Posts Tagged: ‘hcl digital experience’

What Are Kubernetes and Docker? And Why Should They Be Part of Your Digital Solution?

2. September 2020 Posted by HCL Digital Experience Team

Developers are becoming increasingly used to hearing the names Kubernetes and Docker in conjunction with one another. They’re both technologies associated with containers (packages of software that include all of the parts required to run an app, like the code and system libraries), but a common misconception is that they’re competing solutions. Developers might be familiar with “Kubernetes vs. Docker” discussions when, in fact, using Kubernetes with Docker is an excellent method of running containerized applications. But to understand what that means, we first have to look at what each platform does separately. 

What Does Docker do? 

Docker is currently the most popular container platform. In this context, containers are the solution to a classic developer dilemma: Often developers will write code that works perfectly well on their own machine, but fails when they try to implement it into the program it needs to live in. Containers are the solution to this dilemma  developers can package their code into one cohesive container image, which can then be run on any computer that also hosts a container platform.  

30% of enterprise companies use Docker, and that number is steadily rising. If a developer can benefit from containerization, chances are they’ll look to Docker for their solution. 

So, What Does Kubernetes Do, and How are They Related? 

Now that you have a grasp on what Docker does and why it’s an important tool to be aware of, the first thing that’s important to understand about the Docker/Kubernetes relationship is that the two technologies serve fundamentally different purposes. As the Container Journal nicely put it, “Kubernetes takes containerization technology  and turns it up to 11.”  

Kubernetes arrived as a solution to the next conundrum that comes with containerization: Now that the containers exist, how can they be organized? If Docker is in charge of packaging and distributing an application, Kubernetes is in charge of scaling and monitoring those apps. The tech solution combines containers that make up an application into intuitive groups for easy management and searchability. 

The Kubernetes architecture allows for development teams to remain agile and flexible in a rapidly evolving digital landscape where agility and adaptability are increasingly vital to standing out amidst your competitors.  

It is possible to use Docker without Kubernetes, although it’s not recommended for any organizations that hope to scale their apps and ensure that they’re easily available to as many interested users as possible. Conversely, is possible to use Kubernetes with another containerization solution, but as Docker has established itself as the premier app container solution, the Docker/Kubernetes combo remains the best integration on the market. 

solution that utilizes the Docker and Kubernetes pairing will save development teams hours of time, as the tech pairing allows apps to be installed in the cloud or on the premises in minutes, rather than days. 

Find out more hereJoin our webinar called “Getting Started with Containers,” or watch it on-demand.  

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IBM WebSphere Portal (or IBM Digital Experience) is now HCL Digital Experience and That’s a Good Thing. It’s time to upgrade

18. August 2020 Posted by HCL Digital Experience Team

If you’re looking for the latest version of IBM Websphere Portal you’ve come to the right place. IBM Websphere Portal (IBM Digital Experience) became HCL Digital Experience back in 2019 and since then has released two major updates making HCL Digital Experience the most flexible and compatible digital experience platform on the market today. 

As HCL Digital ExperienceIBM Websphere Portal, has undergone a major transformationHCL Digital Experience built upon the legendary reliability and security of IBM Websphere Portal by adding future ready features and intuitive UI redesigns to boost productivity by up to 60% and increase your ROI by up to 661%. 

The New Features in HCL Digital Experience 

With these new revolutionary updates, HCL Digital Experience (DX) currently ranks highest worldwide amongst providers of web experience management solutions. When organizations partner with HCL DX, they can expect: 

  •  The Ability to Integrate all the Things! 

HCL DX delivers customer-centric and personalized experiences by integrating your organization’s data, services, and workflows to fully integrate your current technology stack into Digital Experience. The new Experience API interface makes it easy to manage all your API connections in an easy drag and drop way. 

  •  New Reliable and Scalable Technology 

HCL Digital Experience utilizes Docker and Kubernetes to provide rapid installation, near-zero downtime and auto-scale capabilities. The automated provisioning, load balancing, and self-healing that Kubernetes offers significantly reduce the total cost of site ownership as well. Read more on how the State of Ohio was able to utilize these new features to handle a 3000% increase in traffic. 

  •  RockSolid Security and SSO 

Intelligence-agency-grade encryption and cross-system authentication, even while at rest, is built into the core of HCL Digital Experience. Single Sign-On (SSO) ensures that team members can be securely authenticated and jump right into their secured, protected work. 

  •  New Practitioner-Friendly Tools 

HCL Digital Experience took the robust content authoring capabilities of IBM Websphere Portal and turned it up to an 11 with a new reimagined user interface that dramatically reduces the learning curve and enables content to be created in half the time. Quickly build new content that responds to the market and industry needs without having to rely on IT. As agility is an increasingly important team skill, tech that helps deploy content quickly and easily has become a necessity. 

  • Cloud Native Support and Flexible Deployment 

Modern digital experiences are easy to deliver, even with a complex backend. HCL Digital Experience can now be run natively in the cloud as well as on-premises, and now has the broadest cloud native support on the market helping your organization modernize without compromise. 

  • A New Digital Asset Management System 

HCL recently released exciting new capabilities to its platform, that helps empower users to create compelling experiences, improving the bottom line and customer satisfaction. There are new media managing, rendering and versioning capabilities, and most importantly, it’s free to all DX customers! Also, it comes fully integrated so it’s faster to get up and running and one less thing to do before you can get started making content and digital experiences. You can read all about hereYou can watch the new capabilities in action here.  

Great! So How Do I Upgrade? 

Learn more about how you can upgrade to take advantage of all these new features by signing up for a free workshop where we will work directly with you to provide a personalized upgrade plan and go over any questions you may have. 

Sign up for a customized workshop here.  

Contact a sales representative here.

 

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Engaging Video Content Improves Online Healthcare for All

17. August 2020 Posted by Kirsten Kelley

Being at the forefront of the battle against Covid-19, health workers worldwide are working day and night, under extreme conditions, to treat infected patients and ensure the continuity of health services for their communities. While doing so, doctors, nurses, and health professionals face two unprecedented challenges. First, they need to stay continuously informed on accumulating trial treatment research and frequently changing clinic protocols for this little-known disease. Second, they must be able to do that while social distancing from their colleagues and working in small shifts to minimize contagion risk. Additionally, health providers find themselves at the tip of the spear in promoting the public’s understanding and education that are essential to mitigating this crisis effectively. They need to be able to  reach their audiences online and through remote communication.

Getting the Message to the Masses

In times of crisis, people seek news, data, and advice and digital experiences for healthcare become more important than ever before.  Simultaneously, their attention span is limited. For this reason, emergency information must be made available and accessible yet digestible and comprehensive.

Video as part of a digital engagement strategy helps overcome language and cultural barriers and simplify even the most complex and abstract information. Therefore, it’s ideal for educating people on any topic, from how to put a mask properly to the symptoms indicative of Covid-19. It also strikes a deeper connection and elicits stronger emotional responses, making it more memorable and effective. Studies show that viewers retain 95% of a video’s message compared to only 10% of textual information. Audiences across all generations turn to video today as their preferred method for everyday learning (68%).

Providing Impactful Information at the Right Time

Frequent communication and real-time response are crucial during a crisis. News has to get out quickly and be easily updated to correspond to changing events. Content has to be agile, easy to produce, and manageable. Using external production shops with lengthy and cumbersome approval cycles just won’t cut it. An advanced video management platform enables health providers to do precisely that, leveraging smart, accessible, and streamlined video creation and distribution tools to serve a global and diverse community in need.

Putting in place a centralized and an easy-to-navigate patient portal is essential to minimize hospital and doctor visits for routine inquiries, check-ups, and postoperative follow-ups. It also offers a single source of truth, which is always available for on-demand viewing, from any device, screen, and network, wherever you are. Curating personalized playlists and using interactive tools – like hotspots, in-video questionnaires, and interactive video paths – are just some ways to provide immersive virtual care. These engage patients, creating lean-forward, accountable, and measurable informative experiences.

Empowering Healthcare Workers with Modern Training Tools

As healthcare providers face the need to regularly share knowledge within the organization, efficiently train medical personnel, and ensure compliance, videos can prove extremely advantageous. A highly searchable VOD portal can offer nurses and doctors contextual micro-learning experiences right on their mobile devices. Live executive communications or tailored video courses can help instruct medical personnel on updated protocols. Interactive learning pathways can demonstrate new cleaning practices for clinic workers exactly when they need it.

Video also enables health providers to learn about their viewers. By analyzing video consumption and engagement patterns or evaluating answers and choices (in the case of video paths, polls, and questionnaires), video is a second-to-none source of highly useful and actionable data. Which videos are medical personnel watching? Are they watching until the end or stopping midway? What parts interest them the most? Leveraging this in-depth data lets organizations improve their training procedures, and consequently, their staff’s skills and expertise. It also allows them to monitor each staff member’s progress and verify their information retention.

Providing Consistent, Reliable and Secure Information 

Health insurers and healthcare organizations have long seen the benefits of providing personalized, secure, and engaging content to their patients and members. Adding video content that is customizable and searchable will help differentiate them from the competition by offering a unique service when patients need it more than ever.

A new normal is slowly taking shape because of the pandemic. It may require health providers to introduce more patient and staff digital communication further down the line. For now, reevaluating their educational practices and accelerating video learning is an excellent start.

To learn how HCL Digital Experience is adding industry-leading video capabilities from Kaltura to its platform, register for our webinar on October 13, 2020

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5 Ways an Intranet Can Drive Employee Productivity and Engagement

6. August 2020 Posted by HCL Digital Experience Team

An intranet is a private, secure computer network that is only accessible internally (thus, the “in” in its prefix) to a company’s employees.  Intranets surfaced in tandem with the internet in the 1990s and exist as a secure alternative to the public internet network that could be used by anyone online. It can be an integral tool for enterprises looking to improve employee communication and engagement. Employment engagement is key to an organization’s success.

A recent Gallup study1 said that only a third of employees are truly engaged in their work — and that organizations with higher engagement levels are not only more productive, they achieve four times higher earnings per share growth. 

An intranet platform provides enterprises with useful collaboration tools that can open up dialogue among co-workers while streamlining certain processes within the organization as a whole. A good one also serves as a vital tool for sharing HR and other information, as well as providing operational and computer services within an organization.

Let’s look at five ways the intranet can boost productivity in the workplace

1. Improved Communication 

Not only can it act as a direct link between staff from all departments within a sprawling organizational flow chart, it can host blogs and forums that provide employees with a unique outlet to collaborate. An intranet network can allow employees to communicate in creative and empowering ways that might not otherwise occur, promoting a much-needed sense of community. Given the way the world has moved more toward remote work, this is more important than ever.  

Intranets can have communities and discussion boards, so that instead of employees having to sift through an unwieldy company directory to find another staff member, they can easily use the intranet to connect with them and quickly enhance the work they are doing.  

Additionally, an intranet network can distribute company updates, alerts and action items efficiently to everyone, saving time and streamlining internal communications. 

2. Centralized File Storage and Comprehensive Search 

The sheer number of files, documents and digital information an enterprise must grapple with can make managers and project leads — anyone, really — shudder in horror.  Being able to locate and access the data you need when you need it can be the difference between a job getting done and a project failing.   

With an intranet network you can store all your files in one centralized location, making data searches faster.  The intranet search engine can look up key terms and connect you to the discussion, blog or piece of information you need.  Communications can also be saved and stored, making posts and notes easy to look up and review.   

3. Faster Response Time  

If a problem arises, the collaborative nature of a company’s intranet software can unleash the shared knowledge and expertise of key players.  An issue can be immediately shared, whether it’s with IT or an emergency development in another department. Teams can then troubleshoot from all angles and stay informed of the solutions.   

By acting as an information conduit for an organization, the intranet can quickly assemble the collective brainpower of the organization to identify and quickly solve an issue that could otherwise can take much longer to properly assess and address.   

4. A Forum for Creativity, and an Information Hub   

By giving some ownership of the space to employees and empowering them to utilize it, an intranet can strengthen the creative bonds between people and teams and ultimately improve the collective performance of the company.  The intranet can host a range of staff-led endeavors, ranging from discussion forums on industry-specific topics to informal spaces for brainstorming the next staff retreat. It can also be a hub of information, where relevant articles, podcasts and videos can be shared and debated.   

If employees feel plugged in and connected not just to the specific work they do but to a larger web of people and information, they will be happier and more productive in their job.  There are endless ways of sparking this type of engaged community on an intranet.   

5. A Convenient Space for Company Policies and Procedures  

We’ve all gotten the massively daunting PDF of the staff handbook filled with processes that are probably outdated by years.  It sits somewhere collecting dust, a sad reminder of a tree groove that is no more.   

An intranet network can be the digital repository that weaves together the procedures and policies of a company and can be easily accessed and updated as needed.  It can also be the centralized place where employees can access the HR benefits hub, and grab the forms they need, for things such as leave, expensesor travel.   

While your company intranet might not get its moment on center stage in a roomful of mass appreciation, it is often the backbone to a functional and successful organization. If it’s set up well, and actively used, it becomes almost an invisible part of a functional workday. And if it drives the engagement and productivity your teams and employees need, it helps you reach better business outcomes faster.  

For more information on how HCL’s Digital Experience can boost staff engagement and productivity click here.   

1Gallup Study, “Employee Engagement on the Rise in the US,” August 26, 2018.  

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HCL Digital Experience. Now Easier. Faster. Cloud Native.

23. Juni 2020 Posted by Brian Chaput

We are thrilled to unveil our latest innovations and updates to HCL Digital Experience!  While we are constantly updating this platform through a rolling wave of iterations and releases, this latest version is a game-changer. It helps you reimagine how you create and manage content, and lets your organization deploy up to ten times faster, offering the broadest cloud-native support in market. You can deliver business-critical content, applications, and digital experiences to your audiences faster and easier than ever before. Now business critical meets cloud native.

Expanded cloud-native platform support 

We now offer the broadest cloud-computing platform support for a digital experience solution in the market. This allows you to install and update in minutes — with the security and robustness of an on-prem solution, but the flexibility, cost-effectiveness and speed of cloud. Support has been added for Microsoft Azure and Amazon EKS, adding to existing support for RedHat Open Shift. Customers now have the flexibility to deploy where, when, and how it makes sense for the business. This, combined with the existing Docker and Kubernetes support, means deployment and installation is up to 10 times faster than before.

Create content in half the time 

Being able to deliver content for digital experiences quickly to your audiences changes how you do business. Dramatically improved content-creation tools — a completely new Content Composer — means business users can now model and create new content in half the time with a modern, intuitive drag-and-drop interface.

Hot DAM! A new cloud-native Digital Asset Manager included — free 

A new cloud-native digital asset management system (DAM) lets you add and organize media quickly and seamlessly. You can now manage your content and media from creation to execution with ease. And, unlike some other digital experience platforms in the market, this DAM is included for FREE.  

We are excited to be on this journey with you. Come join us for the global unveiling and exclusive launch of Digital Experience 9.5. 

 

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COVID-19 and Changing Business/Customer Interaction

15. Mai 2020 Posted by Tom Parette

COVID-19 will have long term if not permanent impact on how society will interact with all aspects of our lives including how we work, shop, dine and manage our finances. Companies must react and put the right measures in place to respond to this event and potentially future events as well as accommodate changes in consumer behavior which have already taken place.  In some respects, society is fortunate this happened in 2020 and not in 2000 because technology is in place to perform many activities that we could not do 20 years ago.  Our ability to work from home using video conference technology, home delivery of food with DoorDash and Uber Eats, banking on-line including such functions as the ability to deposit checks with just the click of a phone, shopping on-line often with next-day delivery, having virtual doctor visits and the migration of many retailers to digital storefronts make this much less impactful as it otherwise could have  been.  Even with all the progress we have made, there are many businesses which have still not fully moved to a digital interaction with their customers and many of them are significantly impacted by the events taking place.  These high-touch areas of our economy must evolve their business models to provide equal to if not better levels of service through a digital interaction model compared to their current high-touch engagement models.  This will not only be a necessity against future impacts but will simply become part of doing business with a society which will forever change the way they do business.

As I have spent the majority of my career in banking technology, one obvious area of improvement is how we pay for things.  As children we were all told cash is dirty.   Guess what, that not only has been imprinted in our minds, but come to find out it’s true.  This will continue to drive society away from cash.  Even with the reduction of using cash, we don’t want to be forced to touch payment keypads if we pay with cards.  Society must move to completely contactless payment methods.  Most of us carry around a very secure payment device in our pockets in the form of a smart phone and business should be using that as the payment platform of choice.

Car shopping is much more high touch than it should be.  Tesla has proven that car shopping and ordering can be a completely digital experience.  Car dealers are currently significantly impacted on the sales side of their dealerships and should evolve to a digital dealership.  The service side of the business could also improve with smarter cars that can diagnose many of the problems before they ever are taken in for service.

The real estate industry seems like a difficult one to move to digital but with Virtual Reality technology readily available, there is no reason those first showings at that initial list of potential houses could not be done “virtually” using VR technology with a virtual walk through to narrow down to a list of homes that are truly worth an in-person visit.  This also enables potential customers relocating from a different city to do the majority of their home shopping before they even visit their new destination.     

 

HCL Software has the products and services to help move your business to a digital interaction model providing the digital storefront for your customers to engage with your business across the platform of their choice.  HCL Commerce provides an omni-channel platform providing personalized storefront capabilities for both business to consumer and business to business interactions.  HCL Digital Experience helps businesses create engaging digital experiences across multiple device types by integrating rich applications and content to deliver these new engagement models.    

 

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HCL Digital Experience and the future of WebSphere Application Server

8. April 2020 Posted by David Strachan

What we are doing with WAS?

HCL is bringing renewed energy to Digital Experience, as we add new capabilities and move to a much more aggressive release schedule. Customers often ask what we are going to do with IBM® WebSphere® Application Server (WAS) and the purpose of this post is to explain what we intend to do.

Customers around the world have entrusted HCL Digital Experience with their business critical workloads for 20 years. WAS clustering provides a rock-solid foundation for that, and as a result unplanned outages are very rare and performance is consistently excellent. We are not going to treat that lightly or recklessly.

What is rock solid, but flexible?

That said, our customers are also asking us for a less monolithic approach to HCL Digital Experience (DX). Many of them are investing in Kubernetes as the runtime environment of the next decade. We are responding to that demand with the support for Kubernetes that we released in HCL DX v9.5 and enhanced subsequently.  HCL’s strategy is to provide a gradual approach, in order to minimize disruption for our customers, while enabling new runtime architectures as quickly as possible.

When we released HCL Digital Experience 9.5 in September 2019, we announced that it would be supported for at least another five years. This means customers can continue to run their WAS clustered environments during this time, and we will continue to enhance it.  In this release, we added a supported option to run the product in a Kubernetes environment, such as Red Hat’s OpenShift or Amazon EKS. More Kubernetes platforms will follow, driven by customer demand. Existing applications will run on this platform, and most customers should be able simply to redeploy their applications using the staging-to-production workflow.  Existing portlets and themes will also still run in Kubernetes deployments of HCL DX 9.5.

In parallel, our future direction is clearly towards the Kubernetes architecture. We are creating new services, such as our Digital Asset Manager, Content Composer or Experience API, all of which are based on technologies other than WAS. These new services provide exciting new capabilities for our customers, which we hope will make it easier for our customers to justify moving to our Kubernetes architecture.

For clarity, we will not have a singular migration event in which we re-platform HCL Digital Experience to another application server, because that would introduce risk and uncertainty to our customers. We are focusing on adding new features that add value to our customers, and ensuring that existing customers can adopt those.

We hope this statement of direction is clear and helpful. We would love to hear from you if you have comments or questions about this. We would also love to discuss how you can get the most out of your HCL Digital Experience  deployment and help ensure your are on an up to date version. Please get in touch with your HCL representative to discuss this further, or you can reach out to Kirsten.Kelley@hcl.com if you need additional information.

 

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Digital Experiences Matter. Especially in Times of Crisis

6. April 2020 Posted by Brian Chaput

“Business-critical” has never mattered more than right now.

All digital experiences matter, but some matter more than others.  The COVID-19 crisis response is forcing governments to define what is “essential” for populations operating under stay-at-home directives. What is, in fact, essential are those digital experience touchpoints we all need to rely on to stay informed, to stay vigilant, and perhaps most importantly, to stay connected and productive.

This is when rock-solid and reliable digital experiences truly matter most. This is when business-critical applications and core systems not only have to work — they have to continue to run operations from wherever we are to ensure our customers, partners, or employees have the information they need to be safe, productive, and up to date. Because HCL Digital Experience is the kind of platform that has the power, reliability, and security necessary to keep complex and business-critical processes running we know what’s required to deliver this level of service to digital audiences. We have broken down the essential qualities necessary for this success here into six main categories. Your business-critical digital experience platform must be:

  • Performant: In these challenging times you need to ensure that your audiences are able to get the information they need, when they need it. Downtime is not an option. Business-critical means that your system is rock-solid, reliable, scalable, and can support fluctuating demand with ease.
  • Secure: Your businesses’ data needs to be protected. As we move to communicate even more fluidly online, you need to be confident that you can offer secure experiences with data encryption and cross-system authentication. Business-critical means your data cannot be compromised.
  • Personalized: Provide the right information to the right people at the right time. You need to enable your customers, employees, and partners with the right level of access to your system to access and provide necessary data. Business-critical means that the information presented is relevant and contextual, based on your relationship with them, and what they are doing on your site.
  • Integrated: Provide the whole story. Your enterprise has a wealth of information that resides in a variety of systems. Business-critical means that you can seamlessly blend your content, data, applications, and core processes into a meaningful unified experience personalized by role and identity.
  • Flexible: Develop smarter, update faster. You can select the deployment model (on-prem, any cloud, or hybrid) and platform of your choice, and be up in running in minutes. Business-critical means that with traditional OnPrem or optional Docker/Kubernetes support you can choose what deployment approach fits your operation best today, with the flexibility and portability to change on your timeline.
  • User-Friendly: Empower business users to create. Put your subject-matter experts in control with easy-to-use tools that help them quickly create targeted, engaging content for all audiences, and let your developers focus on developing new technology. Business-critical means that essential content gets to the audiences that need it, and your team’s productivity can soar.

When you need to digitize your business processes and take your business-critical applications online, you need HCL Digital Experience. We are here to help.

Learn how our partners are empowering organizations to meet the challenges of Covid-19.  Join these short webinars to learn more:
  • Digital Experiences Matter in Times of Crisis.  Chatbots can help.  Watch the webinar
  • Digital Experiences Matter in Times of Crisis.  Lessons learned from the State of Ohio.  Watch the webinar
  • Digital Experiences Matter in Times of Crisis.  Alerting can be key. Watch the webinar

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Staying Connected is More important than Ever

26. März 2020 Posted by Brian Chaput

We are all in this together. This is something that we are hearing a lot lately, even though many of us are isolated (physically and socially distanced) from our families, friends, and co-workers. In times like this, technology can allow us to stay in touch, connected, and informed — and this is more important than ever.

At HCL, we are proud to see the strides our teams, customers, and partners are making to continuously communicate and inform their audiences of the latest developments of COVID-19, and how they can be better prepared.

As the spread continues, state and local governments around the world have seen an increase in demand for information about how the virus is affecting their local communities, and where citizens can go for help.  Employees need powerful communication and communication platforms to make sure they have critical information — especially in industries like healthcare, travel, and transportation — and can stay abreast of the latest processes and procedures to keep themselves (and their customers) safe. Health insurance providers are working to ensure that they can support their employees that are now largely working from home and need secure access to critical business applications, and their members about the latest resources available to them.

All technology and digital experiences matter, especially in this unprecedented time of home confinement and instability. All of us need accurate and up-to-date information and guidance that we can trust — and the platform that delivers it must perform and scale in times of surging requests. We want you to know that HCL is here to help in any way we can. We are committed to being flexible, responsive, and available. And those of us on the Digital Experience team are here, specifically, to help with making sure you have the best when it comes to secure, scalable systems to digitize your business processes for your employees, partners and customers, and to always keep the lines of communications open. If you are a current customer and need help, please let us know.  If you are challenged with being able to deliver critical applications to your employees to keep them safe, and to stay productive, we are here to help.

Please reach out to your HCL representative to see how we can help. #WeAreAllinThisTogether

 

 

 

 

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March Update: What’s New in HCL Digital Experience

10. März 2020 Posted by Brian Chaput

We are committed to rolling out new features for HCL’s Digital Experience (HCL DX) platform in a cycle of continuous delivery. This means that every month and quarter there will be product updates that address requests from customers, technology optimizations, and general improvements that help you deliver incremental value in your digital experiences. We are making huge investments in our platform, and we are making sure your investments are protected. This March, take a look at the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow – here are some of the latest updates we’re planning on rolling out this month (or sooner!).

 

Hot DAM! HCL DX now includes digital asset management  

Eliminate the headache of duplication and searching across separate repositories for digital assets with the new HCL Digital Asset Management (HCL DAM) — a lightweight digital media library — available for no additional charge for HCL DX customers.  Upload, find, tag, optimize, and publish your assets efficiently, all within HCL Digital Experience, and assure proper rendering/optimization automatically across all digital touchpoints.   Take the experiences you provide to the next level by delivering video at production scale with packaged integration with Kaltura, a market leading video platform, for video transcoding and streaming.             

                       

Be nimble, be quick  

More open and accessible APIs provide developers the ability to reuse services in any application, on any touchpoint, using any front end they choose. This provides greater agility in blending complex content, data, and systems — dramatically improving the ability to deliver modern digital experiences faster and more reliably.  

 

OpenShift? Check!  Amazon EKS? Check!   

Now, you can run HCL Digital experience in any native Kubernetes environment, offering ultimate flexibility; choose the platform and deployment that makes the best sense for your business — whether that’s on-prem or in the cloud. We offer support for all market-leading cloud solutions (such as OpenShift and Amazon EKS), so you can install updates anywhere, in minutes, using Docker and Kubernetes. This gives your organization the ability to run HCL DX as a combination of the best technologies to deliver unique, customizable experiences with significantly fewer resources.   

 

Maintenancefree? Yes, please!  

Cloud deployment removes the need to maintain software or infrastructure, with benefits in gaining scalabilty and reliability.  Automated provisioning, auto-scaling, and self-healing via Kubernetes support dramatically reduces total cost of ownership (TCO). 

We are excited to be on the move with our continuous delivery, giving you a steady flow of new benefits and helping you be as successful as possible with using HCL Digital Solutions. As always, give us your feedback and input by attending one of our HCL DX Connects, or by sending us an email. And, of course, follow us on Twitter 

  

 

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Continuous delivery with HCL Digital Experience drives steady stream of new benefits to customers

9. Januar 2020 Posted by David Strachan

Rapid deployment for faster results

When we released HCL Digital Experience 9.5 in September 2019, one of the most important features was support for a fully containerized deployment. This provides our customers with more flexibility, and allows HCL to explore new deployment and delivery models for the product.  Updating images is much easier than applying maintenance, or updating a release, to a traditional deployment.

To that end, we are going to switch up the pace for the HCL Digital Experience Docker images that we ship. Our new cadence will be to ship an update every two sprints — that’s approximately every four weeks.  We are modernizing our development methods to keep on track with market demands and help our customers deliver more capabilities to their audiences faster.

For our customers: We can ship new features earlier and in more manageable chunks. Through participation in our development process, it also means customers will be able to see the results of their feedback more quickly. Customers have told us they want to drive new capabilities —and we are happy to oblige.

For HCL: Monthly deliveries reinforce our agile processes (see this post) and force us to automate things we’d otherwise just live with. This will help us drive up quality even higher. Monthly deliveries help teams focus on getting things done — as the saying goes, 100% of four features is worth a lot more than 80% of five features. Also, we’ll learn more from customer feedback, earlier, than if we delivered less frequently.

 

Not ready for containers?

For customers who use the traditional WebSphere Application Server architecture, we will continue to ship “cumulative fixes” (CFs) approximately twice per year. Since 2014, these CFs have provided a stream of backwards compatible updates.  This has reduced the effort and risk involved in updating for new fixes and features (v9.5 was CF17 in this series). For this architecture, we’ll continue this model for the foreseeable future.

 

Be in the know

We appreciate that monthly deliveries may be hard to keep up with, given all the other demands on your time. As part of our agile approach, we’ll use a 30-/90-/180-day backlog, updated monthly, to communicate our plans with customers and other stakeholders. If you’re interested in this information, or in participating in our development processes as a design partner, please get in touch with me (email david.strachan@hcl.com). New releases will be featured in the regular DX newsletter, and our HCL DX Blogs.

 

What’s next?

You may now be asking yourself, what’s next?  Based on feedback from our customers during user groups, customer councils, and events, we have put together a solid lineup of new capabilities that will drop early this year. We’ll see an expansion of the range of Kubernetes platforms that we support, a new media library capability, a new user interface for common content-management tasks and other exciting features in the coming months.

We hope you agree that this is a change that will yield substantial benefits for our customers, who will see new features sooner, and updates faster, than they did before. We are excited to be doing this with you.

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