stay on the visible screen as a scroll, to speed up the editing.

Notice, you are not telling us how to implement the idea but stating a need and a benefit.

Try to consider your fellow users and request features or fixes that could benefit many people, not just you, personally. This approach will increase the chances that your idea is accepted.

Once we understand the idea, the idea goes through a series of filters.  Is this already delivered? If yes, then we classify the ideas an “Already Exists.”  A more important question is: does this idea align with our goals for the product? Even if this is a great idea it could fail this test.  Be aware that we do not have unlimited resources and need to focus on the greatest benefit to the community of users.  So, do not take “No Plans to Implement” as a personal rejection.  It’s a business consideration, not a bad idea.

After the idea passes through this initial gauntlet of obstacles it is elevated to “Under Consideration.” If there are ideas that are similar in nature to this new idea, it will be merged with other ideas.  All votes under all the individual ideas are merged too, giving the merged idea more validity within the user community.

At this stage, we have a healthy backlog of ideas that can be promoted to a production feature. PMs triage this backlog and work in collaboration with our agile development staff to groom and size the idea into a deliverable story.

Sometimes an idea cannot be delivered for architectural reasons, or the feature is just too expensive to develop, and the benefit is too small.  For these reasons and ideas can be categorized as “No Plans to Implement.”

“Future Consideration” indicates that this is an idea we want to pursue, and we have the technical ability to deliver it, but cannot fit it in to the schedule at this time.  So, this idea is not assigned to a release.

“Assessment” begins the real work of user story decomposition and sizing. Items are being worked on by the development staff to quantify, understand and deliver the functionality.  For many reasons, the item cannot be committed to shipment date.

“Planning to Implement” is the most favorable outcome and indicate that resources are available, and we have the technical ability and we have space available to schedule this feature into a release on our board.

The final category is “Shipped”.  I don’t think this needs any explanation. 🙂

Closing Thoughts:

We trust this blog has given you transparency into an important process at HCL Digital Solutions. In Fy2023 you’ll see us encourage more customers to use all our Ideal Portals. Please look out for news on the topic in the coming months. In general, if you have questions about this blog, we are here to help.

Frank Fuchs
Digital Solutions Program Manager

Andrew Manby
Head of Digital Solutions Product Management 

 HCL Sametime 11.6 IF2

16. März 2022 Posted by Ginni Saini

HCL is pleased to announce the general availability of HCL Sametime 11.6 IF2, our latest interim fix release for Sametime Proxy. It is now available for download on FlexNet, HCL’s License & Delivery Portal.

Why is this IF release important to all Sametime v11.X customers?

This is an interim release and includes various bug fixes and security enhancements.

Key features and improvements include: 

  • Updated Tomcat version
  • Updated OpenJDK version
  • Updated APNS certificate
  • Multiple Sametime Proxy server and Web client fixes.  

HCL strongly encourages all Sametime v11.X customers and business partners to upgrade their Sametime Proxy servers to continue to enjoy a secure Video Meetings and Chat experience. 

For more information on what’s fixed in this release, refer to this knowledge article HCL Sametime 11.6 IF2 Fix List.  

The details of how to upgrade your HCL Sametime environments to our latest release can be found here

Ginni Saini, 
Sametime Product Manager, 
HCL Software