Engage 2019 – Part Two – Notes 11, Future of Connections and more!

After the exciting first two days, we continued at the same pace, the first sessions started at 8 o´clock. So after grabbing a few cafe cups and making some hard decisions on which Sessions to visit, I started going toward the presentation rooms. Just like in the previous post, I will list the Sessions I have visited and add some Information, which from my perspective is most important.

IBM Engagement Center Quickstart: Get your first Intranet pages up and running in minutes – by Martti Garden

In this Session, Martti unleashed the full power of ICEC and showed some tips and tricks, like resizing YouTube videos automatically, in order to “rock” any Connections Environment.

Notes 11 – by Ram Krishnamurthy

This got pretty interesting, by the way, as you can imagine, the room was completely full. Ram presented us the new Notes 11 Client. The Session consisted from three parts, first we got to see what HCL is striving to Achieve with the new release. We basically got a glimpse of how it should look at the end.

After that, we got to see the current state of the pre Beta release.

After the Design was presented, Ram explained us some technical differences and improvements which are going to be available on the new Notes 11 client.


IBM Connections: The Future is Bright – by Danielle Baptiste and Martti Garden

In this Session Danielle confirmed that HCL is going to continue to invest into Connections Platform, because of a strategic importance for HCL. Martti also showed us some new features which are going to come with the new CR Releases, like Integration with Slack! We also got to see what is coming with Connections 6.0 CR5, which is going to be released in the next two weeks. After the CR5, we should get at least two more CR Updates this year.

Domino on Docker Bootcamp – by Daniel Nashed and Thomas Hampel

Interested in running Domino (including Traveler) on Docker!? If that´s the case, then this was the session to be. Daniel and Thomas explained everything you need to know to “kick-start” your Domino deployment on Docker.

Domino and SSO – New Ways for secure collaboration – Round Table by Daniele Vistalli

In this Round Table Daniele presented his own Application/Solution for generating SSO Tokens, meant for environments or Use Cases where you can’t use SAML. The application is great, it is based on Domino and it shows just how versatile the platform is.

IBM Connections Customizer – Have it Your Way! – by Miki Banatwala

Miki showed us the true power and flexibility of IBM Connections Customizer. What I liked the most was the possibility to show different content based on different user groups.

Sadly could not visit all Sessions, every track had at least two or three sessions which were interesting to me, so it was always a tough call which session to choose.
Like always, the organization of the Conference was brilliant, many thanks to Theo!

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Engage 2019 – Part One

The reason why this post is not carrying the title “Day One”, is because I flew over to Brussels already at Monday to attend the Champions Day Europe. The Champions Day event was interesting, I had a lot a fun to talking with fellow IBM Champions and finally meeting some of them in person. Besides, there were some really cool sessions like:

  • App Modernization – by James Baldwin
  • Managing Developers – by Bill Malchisky
  • Make a Convincing Argument for IBM Tech – by Keith Brooks

Bill’s Session completely blew me away, the Tips are simple yet very powerful. I think that everyone working on larger projects should hear this one out. Beside that, we found out that HCL is going to start its own program “HCL Masters”, which is going to be similar to the “IBM Champions” program. A big thanks to Libby, Alan and Stuart for making the Champions Day in Europe possible.

Today, at Autoworld, the first day of Engage officially started. I have no idea how Theo does it, but again the venue is just amazing. I am sure that there is no other event who can boast with such good venues.

At the Keynote Session, we got some interesting information, like that the Panagenda is working on a MarvelClient for iOS (which is at Private Beta stage) and Android Next, and the best part, it will be completely FREE!

The HCL also confirmed that they are working on a better integration between the existing Collaboration Products, across all platforms.

In the following I will list the Sessions I visited today and briefly add the Information I find to be most important.

Let’s Dive Into Sametime 10 – by Pat Galvin and Tony Payne

Sametime Limited Use v10 is going to run on either Domino 9 32-bit or Domino 10 64-bit, it also going to be fully compatible with Sametime 9.0.1 FP1. It will allow users to be online concurrently from multiple clients, desktop, mobile and browser. The mobile App is going to support SAML from the start. We saw a demo of a new Web Client, and the Client looks awesome, it is fast and it has a modern, sleek design. We also got an overview of the features which are going to be implemented in the future, more on that, and some other slides, in the gallery below.

Dealing with Users Complaints – Round Table – by Keith Brooks

A very cool Session, Keith showed us how to make unhappy users happy and some insight on how to argument in certain situations.

HCL Masters – Round Table – by Tim Clark

Valuable insights and discussion about the new HCL Masters program. HCL Masters program is looking very promising, members are going to most likely get direct L3 Support Access and unlimited Access to the Software Download Catalog. A big thumbs up!

Domino 11 – What’s coming – by Mike Gagnon

The version 11 will probably have an active License Checking, based on Flexera technology, and the license model is going to be much simpler.
Notes and Domino 11 Language Packs will be shipped simultaneously with the new version of the software, so there is not going to be a delay between the release of the new version and the language packs.
With version 11 we will have a possibility to implement “Two tiered DAOS”. We may also get Active Directory and Domino Directory Synchronization as well as “HTTP Authentication via ID Vault“.
Some slides from the session:

I am looking forward for the second part! 🙂

I will be attending Engage & IBM Champion Day

I have visited the last two Engage Conferences and I certainly don’t plan to miss it this year! Yesterday I got a Newsletter saying that the IBM Champion Day is taking place a day before the Engage, this comes just like a cherry on top!

For more Information about the event, take a look at the official page.

For everyone still undecided, I definitely can recommend the Conference, it is certainly, if not the best then one of the best ICS Conferences in Europe, in my eyes.

We were Jamming Again! A recap from Vienna!

I am honored for being invited to one more Domino Jam in Vienna, this time, for the V11 Version. After a brief session of what the future has in stores for us and the rules by which the “brainstorming” sessions are going to take place, we all got a few block of “PostIt” paper, from Thomas Hampel who was leading the Event, and started “cracking”.

Great atmosphere among the friends!

Here are some photos of the result:

It was nice to see that IBM & HCL are putting, once again, so much effort in the these sessions, you could clearly see that they care what the users think. At the end we had a chance to talk with Richard JeftsThomas Hampel and Uffe Sorensen about the plans that HCL has for the Domino & Notes Platform, and what we got to hear, didn’t differ much from the main Ideas that came out of the event. This is what I liked the most, the chance to talk with people who are responsible for the platform, and they also didn’t shy away telling what is not the focus of the next release and which features won’t be implemented in the V11 Release, what possibly was the best thing, showing where the focus lies, getting everybody on the same page and not rising any false hopes.

At the end of the event we got the Information that we should expect the V11 in the November of the 2019! I surely can’t wait to drink V11 Beer in Vienna! 😉 This event was definitely a nice experience, and I can only recommend it to everyone, if you you are interested, than please make sure to register for the Domino Jam V11 event near you: 

Like always the Organisation in the IBM Client Center Vienna was great, a special thanks and big thumbs up to the Austrian IBM Team, as to Richard Jefts, Thomas Hampel and Uffe Sorensen for coming to Vienna personally. 

IBM Domino/Notes 10

With IBM Domino/Notes 10 Beta 2 released recently, I am extremely excited about the new version. I think that Domino and Notes was never at better health, we have many new features announced, many off them implemented in the Beta version and the marketing has gotten a lot better.

If you are interested about the new features and the Domino and Notes roadmap, feel free to contact me. Look, I also have my first IBM Badge to brag about it. 😉

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I am also very happy for being allowed to be present at the World Premiere of the Domino V10 in Frankfurt on the 9th of October. There will be a live-stream available of the event, so make sure you registered.

The Engage Experience – Take Two!


This is my second time attending the Engage Conference and for the 10th year anniversary of the event, Theo has chosen Rotterdam, Netherlands. The following is my brief summary of the conference.

First, I have to mention the venue, “SS Rotterdam” marvelous cruise ship built in the 50-ties with gorgeous furnishings and nice rooms which take you back on a cruise from Amsterdam to New York the ship has done, before being retired and turned into a hotel and an interesting museum. On the top of that, Rotterdam is an amazing city.

Now that we have that out of the way, the Sessions were organized in six tracks, so there was always an interesting Session for me to visit. Some of the Sessions I visited:

An Introduction to configuring Domino for Docker – By Grabriella Davis

Gabriella explained, in a very short time, everything you need to know about Docker before deploying Domino in an IBM Container. If you plan on using Domino in a Docker container, make sure to take a look on the slides of this session.

HCL Collaborative Workplace Platform – Domino V10 the foundation – By Richard Jefts

A very interesting session about SaaS for Domino Applications, which is available now. They utilize Docker Technology and offer a simple, per application subscription, License model. It is even possible to chose in which datacenter you would like to have your databases. What surprised me most was that you even get a Bucket of Hours for modernization and maintenance of your applications.

30 tips about IBM Verse – By Hogne Bø Pettersen

Nice Session for everybody who plans to use Verse Client on a regular basis. Packed with lots of information delivered in a funny and energetic manner.

IBM Verse on Premises 10 Deep Dive – By Barry Rosen and Drew Birnbaum

Barry and Drew presented a very detailed plan for future releases of IBM Verse-on-Premises. Pre VoP 10 will be delivered in August this year, in Q4 this year, we will get V10 (with AIX Support!). There was also a promising Demo of the new Features. Take a look at the Photos, for the list of the planed features.

Best practices for deploying Verse on Premises (VoP) – By Sharon James and Tim Clark

Best way to get awake and energized for the rest of the day. We hoped for a lot and Sharon and Tim delivered even more. This was a very detailed, interactive Session about deploying VoP.

Pointing Fingers? DDM to the Rescue – By Keith Brooks

Great Session about DDM, Best Practices and some Features that are not documented. A “Must Have” for everyone using DDM.

Domino & Sametime Round Table – By Richard Jefts, Andrew Manby and Uffe Sorensen

Here we learned the future plans for the next Domino and Sametime release. There was a lot of insider Information, exact features that will be coming. We learned that we will get a new more powerful Sametime Chat Component with V10. Other cool Sametime stuff we will get:

  • V10: A new Mobile Phone Application and chat on mobile devices in Limited Use license. Persistent Chat: ability to be loggen in on multiple devices without leaving the chat.
  • V11: Audio and Video Components “Redesigned”, CONTAINERIZATION of Components and SIMPLIFIED Deployment.

    Yes, that is right, V11 of Domino and Sametime is planned. We also got information about new stuff coming in the next release of Domino, which will solve a lot of technical Problems and Challenges and generally deliver a better quality. Some of the mentioned new features:

  • New Administration Tools
  • New Cluster Features –> Replication of the DAOS Repository (.nlo files), “auto-replication” of all databases created in designated folders (no need to replicate a database manually across cluster members after creating it)
  • A lot faster Replication
  • Self-Healing mechanisms deployed automatically as soon as a Server “senses” a corruption of a Database.
  • DAOS functionality improvement.

There was also a demo of “HCL Nomad”, a native iPad Client which allows you to use any Domino Application. This looks great, you can do almost everything as on a Notes Client, the view is scaled beautifully and it is fast. It also allows you to replicate and use any database offline.

I particularly liked the “Round Table” Sessions, as I find them very informative and interesting. Beside the ICS Topics, I learned a few new things about the IBM Champions program. In between the sessions you could visit the cool Sponsor Booths, I also enjoyed discussing possible solutions to some challenges with other attendees.

All in all, this was a great event, even better than the last year. I am happy to see that so much effort and investment is put into the next releases of Domino and Sametime. Many thanks to Theo for organizing this great event, and many thanks to Libby for attending and delivering IBM Champion Sessions.

The Social Connections 12 Experience!

This time Social Connections took place in Vienna, so as it was at my doorstep I didn´t want to miss it. And it did not disappoint. The atmosphere was great, there were some nice Sessions and many important things were announced.

So for me, the most important announcements, from my perspective, were the following:

  • New Connections Application Catalog in the cloud.
    • With applications like Cisco Spark and Jabber.
  • IBM Connections 6.0 CR1, it will be available this month.
  • IBM Docs 2.0 CR3 which is coming next month.
    • With a cool feature, “change tracking” this looked great in a demo.
    • There will also be TLS 1.2 support.
  • “Docs Next” or “Docs Pink” which will be developed.
  • “3D Search” for Connections Pink codebase
    • Blown away by this, this will be a significant improvement against traditional search.

There were many good Sessions but I liked following the most:

  • “IBM Connections Adminblast”, by Christoph Stoettner and Nico Meisenzahl.
    • Christoph and Nico have done a great job, they update their session all the time, so it is always a pleasure to visit it.
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  • “Integrating IBM Connections Docs with Box”, by Roberto Boccadoro
    • Nice technical presentation, it shows everything you need to do.
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  • “Data In The Wild”, by Gabriella Davis
    • Always great to hear about future insights from Gabriella.
  • “Migrating to Connections 6.0 – Been there, done that!”, by Sharon James and Tim Clark
    • For everybody who is planning a migration, very useful and very entertaining, great presenting skills. 🙂
  • “We hired Hackers to hack us”, by Robert Farstad
    • Great demos, you do not want to miss this.
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  • “Automate IBM Connections installations and more”, by Christoph Stoettner
    • Just what I needed, “Ansible”, I am definitely going to invest more time here.
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I forgot to mention the Location where it took place, it was at Palais Pallavicini, in the hearth of Vienna´s first district, amazing. Take a look at some Snapshots:

I liked the conference, I had a great time and things like this keep me motivated. 🙂

Congratulations to the Organizers, they have done a great job.