Announcing the IBM Domino V10 portfolio beta program: Sign up today

Make sure to sign up and take a look to the Domino V10 beta program.

Official Post

Beta 1: We will form an initial group of beta participants, based on the submissions received and then qualify and approve for beta program enrollment. Beta 1 will begin on June 25th, 2018.

What can be tested in Beta 1:

– Domino (Windows)
– Notes client (Windows)
– Notes, Designer & Admin clients (Windows)

This beta is English-only.

Beta 2: We will extend the initial group of Beta 1 participants as we get further along in the development cycle for Domino V10, by including additional participants at the Beta 2 stage. We expect the Beta 2 phase to begin the second half of July 2018.  Submissions received up to July 15th, for those not included in the Beta 1 group, will be considered for inclusion in the Beta 2 phase.

 What can be tested in Beta 2:

– Domino (Windows and Linux)
– Notes client (Windows and Apple Mac)
– Notes, Designer & Admin clients (Windows)
– Verse on Premises (Windows and Linux)
– DominoDB NPM package for Node.js

The goal of the IBM Domino V10 Portfolio Beta Program is for the community of beta participants to conduct honest, constructive and thoughtful review and testing of the Domino V10 beta software, which includes IBM Domino V10, IBM Notes V10, IBM Sametime V10 and IBM Verse On-Premises V10.

We’re seeking people who meet the following criteria:    

– A business end user, administrator, or developer, who has prior knowledge of Domino, Notes, and Verse.
– Those who bring diverse (role/industry/geography/company size) attributes to the beta team and, thus, ensure we get the right blend of input perspectives.

IBM is looking for participants to:

– Share their use case for the beta in their company.
– Engage in a dialog about Domino V10 and provide timely feedback.
– Be constructive and professional in all written/spoken interaction with program members, IBM and HCL.
– Attend the web conferences and meetings pertaining to the beta program.
– Experience the beta in a non-production environment.
– Be open to the idea of becoming a reference for IBM Domino V10.

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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.

Webcast – What’s new in Mail and Chat V10

Make sure you attend the Webcast about new Mail and Chat features in Domino V10, it takes place on 24th of May. Gabriella Davis will be one of the Speakers, so the webcast is surely going to be interesting.

Some of the “keywords”:

  • IBM Notes V10
  • IBM Verse on Premises V10
  • Sametime Chat V10

Details and a registration URL:

https://www-356.ibm.com/partnerworld/wps/servlet/ContentHandler/news/AYBJE6SP

 

 

 

#domino2025 Jam in Vienna – I´m Jammin´

I was lucky to visit the #domino2025 Jam in Vienna, this was a pleasant and positive experience. Together with IBM, HCL was also present. We learned a few new things about the future of Domino and about the HCL.

First of all, HCL is a large and stable company with most employees in North America. They have a large revenue and experience in partnerships like this, they worked with Cisco before in a similar partnership. It is clear that this is not Outsourcing but a full partnership.

The development of Domino 10 has already started, and the first package should already be delivered in 2018 Q3. Everything involving Version 10 is called “Project Sapphire” and “Chat” is also part of it. I also like that the HCL does not want to force the customers to cloud.

After we got briefed on the new Partnership and the future of Domino we started brainstorming and presenting ideas for solutions to existing problems and ideas for features we would like to have in long-term. The word “Marketing” was mentioned a few times by every team, marketing was actually discussed most, and all participants wanted it changed from ground up.

All in all, it is clear that a lot is invested in #domino2025 initiative and that it is taken seriously by both IBM and HCL. I think that many good things are going to be produced from the domino jam and I am looking forward to Domino 10.