Today, as a part of the HCL Digital Week, we had an opportunity to take a glimpse into the future and the v12 version of HCL Domino. In the following I will write a brief summary of the session, along with a few thoughts of my own.
In terms of upgrading to the v12 release, we got to see a live demo of the update from v9 to v12 of Domino. It took only about 5 to 10 Minutes to successfully upgrade the Domino server to the version 12. Business as usual. 🙂
It looks like the emphasis of the new version will not be on the traditional Notes client, as of now, it does not look like the HCL Notes 12 will get a major overhaul from the previous version. Although, we got to see the “Type Ahead Search” feature, which is a welcome addition!
On the other hand, we will get a new web based client, HCL Nomad Web client. Which gets me extremely excited because this client has the full functionality of the traditional Notes client. HCL Nomad Web client will run on all most popular Browsers (Firefox, Chrome, Safari…) and will be supported on Windows, Linux and macOS!
Here are some screenshots from the new HCL Nomad Web Client:
HCL Nomad Web client can be installed by opening a URL in a web browser, the whole installation takes about a minute (although this is dependable on your network bandwidth). The access, to the installation page, can be secured via two-factor authentication (2FA).
This brings us to other cool features which will come with HCL Domino v12, FaceID and other biometric means of authentication will be supported in HCL Nomad mobile client.
It will be possible to integrate HCL Domino Applications in Microsoft Teams, as long as the Domino Applications can be opened in web.
HCL Verse on-Premises will be fully supported in a web browser on mobile devices.
On the other hand, on desktop, HCL is working on a fully integrated user experience, this is something I can’t wait to get. Things like Verse on-Premises and Sametime Meetings integration. It will be possible to access a Sametime Meeting from a mobile device, by scanning a QR-Code from Verse on-Premises Client.
There was a lot of talk today about cloud and containerization and HCL Domino v12 session was no exception, Domino v12 will run on most major cloud platforms, HCL also guarantees that your backup solution will support Domino v12. The whole backup process will be reinvented so it could be easily supported by all backup software vendors.
Which brings us to the “Cloud Native” journey. When installing HCL Domino v12, a “one click install” will be possible by using a JSON configuration file. In terms of ease of deployment and automation, this means a great deal.
A few new security features will also be implemented. As mentioned, 2FA and biometric authentication on mobile devices will be supported out of the box as well as the whole process of obtaining and using the Let’s Encrypt SSL certificates. Active Directory Password Sync will also be available in the next release, one password for AD, HCL Notes and Domino Web Access, finally! 🙂
HCL Notes Designer v12 is going to allow easier development of responsive applications, here we have a clear focus on developing and modernizing applications for mobile devices.
HCL Domino Volt is going to be enhanced even more, a more simplified web administration page will be delivered as well as connectors for third party solutions.
Domino v12 will be available in 2021 in Q2 until then we can participate in HCL Nomad Web Beta!
HCL Domino v12 will bring a lot of new highly requested features, I can’t wait for it to come, the orientation is clearly on mobile and cloud, as well as building a secure and highly functional backend for the rapid low- and pro-code development.