Monday, March 27, 2017

TLCC Webinar : Notes/Domino Roadmap and a Deep Dive into Feature Pack 8

TLCC have organized another great webinar with following IBMer:



This will be the agenda:


Adam Kesner and Barry Rosen will review the latest updates on Notes/Domino and discuss the future directions and support for Notes and Domino and deliverables over the coming 12-18 months, as IBM moves to a continuous delivery model. Then Martin Donnelly and Brian Gleeson will take a deep dive into the key features delivered in Fix Pack 8 including how to use the new encryption capabilities, improvements to Domino Designer, and more!



If you are a customer or an IBM Business program involved in Domino and Notes you can't miss this webinar !

The webinar is scheduled for  28th March starting 10:30 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. Eastern U.S. time.
Follow this link to find more datail and registration link .

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

IBM Connections 6.0 will be available starting 28 th March 2017

IBM has announced Connections 6.0 will be available starting from 28th  March !
This will be some features available:

  • Orient me, the new homepage with notification center will be the first IBM Connections Pink pieces build on new technologies (node js, mongoDB, ngix, docker , etc) 
  • New APIs
  • Desktop files sync
  • IBM Cloud Object Storage support 
  • Onboarding tool to make easy introduction and adoption of new users
  • Clone existing communities as template to generate new one with same layout

Here at this address you could find the complete press release with all details available.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

ICON UK - Around the table :Lifetime IBM Champions review IBM Connect and give their opinions

Today starting 16 GMT there will be another interesting webcast organized by ICON UK with following best topic : Lifetime IBM Champions review IBM Connect and give their opinions.

If you have missed IBM Connect 2017 and you needs a recap this will be a great occasion to hear the opinion from our 3 IBM lifetime IBM Champions: Gab DavisTheo HeselmansJulian Robineau   !

This will be the complete agenda:

  • What’s new in the world of IBM Collaboration?
  • Topic of the Month - Lifetime IBM Champions review IBM Connect and give their opoinions
    Gabriela Davis, Theo Heselmans and the new 2017 Lifetime Champion
  • Q&A

I strongly suggest to not miss this webinar, so go ahead follow this link and make the registration !

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Domino and Notes 9.0.1 feature pack 8 available for download

Today IBM has released over fixcentral the new feature pack 8 for Domino and Notes.
Feature pack is the new fix-pack name that would put emphasis on new features insert instead the usual bug-fix available.

The complete detail list will be probably published tomorrow, but this are some of the features inserted on FP8


  • Move views out of databases:  move views out of databases into separate view index files (.NDX files),this feature is useful for large databases for smaller db size, faster backup and better performance.
  • Java JRE version 1.8 provided with Domino
  • New notes.ini setting KeepReplyForwardMime=1 to Notes standard clients. This setting retains MIME message formatting when users reply to or forward messages received from the internet maintaing MIME Notes Rich Text which can cause some MIME formatting to be lost.
  • Notes browser plug-in is no longer part of Notes package (replaced by ICAA)
  • ADFS 3.0 now supported as a SAML federated identity provider
  • Windows 2016 server support introduced
  • New Notes setting introduced File > Preferences > Mail. Then click the Basics tab and select Show display names as interent address.

To have more deatails about the features introduced you can see this page for Domino  , this page for Notes, for develers things please read this blog post from Sir. Paul Withers .

If you have installed Verse On premise on your server you have to follow some steps after the feture pack setup as described inside this Roberto's blogpost.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Open Mic Webcast: Think Pink - The Future of IBM Connections - 07 March 2017

One of most important news during IBM Connect 2017 was IBM Connections Pink, ( probably  Connections 7 )  build on new application stack (no more WAS,DB2,Oracle, etc) that will be easy to install because will be shipped with Docker , and should be fully customizable ... AWESOME !




If you missed IBM Connect and you want know more, don't miss the Webcast organized by IBM:
  • Topic: Think Pink - The Future of IBM Connections
  • Date: Tuesday, March 7, 2017
  • Time: 11:00 AM EST (16:00 UTC/GMT, UTC-5 hours) for 60 minutes
You can find all details and the ICS calendar file  following this link .

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Java 6 SE EOL April 2018 - What do you have to know about WebSphere Application Server

Yesterday I've read this article from Dave Hay (thanks) that was remind me the EOS of JAVA 6SE.
The date is set to April 2018 for traditional WebSphere and September 2017 for WebSphere Liberty Profile.

Others WAS version prior 8.5.5 will not have support of new JRE so must be dismissed to maintain System Security. Java 7 will not be the best migration path because have already set EOL to 2019.

This is a table about Java supported version and WebSphere version



For traditional WebSphere 8.5.5 the step required will be upgrade at least to FP9 ,than install Java SE 8 , than set the default SDK to 8.

Obviously the applications must be able to run with the updated SDK . IBM has build a migration toolkit to scan and analyze your Java apps and check compatibility differences.

Regarding IBM collaboration software like IBM Connections , right now only Java 6 SE is supported so probably during next month IBM will release a CR able to support Java 8 except for Connections 4.5 that have EOS April 2018.

To read more details about J6SE EOL please read this article.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

IBM Connections Cloud: administrative partition released

During last days IBM has released a new administrative feature named partitions.
After enabling partitions, an organizational Administrator can split the administration to local admin, eg based on org/country/city data contained inside the Domino Directory.

To see partitions details see the following documentations (thanks Maurice Teeuwe ! ).