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.

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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.

The Engage Experience!

This year I was lucky enough to visit Antwerp and attend the “Engage” Conference.

First of all, Antwerp is a really beautiful city, it pays off to spare a few days and thoroughly enjoy the city. The architecture is stunning and the view at the Scheldt river is overwhelming. This also applies to the venue, Elisabeth Center Antwerp, it is very spacious, modern and I find it perfect for this kind of conference. It is located directly at the Antwerpen Central station (which is btw awesome), surrounded by many hotels, restaurants and cafés. I liked the layout of the Conference pretty much, the lunch area was at the same time the sponsor area, which I think allowed better interaction with the Sponsors.

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At the Engage I concentrated on the IBM Cloud and Administration Sessions in general.

The sessions I liked most:

Embracing IoT in the Enterprise and Blocking the Top 10 Risks by Gabriella Davis

Really interesting session, Gabriella explained what are the top risks and opportunities that come with IoT. After this session, it became clear to me which skills I should acquire and in which way to evolve in long term.

IBM Connections Adminblast by Christoph Stöttner

Stoeps always has new mind-blowing suggestions to make your day as a Connections Administrator a lot easier.

Successful Domino Consolidation and Cost Reduction by Daniel Nashed

Daniel explained a lot of configuration settings which should be implemented on every Domino server, as well as many general Tipps for running Domino. Not to miss.

A Hitchhikers guide to troubleshooting Connections by Sharon Bellamy James and Roberto Boccadoro

Sharon and Roberto did a great job explaining everything you need to know to successfully troubleshot IBM Connections.

The sessions I visited regarding IBM Cloud and Hybrid Environment showed me that there are many tools (some of which are free) to migrate to the IBM Cloud, which is feature rich, dynamic and all in all offers some neat solutions. Here is where the IBM Dual-Entitlement license comes in handy, with it you can use IBM Collaboration solutions in a hybrid environment or in the cloud without the need to adjust your IBM licenses.

To summarize it all, it was a great conference with a personal flair, many thanks to Theo Heselmans for making it happen.

The Connect Experience

This year I was lucky enough to eat the conference cookie at the Connect 2016 in Orlando. 🙂

The general sessions were awesome, it really feels good to see what is coming next and experience it first hand in a live demonstration.

I had a chance to meet IBM Champions and take part on their excellent presentations, there is a ton of things to learn from them. And “GURUpalooza” session, wow, I was blown away by this session.

I also discovered many useful third-party applications for IBM Connections, some of which I am going to try out right away.

Beside all that, I was sitting on a plane next to Mat Newman, coolness impersonated. 😎 😀 🙂

After the Connect 2016 I feel so motivated that I just can´t wait to start working with IBM Products, implement the new ideas and share the gained knowledge with my co-workers.

All-in-all I liked the conference very much and I will definitely come back next year, if I get the opportunity. Here are some pictures from the Conference:DSC_0738.JPG

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