Posts Tagged: ‘sametime’

Announcing HCL Sametime Meetings’ support for Chrome WebRTC Unified Plan

26. August 2021 Posted by Ginni Saini

HCL is pleased to announce the general availability of HCL Sametime 11.6 IF1, our latest interim fix release for Meetings. 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 using Meetings?

Chrome M93 support and a lot of other critical fixes, including UX enhancements, UI improvements and multiple bug fixes to improve your overall Sametime Meetings and Chat experience. For more details, please check out the full fix list published here.

Support for Chrome WebRTC Unified Plan: 

Google has completely transitioned Chrome’s WebRTC implementation from the Plan B SDP format to the Unified Plan, starting with Chrome M93 version. See Google’s announcement here. 

What does this mean for Sametime Premium customers using Meetings?

  • Prior to HCL Sametime 11.6 IF1, Chrome browser support (for Meetings) is based on the Plan B SDP format.  
  • By upgrading Sametime to 11.6 IF1, Meetings now uses the WebRTC Unified Plan SDP format.  

For information on how this impacts HCL Sametime 11.5 and 11.6 deployments, please read this article.

Therefore, HCL strongly encourages all Sametime v11.X customers and business partners using Meetings to upgrade their Sametime Meeting servers to continue to enjoy a great Video Meetings and Chat experience on the latest Chrome browser.

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 

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

HCL Sametime Meetings’ support for Chrome WebRTC Unified Plan

23. August 2021 Posted by HCL Sametime Team

The HCL Sametime team wants everyone to be aware of the pending Chrome change related to conformance with the WebRTC standard that will impact Sametime Meetings. This change is scheduled to take affect with the M93 update of the Chrome browser, currently targeted for Aug 31, 2021. 

We are actively working on putting finishing touches to our next interim release to support the Unified Plan for Sametime Meetings. We plan to release it in the upcoming weeks, after we have finished testing the changes across all supported browsers listed here

In the meantime, please plan to upgrade your Sametime 11.5 and 11.6 Meetings deployments using our documentation found here

For information on how this impacts HCL Sametime 11.5 and 11.6 deployments, please read this article. 

If you have any questions or need further details, don’t hesitate to reach out to our support team! 

HCL Sametime 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 similar to those stated here.

The Countdown to the Newest HCL Domino and Sametime Begins! Join Us for Our Global Launch

15. April 2021 Posted by Richard Jefts

I am thrilled to announce that registration is now live for what will surely be a true, blockbuster event on June 7. This exclusive virtual event celebrates our latest versions of HCL Domino v12 and HCL Sametime. The first 1200 registrants got a free gift (we blew past that number in a couple of days!).

I personally love the amazing video that helps capture the excitement as we could down the days to these “breakaway” releases. (An agenda will be released soon. Follow us on Twitter to get the latest.) 

The launch event will include thought-leading sessions, demos, customer speakers, and more. And, it kicks off an exciting collection of Domino content delivered in a series we are calling the “Domino Dozen” (once you’ve registered for the launch, you will have access to this program). Each day, for 12 days following the launch, we will drop a new, essential Domino-related treasure. These pieces will include webinars, panel discussions, and technical deep dives, early access to special programs, thought leadership pieces, and more.  

Also, join us for the closing keynote and happy hour on June 23 — we are calling “Nerdi Gras,” as a hat tip to the days of Lotus past. We will be releasing a party kit soon, with downloadable favors, so you can join in the fun.

For those of us who’ve been on this Domino journey with us for so many years — and for those of you we will be welcoming as new customers — we can’t wait to celebrate.

Join us.

HCL Domino 12 und Sametime Launch Event

6. April 2021 Posted by Oliver Regelmann

Die Veröffentlichung von Domino 12 rückt näher. Aktuell kann man in der Beta 3 Features wie das neue Backup-Tool und die Kennwortsynchronisierung mit dem AD testen. Jetzt lädt HCL am 07. Juni zum globalen Launch Event ein: Und wer darauf nicht warten möchte: Nächste Woche gibt es ein Launch-Webinar zu HCL Verse 2.1.0. Die Veröffentlichung […]

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Exciting New HCL Sametime Features Released Today

1. April 2021 Posted by HCL Sametime Team

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

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

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

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

HCL Sametime Premium Desktop Client for Meetings (Tech Preview)

24. Februar 2021 Posted by HCL Sametime Team

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

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

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

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

HCL Sametime Product Team  

HCL Digital Solutions Announces First Telephony Partnership for HCL Sametime

18. Februar 2021 Posted by HCL Sametime Team

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

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

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

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

HCL Sametime Product Team

About ilink 

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

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

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

Manage TVC-Grid Validation in Unica Plan – A Systematic Way

12. November 2020 Posted by Nitin B. Chondhekar

Marketers are always looking for tools and processes to manage their marketing operations, streamline workflows, optimize the budget spend, resources, and manage other marketing assets. MRM is a single solution that can take care of all your needs, from strategic planning to executing a certain marketing activity and ensuring that consistency binds the team together. Unica Plan is the solution that Unica Suite offers to manage all your marketing needs and activities.

HCL Unica Plan (Formerly known as Marketing Operations) supports the feature called Tabular View Control (TVC) Grid, where the marketer can choose and arrange the different attributes like Text, Numeric, Date, etc. which they want to use for tracking their business activities. Grids are mainly used for collecting data, in the user interface, it appears like a table or a list. You can enter data into the cells of the grid according to the selected attributes and their data type.

Apart from this, the product supports the customization of grid attribute(s) with validation; for example, the attribute should start with a specific character/word OR attribute should not allow entering beyond a certain limit OR attribute should only allow data between a certain range, etc. “com.unicacorp.uap.grid.validation.plugin.GridValidatorPluginImpl” validator is delivered with HCL Unica Plan which can help you to define the validations on-grid attribute(s). This validation plug-in supports two types of rules.

  1. ROW: row-level rules are executed first.
  2. GRID: grid-level rules are executed after row-level rules.

HCL Unica Plan ships with the following sample rules.

  • BeginsWithRule
  • DateCheckRule
  • RangeCheckRule
  • UniqueCheckRule

This article will help you to understand the grid validation, data validation rules, and how to implement the ROW level validation using the “BeginsWithRule” rule with the Text Single Line Type attribute. Let’s follow the step by step approach to learning the validation.

  • Create the new grid frame using the Form Definitions section.

  • Create a grid type attribute. In this example, we are using a Text Single Line Type.

  • Add the newly created Grid Text Single Line Type attribute to the grid canvas and publish the grid for further use.

  • Create an XML file to contain one or more rules as per the business need. As mentioned earlier in this blog, we are using “BeginsWithRule.”

  • Each XML tag used in this file has its own usage. To build the “BeginsWithRule” scenario, you need to mainly use:
<applies-to-tvc-id>GRID INTERNAL NAME</applies-to-tvc-id>  
<set-property property="beginCharacter" value="YOUR VALUE"/>
<set-property property="column" value="GRID_TABLE_NAME.GRID_ATTRIBUTE_DATABASE_COLUMN_NAME"/>
  • Populate the value for: <applies-to-tvc-id>GRID INTERNAL NAME</applies-to-tvc-id>

  • Populate the value for <set-property property=”beginCharacter” value=”YOUR VALUE”/> <set-property property=”column”>

Note: You can keep the “beginCharacter” as per your business need. In this example, let’s keep the value as “YOUR VALUE.”

  • Populate the value for <set-property property=”column” value=”GRID_TABLE_NAME.GRID_ATTRIBUTE_DATABASE_COLUMN_NAME”/>

  • Upload the rules file (.xml) via “Rules definitions” section.

  • Use this Rule Definition file and the form having the grid into an HCL Unica Plan object template, for example: Project. Specify “com.unicacorp.uap.grid.validation.plugin.GridValidatorPluginImpl” as value for “Data validation class” property and save the changes.

  • Create an object from this template, and test the rule.

  • Successful test result when grid Text Single Line attributes value matches, to begin with, validation.

  • Failure test result when grid Text Single Line attributes value does not match, to begin with, validation.

Based on the business need, you can implement the BeginsWithRule, DateCheckRule, RangeCheckRule, UniqueCheckRule rules with Grid. For more details, you can refer to the documentation on Grid Validation. You can reach out to us for any more queries, and we will be happy to help.

HCL Sametime 11.5 veröffentlicht

12. November 2020 Posted by Oliver Regelmann

Mit reichlich Verspätung hat HCL gestern die Version 11.5 ihrer Messaging- und Meeting-Lösung Sametime veröffentlicht. Wesentliches Merkmal der neuen Version ist die (Wieder-)Einführung der Meeting-Komponente für Videokonferenzen. Diese wurde komplett neu auf Basis der Open-Source-Lösung Jitsi Meet entwickelt und kann On Prem oder in einer Private Cloud installiert werden. HCL hebt diesen Punkt in Bezug […]

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Announcing HCL Sametime Premium. Secure Video Meetings & Persistent Chat at Significant Savings

10. November 2020 Posted by Brandon Adams

HCL Software announces the release of HCL Sametime Premium, the newest version of the trusted video meetings and persistent chat platform: Sametime — your meeting, your data, double the value. Sametime is built for how today’s modern organizations need to be working: nimbly, securely and remotely.   

Sametime Premium (Meetings and Chat)   

HCL Sametime Premium allows for secure conversations across any device, with the following benefits:  

  • Get off runaway pricing to take control of meetings costs:  By only paying for needed functionality, HCL Sametime has meetings and chat at 50 percent the cost of competitive solutions  
  • Rock–solid data privacy, encryption and auditability – Your data and conversations protected — in private cloud or on–premises 
  • Instant meetings and chat with one click.  No waiting – You’re only seconds away from secure team chat, video meetings, and file sharing.  No installation required and no need to wait for a SaaS solution. 
  • Deploy on a secure private cloud or on-premises – Faster deployment with containers and scale with Kubernetes, simpler installs and fewer servers 

Make the Most of your Meetings Budget 

You need a robust meetings solution, but you shouldn’t have to pay for unnecessary features or functionality.  Compare your existing video meetings and chat solution against Sametime using our cost calculator and see how much you could save! 

Whether you are an existing HCL Sametime, HCL Domino, or HCL Software customer and would like to learn more about HCL Sametime, please contact your HCL sales representative or an HCL Business Partner.  

HCL Sametime 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 similar to those stated here. 

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Project Eleven: Get the Most Out of Domino with Easy Direct Upgrades

15. September 2020 Posted by Luis Guirigay

HCL is fully committed to enabling you and your organization to maximize the value you get from the Domino and Sametime platforms today and in the future.  

In the latest release of Domino v11.0.1, we’ve delivered innovative new capabilities such as low-code app dev and integration with Microsoft Active Directory. We’ve also launched a brand new Sametime meetings solution over the last two yearsThe response from customers and business partners has been unanimously positive  

Today, we’re excited to announce, “Project Eleven,” a new program designed to help every Domino and Sametime customer running on releases prior to v11 have a smooth upgrade experience. As part of the HCL Digital Solutions Academy, Project Eleven’s goal is to enable you to 

  • Go straight to Domino v11.0.1HCL now supports direct upgrades from any of Domino version prior to v11. Whether you’re on v8, v9, or older, you can go straight to v11.0.1 with no additional steps necessary.
  • Experience the latest version of Sametime risk-free: Secure meetings and data privacy are the most important features in today’s environment. Sametime meetings runs on Cloud Native technologies allowing you to auto scale as needed. Experience our brand new, highly secure, scalable video meetings and enterprise chat risk-free.
  • Augment your skills todayAttend our online training sessions and get best-in-class support and training from a technical advocate in your local language. We’re rolling out more than 40 webinars and workshops and new articles, cookbooks, and help guides.
  • Speak to a technical expert: Schedule an appointment with one of our highly skilled technical advisors to understand your options and create an upgrade plan that’s right for you 

 Check out the new Project Eleven webpage to find all the resources you need to make your upgrade worry-free. 

 

                                         

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The 4 Keys to Enterprise Chat Apps. What is secure enterprise chat, and why do I need it?

27. August 2020 Posted by HCL Sametime Team

In today’s work world, chat and video meetings are integral to getting work done.  But organizations need to pick solutions that are safe, cost-effective, and make sense for the business. And, given the global push toward remote work, employee engagement is key. Connecting employees in a meaningful way takes more than just an easy chat feature. It’s also ensuring that the information shared is reaching the intended audience — while meeting the regulatory standards of your industry.

Providing your teams with a secure chat messaging accomplishes both important goals — connection and protection — freeing your enterprise from security and compliance concerns and creating more time to focus on doing great work.

But what, specifically, makes secure chat important, and why should enterprise companies care?

  1. Employees are Already Using Chat Apps, but They Need Secure Messaging

The reality is that most people are using a chat service to connect with colleagues. Knowing that should motivate enterprises to standardize the chat platform it offers its employees.

Not offering a secure chat option won’t deter employees from using a messaging app, it will just result in them using whatever chat service they personally like, secure or not.  This is also known as a shadow IT problem. A universal chat solution can streamline workflow while enhancing the company’s data transparency and keeping things secure.

As mobile messaging platforms continue to grow in popularity and functionality, people accustomed to consumer messaging apps like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger will incorporate those into their work life unless given an alternative.  Those consumer platforms are fine for personal chat, but the end-to-end encryption they include blocks access to communication data that is required in many enterprise verticals.

The solutions your organization provides needs to be easy to use, secure, and modern. Enterprise systems must provide a collaboration tool that can handle a fluid workflow while simultaneously meeting the security protocols of the industry they serve.

2. Enterprise Collaboration Tools Need Enterprise Data Security

Popular free apps are fine for individuals communicating with friends and family, but when that use drifts into the workplace it becomes a reality check for enterprise companies.  The inability of companies to monitor these apps can pose a security risk and create a dilemma if called upon to provide stored employee communications records for auditing purposes.

The staff at a local government agency might find iMessenger perfectly convenient, but when that agency is audited to ensure compliance with federal regulations… it’s not going to end well. Reviewing all the electronic communications involving that partnership is now required but will be nearly impossible since iMessenger communications can’t be viewed due to encryption settings that aren’t enterprise compatible.

The result? The company is vulnerable to legal action or worse.

Encryption software is vital: it maintains the privacy of employees while giving enterprises an archiving and auditing tool that protects them and their clients.

This is critical for enterprise companies working with financial institutions and government entities, industries with strict compliance and regulatory standards.  There are a wide array of tax and accounting obligations, legal requirements, and data protection laws that must be met, and for which transparently archived data is needed.  If there are employee communications that cannot be documented and audited it can be a serious problem.  Lawsuits can result, professional reputations can be tarnished, millions in fines can be spent.

That’s why consumer messaging apps aren’t secure enough for enterprise needs.

3. Enterprise Security + Consumer-Level Ease of Use  

A secure enterprise messaging app must have similar functionality to that of a consumer messaging app, but with the additional capability to ensure secure and auditable communications for employees.

It starts with data safety and compliance. But what if you also had modern, easy and straight-forward usability? A secure enterprise chat platform, such as Sametime from HCL, has encryption software built in to the core that protects all chats, files, and videos from external threats while providing the auditability needed to meet all industry regulations. It also has one-click meetings, no need to download software to start a meeting, persistent chat to preserve all collaboration even after a meeting has ended — plus it works on any device, even while at rest.

4. On-Premise or Cloud Deployment

With secure enterprise chat you get the functionality of a consumer messaging chat service, along with peace of mind knowing your data is protected and your communications are compliance-ready.

And, with both on-premise or private cloud available as deployment options, service is customizable, security is specifically tailored, and adoption is cost-effective.

Secure enterprise chat can be the difference between a company communicating effectively, or sporadically and without cohesion.  Utilizing it can enhance data archiving, boost compatibility with compliance standards, and protect organizations from legal repercussions and regulatory discipline.  Not using it can open a door to all those outcomes, creating untold headaches for companies and clients.

Improve your business outcomes with secure enterprise communication.  Your employees and your clients will thank you for it.

Ready to level up your secure internal communications? Check out Sametime

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Why End-to-End Encryption Isn’t Always What You Want: 4 Important Insights

21. August 2020 Posted by HCL Sametime Team

Enterprise companies choosing a web chat platform value software that will protect vital data.  Ensuring secure messaging and the larger security reputation of the organization is not only a goal but a requirement.  And encryption is a fundamental pillar of that security.    

But not all encryption is the same. And the differences matter.  Let’s cover some of the encryption basics and explain why end-to-end encryption isn’t always the best option for enterprises.   

Here Are Four Insights Worth Knowing When You GShopping for Secure Chat Software 

  1. What is end-to-end encryption?    

End-to-end has expanded in use due to messaging apps like WhatsApp and iMessage and is lauded for the closed channel it provides users weary of data breaches. End-to-end encryption ensures that only the sender and recipient of a message are able to read it; the message is encrypted on the sender’s end and can only be accessed when unlocked by a private key on the recipient’s end.    

In this way the entire communication is blocked from outside examination, available only to the two parties: the sender and the recipient. 

2. The downside of using encryption that is end-to-end 

The same reason end-to-end is appealing to individuals — the impossibility of accessing data or messages from the outside — makes it less functional for enterprise companies that have regulatory and auditability requirements.  The same factors that protect perfectly legal and safe messages also protect illegal and illicit material, creating a safe space of sorts for malicious parties who can use end-to-end encryption to escape detection and cause harm.  

In effect, the privacy upside of end-to-end benefits everyone, including individuals or groups intent on using that privacy for ill.   

3. There are alternatives  

Despite the growing awareness and popularity of end-to-end, there are alternative encryption methods that are important for enterprise customers to be aware of.  Just because encryption software isn’t end-to-end doesn’t mean it isn’t safe and protected.  In fact, many enterprise companies are in industries which lean on non-end-to-end encryption due to the regulatory and legal requirements of their business.    

Don’t get bogged down in thinking end-to-end is the only encryption method.   

4. When non end-to-end makes sense 

Any communication tool used by enterprise companies will need encryption software that protects all the chats, files, and videos being exchanged daily, with auditability that allows for compliance and regulatory standards to be met.   

End-to-end encryption cannot be audited or easily examined, which can leave companies in the dangerous bind of having some poisonous or questionable exchange inside their network and no good avenue for investigating it.   

Financial and government entities specifically are expected to meet numerous regulatory standards that are enforced via audits and intensive data reviews.  Having encryption software that provides both safe messaging and auditability gives companies the best of both worlds.   

This is why non-end-to-end encryption makes sense for many enterprise companies — and is food for thought when shopping for secure chat software.

Look to HCL Sametime for a chat and meetings platform that is totally safe, but allows for auditability.  

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HCL Sametime Pre-Release v11.5: Try It Out Now!

18. August 2020 Posted by HCL Sametime Team

HCL Software announces the availability of a pre-release of HCL Sametime v11.5, the newest version of the trusted video meetings and persistent chat platformSametime — your meeting, your data, double the value. Sametime is built for how today’s modern organizations need to be workingnimbly, securely and remotely.  

A) Sametime Pre-release v11.5 (Meetings and Chat)  

HCL is offering the exclusive opportunity to try the latest version of Meetings and Chat for free in advance of our general product launch in November 2020.   

HCL Sametime Pre-release v11.5 allows for secure conversations across any device, with the following benefits: 

  • Rocksolid data privacy, encryption and auditability – Your data and conversations protected  in private cloud or onpremises.
  • Instant meetings and chat with one click.  No waiting – You’re only seconds away from secure team chat, video meetings, and file sharing.  No installation required and no need to wait for a SaaS solution.
  • Deploy on a secure private cloud or on-premises – Faster deployment with containers and scale with Kubernetes, simpler installs and fewer servers. 

B) Sametime 11.0 FP2 Chat  

HCL Software also announces HCL Sametime 11.0 FP2, for customers with existing entitlements to Chat only.   

FP2 highlights: 

  1. Improvements to the web chat client UX, performance, chat handling, and contact management. 
  2. Added support for MongoDB 3.6 through 4.2 and password management. 
  3. Added support for JWT-based single sign-on. 
  4. Added support for handling cross-domain SAML login flows. 

C) For more information:  

For additional details on Sametime v11.0 FP2 and Meetings Pre-Release v11.5 

Whether you are an existing HCL Sametime, HCL Domino, or HCL Software customer and would like to learn more about this pre-release opportunity, please contact your HCL sales representative or an HCL Business Partner. 

HCL Sametime 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 similar to those stated here.

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Is Your Head in the Cloud(s)? Choosing Between Private Cloud or on-Premises for Deploying Enterprise Meetings Solutions

12. August 2020 Posted by HCL Sametime Team

The decision about whether to deploy on a private cloud or on-premise storage is important  choosing the wrong enterprise deployment can have a dramatic impact on your entire business. Getting it right for your company starts with knowing the basic strengths and weaknesses of each option, and how they’d fit or not within the goals of the organization. You need to become familiar with the difference between private cloud and on-premise storage right now.  

 What is private cloud storage? 

Cloud storage relies on external servers to store data, connect employees, and generally keep all manner of business operations flowing smoothly. These servers are managed by a thirdparty company which assumes the responsibility of maintaining service, installing new updates and software, and troubleshooting. The private cloud is popular for several clear reasons. 

 Advantages of a private cloud for enterprise meetings and chat solutions 

  • Reduces IT responsibility. The cloud frees up a company’s IT staff by placing the burden of managing the data storage on the third party hired to do so. This allows employees to prioritize other work and avoid admin headaches entirely. 
  • It’s cost-effective. Companies are able to save money by not having to buy, install and maintain expensive equipment to house all the data. The cloud also gives companies added budget flexibility by offering plan options to fit their storage needs. That way you only pay for what you need and are not locked into a payment system that doesn’t make sense. 
  • It’s scalable. Cloud-based storage is built to scale, meaning companies can easily upgrade how much storage they use based on their needs. This gives fastgrowing businesses the ability to quickly scale up (automatically) to handle increased usage and velocity.
  • Regular data backups. The cloud does data backups quickly, ensuring that any temporary tech issue in the office won’t endanger data that’s kept on the cloud.  

What is on-premise storage? 

On-premise storage boasts its own set of distinct capabilities. On-premise utilizes physical infrastructure that stores and manages data at the company’s physical site, which does require investment in the installation and upkeep of the equipment, but it means that you control, literally, where your data is stored. 

You will need dedicated admin staff to operate the equipment and fix it when something goes wrong, or you could create a future with a dozen employees packed inside the server room tugging randomly on wires and staring hopelessly at a user manual.  

Advantages of on-premise for secure enterprise chat and meetings solutions 

  • You control the uptime or downtime. Having on-site servers gives companies an internal network that guarantees service no matter what else is happening in the area. An interrupted internet connection could slow other companies to a standstill, a problem on-premise storage avoids.  
  • Stronger security. Your data is not sitting in server room with a bunch of other servers in a building nowhere near your organization. Cloud storage can be more vulnerable to data breaches, whereas on-premise data is buttressed by superior security protocols. Having the servers on-site means access to them is more restricted, and if there is sensitive data being stored some companies want to control the securityOrganizations and industries overseen by strict data-privacy laws or require governmental regulation often prefer an on-premises deployment.
  • More control over server hardware. Increased access to the servers means the ability to upgrade and modify the server hardware to better fit the company’s needs. A company with a talented and experienced IT team could use this to their advantage by simply responding themselves to any needs they have, ending any reliance on outside tech support.  

 Sometimes the best kind of choice is not having to choose 

The decision on how to store your chat and meetings data can spark some serious debate about what to prioritize. Data security or scalability? Convenience or guaranteed service? Consistent backup of data or persistent control over the hardware? End-to-end encryption or auditability?  

What if the secure enterprise meetings and persistent chat solution you wanted was available on both? Sametime from HCL can be deployed on a secure private cloud or on-premises — wherever it makes sense for the business. It’s simple to install, with a fast deployment.  

 Learn more about HCL Sametime. 

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