Friday, February 21, 2020

LetsConnect 28-29 September – Bienvenido a Madrid!

Some days ago the Let's Connect team has announced the location of the 2020 edition : Madrid !

As you probably already know Let's Connect it's the new name of Social Connections user group dedicated to HCL Connections and HCL Digital experience.

2020 will be an important year , with huge changes like the transition from IBM Smartlcloud to the new cloud managed by the HCL MSP partners and at the end of the year will be release the new V.7 build on Kubernetes (no more traditional installer !) .
DX will not be inactive as well continuing the evolution with V.10 in similar way to a new modern infrastructure.

If you are customers , consultants or HCL Partners I strongly recommend to join the conference because the networking opportunity in this kind of events are unique !

More updates like call for abstracts and sponsors will be announced during the first half of the next month, don't forget to check the site and.. see you in Madrid!

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

HCL Connections 6.5 : Activities Plus doc and setup tips

HCL Connections 6.5 , contains inside the Component pack 6.5 a new version of  di activity , build by ISW , named  Activities Plus.

If you already know Kudos Boards (I'm a big fan) , it's a sort of Boards light where MindMap and Timeline are not available  that gives a better way to use one of the most outdated component of Connections.
This apps increase the value of the component pack because runs reusing the infrastructure component already deployed for the other parts.

In this post I like to recap some setup tips and share an installation line because in my opinion the official docs isn't written in a correct logical sequence so reading this lines before the setup could help.


Activities Plus it's free but  customer needs to request a licenst to ISW .
A registration process will drive the customers and they will receive a license in a few minutes. This license  will be inserted in the most important pieces of this setup  boards-cp.yaml that will include all configuration data of the applications involved..

WebSphere Config

Once customer has received the license  the next step are some WAS configs to register the new oauth application, place that setting in the connectionsProvider.xml and save the client secret for the  boards-cp.yaml . This process is well described in this page.


All the configs like license, admins, oauthsecrets,NFSserver ,etc  must to be inserted inside the boards-cp.yaml .
This file it's located where you have unzipped the component pack  in this path:


A description of the options could be find  in the HCL docs and on KudosApps docs site
Before precede with the setup I've upgraded the helm chart with the one linked inside this HCL technote.


One of the first steps of component pack setup it's uploading the images in customer docker registry and the included in the component pack it's bugged.

To be sure to upload all the images, use the one linked in this HCL technote..

NFS moung
Setup process suppose customer is using   /pv-connections/ as NFS mount point.
If you are using a different one, you needs to specify the correct path inside the  boards-cp.yaml (thanks Urs)

     persistentVolumePath: yourCustomPath

Migrazione Activities

The last setup part is the migration of the activities from the old app ,
Unfortunately the migration of some of my activities was hang and restarting the migration pod wasn't helpful because the state was remembered.

ISW support suggested me to insert inside  boards-cp.yaml the following options

     PURGE_MIGRATED_ACTIVITY_IDS: ActivityID1,ActivityID2,..

and proceed with a redeploy of the   kudos-boards-cp-activity-migration .
This purged the migration queue and this time I was able to complete the migration.

Be careful to use this setting and remember to remove that after you have deployed the app.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

IBM Champion clas 2020 announced

During last days IBM has announced the new IBM Champion class 2020 and I'm really honored to say I'm still part of the group !

After 6 years in collaboration sphere (now sold to HCL) I was nominated IBM Champion in "Cloud & Cloud Integration".

The IBM Champion definition is still the same:

These individuals evangelize IBM solutions, share their knowledge, and help grow the community of professionals who are focused on IBM offerings. IBM Champions spend a considerable amount of their own time, energy, and resources on community efforts — organizing and leading user groups, meetups, and events; answering questions in forums and building community; contributing articles, code, and applications; publishing podcasts; sharing instructional videos; and more.
I really recommend the program to everyone is into IBM software or hardware because it's a great benefit that help us Champion to do our job better every year.

Thanks IBM I'm really happy to be again part of the family !

Monday, January 20, 2020

HCL Connections , some consideration on last roadmap news and slides from DNUG Connections Day

During the last week DNUG has organized a day dedicated to HCL Connections

Christoph Stoettner wrote a nice and complete post about it  , below I will make a short recap with some consideration .

Where we are now

Connections V 6.5 has been released during December and it's the first release branded HCL. It's a bug fixing of the 6.0 with some important new features like Activity Plus , New invitation apps for external collaboration and a revisited Touchpoint app for on-boarding.

Last important thing the upgrade from previous release has better than ever.

What we have to expect from 2020

A huge number of releases and features will be added during this year !

During the first 3 quarter of 2020 will be released 3 CR with features and INTEGRATION (the bold is correct because emphasis is required..)

6.5 CR1  (Q1) :

  • Mailintegration in CNX Ui
  • HCL Wash
  • Docs
  • CEC
  • Plugins
6.5 CR2  (Q2) :

  • MS Teams
  • New Outlook Integration
  • MS Identity platform
  • Orient Me enhancements + Print PDF
  • Docs CR4
 6.5 CR3 (Q3) :

  • Interactive OM calendar
  • Leap integration
  • Sharepoint integration
  • OneDrive integration
And last release of the year will be V 7.0 (Q4)

  • O365 Integration
  • Intuite UX
  • Robust mail, calendar and chat integration
  • Containerization

The list of features and integrations like this is speaking by them-self , we have NEVER seen a roadmap like this planned to be released in 12 month.

From my point of view the integrations with MS products will be the most important step ahead because will transform Connections to a trasfersal product able to exist and run also in MS centric environment..

With version V 7.0 the containerization will be ultimated and the whole environment will runs inside  Kubernetes.
Some of the classical apps will still run in WAS container and will be migrated to other appservers (like openliberty ? ) in future releases.

I'm really happy to see all the work and the energy HCL is enforcing in a product where I spend most of my working time and passion at night while I work with the rest of the team organizing Let's Connect events.

The future is Bright ! I'm sure 2020 will be a year full of satisfactions !!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, December 19, 2019

HCL Nomad available on Google Playstore and Apple App Store

During the last days HCL has released on the Google Playstore Nomad, today was the turn of the Apple App Store. now it's official a new star is born !

Nomad is the new mobile client release by HCL to allow the use of the NSF application on iPhone, iPad.. Android and ChromeOS devices without any changes required.

Of course you could not aspect to use an application in same way , compared to a 4k monitor , but all features are working correctly including the local replication.
Nomad support traditional NSF applications, not XPages.

This are the links to download Nomad from the appstores:

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

HCL Master : 2020 class announced

The HCL Master class of 2020 has been announced and I'm  on the list !

This is the definition of an HCL  Master:

HCL Master is a distinction that HCL awards select members of the community that are both experts in their field and are passionate about sharing their HCL knowledge with others.

Masters are HCL ambassadors (not employees) and their commitment to sharing their expertise has a huge impact on the HCL community – whether they are blogging, writing books, speaking, running workshops, creating tutorials and classes, offering support in forums, or organizing and contributing to local events – they help make HCL’s mission of making technology play nice, possible.

Congrats to any of the friends on the list, I like to add it's a pleasure to see some of former IBM Champion named in this Master Class :-) and a great honor the be on the list: thanks HCL !!

I need to close this blog post with 2 big special thanks:

  • Factor-y : like every year , we have continued to work on interesting projects that give me the opportunity to grow and a continue reason to study test and play with high level tech (congrats to Daniele Vistalli  for his HCL Master nomination! )
  • Let's connect team :  Thanks for the opportunity you gave me to be part of a group of friends and  for the opportunity to give active contribution to our community organizing one of the most great and awesome Social Connections event. I can't wait to see what we will be able to do in 2020 !!

Monday, December 2, 2019

HCL Connections 6.5 available for download

During the next December 4, at 9 a.m. ET HCL will present and announce  the following new software:

  • Connections 6.5
  • Domino & Notes 11
  • Sametime 11

today  with a huge surprise Connections 6.5 it's already available for download!

Below some of my preferred features from what's new:

  • Activity plus : activities rebuild in collaboration with ISW has raised up his functionality and now will be a must have ! It will be also possible to upgrade Activities plus to ISW Kudos boards with a serial number . This component it's now part of the component pack without the addiction of new requirements.
  • reduced TCO: Connections 6.5 it's now an upgrade like the CR, so customers could avoid side by side migration reducing the upgrade cost.
  • Connections sidebar: it's a component that permit to integrate Connections easily into other sites
  • New  self service invitation system for external users
  • File ownership trafer: now it's possible to trasfer the ownership also from File app (one by one),  or wsadmin for bulk transfer
  • .... and many more  !

here system requirements, with this MINIMUM version requred:

  • WebSphere 8.5.5. FP16
  • DB2 11.1, MS SQL 2016
  • Oracle 12c 
  • RH 7.x, SLES 12.1
  • Win2016

Here at this page upgrade procedure from  6.0 to 6.5, here at this page the upgrade procedure of the component pack  , here at this page  the new 6.5 homepage doc.

As last resource available ...  the download link from Flexnet ( an entitled login is required).

During the next days I'll start the upgrade process and I'll blog more relevant info.