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HCL Software Community is Open for Business!


HCL has just launched their community that will serve as our new place to interact with HCL and other professionals that use their software.  It’s already fast becoming a useful forum of information.  Join the community and post your burning questions and be sure to contribute answers too.  Here is the link.HCL community

I’m hoping HCL will integrate the aha Ideajam site into this forum (click here to vote for it) so we can have a similar scoreboard feature for contributing product ideas and add a Sametime chat community like we once had with IBM Greenhouse (click here to vote for ST chat) and integrate OpenNTF into this new HCL community.  (click here to vote for OpenNTF integration)  In an ideal world, this would become the homepage where everything else related to HCL collaboration software is linked.  Here are the forums it has so far:

  • AppScan
  • Digital Experience
  • Connections
  • Notes/Domino
  • Sametime

Follow Up to What’s New in Sametime V10 and Beyond?


Good news with persistent chat and with eliminating WAS and DB2.  Persistent chat is coming in V10.  WAS and DB2 will be eliminated in V11 or V12.  System Console is also eliminated in V10.  V10 also supports login on multiple devices concurrently.  It is worth listening to the replay (at 1.5x speed).  Be sure to listen through the Q&A and the conclusion.  There were many useful questions answered.  The slide deck should be available in the replay too.  But I think the two slides of most importance are these tables showing what features are coming in which release. (these folks are going to be busy!)

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You should be able to watch the replay using the same
link to register: https://lnkd.in/dR4cHik

And here is the complete slide deck: letschataboutsametimemay2019rev71558616324635

IBM-Panagenda Partnership yields powerful FREE IBM Notes upgrade tool


IBM has made an agreement with Panagenda to provide their Notes client management product, MarvelClient, for free to customers currently paying for software maintenance.  his will allow customers to perform upgrades from any version of Notes to version 10.0.1.  This tool is exceptionally effective at upgrading and cleaning up Notes client installations.  IBM made this arrangement to encourage customers to get upgraded to the latest version by simplifying the process.

Panagenda also has a free version of The software can be downloaded here:

And the Quickstart Guide can be downloaded here.
A few readers have asked me if I can assist in configuring and running the client upgrades.  Yes.  (sales plug) My team at Divergent Solutions can assist with upgrading both Notes clients and Domino servers to V10.0.1.1.  Doing so will provide a wealth of new features and security enhancements.  And if you are no longer paying for software upgrades, Divergent Solutions can help you with discounted software licensing renewals too.  Post a comment below or find our contact info here.
Whatever you do to get upgraded, the point is just do it.  Don’t miss out on the productivity improvements of running the latest version of Notes & Domino. #DominoForever

 

Domino Mobile Apps for the iPad is Here!


A Notes client (sort of) for the iPad has just been released!  This is the announcement.  I’m looking forward to the next steps when they port this to the iPhone and Android phone.  All the security, replication, workflow and offline functionality of Notes with the portability of a mobile device and no redundant develop to web-enable any apps.  Nice job IBM and HCL.

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IBM Domino Mobile Apps Now Available in the iOS App Store

We took all of your candid and valuable beta-testing feedback, and turned it into reality: IBM Domino Mobile Apps is now available for free in the iOS App Store! This means that your entire organization can access every single one of its Domino applications from an iPad. You have the ability to drive app consumption within your organization — bringing the power of Domino to your end users wherever they are working — online or off.

Extend the reach of your existing applications and download IBM Domino Mobile Apps today.

Please note: due to import of encryption regulations IBM Domino Mobile Apps is not yet available in France or Israel. We anticipate regulatory approval shortly.

Webcasts

Forrester TEI of Domino

Tell Your Boss, Tell Your Friends! The Forrester Total Economic Impact™ of IBM Domino Webinar is Coming.

You’ve asked for help in convincing your organization why Domino is still critical to your business. Join us on Thursday, April 25th, to learn from the Forrester Group’s Total Economic Impact (TEI) team what their findings on Domino could mean to every organization. Plus, what you should share with your business and technical leaders. Lastly, hear a firsthand account from an IT leader why having Domino at the core of their business, matters. We look forward to seeing you there.

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ALERT: End of Google Cloud Messaging Support impact for IBM Verse Android clients


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(Updated 3/21/2019) If you ever wondered why you should keep up to date with your server installations, this IBM Technote published today describes one really good reason.  Less than a year ago Google announced they are deprecating Google Cloud Messaging (GCM) and have replaced it with Firebase Cloud Messaging (FCM).   Google will remove GCM support at any time on or after April 11, 2019 (3 weeks from today).

Why do you care? This service is used by IBM Traveler (server) to communicate with Android devices (Verse for Android).  When Google made this announcement, IBM quickly incorporated the new service into the latest Android Verse app (V10.0.4) and the latest release of the Traveler server code stream (V10.0.1).  NOTE: This is the Traveler version, NOT the version of Domino that Traveler is running on.  Traveler V10.0.1 works on Domino 9.0.1. Yes, if you are running Traveler on Websphere, you still need to upgrade Traveler.

If you get automatic updates from the app store, you will already have this version of the app on your device.  If you have automatic updates disabled, be sure to update this app before April 11, 2019.  But Traveler on your server still needs to be upgraded.

If you are using IBM SmartCloud Notes (IBM Connections Cloud) for your email service, you have nothing to worry about.  IBM already took care of it for you.

Read this IBM Technote for details. 

#Domino10 will be turning heads 10/10/2018 Launch Event Schedule. #IAM


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Click here to see details on the blog post by Bob Schultz, General Manager IBM Watson Talent and Collaboration Solutions or
Click the image below to get to the PDF with live links.

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Thank you HCL for taking the Kryptonite out of IBM’s pocket!
Domino is truly Superhuman Software.

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Why Use Domino & Notes for collaborating among teams: A Customer Testimonial


My recap of CollabSphere is coming soon.  Meanwhile, my friend Bernd Gewehr is featured on IBM’s website right now, and he does a great job of explaining the benefit of using Notes for app development for his company.

Small companies do big things with Notes apps.

 

Learn more about what is coming in Domino V10 in just a few months: https://www.ibm.com/collaboration/ibm-domino

I will be speaking at CollabSphere 2018!


My abstract has been accepted and I will be speaking at the CollabSphere 2018 conference in Ann Arbor, MI next month.  This is the place to be if you want to learn about collaboration software and in particular IBM collaboration software.  The conference is put on by a user group, NOT IBM.  The sessions will focus on technical information targeting the I.T. professionals and decision-makers without sales stuff.  I expect we will also see more insight into the upcoming release of Notes & Domino V10.

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Details of my session:
Title: DIY: How to build your SmartCloud Notes Hybrid environment. Easy as 1-2-3.
Abstract:
This session will cover everything you need to know to build your SmartCloud Notes / Connections Cloud hybrid environment. Getting it right the first time will save headaches and lengthy rebuild time later. Also learn some of the pitfalls and best practices that will make your move the cloud smooth and seamless and how to implement it using the just-announced Domino Applications on Cloud service (DAC) and move ALL of your Domino infrastructure to the cloud.

The cost of the 3-day conference is only $75.  Click to Register Now.

Free Coursera course: IBM Blockchain for Developers


Coursera just started a class on IBM Blockchain.  The course is being taught by two IBMers, Ant Cole and Dave Gorman.  If you are a developer interested in learning about Blockchain, check out this free 6 week course being offered by Coursera.  Here is the complete course description:

“About this course: If you’re a software developer and new to blockchain, this is the course for you. Several experienced IBM blockchain developer advocates will lead you through a series of videos that describe high-level concepts, components, and strategies on building blockchain business networks. You’ll also get hands-on experience modeling and building blockchain networks as well as create your first blockchain application.

The first part of this course covers basic concepts of blockchain, and no programming skills are required. However, to complete three of the four labs, you must understand basic software object-oriented programming and how to use the command line. It’s also helpful, but not required, that you can write code in JavaScript.

When you complete the course, you should understand what a blockchain business network is, how to build and model a simple blockchain solution, and the role of the developer in creating blockchain applications.

If you successfully complete the course, you’ll receive a certificate of completion and an Acclaim badge. You’ll need to pass several end-of-section quizzes and a final exam that include multiple choice, true and false, and fill in the blank questions.
This course does not cover Bitcoin or cryptocurrency in detail.

Who is this class for: Software developers who are new to blockchain.”

Enrollment is free or you can seek a certificate for a small fee.

Changes in DeveloperWorks leading demise of GreenHouse?


As posted by Gabriella Davis and Chris Miller, it appears that Greenhouse is going away.  The content, or at least some of it, is moving to DeveloperWorks.  But it appears that the changes reach further than that.  DeveloperWorks is also undergoing major changes as announced by Sandy Carter.

DeveloperWorks Premium.

You get $1700 worth of stuff for the low price of $399 per year. That includes access to Bluemix, softlayer, and even a free voucher for a certification test (usually $200).  If you’re going to be taking a certification test soon, you might consider spending the extra $200 and getting a premium DeveloperWorks account too.

(CORRECTION: The website has since been updated to describe the certification test as “Complimentary certification test for IBM Certified Application Developer Certification”, not simply a test voucher for any test.)

I see the long term goal of combining Greenhouse and DeveloperWorks. But I’m wondering what will be lost in the process vs. what will be gained.  Change is great when it is an improvement, but learning to navigate a new site can frustrate and lose users.

As they say, a rolling stone gathers no moss; also a frequently moving website gathers no followers.  GreenHouse has been growing by about 1500 new users per month.  How many of the 150,000 Greenhouse members will be lost in the transition?

OK IBM, be sure to tell me when I need to update my article on instructions for downloading the Connections Plugins and when I will need to update my Greenhouse Sametime Community configuration settings.

What do Apple, Twitter and Facebook all have in common?


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IBM is doing some interesting things to blur the line between consumer and business computing and the pace they are moving at has accelerated like a Mad Max roadster on nitro.  In the past year they have joined forces with Twitter, Facebook, and most notably, Apple.  The partnerships all bring together complimentary products and services. The venture with Apple, in particular, is worth paying attention to. Apple has virtually no formal enterprise solutions, yet they still dominate the business world with mobile devices. IBM on the other hand, has MobileFirst, their set of mobile solutions for business.  Meanwhile, IBM  has no mobile or desktop hardware and OS, so it must rely on other vendors to provide that foundation. Combining the solutions from Apple and IBM makes for a compelling case against against Microsoft and Google. The one partnership that seems to be missing is LinkedIn.

Add to these partnerships with consumer-focused companies, IBM is doing some consumer focus of its own. They have just released IBM Verse, a new online email application intended to compete with the likes of Hotmail and Gmail, at least to get consumer adoption, with the intentions that it will become the first choice for business too.  While Verse is in the early stages, a steady stream of features are being added on a weekly or monthly basis.
All of these signs lead me to believe that after all these years of analysts and business partners urging and pleading, IBM finally recognizes that it needs to win the consumer first in order to win the business.
They have stepped up their marketing efforts at the same time, which is a treat for business partners.  Who knew that for several years now IBM has posted the largest revenue of  cloud services? (even over Amazon Web Services)
Yes, they still have work to do in marketing their web services.  Often I give demonstrations of IBM Connections Cloud, an ecosystem of software services comparable to Microsoft Office 365 and Google Apps for Work, and I always get several people in the group asking “Why are they keeping this a secret?”

One final step IBM is taking is in making their solutions more attractive to small business, not just enterprise-scale organizations. Their solutions make a powerful case for businesses of all sizes now. I think the next year is going to be game-changing for IBM.  The surveys from 3 years ago are actually proving out.  IBM is proving why it was named one of the Four Horsemen of technology companies.

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Get Out the Vote…For your pick of the 2016 edition of Lotusphere


Lotusphere, IBM Connect, IBM ConnectED.  Whatever you call it, There is a 4 question Anonymous survey asking for your feedback on what you would like to see in 2016.

It is done by Survey Monkey.  Go Here and speak your opinion.  My opinion is not so anonymous.  I find Las Vegas to be the most useless city in the country.

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