VOP should be considered the evolution of IBM Domino experiences for on premises environments.
VOP is included in the following Domino licences
- IBM Domino Enterprise client access
- IBM Domino Messaging client access
- IBM Domino Messaging and Collaboration Express
I'vent find yet the entitlement documents but it should be like anticipated during ICONUK session by Barry Rosen.
Here the first news, VOP is available only for Windows64 and RHES so SLES , AIX or IBM i that are supported for Domino 9.0.1 FP7 are at the moment excluded for VOP.
During sw setup a dedicated Domino HotFix included in the VOP package and denominated 901FP7HFVOP is required. The build of Domino server on REHS will be Release 9.0.1FP7HF370 .
To be able to enjoy most of important features Connections 5.5 at least CR1 is required .
This is the architectural scheme:
VOP setup is not an automated task and require several steps like
- domino hotfix
- unzip a package inside domino binaries folder
- uptate iwaredir.ntf and iwaredir.nsf
- update mail template with some new VOP views
- IBM HTTP server customization (on IBM Connections server)
Setup steps are not hard but admins must follow in right order and carefully all steps especially with the optional update the IBM Connections profiles (needed if Connections 5.5 was migrated from previous releases).
Look and features
Look is same than cloud version
on the upper side we have the "important me bar" with most important contacts so we will be able to perform a mail search just clicking over the contact pic.
At the beginning of the bar we have "Need Action" and "Waining for "buttons so we can use this categories from the email deciding when we have to finish a task about an email or we have to receive something to someone.
At the bottom of the page we have the calendar bar with all appontements.
Another feature available is the Offline Mail that allow to save at max 14 days. Mail will be protected by a local master password.
For attachements the integrations with IBM Connections files and Box is available so we will be able to attach directly files from this service like in the following example.
Regarding VOP calendar and search there is some negative news:
Calendar is right now basically a link to iNotes calendar so this broke the user experience going back to iNotes 9.0.1 .
Search functionality are guarantee by Domino engine so we are not able to use search like we usually do inside Verse cloud.
I think IBM Domino search index are quite good but the user experience with Solr search on Verse cloud are in my opinion on another level.
other features missing compared to the cloud version:
- Button for share mail to blog
- "View peple" botton inside mail to see recipient hierarchy
- Apps menu is not customizable so we cannot add others app links
- Connections communities menu from the header
- Sametime integration
All principal browser currently available are supported
- Google Chrome, current (non-beta)
- Mozilla Firefox ESR, current (non-beta)
- Apple Safari 8, 9
- Microsoft Internet Explorer 11
- Microsoft Edge
In my opinion this VOP release should be considered a first step to a marathon because I'm a Verse user (and fan) from the beta and I think VOP are missing too many features compared to the cloud version.
I hope and I think during next weeks some of the features like Sametime integration will be added .
Download part numer is CNGD8ML that include both Win64 and RHES packages.