Posts Tagged: ‘Volt MX’

Questions (and all the Answers) about the Newest HCL Volt MX

17. September 2021 Posted by Suhas Bhat

We recently hosted a presentation about the latest version of our turbocharged low-code application development platform, HCL Volt MX 9.2. It was well attended, and there was a lot of excitement around the latest features and capabilities. There were some great questions asked, which we’ve recapped here — along with all the answers. You can always watch the replay here and all Volt MX resources are always available in our community here.

For customers who want detailed insight on planning your upgrade, please join our webinar on September 23, 10 AM ET. >> Register for the Upgrade webinar here.

Before we recap the Q&A, make sure you check out this lively and informative overview video about this game-changing product!

WEBINAR Q&A

New to Volt MX

What are the skill sets needed/advised to leverage Volt MX within very small teams?
One of the main benefits of our platform is no longer needing separate teams and expertise when building for different platforms. The main skill needed from your team is JavaScript.

What are the primary architecture considerations before deploying Volt MX?
HCL offers Volt MX as a managed service on AWS, or within your own cloud, or on-premises with containers.

Will there a training available to onboarding new developers?
Yes, we have a Developer Community and three types of training resources available:

  1. HCL Software Academy for training courses
  2. Documentation and tutorials
  3. Embedded training within Volt Iris. Get fully guided tutorials on how to build your first mobile or web app by clicking on the “Hikes” icon on the left navigation toolbar in Volt Iris

How can we learn more about Volt MX or be able to meet the community?
Yes, you will see a ramp-up of events for the Volt MX. Please stay tuned. In the meantime, check out our developer resources and subscribe to our newsletter to get the latest information on new content, webinars, and events.

How can I purchase Volt MX today?
Fill out our form here to be contacted by a representative and check out our newly launched pricing page for pricing information.

Volt MX Customers

When will be all Temenos cloud accounts be transferred to the Volt MX cloud?
Our Volt MX CSM team will work with their respective clients on their plan to upgrade to Volt MX and the Volt MX Cloud.

Can Temenos v9 customers be upgraded to HCL Volt MX v9.2?
Yes, please contact your CSM account manager for help. Please note that we are asking customers to refrain from upgrading to Quantum v9 SP3 and remain on SP2 to ensure that your projects will be compatible when migrating to Volt MX v9.2. Sign up for our upgrade webinar here.

Where can I find a list of identified bugs and status on when it’ll be fixed?
Please see Defect Articles (DA) here. A DA is a type of knowledge article that capture and track reported defects. HCL Support regularly updates the status of these articles. Customers can use the unique DA number to track defects or subscribe to individual DAs to get notifications whenever the DA is updated.

Volt MX Features

How do animations interact with existing elements in a form?
Volt MX supports animations for a lot of widgets in the form using animation API. Refer to doc here. Here the animated widget is a regular widget. Lottie animations are displayed using a component that you can import to project from marketplace which internally uses a NativeContainer widget and uses some NFI functions. The component exposes some events to which you can configure logic to perform when event occurs.

When will HCL Volt MX App Preview arrive in Google Playstore?
The Volt MX Preview App will be available in the app stores the week of September 27.

Google launched the Android App Bundle in May 2018. Will that affect Volt MX?
Volt MX currently supports Android App Bundles, please refer to our documentation here.

Will Foundry still be available as a public docker container for on-prem hosting of it?
Foundry docker container (single node) is available for customers to download and use from HCL License and Download portal for development purposes. We will be making new Volt MX containers available for GCP, AWS and Azure in JFM 2022 as a preview. Also, we will be adding support for Volt MX in HCL SoFy in early 2022.

Are headless event driven connected workflows possible just within Foundry without a need for an app?
Yes, that’s correct. A client app is not required for workflows to be executed. The corresponding services and events used by the workflows must be defined in Foundry apps and published to the Foundry server, post that invoking the API directly via REST APIs or Foundry server-side events will move the workflow through the stages as it would, if the same were triggered from a client app. You can even have an external application raise the event invoke the workflow service in Foundry by producing or listening to events in external event distribution platforms like Kafka.

Is the windows app store covered as a native app experience within VoltMX?
Volt MX 9.2 does not support building Windows native, however building windows 10 native app will be supported in a future release in early 2022.

I would like to see renewed services predefined in Volt MX. For example, the ability to easily connect to M365 offerings, Zoom, Dropbox, etc.
In addition to the pre-built integration adapters in Volt MX which already support M365 using LDAP and Oauth connectors, we have lot of pluggable adapters in marketplace.  In fact, we are refreshing the components and adapters available on the Marketplace.

Will Domino be the future backend repository service of Volt MX?
The strength of Volt MX is connecting to any enterprise application, process and data source. Domino is one of our many data sources we support. See the Volt MX toolkit here and learn more from this blog. We plan to strengthen that integration using Project Keep when its available in Domino as Domino REST APIs. 

 

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

A New HCL Volt MX Is Here

31. August 2021 Posted by Suhas Bhat

I’m excited to announce HCL Volt MX v9.2, our professional low-code platform for mobile and multiexperience app development.  Since we premiered Volt MX at our Digital Week event last November, we’ve been hard at work to improve it, built new resources for our developer community, and have been actively working with analyst firms, Gartner and Forrester.

Whether you’re new to Volt MX or an existing customer, you’re invited to join our webinar on September 8 to learn more. You’ll get to see Volt MX in action with demos of several new features and we will be there to answer your questions.

>> Register for 9.2 Webinar now. September 9, 10 AM ET >>

HCL Volt MX is available to customers starting today!

HCL Volt MX 9.2 is ready to enable your organization to create game-changing apps, unlock the power of any device, and increase your team’s velocity across the software delivery lifecycle. In this release, we are providing exciting new features such as: 

Beautiful apps that drive your digital business 

  • Native and web frameworks enhancements, including 5G network API support  
  • Support for any third-party web widgets/component in Iris 
  • Embed vector animations built using LottieAnimator  
  • New AppleSignIn widget  

Multiexperiences that you build once, deploy everywhere  

  • Alerts on Apple Watches using Haptic feedback 
  • Enhanced augmented reality capabilities (e.g., real-time image recognition)  

A complete solution to get more done 

  • Event-triggered Workflow services
  • RedHat PAM integration for externalized business rules  

Existing customers can download the latest version on the HCL License and Download portal. To get the full details of the release, please visit the new Volt MX documentation and 9.2 release notes. 

If you’re new to Volt MX and you want to learn how your organization deliver mobile and Multi-Experience apps fast and at scale, you can schedule a demo today! Stay tuned for our brand new free trial experience and a marketplace with sample apps, user widgets, and custom integrations next month. 

Recognition by analysts and the media

HCL has brought significant investment, innovation, and leadership to Volt MX and we have established ourselves in the low-code and MXDP markets. I’m proud to share that with our strong product vision and strategy, we’ve recently earned stellar spots in the Forrester Wave (Low-Code Development Platforms for Professional Developers, Q2 2021) and Gartner Magic Quadrant (Multiexperience Development Platforms) — both for the first time.

HCL with Volt MX are featured vendors in the SD Times’ Low Code Buyers Guide and DZone Low Code Trend Report.

New resources for the Volt MX community

We have created all-new resources such as education courses and easy-to-use documentation  so our customers have everything they need to innovate and build apps on the Volt MX platform quickly.

  • Documentation and tutorials: Documentation is now made available in a public Github. Enhance our documentation by opening issues, providing sample codes, or creating pull requests 
  • Training courses: All technical education and training content are now available on the HCL Software Academy for Digital Solutions 
  • Forum: Help build our new Volt MX community! Use this forum to ask questions and share information
  • Ideas portal: Have an idea on how to improve the product or want to see new features? Submit them to our Ideas Portal

We are all very excited about Volt MX and we hope you are too! 

 

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

A New HCL Volt MX Is Here

31. August 2021 Posted by Suhas Bhat

I’m excited to announce HCL Volt MX v9.2, our professional low-code platform for mobile and multiexperience app development.  Since we premiered Volt MX at our Digital Week event last November, we’ve been hard at work to improve it, built new resources for our developer community, and have been actively working with analyst firms, Gartner and Forrester. 

Whether you’re new to Volt MX or an existing customer, you’re invited to join our webinar on September 8 to learn more. You’ll get to see Volt MX in action with demos of several new features and we will be there to answer your questions.

>> Register for 9.2 Webinar now. September 8, 10 AM ET >>

HCL Volt MX is available to customers starting today!

HCL Volt MX 9.2 is ready to enable your organization to create game-changing apps, unlock the power of any device, and increase your team’s velocity across the software delivery lifecycle. In this release, we are providing exciting new features such as:

Beautiful apps that drive your digital business

  • Native and web frameworks enhancements, including 5G network API support  
  • Support for any third-party web widgets/component in Iris 
  • Embed vector animations built using LottieAnimator  
  • New AppleSignIn widget  

Multiexperiences that you build once, deploy everywhere  

  • Alerts on Apple Watches using Haptic feedback 
  • Enhanced augmented reality capabilities (e.g., real-time image recognition)   

A complete solution to get more done 

  • Event-triggered Workflow services
  • RedHat PAM integration for externalized business rules  

Existing customers can download the latest version on the HCL License and Download portal. To get the full details of the release, please visit the new Volt MX documentation and 9.2 release notes.  

If you’re new to Volt MX and you want to learn how your organization deliver mobile and Multi-Experience apps fast and at scale, you can schedule a demo today! Stay tuned for our brand new free trial experience and a marketplace with sample apps, user widgets, and custom integrations next month.

Recognition by analysts and the media

HCL has brought significant investment, innovation, and leadership to Volt MX and we have established ourselves in the low-code and MXDP markets. I’m proud to share that with our strong product vision and strategy, we’ve recently earned stellar spots in the Forrester Wave (Low-Code Development Platforms for Professional Developers, Q2 2021) and Gartner Magic Quadrant (Multiexperience Development Platforms) — both for the first time.

HCL with Volt MX are featured vendors in the SD Times’ Low Code Buyers Guide and DZone Low Code Trend Report.

New resources for the Volt MX community

We have created all-new resources such as education courses and easy-to-use documentation  so our customers have everything they need to innovate and build apps on the Volt MX platform quickly.

  • Documentation and tutorials: Documentation is now made available in a public Github. Enhance our documentation by opening issues, providing sample codes, or creating pull requests 
  • Training courses: All technical education and training content are now available on the HCL Software Academy for Digital Solutions 
  • Forum: Help build our new Volt MX community! Use this forum to ask questions and share information
  • Ideas portal: Have an idea on how to improve the product or want to see new features? Submit them to our Ideas Portal

We are all very excited about Volt MX and we hope you are too!

 

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

Why Providing a Consumer-Grade App Experience is So Important

19. März 2021 Posted by HCL Volt MX Team

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

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

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

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

What is a consumergrade experience?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The shift toward user choice of software within enterprise companies 

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

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

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

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

Why consumergrade UX is essential for mission critical apps 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

22. Januar 2021 Posted by HCL Volt MX Team

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

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

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

The hidden costs of building

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

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

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

Enterprise organizations bank on success by choosing to buy

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

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

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

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

Achieving digital success by choosing your technology wisely

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

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

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

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