Notes and Domino's consistently focused on the user

Ralf Geishauser spoke about development results and vision for the future with Richard Jefts, Vice President of HCL in Milan.

Since the purchase of IBM Collaboration Software by HCL, a major global player of IT services companies, Notes Domino’s development has been in full swing. Now HCL Technologies had invited to Milan from 26 to 28 February for the “Factory Tour”. This is the second time that HCL has invited selected minds to a deeper discussion about future technologies and plans for the newly acquired software division. So soon after the Think 2019, february 12-15 in San Francisco, there was already some exciting news from IBM and HCL.

HCL Vice President Richard Jefts made it clear where he wanted to go with the acquired product portfolio. His vision is to bring the purchased parts of collaboration, such as Domino, Sametime, Portal, Connections, Commerce, etc., closer together and develop them in one development area. For this purpose, all products are to be looked after in a single development department.

This provides a very good basis for greater integration of solutions and the path to a single platform. And Jefts has an excellent basis for this with Domino. He emphasized this several times: “Domino was the first no-SQL database and it is better than ever!” explained the manager.

This vision is to be implemented wisely. First of all, pragmatic solutions with immediate value for users are in the foreground. Therefore, two major construction sites were consistently worked on: the Notes client and the usability of the solutions.

The highlights

  1. Notes 11 gets a clearly tidy and modern interface and for the desktop, in addition to the Notes Client V11, a new Notes Light client based on the browser is also planned – with email and app connection, but also browser-based, as it is in the Jams of users and experts. This step clearly shows potential for a long future.
  2. Notes applications on Android tablets, no longer just on iPad, are already running. A beta version is released in the summer. Later, they will also run natively on the iPhone. All this works with Nomad technology without any elaborate modifications.
  3. Verse On-Premises (VOP) will be overhauled by the end of the year and equipped with the same features as iNotes. THIS will make VOP a complete e-mail solution. The next version 1.0.7 will be released soon with a new, complete calendar based on React.js. “New contacts” without iNotes are also in preparation. Basically, it will remain with quarterly releases.
  4. The Verse ultra-light app for mobile devices comes as a light version and pendent of the former iNotes-light – virtually a new email solution for iOS and Android devices based on browser technologies.
  5. Application development is being worked on on a new browser-based developer. This is then easier to use and is therefore also aimed at the department user and not only at professional developers. In the future, the range from low-code to pro-code will be covered.
  6. In the first half of the year, Sametime 10 will appear as PreView and then support Domino’s 64-bit, as well as multi-device persistent chat. The chat protocol change and the group chats already look good. Docker Container makes installation much easier. In Q2 Sametime 11 follows as a full version and the first plans for V12 the following year are already available.
  7. With “Places” a highly configurable front end for Dominos and Connections is planned. It should become a browser portal for users. Details will follow.
  8. Portal (DX) also goes to HCL and here, too, there are plans for a new version 10 with technology refresh.

The bottom line is that The Domino version 11 will be a strong client-focused release. A logical development after V10 focused on Domino Server, Application Development and Modernization.

Domino 10 was delivered in October and the bug-corrected German language pack for version 10.0.1 from December will follow in a few days.