Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Webinar: JUMP Session Introduction to IBM Domino Transactional Logging - 18 October 2017

IBM ICS Support has scheduled another interesting webinar on 18th October about Domino transactional log,  to explain from the beginning to best practice and troubleshooting an important theme unfortunately too often not properly configured .

Below the details to join the Jump Session

  • Date: Wednesday, October 18, 2017
  • Time: 11:00 AM EDT (15:00 UTC/GMT, UTC-4 hours) for 60 minutes
  • Link:  click here   , password 

For more details and slides (will be attached here at the conclusion of the event) click here.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

IBM Watson Workspace available !

IBM has announced  the availability of Watson Workspace, formely know as "Project Toscana".

Watson Workspace  is a real time collabotation app with following features:
  • Group & individual persisten chat
  • Presence, file and image sharing
  • Multi OS Client 
  • Enterprise Grade, single sign-on
but what is making Watson Workspace different between competitors is are the cognitive capabilities guarantee by Watson and the availability of Webhooks API, Graph API e Cognitive APIs that made ths team collaboration app an application platform capable to integrate collaboration and corporate Application like CRM or ERP

The cognitive feature available from start is named "moments" that allow users to summarize conversation in key points with 1 click.
Hundreds of integrations is already available using the integration guarantee using IFTT or Workato.

Watson Worskpace is available in 2 editions named preview and Essentials:

  • Free
  • 1GB storage per user
  • No enterprise management
  • Online forum as support
  • 6$/user/month
  • 20Gb storage limit per user
  • Enterprise Admin & Management with SSO
  • Guest user management
Other features guarantee will also be emoticons, Presence awareness, Notifications, Mentions, Files and image sharing ,  Space membership controls and App catalog.

IBM Watson Workspace is available right now in US Datacenter but other regional DC are in plan with also dedicate cloud in roadmap.

The only language available right now is English but during October will be available also

  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Portuguese (Brazilian)
  • Spanish
with out of box intend identification expected later in Q4 2017.

In my opinion IBM Watson Workspace is the piece missed in IBM Collaboration software portfolio and i can't wait to see the natural integration with IBM Connections !

More details available following this link to the IBM Marketplace

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Breaking News: IBM Domino Application on Cloud will be avaiable October 2017

Yesterday in Tokio during the IBM Notes/Domino Day 2017 OGS ED Brill has announced the availability of IBM Domino Application on Cloud ( DAC ) for October 2017 !!

DAC will be the perfect complement for IBM Connections Cloud / Smartcloud Notes because allows customers to migrate Domino Application to PAAS :

Right now the data center announced will be  3:
  • USA: Dallas 
  • EU: Frankfurt 
  • Asia Pacific: Japan
IBM has already in plan to expand the data center number and build others sites like Australia, China and many others.

Customer will be charged annually for at least 10 dbs (max 25gb size) and must bring they own license.

These will be some of the features offered by the service:
  • Dedicated server for your account (or multiple servers if required)
  • Access through  Notes, Icaa and Web
  • Daily data backup
  • Data-At-Rest encryption
  • A monthly report providing a summary of the number of applications hosted, total storage used by applications, scheduled and unscheduled maintenance and other alerts and noticed for the client.

DAC will be build using CENTOS and Docker so we could expect the certification of this distro for FP10 like Docker who was already announced.

System administration will be in charge of IBM service.

In my opinion DAC is a great announcement because will cover the features missed by IBM Connections cloud 

For most details please read  this post of the Japanese IBM Champion Kazunori Tatsuki  , this blog post from Daniele Vistalli and check the following official video where you could see the brand new Domino gold icon :-)

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

IBM Domino Community Server for Non-Production intends available !

During last days IBM has released a new FREE limited license for IBM Domino 9.0.1 named "Community Server.

This license is intend to be used to build,  test and debug software in a non production environment.
Below the steps with links and steps needed to download the software :
  1. IBM ID is needed (create one at this page if you don't already have one )
  2. Follow this link to download the server packages 
  3. Follow this link To Download Designer, Notes and Admin clients

The Community server packages must be installed as "Utility Server" and it's available without warranty, so this means in case of issues developers must reproduce the wrong behavior on a production environment to be able to open an IBM PMR.

Right now Designer FP 9 is not available but IBM is working on this side.
IBM Community server license is a nice move to encourage new developers and students to learn and build applications easily.

I encourage you to read this post from Paul Withers to read more details and clarification.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

IBM Verse On-premises 1.0.2 released and it's a big improvement !

IBM has released yesterday the new version of VOP  1.0.2 with the following partnumber CNL9UML .
Please don't pay attention to the little incrementation of the version number because it's a huge improvement.

In my opinion the most important improvement of this release is the new calendar app, now integrated and with same looks of Verse cloud:

we could also use drag&drop to move appointment and propose new time :

inside the inbox the invitation will get also a dedicated icon:

Below you can find the complete list of the features released  from the IBM documentation :

For Administrators:

  • Verse On-Premises 1.0.2 runs on Domino 9.01 FP9 (Install Domino 9.0.1 FP9 before deploying Verse On-Premises)
  • Improved performance and scalability
  • Integration with IBM Connections 6 (or 5.5 CR2) and IBM Docs 2.0 CR2 for enhanced preview of file attachments
  • Notes ID passwords and HTTP passwords do not have to be kept in sync
  • You can now deploy Verse extensions

For developers:

For users:

Today I've upgraded our environment from Vop 1.0.1 and I've spent about 10 minutes to perform the complete upgrade. IBM has speed up the upgrade process because the VOP view are now already contained by the IBM Mail 901 FP9 template.

I've also appreciate the availability of the new live text options and we will try this features during next days.

Read this page,  to get the step by step instructions and upgrade your VOP environment soon as possible !

Sunday, August 20, 2017

IBM Notes and Domino 9.0.1 : It's a great time to be a Domino Customer or Consultant !

Some days ago IBM has released the  Feature pack 9 for Notes and Domino with some nice new feature and bug fixes.
Now I'd like to spend some lines to anticipate some features/update that will be released starting next month in one of the most exciting time for IBM Domino customers and partners !

Docker Support

Starting from  FP10 ( read the  Bill Malchisky blogpost ) , we will have the IBM support to run Domino inside a Docker container. 
This feature will provide more flexibility for Domino environment and will allow us to use Domino in some different ways like:

  • Microservices: we could start a Domino for ldap, another as application server or smtp relay and have any container safe and isolated from the previous one.
  • Developer could distribute their applications as blackbox, developing and sending to the customer a complete docker container with domino and the application. 
  • We could run many servers with different roles on a single host, all isolated (if necessary) in a new optimized way.
  • We could build and run new Domino server in seconds !

Docker started as a Linux project but since last year we can also run a Windows core container on Windows 2016 server (and on a Win10 host). 
In the last months I've tested both and I've found the Linux container completely reliable and usable , we will have to wait IBM to know if they will support Docker only for Linux container or if Windows will be included too.

IBM at the moment has no plan to distribute IBM Domino images via Docker hub so we have to build our images . 

If you need some info to start with  Domino and Docker containers, please read this post about IBM Connect 2016 session by Daniele Vistalli and me   :-) .

IBM Domino community server

Next month the new Domino Community server should be released,  it's the Domino server free of charge for developers announced during the last EngageUG conference !
This license will be limited for developing purposes and should encourage using Domino as an application platform.

Eclipse e Java upgrade

Inside the Feature pack 8 there's the JVM 8 for Domino and Notes.
Design client JVM upgrade is planned for Fp10  where we will also find the upgrade of Eclipse to 4.6x for both the Notes and the Designer client.
This upgrade should increase the reliability and functionality for users and developers.


In my opinion this is a great time to be Domino Customer or Domino Consultant.
Starting from the Feature pack Era IBM has changed the speed of support giving a second youth to Domino and Notes.

IBM is also listening so please fill this form  if you are using Domino application .

In my opinion this is a great time to be a Domino Customer too :-)

Below are the slides about our  Domino&Docker session presented during the IBM Connect 2016 (our idea was too far in the future :-) ) 

Friday, August 18, 2017

IBM Domino and Notes 9.0.1 feature pack 9 available for download now on Fixcentral

IBM has released over fixcentral the new feature pack 9  for Notes and Domino 9.0.1 codname Zircon. This sw will be also available on Passport Advantage starting from 24th August.

The list of new features and fixes introduced is available  here at this page. .

The FP9 size has reached the size of 425 MB .
Below you could find some of the Passport advantage partnumber  (found on  this page).

Notes Win
Standard   CNL9FEN
Basic         CNL9EEN

W32         CNL9NEN
W64         CNL9PEN
Linux 64  CNL9QEN
AIX 64     CNL9REN

This is the about page from my client  (upgrade from fp8 work as expected)