HCL Domino v11, Connections v6.5 and more – Live Keynote

It’s that beautiful time of the year again, we get to play with the new Software. The HCL has announced a Live Keynote, this time from Tokyo. The keynote is going to be streamed live, and we will be able to see the version 11 of Domino/Notes, Connections and Sametime. This event is rather short, set to last for one and a half hour, during which we are going to hear about the most important facts of the new Software Version and how to start using it right away. Take a look at the Agenda below:

9–9:15 a.m.: Live from Tokyo Keynote: A Major HCL Milestone.
Presenter: Richard Jefts, General Manger, HCL Digital Solutions

9:15–9:30 a.m.: Domino V11: Why Modernizing Beats Migrating.
Presenter: Andrew Manby, Vice President of Product Management, HCL Domino

9:30–9:45 a.m.: Domino V11 Demo: One Vendor, One Solution, One Stack. The Only Stack You Need.
Presenter: Andrew Manby, Vice President of Product Management, HCL Domino

9:45–10 a.m.: We Hear You: HCL Connections 6.5 = More Value from Your Investment.
Presenter: Danielle Baptiste, Vice President of Product Management, HCL Connections

10–10:15 a.m.: Boost Engagement with HCL Connections 6.5: We’ll Show You How.
Presenter: Danielle Baptiste, Vice President of Product Management, HCL Connections

10:15–10:30 a.m.: Get Started with Domino V11 and Connections 6.5 Today.
Presenter: François Nasser, Global Sales Leader, HCL Digital Solutions

You can register for the Keynote using a GoToWebinar.

So what’s my take on this? HCL has proven that they are all about getting work done. Maybe even more important, they focus on doing the work that matters most for the customers, delivering much awaited Features. This shows in the Agenda, it is short and fully “packed”. I like this, this is a most welcome change.

I have been working with Notes V11 Beta 1 for two months or so, although this is the first beta Version, which is not publicly available, it is stable and looks very promising.

I can’t wait to see Connections 6.5, the IU should be cleaner, and along new features, we will get a lot of complementary software, free of charge. Like HCL Connections Invite and Connections Toolbar.

By the way, the new Digital Solutions Product Branding looks awesome!

HCL Connections – Take care when Upgrading to HCL Engagement Center from the Highlights App

Since HCL Connections 6 CR3, we have the possibility to install the “Highlights” Application, which basically is a light version of “Connections Engagement Center”, previously known as XCC and originally developed by TimeToAct Group.

The Highlights Application was well-received by most of our customers and many wanted to at least try out the full version of the HCL Connections Engagement Center.

So the question is, how do you update to the full Version? Well, the XCC or the HCL Connections Engagement Center was never hard to install and maintain, so the Upgrade is also pretty straightforward, that is, unless you are running Connections on Windows OS.

I have done a few upgrades on Linux OS, using the 6.0.2 Version of the setup for Engagement Center. This usually lasts about 10 Minutes and works like a charm. This process is described very well by the official documentation.

Recently, I had an issue upgrading to the full version on Windows platform, with the Connections 6 CR5 Version. Here I had to find out that the “ICECInstaller_Windows.bat” not only fails to upgrade the product, but it also messes up the Highlights Application, which won’t work after the update.

I opened a case at the HCL Support Site and I promptly got an update that the same problem could be reproduced in the HCL Test Environment and that the support is working on a fix for this issue, so stay tuned for that if you are planing an update.

It is possible to update the product manually, which is also a faster way if you know which file to “tweak”, but you may have a Licensing issue, so if you are planing on doing this, make sure to inform and get a confirmation from the HCL Sales Representative or HCL Support.

Nominations for HCL Masters Class 2020 are open!

It is that beautiful time of the year again, HCL Masters Nominations, for the Class 2020, are officially open.

If you have someone who is helping you a great deal with HCL Digital Solutions (former IBM Collaboration Software), make sure to spare a few minutes of your time and reward them with a HCL Master Nomination.

If you want to know what “HCL Masters” Program is all about, check out the HCL Masters official page.

HCL Domino AppDev Pack 1.0.2 – Documentation Released

The documentation for the new version of Domino AppDev Pack 1.0.2 is available.

So if you are evaluating to deploy the Domino AppDev Pack, make sure to take a look at the release notes of the 1.0.2 version.

What’s New in Release 1.0.2

Release 1.0.2 includes the following new features:

  • (Preview) A domino-db application may now request the ability to make Proton requests on behalf of a user. The feature, collectively named Act as User is implemented across multiple components from the AppDev pack. For details, see:
  • IAM service
    • Efficiently leverage multiple CPU cores on the server.
    • The ability to configure token expiration. See Configure Token Expiration.
    • Support 3rd party statistics server integration through ‘StatsD’ protocol. See IAM statistics.
  • The ability to create and read Names, Readers and Authors items.
  • The ability to create, read and delete attachments. See Attachments for details.
  • The ability for Proton to update the Domino directory with an application’s certificate. See details here.

HCL Connections – Replacing Textbox.io with TinyMCE

We have the possibility now to replace Textbox.io editor with TinyMCE. I like this new addition to the product and I did not have any issues with.

Replacing the old editor is really easy, basically you use the same process as updating Textbox.io.

But do take care, some formatting, in Wikis for example, will get lost after you switch the editors. So make sure to fill your test environment with some articles from the production and check with your users if this poses a problem for them.

HCL Connections – Survey Export Issue

Recently I came across a problem when exporting the Survey results to an Excel file, export to Open Document Spreadsheet didn’t work also, though export to an XML File worked without any issues.

The error in the GUI I was getting was:

We are unable to process your request. If this error persists, report the problem to your administrator and provide error reference.

The errors I have seen in the Surveys Application Server log:

StandardExcep E com.ibm.form.nitro.platform.StandardExceptionMapper toResponse c29d32cb-eaf7-4c42-a9c3-eaf05d272f69
com.ibm.form.platform.service.framework.exception.ServicesPlatformException: java.lang.NoClassDefFoundError: org.odftoolkit.odfdom.pkg.OdfFileDom

AbstractFrame E com.ibm.form.platform.service.framework.AbstractFramework frameworkEvent Framework error:
java.io.IOException: Exception in opening zip file: /tmp/ibm.fsp.temp.1559308546569/configuration/org.eclipse.osgi/bundles/33/1/bundlefile

The environment I was getting this error, was a Connection 6 CR4 environment, thankfully after I updated to WebSphere and Connections 6 CR5 this error was gone. So If you get this error, make sure to update to the latest Version of WebSphere and Connections prior to contacting HCL and opening a case.

HCL Verse on-Premises 1.0.8 is around the corner!

Today I came across “Verse on-Premises 1.0.8” section in IBM Knowledge Base, there it is mentioned that the Version 1.0.8 is coming in Q3 of this year.

In the “What´s New” Article, I found a few interesting features like the possibility to manage your Notes ID Password from Verse. We know that HCL wants to get rid of “Internet Passwords”, this might be first step of many to be made.

Being able to see your Archive is also a nice touch. We missed this for quite some time.

It looks like you will need Domino 10.0.1 FP2 running under Verse to be able to activate the new features, there are also a few new Notes.ini Settings you will need to set and a few options in the Notes Policy so that the users are actually able to change their Passwords. So you might want to prepare for that.