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  14. <title>Are You Attending IBM Connect 2017?</title>
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  17. <pubDate>Thu, 15 Dec 2016 15:28:09 +0000</pubDate>
  18. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Gary Walsh]]></dc:creator>
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  22. <description><![CDATA[The IBM Connect Conference,  which used to be Lotusphere until it was re-branded several years back, is to be held in San Francisco February 20-23 2017.  As you are probably aware, for more than two decades this event was held at the Disney complex in Orlando.  This is the first time the event is to be held on the West Coast of the USA. It has also been pushed back a month on the calendar. I personally have been to 18 of these events, starting out back in the day when you continuously cycled your browser refresh button, around the time the registration page live time hit, hoping to get a spot before the conference was full. That usually happened in less than an hour. A lot has changed in the Notes and Domino community over the past two decades. For the past four years we have passed on taking a booth on the Showcase floor, instead holding a DOCOVA event on the boardwalk or some other venue close to the action. This year we wanted to try and get a gauge from customers and business partners on their thoughts regarding the conference, find out if they were planning to attend, or not, and why. Here is the link to the conference web site.  If you have not been there take a minute and have a look.  There are a lot of different options compared to previous years that help you to control your costs from a registration point of view.  Sessions have yet to be posted, but should be up soon. Have a look if you have not already, then leave a comment on this page to let us know what your feelings are.]]></description>
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  24. <p>The IBM Connect Conference,  which used to be Lotusphere until it was re-branded several years back, is to be held in San Francisco February 20-23 2017.  As you are probably aware, for more than two decades this event was held at the Disney complex in Orlando.  This is the first time the event is to be held on the West Coast of the USA. It has also been pushed back a month on the calendar.</p>
  25. <p>I personally have been to 18 of these events, starting out back in the day when you continuously cycled your browser refresh button, around the time the registration page live time hit, hoping to get a spot before the conference was full. That usually happened in less than an hour.</p>
  26. <p>A lot has changed in the Notes and Domino community over the past two decades. For the past four years we have passed on taking a booth on the Showcase floor, instead holding a <a href="https://youtu.be/850JFXO2YZ8" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">DOCOVA</span></a> event on the boardwalk or some other venue close to the action.</p>
  27. <p>This year we wanted to try and get a gauge from customers and business partners on their thoughts regarding the conference, find out if they were planning to attend, or not, and why.</p>
  28. <p>Here is the link to<span style="text-decoration: underline;"> <a href="http://www-01.ibm.com/software/collaboration/events/connect/" target="_blank">the conference web site</a>.</span>  If you have not been there take a minute and have a look.  There are a lot of different options compared to previous years that help you to control your costs from a registration point of view.  Sessions have yet to be posted, but should be up soon.</p>
  29. <p>Have a look if you have not already, then leave a comment on this page to let us know what your feelings are.</p>
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  35. <title>@DbLookup in Javascript? You Bet!</title>
  36. <link>http://www.docova.com/dblookup-in-javascript-you-bet/</link>
  37. <pubDate>Mon, 07 Nov 2016 15:46:54 +0000</pubDate>
  38. <dc:creator><![CDATA[David Wice]]></dc:creator>
  39. <category><![CDATA[Technical]]></category>
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  42. <description><![CDATA[When moving Notes applications from a Notes client to a web client, there are a number of design approaches that need to be changed.   While Domino will support many @Functions on the web, often they come with the unwanted side effect of a refresh of the form.  One example of this is drop down selection fields that present available values based on a lookup, where the lookup key comes from another field on the form. This article presents a way to achieve this functionality using Javascript and jQuery. The examples shown are within the DOCOVA framework, however the concepts can be applied to any Domino web application, or actually, any web application. Let me setup the scenario.  First, I have some configured lists setup, in this case, a list of countries, where each country has a list of cities. In my form, I have Country and City fields setup, with drop down like icons for selecting the respective values.  The concept is straightforward, after a Country is selected, the City list shows only those cities that are listed for that Country. Here’s the selection dialog in action, first picking a Country Then a City Selected values, shown in the form Now let’s have a look at how this is done.   In my example, I’m working on a Domino server, but as mentioned, the concepts can be applied to any platform. Here are my fields in Domino Designer Arguably, the Country field could be a standard drop down field with a @DBLookup formula that retrieves the Country list, however I’ve opted for full client side Javascript for this example so it can be applied to any platform. The selectCountry() function calls dbLookup, which we have created [&#8230;]]]></description>
  43. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>When moving Notes applications from a Notes client to a web client, there are a number of design approaches that need to be changed.   While Domino will support many @Functions on the web, often they come with the unwanted side effect of a refresh of the form.  One example of this is drop down selection fields that present available values based on a lookup, where the lookup key comes from another field on the form.</p>
  44. <p>This article presents a way to achieve this functionality using Javascript and jQuery.</p>
  45. <p>The examples shown are within the DOCOVA framework, however the concepts can be applied to any Domino web application, or actually, any web application.</p>
  46. <p>Let me setup the scenario.  First, I have some configured lists setup, in this case, a list of countries, where each country has a list of cities.</p>
  47. <p><a href="http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/fig1.png"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-5072" src="http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/fig1.png" alt="fig1" width="555" height="282" srcset="http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/fig1.png 555w, http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/fig1-300x152.png 300w" sizes="(max-width: 555px) 100vw, 555px" /></a></p>
  48. <p><a href="http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/fig2.png"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-5073" src="http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/fig2.png" alt="fig2" width="515" height="284" srcset="http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/fig2.png 515w, http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/fig2-300x165.png 300w" sizes="(max-width: 515px) 100vw, 515px" /></a></p>
  49. <p>In my form, I have Country and City fields setup, with drop down like icons for selecting the respective values.  The concept is straightforward, after a Country is selected, the City list shows only those cities that are listed for that Country.</p>
  50. <p><a href="http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/fig3.png"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-5074" src="http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/fig3.png" alt="fig3" width="619" height="255" srcset="http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/fig3.png 619w, http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/fig3-300x124.png 300w" sizes="(max-width: 619px) 100vw, 619px" /></a></p>
  51. <p>Here’s the selection dialog in action, first picking a Country</p>
  52. <p><a href="http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/fig4.png"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-5075" src="http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/fig4.png" alt="fig4" width="351" height="366" srcset="http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/fig4.png 351w, http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/fig4-288x300.png 288w" sizes="(max-width: 351px) 100vw, 351px" /></a></p>
  53. <p>Then a City</p>
  54. <p><a href="http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/fig5.png"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-5076" src="http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/fig5.png" alt="fig5" width="335" height="356" srcset="http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/fig5.png 335w, http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/fig5-282x300.png 282w" sizes="(max-width: 335px) 100vw, 335px" /></a></p>
  55. <p>Selected values, shown in the form</p>
  56. <p><a href="http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/fig6.png"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-5077" src="http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/fig6.png" alt="fig6" width="537" height="78" srcset="http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/fig6.png 537w, http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/fig6-300x44.png 300w" sizes="(max-width: 537px) 100vw, 537px" /></a></p>
  57. <p>Now let’s have a look at how this is done.   In my example, I’m working on a Domino server, but as mentioned, the concepts can be applied to any platform.</p>
  58. <p>Here are my fields in Domino Designer</p>
  59. <p><a href="http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/fig7.png"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-5078" src="http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/fig7.png" alt="fig7" width="694" height="77" srcset="http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/fig7.png 694w, http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/fig7-300x33.png 300w" sizes="(max-width: 694px) 100vw, 694px" /></a></p>
  60. <p>Arguably, the Country field could be a standard drop down field with a @DBLookup formula that retrieves the Country list, however I’ve opted for full client side Javascript for this example so it can be applied to any platform.</p>
  61. <p>The selectCountry() function calls dbLookup, which we have created as a direct replacement for the formula language @DBLookup function, and is part of our Docova.Utils JS class that contains a number of such methods.   The syntax for our dbLookup function and corresponding code is included in the attached code.  We use a JSON value pair array to pass the options so that the order doesn’t matter, and we can easily add options to the functions in the future without having to revisit all existing code. (Note the selectKeyword function is not included with this article)</p>
  62. <p>selectCity() is very similar to selectCountry(), the difference being we pass the Country as part of the lookup key, allowing us to return the correct list of cities.</p>
  63. <p>The JS header code is available <strong><a href="http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/dbLookup-Example-JSHeader.js" target="_blank">here</a></strong>, and the dblookup function is <strong><a href="http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/dbLookup.js" target="_blank">here</a></strong>.</p>
  64. <p>For more information on DOCOVA and how we’re migrating Notes applications to the web, visit <a href="http://www.docova.com" target="_blank">www.docova.com</a>.</p>
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  69. <title>ICAA – Did IBM Release a Free Version of the Notes Client?</title>
  70. <link>http://www.docova.com/icaa-version-of-the-notes-client/</link>
  71. <pubDate>Sun, 30 Oct 2016 12:05:19 +0000</pubDate>
  72. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Gary Walsh]]></dc:creator>
  73. <category><![CDATA[Technical]]></category>
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  76. <description><![CDATA[ICAA stands for IBM Client Application Access.  This is a standalone client, available for Mac and Windows, that is a stripped down version of the R9 Notes Basic client.   It has been around for awhile, June of 2015 I believe is when it was first released, however it seems to have come in under the radar of most customers and business partners.   Many thought it was simply a re-branding of the Notes browser plugin, which has been around for years now, and is installed by default when you install Notes R9. &#160; If you have not seen ICAA, check out this 1.5 minute video clip. This IBM announcement letter says that &#8220;the IBM® Client Application Access delivers a lightweight solution, enabling you to move to a browser-based interface for email (IBMiNotes®, IBM SmartCloud® Notes® web, or IBM Verse™), while continuing to work with existing Notes and Domino® applications.&#8221; Based on the above ICAA may lend support to the theory that IBM is perhaps looking to retire the Notes client.  If they were to stop selling the Notes client, Verse could provide IBM customers still using Notes for email with an alternative, and ICAA would provide a way of accessing existing applications.  By making Smartcloud a requirement to run ICAA it would encourage customers to move their Notes based applications to the IBM Cloud.   Or maybe it is in fact the Notes Browser Plugin repackaged, and not a key part of the Notes and Domino road map after all. This 80 ish mb  client is very much a Notes client.  It has a similar look and feel to the R9 Notes client. It even has the traditional Notes Workspace where your applications appear on tabs.  In [&#8230;]]]></description>
  77. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>ICAA stands for <strong>IBM Client Application Access</strong>.  This is a standalone client, available for Mac and Windows, that is<strong> a stripped down version of the R9 Notes Basic client</strong>.   It has been around for awhile, June of 2015 I believe is when it was first released, however it seems to have come in under the radar of most customers and business partners.   Many thought it was simply a re-branding of the Notes browser plugin, which has been around for years now, and is installed by default when you install Notes R9.</p>
  78. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  79. <div style="max-width:600px;max-height:350px;"><div class="video-shortcode"><iframe title="YouTube video player" width="600" height="350" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/C4P8SkC5dDA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></div></div>
  80. <p>If you have not seen ICAA, check out this <a href="https://youtu.be/C4P8SkC5dDA" target="_blank">1.5 minute video clip</a>.</p>
  81. <p>This <a href="http://www-01.ibm.com/common/ssi/cgi-bin/ssialias?infotype=AN&amp;subtype=CA&amp;htmlfid=897/ENUS216-201" target="_blank">IBM announcement letter says</a> that &#8220;the IBM® Client Application Access delivers a lightweight solution, enabling you to move to a browser-based interface for email (IBMiNotes®, IBM SmartCloud® Notes® web, or IBM Verse™), while continuing to work with existing Notes and Domino® applications.&#8221;</p>
  82. <p>Based on the above ICAA may lend support to the theory that IBM is perhaps looking to retire the Notes client.  If they were to stop selling the Notes client, Verse could provide IBM customers still using Notes for email with an alternative, and ICAA would provide a way of accessing existing applications.  By making Smartcloud a requirement to run ICAA it would encourage customers to move their Notes based applications to the IBM Cloud.   Or maybe it is in fact the Notes Browser Plugin repackaged, and not a key part of the Notes and Domino road map after all.</p>
  83. <p>This 80 ish mb  client is very much a Notes client.  It has a similar look and feel to the R9 Notes client. It even has the traditional Notes Workspace where your applications appear on tabs.  In fact, if you make a copy of your Notes/Data directory, delete Notes, then install ICAA you can have the Workplace appear with your applications similar to what you see with the Notes client, standard or basic varieties.</p>
  84. <p><a href="http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/ICAAWorkspace.jpg"><img class="alignnone wp-image-5031" src="http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/ICAAWorkspace.jpg" alt="icaaworkspace" width="539" height="330" srcset="http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/ICAAWorkspace.jpg 656w, http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/ICAAWorkspace-300x184.jpg 300w" sizes="(max-width: 539px) 100vw, 539px" /></a></p>
  85. <p>I have accessed a wide variety of Notes applications with ICAA, from simple to complex, and except for not supporting attachment viewing and providing for spellcheck in rich text fields, the applications seem to behave the same as they do when you use the full Notes client.</p>
  86. <p>Below is one of our older commercial DLI applications that has since been retired, the DLI HelpDesk, viewed using ICAA.</p>
  87. <p><a href="http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/ICAAHelpDesk.jpg"><img class="alignnone wp-image-5032" src="http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/ICAAHelpDesk.jpg" alt="icaahelpdesk" width="886" height="427" srcset="http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/ICAAHelpDesk.jpg 1918w, http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/ICAAHelpDesk-300x145.jpg 300w, http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/ICAAHelpDesk-768x370.jpg 768w, http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/ICAAHelpDesk-1024x493.jpg 1024w" sizes="(max-width: 886px) 100vw, 886px" /></a></p>
  88. <p>What are the license requirements for ICAA? <strong>Is ICAA free?</strong>  I called the IBM Passport Advantage folks who dug into it more and I was forwarded an email from the Offering Manager for IBM Collaborative Solutions saying that indeed<strong> ICAA is a replacement for the Notes Browser Plugin</strong>.  It comes free with the Utility servers.</p>
  89. <p>Digging through available documentation I was able to find the following documents to support that:<!--Notes ACF
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  92. <div>
  93. <div><a href="http://www-01.ibm.com/common/ssi/ShowDoc.wss?docURL=/common/ssi/rep_ca/0/897/ENUS215-350/index.html&amp;lang=en&amp;request_locale=en">http://www-01.ibm.com/common/ssi/ShowDoc.wss?docURL=/common/ssi/rep_ca/0/897/ENUS215-350/index.html&amp;lang=en&amp;request_locale=en</a></div>
  94. <div><a href="http://www-01.ibm.com/common/ssi/cgi-bin/ssialias?infotype=AN&amp;subtype=CA&amp;htmlfid=897/ENUS216-201">http://www-01.ibm.com/common/ssi/cgi-bin/ssialias?infotype=AN&amp;subtype=CA&amp;htmlfid=897/ENUS216-201</a></div>
  95. <div><a href="http://www-01.ibm.com/common/ssi/cgi-bin/ssialias?infotype=AN&amp;subtype=CA&amp;htmlfid=897/ENUS215-213&amp;appname=USN">http://www-01.ibm.com/common/ssi/cgi-bin/ssialias?infotype=AN&amp;subtype=CA&amp;htmlfid=897/ENUS215-213&amp;appname=USN</a></div>
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  99. <div>The Domino Server License agreement, however, is the document that defines what is allowed and what is not in terms of client access.  It would be better to have ICAA mentioned specifically in that document as it does not fit the definition of a browser client. It is a client application.</div>
  100. <p>Although interesting, I do not feel ICAA will impact the downward trajectory of Notes. Even if ICAA provides customers with a free client, <strong>Domino is already one of the most affordable application development environments on the market</strong>.  Customers are leaving the platform for other reasons. With the Standard Notes Client, The Basic Notes Client,  I think ICAA adds more confusion to the mix.</p>
  101. <p>Keep in mind <a href="http://www.docova.com" target="_blank">DOCOVA</a> provides a migration alternative for customers looking to migrate their Notes apps to browser based apps on Domino, or on SQL.  Some will say I am simply feeding the fires to promote self interests when I raise questions about product announcements like ICAA and IBM&#8217;s inconsistent messages regarding the road map for Notes and Domino.  The reality is that I feel<strong> Domino is a very solid platform</strong>, and I would like nothing better for it to be at the heart of every DOCOVA deal we do.  The reality is that the majority of customers are opting for our DOCOVA SQL Edition vs DOCOVA on Domino.   We have been drawn into the <a href="http://www.docova.com/migrations-ibm-notesdomino-to-docova/" target="_blank">migration market</a> due to market conditions, not by choice.</p>
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  105. <title>IBM Extends Support for Notes V9.0.1 to 2021</title>
  106. <link>http://www.docova.com/ibm-extends-support-for-notes-v9-0-1-to-2021/</link>
  107. <pubDate>Fri, 23 Sep 2016 16:06:44 +0000</pubDate>
  108. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Gary Walsh]]></dc:creator>
  109. <category><![CDATA[Technical]]></category>
  110. <category><![CDATA[uncategorized]]></category>
  111.  
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  113. <description><![CDATA[The announcement IBM indicated was coming in September came.   It confirms that IBM will be extending support for the current version of Notes until &#8220;at least&#8221; 2021.  It also mentions that new features will be delivered as fix packs rather than new versions.  Some blogs have suggested that IBM is embarking on a continuous delivery model for features, which in my opinion is a good thing.  It would have been nice for them to include that in their announcement, so customers and partners are not reading between the lines and filling in their own opinions. Although this announcement is positive on the surface, Notes &#38; Domino have been supported for the last three years, since 9.01 was released, and customers and partners have pretty vocal that a voice on the end of the phone is not enough. If you want to come up to speed on the reaction to the announcement I suggest you find your way to Planet Lotus.  That is a blog aggregate that focuses on the Notes &#38; Domino community. A partner perspective I liked can be found at Red Pill Now&#8217;s Blog.  A customer/developer perspective I found interesting came from David Leedy.  If you are looking for a more positive spin on things I suggest you check out Bill Malchiski&#8217;s blog. The general feel I get is that IBM is serious about fixing the barn door but they do not articulate very well how they are going to do that.  In my opinion the real problem has to do with the horses. &#160; IBM Notes and Domino V9 Extends Support &#160;]]></description>
  114. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>The announcement IBM indicated was coming in September came.   It confirms that IBM will be <strong>extending support for the current version of Notes until &#8220;at least&#8221; 2021</strong>.  It also mentions that new features will be delivered as fix packs rather than new versions.  Some blogs have suggested that IBM is embarking on a<strong> continuous delivery model</strong> for features, which in my opinion is a good thing.  It would have been nice for them to include that in their announcement, so customers and partners are not reading between the lines and filling in their own opinions.</p>
  115. <p>Although this announcement is positive on the surface, Notes &amp; Domino have been supported for the last three years, since 9.01 was released, and customers and partners have pretty vocal that a voice on the end of the phone is not enough.</p>
  116. <p>If you want to come up to speed on the reaction to the announcement I suggest you find your way to <a href="http://planetlotus.org/blogs/" target="_blank">Planet Lotus</a>.  That is a blog aggregate that focuses on the <strong>Notes &amp; Domino community</strong>. A partner perspective I liked can be found at <a href="http://redpillnow.com/was-that-it/" target="_blank">Red Pill Now&#8217;s Blog</a>.  A customer/developer perspective I found interesting came from <a href="http://www.notesin9.com/2016/09/13/no-more/?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+NotesIn9+%28Notes+In+9+-+Wordpress%29" target="_blank">David Leedy</a>.  If you are looking for a more positive spin on things I suggest you check out <a href="http://www.billmal.com/billmal/billmal.nsf/dx/barry-rosen-part-1.htm" target="_blank">Bill Malchiski&#8217;s</a> blog.</p>
  117. <p>The general feel I get is that IBM is serious about fixing the barn door but they do not articulate very well how they are going to do that.  In my opinion the real problem has to do with the horses.</p>
  118. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  119. <blockquote data-secret="Mgq5TWzqqb" class="wp-embedded-content"><p><a href="https://www.ibm.com/blogs/social-business/2016/09/12/ibm-notes-domino-v9-extends-support/">IBM Notes and Domino V9 Extends Support</a></p></blockquote>
  120. <p><iframe class="wp-embedded-content" sandbox="allow-scripts" security="restricted" src="http://www.ibm.com/blogs/social-business/2016/09/12/ibm-notes-domino-v9-extends-support/embed/#?secret=Mgq5TWzqqb" data-secret="Mgq5TWzqqb" width="600" height="338" title="&#8220;IBM Notes and Domino V9 Extends Support&#8221; &#8212; Social Business Spotlight Blog" frameborder="0" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0" scrolling="no"></iframe></p>
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  125. <title>Mobile App Dev for Dummies</title>
  126. <link>http://www.docova.com/mobile-app-dev-for-dummies/</link>
  127. <comments>http://www.docova.com/mobile-app-dev-for-dummies/#comments</comments>
  128. <pubDate>Fri, 23 Sep 2016 15:13:26 +0000</pubDate>
  129. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Gary Walsh]]></dc:creator>
  130. <category><![CDATA[Technical]]></category>
  131.  
  132. <guid isPermaLink="false">http://www.docova.com/?p=4977</guid>
  133. <description><![CDATA[I fly a little home built airplane as a hobby.  I am lucky in that it burns car gas instead of the much higher priced aviation fuel.  In Canada, in the province of Ontario, because a portion of gasoline tax goes to road improvements and an airplane does not use roads, you can get the tax back.  Its not hard to do. You take the information from your gas receipt, the quantity purchased, the price per liter, the total cost&#8230;that kind of thing, and you put into a log.  At the end of the year you total it all up, do a simple calculation and submit a claim to the Ontario Ministry of Finance.  They send you a rebate that represents the road tax.  You have to keep the receipts and the log for seven years, in case they decide to audit you.                                                                So why can I never seem to do it?  The reason is that I wait till the end of the year.  Its not one receipt but dozens, if I can find where I put them. They all have to be entered into the log, which takes time, and I never seem to have the time. What I needed was an app for my phone.  An app that allowed me to capture all the meta data, along with an image of the receipt, while I was at the gas pump. An app that put everything into a summary report. An app that did all the work for me.  Most important, it had to be easy to create. I am not a developer. I can hack something together with IBM Notes, but XPAGES or Rest Services, not happening. &#160; &#160;                                                        I do, however, [&#8230;]]]></description>
  134. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>I fly a little home built airplane as a hobby.  I am lucky in that it burns car gas instead of the much higher priced aviation fuel.  In Canada, in the province of Ontario, because a portion of gasoline tax goes to road improvements and an airplane does not use roads, you can get the tax back.  Its not hard to do. You take the information from your gas receipt, the quantity purchased, the price per liter, the total cost&#8230;that kind of thing, and you put into a log.  At the end of the year you total it all up, do a simple calculation and submit a claim to the Ontario Ministry of Finance.  They send you a rebate that represents the road tax.  You have to keep the receipts and the log for seven years, in case they decide to audit you.</p>
  135. <p style="text-align: justify;"><a href="http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/TEU3.jpg">                                                               <img class="alignnone wp-image-4991" src="http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/TEU3.jpg" alt="teu3" width="272" height="153" srcset="http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/TEU3.jpg 534w, http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/TEU3-300x169.jpg 300w" sizes="(max-width: 272px) 100vw, 272px" /></a></p>
  136. <p>So why can I never seem to do it?  The reason is that I wait till the end of the year.  Its not one receipt but dozens, if I can find where I put them. They all have to be entered into the log, which takes time, and I never seem to have the time.</p>
  137. <p>What I needed was an app for my phone.  An app that allowed me to capture all the meta data, along with an image of the receipt, while I was at the gas pump. An app that put everything into a summary report. An app that did all the work for me.  Most important, it had to be easy to create. <strong>I am not a developer. </strong>I can hack something together with IBM Notes, but XPAGES or Rest Services, not happening.</p>
  138. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  139. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  140. <p><a href="http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/GasApp.jpg">                                                       </a><a href="http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/GasApp.jpg"><img class="alignnone wp-image-4988" src="http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/GasApp.jpg" alt="gasapp" width="221" height="375" srcset="http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/GasApp.jpg 350w, http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/GasApp-177x300.jpg 177w" sizes="(max-width: 221px) 100vw, 221px" /></a></p>
  141. <p>I do, however, have access to a <strong>DOCOVA</strong> environment.  <strong>One hour after starting on it, I was done</strong>.  Here is what I created, and how I did it ( 3 min 40 sec).</p>
  142. <div style="max-width:600px;max-height:340px;"><div class="video-shortcode"><iframe title="YouTube video player" width="600" height="340" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/uEfPWEqqXiY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></div></div>
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  153. <title>MWLUG 2016 Recap</title>
  154. <link>http://www.docova.com/mwlug-2016-recap/</link>
  155. <pubDate>Sat, 20 Aug 2016 22:31:04 +0000</pubDate>
  156. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Gary Walsh]]></dc:creator>
  157. <category><![CDATA[Technical]]></category>
  158.  
  159. <guid isPermaLink="false">http://www.docova.com/?p=4774</guid>
  160. <description><![CDATA[Overall the attendance was about the same as last year.  Somewhere around 200.  MWLUG, like many of the  Lotus User Groups, continues to fan the embers of the Notes and Domino community, keeping the flame burning.  Unlike the IBM Connect Event, formerly called Lotusphere, the sessions were Notes &#38; Domino heavy, with a variety of seasoned speakers distributing valuable technical advice. The MWLUG venue was the Four Seasons in downtown Austin Texas.  Service was off the charts. A bit creepy in some respects, such as when you find a bookmark in your book where a dogear used to reside.  Weather was not typical as it rained during most of the event, making treks out to see the live music and other amenities the city has to offer a soggy affair. The event  kicked off on the Wednesday with a tour of the IBM Design Labs.  Austin is the home to several tech companies, including IBM.   It was interesting to see the sometime unusual aspects of a workspace designed to foster creativity.  Movable walls.  Stand up desks. Rooms filled with balloons and boxes filled with ducks.                                                Although the sessions started up Wednesday afternoon,  the Opening General Session began on Thursday.  IBM, as a Diamond sponsor, had the floor first.   Although the focus was more on Watson and the whole concept of cognitive computing, I was pleasantly surprised to see a slide appear that mentioned Notes &#38; Domino. Katrina Troughton, IBM GM, Social and Smarter Workplace Client Success, used a slide to illustrate that IBM was still committed to Notes &#38; Domino.  Most of [&#8230;]]]></description>
  161. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Overall the attendance was about the same as last year.  Somewhere around 200.  MWLUG, like many of the  Lotus User Groups, continues to fan the embers of the Notes and Domino community, keeping the flame burning.  Unlike the IBM Connect Event, formerly called Lotusphere, the sessions were Notes &amp; Domino heavy, with a variety of seasoned speakers distributing valuable technical advice.</p>
  162. <p>The MWLUG venue was the Four Seasons in downtown Austin Texas.  Service was off the charts. A bit creepy in some respects, such as when you find a bookmark in your book where a dogear used to reside.  Weather was not typical as it rained during most of the event, making treks out to see the live music and other amenities the city has to offer a soggy affair.</p>
  163. <p>The event  kicked off on the Wednesday with a tour of the IBM Design Labs.  Austin is the home to several tech companies, including IBM.   It was interesting to see the sometime unusual aspects of a workspace designed to foster creativity.  Movable walls.  Stand up desks. Rooms filled with balloons and boxes filled with ducks.</p>
  164. <p><a href="http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/balloons.jpg"><img class="alignnone wp-image-4782 " src="http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/balloons-e1471633449764-169x300.jpg" alt="balloons" width="220" height="391" srcset="http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/balloons-e1471633449764-169x300.jpg 169w, http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/balloons-e1471633449764-768x1365.jpg 768w, http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/balloons-e1471633449764-576x1024.jpg 576w" sizes="(max-width: 220px) 100vw, 220px" />                                                </a><a href="http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/BoxDucks.jpg"><img class="alignnone wp-image-4783 " src="http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/BoxDucks-e1471633557813-169x300.jpg" alt="BoxDucks" width="187" height="332" srcset="http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/BoxDucks-e1471633557813-169x300.jpg 169w, http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/BoxDucks-e1471633557813-768x1365.jpg 768w, http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/BoxDucks-e1471633557813-576x1024.jpg 576w" sizes="(max-width: 187px) 100vw, 187px" /></a></p>
  165. <p>Although the sessions started up Wednesday afternoon,  the Opening General Session began on Thursday.  IBM, as a Diamond sponsor, had the floor first.   Although the focus was more on Watson and the whole concept of cognitive computing, I was pleasantly surprised to see a slide appear that mentioned Notes &amp; Domino.</p>
  166. <p><a href="http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/IBMSlide.jpg"><img class="alignnone wp-image-4781 " src="http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/IBMSlide-1024x576.jpg" alt="IBMSlide" width="475" height="267" srcset="http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/IBMSlide-1024x576.jpg 1024w, http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/IBMSlide-300x169.jpg 300w, http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/IBMSlide-768x432.jpg 768w" sizes="(max-width: 475px) 100vw, 475px" /></a></p>
  167. <p>Katrina Troughton, IBM GM, Social and Smarter Workplace Client Success, used a slide to illustrate that IBM was still committed to Notes &amp; Domino.  Most of the dialog was about Verse and she did not address the unanswered question regarding the long awaited (almost three years and counting) release of Notes 9.02.  Katrina said FixPack 7 includes several new features, so it is really more than a Fix Pack.  Blue Mix was also mentioned, and she asked for a show of hands of how many people used BlueMix for development.  I counted  a total of three hands.  If she had asked who used Notes &amp; Domino it would have been dozens.</p>
  168. <p>The Keynote speaker was local singer/songwriter and studio owner Christine Albert.  She is also the Founder and CEO of Swan Songs, a non-profit that fulfills musical last wishes for the terminally ill.   The irony of Swan Songs at a conference for Notes &amp; Domino professionals hung in the air.</p>
  169. <p><a href="http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/SwanSong-1.jpg"><img class="alignnone wp-image-4805" src="http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/SwanSong-1.jpg" alt="SwanSong" width="654" height="368" srcset="http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/SwanSong-1.jpg 5312w, http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/SwanSong-1-300x169.jpg 300w, http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/SwanSong-1-768x432.jpg 768w, http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/SwanSong-1-1024x576.jpg 1024w" sizes="(max-width: 654px) 100vw, 654px" /></a></p>
  170. <p>Several of the sessions focused on security, which included SSL/TLS/and SHA1 certificates and the fact that they would not be supported by Microsoft or Google after Jan 1, 2017.   That should be a <a href="http://www.docova.com/quickr-alert-ssl/">RED ALERT</a> for Quickr customers who have Quickr sites that are exposed to the internet.  Basically it means that if customers do nothing content will not be available to users in the new year. Of course they could front end the Domino server with a proxy, but it represents a clear call to action.</p>
  171. <p>For me MWLUG confirmed that the Notes client is pretty much reached the end of its life.  This was openly discussed in several sessions by many of the speakers who in the past have only spoken openly about it behind closed doors.   That has never been an issue for Darren Duke, whose final session around security was vocal to say the least.   He made the comment that version 9.02 has been complete for almost 2.5 years now, but IBM has not released it. Duke says the most recent fix pack, due out in September, could be pushing 1 GB in size and will represent the majority of what was intended to be 9.02.  This supports what Katrina had said in the OGS.  He suggests that the September announcement IBM has planned around the <a href="http://www.docova.com/ibm-announces-a-change-to-the-notes-domino-life-cycle-policy/" target="_blank">Notes &amp; Domino LifeCycle Policy </a> could potentially be a change in the nomenclature regarding releases and fix packs.  I think they will extend the life of 9.0x to something like 2020 or later since there is no intention to do a version 9.1, let alone a 10.</p>
  172. <p>For me MWLUG has re-enforced our DOCOVA strategy.  The Notes client is no longer a target for investment within IBM.  DOCOVA is an opportunity for companies who want to minimize their risk to transition off the Notes client sooner rather than later.  If the Notes client were to disappear, and IBM does not have a solid offering beyond email that will address the future of Notes applications, <a href="http://www.docova.com/migrations-ibm-notesdomino-to-docova/" target="_blank">DOCOVA represents the best migration alternative</a>.  It is a browser and mobile based replacement for the Notes client, with platform independence that provides a migration path if customers decide they are leaving the Notes &amp; Domino platform. For more information check out our 2.5 minute migration video or visit our <a href="http://www.docova.com/migrations-ibm-notesdomino-to-docova/" target="_blank">migration page</a>.</p>
  173. <p>The MWLUG torch was passed to Washington DC during the closing session.   That will be the location for the event next year.  We will be there.</p>
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  177. <title>Quickr Alert – SSL Certs Expire Jan 1, 2017</title>
  178. <link>http://www.docova.com/quickr-alert-ssl/</link>
  179. <pubDate>Fri, 19 Aug 2016 12:39:00 +0000</pubDate>
  180. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Gary Walsh]]></dc:creator>
  181. <category><![CDATA[Technical]]></category>
  182.  
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  184. <description><![CDATA[I went to a session yesterday at MWLUG regarding SSL Certificates.  I had heard there were issues around SSL certs and it could impact Quickr customers.  What I learned is that Microsoft and Google are phasing out support for SHA-1 style certs, in favor of the more secure SHA-2 format.   As of Jan 1, 2017 Microsoft and Google will stop supporting these older SHA-1 certs. Since Domino 8.5 does not support SHA-2 certificates, customers need to upgrade to Domino 9.0.1 FP3 or higher. Quickr is not supported on Domino V9, which means after Jan 1, 2017 users could lose access to data stored in Quickr.  There are some workarounds available, such as standing up a proxy server in front of the Quickr server, but some form of action is required. Many Quickr customers have demonstrated a reluctance to migrate off Quickr even though the end of support date of September 2016 is almost here.   The issue around SSL Certs is definitely a call to action. DOCOVA is an excellent migration alternative for Quickr customers.   It has functional similarities to Quickr and will run on both Domino and SQL platforms.  We have created a migration tool that customers can use to migrate their Quickr Places to DOCOVA themselves on a timeline they can manage.   For more information check out the Quickr Migration Toolkit.]]></description>
  185. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>I went to a session yesterday at MWLUG regarding SSL Certificates.  I had heard there were issues around SSL certs and it could impact Quickr customers.  What I learned is that <a href="https://blogs.windows.com/msedgedev/2016/04/29/sha1-deprecation-roadmap/#ITRoj0hGUeIWP1Hr.97" target="_blank">Microsoft</a> and <a href="https://security.googleblog.com/2015/12/an-update-on-sha-1-certificates-in.html" target="_blank">Google</a> are phasing out support for SHA-1 style certs, in favor of the more secure SHA-2 format.   As of Jan 1, 2017 Microsoft and Google will stop supporting these older SHA-1 certs.</p>
  186. <p>Since Domino 8.5 does not support SHA-2 certificates, customers need to upgrade to Domino 9.0.1 FP3 or higher. Quickr is not supported on Domino V9, which means after Jan 1, 2017 users could lose access to data stored in Quickr.  There are some workarounds available, such as standing up a proxy server in front of the Quickr server, but some form of action is required.</p>
  187. <p>Many Quickr customers have demonstrated a reluctance to migrate off Quickr even though the end of support date of September 2016 is almost here.   The issue around SSL Certs is definitely a call to action.</p>
  188. <p>DOCOVA is an excellent migration alternative for Quickr customers.   It has functional similarities to Quickr and will run on both Domino and SQL platforms.  We have created a migration tool that customers can use to migrate their Quickr Places to DOCOVA themselves on a timeline they can manage.   For more information check out the <a href="http://www.docova.com/quickr-migration-tool/" target="_blank">Quickr Migration Toolkit</a>.</p>
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  192. <title>IBM Announces a Change is Coming to the Notes &amp; Domino Life Cycle Policy</title>
  193. <link>http://www.docova.com/ibm-announces-a-change-to-the-notes-domino-life-cycle-policy/</link>
  194. <comments>http://www.docova.com/ibm-announces-a-change-to-the-notes-domino-life-cycle-policy/#comments</comments>
  195. <pubDate>Fri, 12 Aug 2016 18:06:33 +0000</pubDate>
  196. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Gary Walsh]]></dc:creator>
  197. <category><![CDATA[Technical]]></category>
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  201. <description><![CDATA[IBM recently posted this announcement. This is really an announcement that there will be an announcement.  Lets take a guess at what could be coming. The lifecycle policy defines the length of time that a product is supported following its release.  For IBM Notes it is classified as Enhanced, or 5 + 3.  The product will be supported for 5 years since the date it was released, with 3 more years  optional if a customer pays for support.   Notes 9.01 was released in April of 2013, so the end of support would be in April of 2018. Initially my prediction was that in September IBM will change that policy to extend the time that Notes is supported from 5 to something like 7 years or more.   I thought that the reason 9.0.2 was not released was because it would require that IBM support it for at least another 5 years, and they did not want to do that. After attending MWLUG, and talking to others in the community, I am not sure that is the case.  The lifecycle policy does not kick in for a point release, something like a 9.0.2.  It would for a major new release, like version 10, but not for a point release.  That being said, apparently there is a QA and documentation process that is part of a point release, and that costs money.  It appears to me and others I talked to that IBM is putting features into the fix packs to avoid having to absorb the costs related to a point release. In the per-announcement above they talk about their continued commitment to Notes &#38; Domino, referencing to new features and the release of Verse on-premises.   Verse uses [&#8230;]]]></description>
  202. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>IBM recently posted this announcement.</p>
  203. <p><a href="http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Announce1.jpg"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-4836" src="http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Announce1.jpg" alt="Announce1" width="816" height="317" srcset="http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Announce1.jpg 816w, http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Announce1-300x117.jpg 300w, http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Announce1-768x298.jpg 768w" sizes="(max-width: 816px) 100vw, 816px" /></a></p>
  204. <p>This is really an announcement that there will be an announcement.  Lets take a guess at what could be coming.</p>
  205. <p>The lifecycle policy defines the length of time that a product is supported following its release.  For IBM Notes it is classified as <a href="https://www-01.ibm.com/software/support/lifecycle/cd-faq.html" target="_blank">Enhanced</a>, or 5 + 3.  The product will be supported for 5 years since the date it was released, with 3 more years  optional if a customer pays for support.   Notes 9.01 was released in April of 2013, so the end of support would be in April of 2018.</p>
  206. <p>Initially my prediction was that in September IBM will change that policy to extend the time that Notes is supported from 5 to something like 7 years or more.   I thought that the reason 9.0.2 was not released was because it would require that IBM support it for at least another 5 years, and they did not want to do that.</p>
  207. <p>After attending MWLUG, and talking to others in the community, I am not sure that is the case.  The lifecycle policy does not kick in for a point release, something like a 9.0.2.  It would for a major new release, like version 10, but not for a point release.  That being said, apparently there is a QA and documentation process that is part of a point release, and that costs money.  It appears to me and others I talked to that IBM is putting features into the fix packs to avoid having to absorb the costs related to a point release.</p>
  208. <p>In the per-announcement above they talk about their continued commitment to Notes &amp; Domino, referencing to new features and the release of Verse on-premises.   Verse uses the Domino server, and in my opinion is a replacement for iNotes, their Domino web based mail client.   If IBM sees the need to provide an alternative for Notes email it suggests to me that the intent is to retire the Notes client in the near future.</p>
  209. <p>It could be they extend the lifecycle for Notes beyond the Enhanced 5 &amp; 3 model to calm customers who are currently running 9.0.1, or that they change the nomenclature around releases and Fix Packs to be more in line with the cloud, or they take it a step further and announce that Notes is withdrawn as a SKU.</p>
  210. <p>Our <a href="https://www.docova.com" target="_blank">DOCOVA</a> product can be looked at as <a href="http://www.docova.com/migrations-ibm-notesdomino-to-docova/" target="_blank">a replacement for the Notes client</a> when it comes to applications, so I expect to be criticized as stirring the pot.  Please keep in mind that at DLI our roots are in Notes &amp; Domino.  We only created a SQL version because we were forced to because of a decaying market.  I think the Domino technology is still heads and shoulders above many of the alternatives.  I would like nothing more than to be part of a vibrant community selling Notes &amp; Domino solutions.</p>
  211. <p>September is just around the corner, so we will not have long to wait.</p>
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  219. <title>Is 2017 The Year IBM Announces the End of Life of Notes?</title>
  220. <link>http://www.docova.com/is-2017-the-year-ibm-announces-the-end-of-life-of-notes/</link>
  221. <pubDate>Tue, 24 May 2016 12:16:58 +0000</pubDate>
  222. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Gary Walsh]]></dc:creator>
  223. <category><![CDATA[Technical]]></category>
  224.  
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  226. <description><![CDATA[This post was created originally in the spring of 2016 in reaction to the concern over the delayed release of version 9.0.2.  Since it continues to get attention, and IBM has made several announcements recently regarding their roadmap, I felt it deserved a bit of an update. In September of 2016 IBM announced they were extending the support for Notes 9.0.1 till 2021.  There will be no new releases of Notes, but instead the fix packs are being renamed feature packs, part of a continuous delivery process. Check out this blog post for details.  2018 would have been the year that support ran out for 9.0.1, so this provides some comfort to customers and helps to calm the rumors that Notes is going away anytime soon.  My personal opinion is that this is more of a reaction IBM&#8217;s to the flood of blog posts (many from typically quiet and highly respected technical folks) about the future of Notes than a strategic direction.  Regardless, for customers it has helped. The updated roadmap mentions ICAA, a new version of the Notes client that could be used to access Notes based applications.  This replaces the Notes Browser Plugin.  It also could provide a solution for customers if the Notes client itself were to disappear.  Check out this blog post for more detail. Although we now have delivery dates from IBM (with disclaimers attached) in my opinion not much has changed. Attend any of what used to be the Lotus User Groups, most now sponsored by IBM, and you will continue to get the sales pitch on Cloud, Connections, Verse and Watson.  IBM continues to mine the Notes &#38; Domino community for sales.  Notes &#38; Domino content is typically [&#8230;]]]></description>
  227. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>This post was created originally in the spring of 2016 in reaction to the concern over the delayed release of version 9.0.2.  Since it continues to get attention, and IBM has made several announcements recently regarding their roadmap, I felt it deserved a bit of an update.</p>
  228. <p>In September of 2016 IBM announced they were extending the support for Notes 9.0.1 till 2021.  There will be no new releases of Notes, but instead the fix packs are being renamed feature packs, part of a continuous delivery process. Check <span style="text-decoration: underline;">out <a href="http://www.docova.com/ibm-extends-support-for-notes-v9-0-1-to-2021/" target="_blank">this blog post</a></span> for details.  2018 would have been the year that support ran out for 9.0.1, so this provides some comfort to customers and helps to calm the rumors that Notes is going away anytime soon.  My personal opinion is that this is more of a reaction IBM&#8217;s to the flood of blog posts (many from <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="http://www.notesin9.com/2016/09/13/no-more/" target="_blank">typically quiet and highly respected technical folks</a></span>) about the future of Notes than a strategic direction.  Regardless, for customers it has helped.</p>
  229. <p>The updated roadmap mentions ICAA, a new version of the Notes client that could be used to access Notes based applications.  This replaces the Notes Browser Plugin.  It also could provide a solution for customers if the Notes client itself were to disappear.  Check out this <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="http://www.docova.com/icaa-version-of-the-notes-client/" target="_blank">blog post for more detail.</a></span></p>
  230. <p>Although we now have delivery dates from IBM (with disclaimers attached) in my opinion not much has changed. Attend any of what used to be the Lotus User Groups, most now sponsored by IBM, and you will continue to get the sales pitch on Cloud, Connections, Verse and Watson.  IBM continues to mine the Notes &amp; Domino community for sales.  Notes &amp; Domino content is typically delivered by the partner community.</p>
  231. <p>The reality is that anyone delivering Notes &amp; Domino services still are focused on migrations, us included.  We have sunk a ton of money into<span style="text-decoration: underline;"> <a href="https://youtu.be/Bsm4t02k7ZI" target="_blank">DOCOVA V5</a>,</span> which addresses how to migrate custom Notes applications to SQL.  Sadly, that is where the market is going.  IBM may be trying to close to the barn door, but that does little good when the horses are disappearing over the horizon.</p>
  232. <p><a href="http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/horses.jpg"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-5199" src="http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/horses.jpg" alt="horses" width="290" height="194" /></a></p>
  233. <p>GW</p>
  234. <p>&#8212;&#8212;&#8212;&#8212;&#8212;&#8212;&#8212;&#8212;&#8212;&#8212;</p>
  235. <p>Original Post from May of 2016</p>
  236. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  237. <p>The rumor &#8220;Notes is Dead&#8221; has been going around for over a decade now, there seems to be a feeling of resignation resonating with both customers and partners that has not been there before.  There are still the die hards loyal to the technology, those in the crows nest who continue to salute as the ship settles further and further into the water, but their ranks are growing thinner.</p>
  238. <p>I highly doubt the Domino component of IBM Notes &amp; Domino will disappear anytime soon.  It is just too strong technically, and too entrenched with customers and IBM internally.  In certain environments replication is key, and not something other technologies do well if at all.   The Notes client on the other hand has become heavy and awkward.  Adding Eclipse to the mix left a bad taste in a lot of mouths, and the recent chatter on many blogs suggests the Notes client could follow the same path taken by Domino.Doc, Quickr, Workplace, OS2, Warp and a number of other IBM products and technologies.</p>
  239. <p>One of the first indicators of a product is near the end of its life is the frequency of new releases. Although it can be argued that the fix packs are still coming out for Notes and Domino (9.0.1 FP6 was just released with FP7 scheduled for August) new releases are another story.  A good timeline of IBM Notes &amp; Domino releases was reported on <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="https://blog.darrenduke.net/Darren/DDBZ.nsf/dx/9.0.2-where-for-art-thou-ibm-has-truly-lost-the-plot-this-time.htm">Darren Duke&#8217;s blog from September of 2015.</a></span> Many business partners expected to hear about the release of 9.02 in February of this year.  If that had happened, which it didn&#8217;t,  it would have been 28 months since the previous release.  We are now at 32 months, and counting.</p>
  240. <p><a href="http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/DukeBlog.jpg"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-4469" src="http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/DukeBlog.jpg" alt="DukeBlog" width="636" height="352" srcset="http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/DukeBlog.jpg 636w, http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/DukeBlog-300x166.jpg 300w" sizes="(max-width: 636px) 100vw, 636px" /></a></p>
  241. <p>At <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="http://engage.ug/">Engage in Eindhoven NL</a></span> in March Inhi Cho Shu, the new GM of ICS (what used to be the Lotus Pillar in IBM) indicated to partners that the Notes/Domino road map would be revealed at the IBM Connect 2017 event in San Francisco next February.  Like IBM Connect 2016 in Orlando earlier in the year, there was almost no mention of Notes/Domino at EngageUG from the IBM directly, which is odd considering this is an event that  used to be called the Belgium Lotus User Group.  In the actual sessions Notes &amp; Domino was well represented by the business partners.</p>
  242. <p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-4522" src="http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Engage.jpg" alt="Engage" width="302" height="118" srcset="http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Engage.jpg 302w, http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Engage-300x118.jpg 300w" sizes="(max-width: 302px) 100vw, 302px" /></p>
  243. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  244. <p>IBM Connect used to be called Lotusphere, and like Engage the OGS was a steady stream of IBM Connections, Cloud, Verse and Watson.  This was the case in the past, but at least there was some time devoted to IBM Notes &amp; Domino. If it happens at all now at these events it seems to be more of a whisper, and something you have to go digging for to find.</p>
  245. <p>The message delivered at EngageUG and Connect 2016 is consistent if you look further up the food chain at IBM.   In January of this year IBM CEO Ginni Rometty made it clear what the focus was on, and it did not cover the collaboration products. Check out the article published in <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/03/02/ibm_layoffs/">The Register in the UK</a> </span>earlier this year.</p>
  246. <p><a href="http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Rometty.jpg"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-4471" src="http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Rometty.jpg" alt="Rometty" width="620" height="282" srcset="http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Rometty.jpg 620w, http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Rometty-300x136.jpg 300w" sizes="(max-width: 620px) 100vw, 620px" /></a></p>
  247. <p>According to a <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="http://money.cnn.com/2016/04/19/investing/ibm-earnings-shrinking-14-year-low/index.html">CNN report this past April</a></span>,  since Rometty took over as IBM CEO in 2012, the S&amp;P 500 is up 67%, Microsoft is up 117%, but IBM is down 22%.  IBM has reported their lowest quarterly earnings in the last 14 years. The pressure is on IBM to show some results to shareholders, and the &#8220;out with the old and in with the new&#8221; seems to be the message to shareholders as the way to turn the ship around.</p>
  248. <p><a href="http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/RedPill.jpg"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-4528" src="http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/RedPill.jpg" alt="RedPill" width="150" height="116" /></a></p>
  249. <p>Another indicator that the Notes client may be going away sooner rather than later is the appearance of IBM Verse. It is interesting that IBM is devoting effort to creating a new mail client when it appears that they have already lost out in that market.  Peter Presnell from RedPillNow.com posted a blog that attempts to answer the question &#8220;what is the <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="http://redpillnow.com/lotus-notes-mark-share/">Lotus Notes Market Share</a></span>?&#8221;.</p>
  250. <p>In that post he suggests that in 2009 IBM had approximately 60% of the enterprise messaging market, and that number has fallen to a current level of only 12%.  Why would IBM be investing in a new mail client for a market that is in serious decay?  Some say because it is needed for the cloud.   It could also be because the current mail client will not be around over the long term?  Internally, IBM is converting 25,000 internal users per week from Notes email to IBM Verse, a number quoted by <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="http://www.networkworld.com/article/3029257/collaboration/in-search-of-ibm-verse.html?page=2">Ed Brill at IBM Connect 2016</a></span>.  Also interesting that IBM has announced that Verse is now available for purchase on premises.</p>
  251. <p>Something new that support the theory that the Notes client may be going away is the appearance of the<span style="text-decoration: underline;"> <a href="http://www.docova.com/icaa-version-of-the-notes-client/" target="_blank">IBM Client Access Application</a></span>.  That is another Notes client offering that replaces the Notes Browser Plugin.   If the Notes client were to disappear then ICAA could be used to access applications.</p>
  252. <p>I have been an advocate of Notes &amp; Domino for over 20 years now.   At DLI we invested heavily to make our flagship DOCOVA product work on SQL simply because the risk was too high to continue to try to market a solution that runs on the Notes/Domino platform.  Even with no formal statement from IBM on the future of Notes &amp; Domino, many customers are reluctant to continue to invest in the technology. Many already have a migration plan. I have witnessed IBM selling other products to the Notes/Domino customer base for years.  Eventually the bones will be picked clean.  I think that point could be reached in 2017.</p>
  253. <p>Do not get me wrong.  This is not a doom and gloom post.  If it were to happen that IBM announced the end of life of Notes it would NOT be a bad thing.  The question around the future of IBM Notes &amp; Domino has created a huge migration market.  Making it official would only strengthen that market. At Engage 50% of the vendors on the showcase had some kind of migration solution. Mail migration is relatively easy and well understood, but whoever can crack the nut around migrating custom Notes applications is going to do very well.</p>
  254. <p>In my opinion, the future is extremely bright indeed.  Form more information about <a href="http://www.docova.com" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">DOCOV</span>A</a>, and how it can be used to migrate Notes client based applications, click <a href="http://www.docova.com/migrations-ibm-notesdomino-to-docova/" target="_blank">here.</a></p>
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  258. <title>SharePoint – A Partner and Customer Perspective</title>
  259. <link>http://www.docova.com/sharepoint-a-partner-and-customer-perspective/</link>
  260. <pubDate>Sat, 02 Apr 2016 19:36:06 +0000</pubDate>
  261. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Gary Walsh]]></dc:creator>
  262. <category><![CDATA[Technical]]></category>
  263.  
  264. <guid isPermaLink="false">http://www.docova.com/?p=4336</guid>
  265. <description><![CDATA[Over the past decade SharePoint has gained market share and Notes/Domino has lost.  With more and more Lotus partners being forced into migration projects, more accurate information is becoming available on how the two compare. Marten Vosmer of Lialis B.V. in the Netherlands did a session at EngageUG 2016 that described in detail his process for moving Notes/Domino applications to SharePoint.  In his presentation he offered this sound byte that I found to be an excellent high level comparison. &#8220;With Notes you are given nothing, and you can code anything. With SharePoint you are given everything, and you can code nothing.&#8221; Marten would be the first to agree that this is not 100% true, but it gets the point across. For more information, read Marten&#8217;s article here. At IBM Connect 2016 in Orlando a few months back I met up with Glenn Boudreaux.  He is the development manager for a firm near Spokane Washington. In a previous life he was challenged with moving Notes applications to SharePoint.  Knowing both the Domino and SQL side of things, he selected what he felt was a relatively simple application.   The details are interesting, and something anyone facing a similar scenario should read.  Glenn&#8217;s article is available (**you must be logged into LinkedIn first**) on LinkedIn Pulse. If you do not have a linked in account click here.]]></description>
  266. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Over the past decade SharePoint has gained market share and Notes/Domino has lost.  With more and more Lotus partners being forced into migration projects, more accurate information is becoming available on how the two compare.</p>
  267. <p><a href="http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Marten.jpg" rel="attachment wp-att-4338"><img class="alignnone wp-image-4338" src="http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Marten.jpg" alt="Marten" width="476" height="131" srcset="http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Marten.jpg 582w, http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Marten-300x82.jpg 300w" sizes="(max-width: 476px) 100vw, 476px" /></a></p>
  268. <p>Marten Vosmer of <a href="http://www.lialis.com" target="_blank">Lialis B.V.</a> in the Netherlands did a session at EngageUG 2016 that described in detail his process for moving Notes/Domino applications to SharePoint.  In his presentation he offered this sound byte that I found to be an excellent high level comparison.</p>
  269. <p>&#8220;With Notes you are given nothing, and you can code anything. With SharePoint you are given everything, and you can code nothing.&#8221;</p>
  270. <p>Marten would be the first to agree that this is not 100% true, but it gets the point across.</p>
  271. <p>For more information, read Marten&#8217;s article <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/ibm-lotus-notes-domino-versus-microsoft-sharepoint-marten-vosmer?trk=prof-post" target="_blank">here.</a></p>
  272. <p><a href="http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Glenn.jpg" rel="attachment wp-att-4340"><img class="alignnone wp-image-4340" src="http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Glenn.jpg" alt="Glenn" width="535" height="124" srcset="http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Glenn.jpg 734w, http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Glenn-300x69.jpg 300w" sizes="(max-width: 535px) 100vw, 535px" /></a></p>
  273. <p>At IBM Connect 2016 in Orlando a few months back I met up with Glenn Boudreaux.  He is the development manager for a firm near Spokane Washington. In a previous life he was challenged with moving Notes applications to SharePoint.  Knowing both the Domino and SQL side of things, he selected what he felt was a relatively simple application.   The details are interesting, and something anyone facing a similar scenario should read.  Glenn&#8217;s article is available (**you must be logged into LinkedIn first**) on <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/notes-sharepointa-migration-story-glenn-boudreaux?trk=hp-feed-article-title-publish">LinkedIn Pulse</a>. If you do not have a linked in account click <a href="http://www.docova.com/sharepoint-a-customer-migration-story">here.</a></p>
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  277. <title>IBM Connect 2016 Review – A Pleasant Surprise</title>
  278. <link>http://www.docova.com/ibm-connect-2016-review-a-pleasant-surprise/</link>
  279. <pubDate>Thu, 04 Feb 2016 17:06:37 +0000</pubDate>
  280. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Gary Walsh]]></dc:creator>
  281. <category><![CDATA[Technical]]></category>
  282.  
  283. <guid isPermaLink="false">http://www.docova.com/?p=4077</guid>
  284. <description><![CDATA[IBM Connect 2015 was the last year &#8220;what used to be called Lotusphere&#8221; was held at the Disney complex.  It was significantly scaled back, with the majority of the sessions and the showcase being in the Swan.  In the past it had been spread over three or four resort hotels. For this reason, the increased registration and booth costs and the weak Canadian dollar, at DLI we scaled back our investment in IBM Connect 2016.  We did not know what to expect.   I was the only one attending, and we did not take out a booth on the showcase.  Our DOCOVA Customer/Partner event became the DOCOVA Drink, an informal gathering in the hotel bar on Sunday evening.                For the most part I, like other partners I spoke to, was pleasantly surprised.  Attendance was up.  It was fun again.  Our DOCOVA Drink was a hit, with a solid showing and relaxed atmosphere.  Not sure of the official numbers but I would estimate conference attendance was double what it was last year.  It was all held in the Orlando Hilton, so attendees were not walking from one location to the next.  The showcase was central to everything, and coffee and deserts were only served there rather than outside of the sessions and main feed tent, so the traffic past the booths was good.  Partners seemed happy and leads were flowing.  Kudos to the event planners for that.         The opening General Session was, mercifully, broken into two one hour segments, with attendees encouraged to visit the showcase during the one hour break in between.  Guest speakers were contemporary and for the most part good.                [&#8230;]]]></description>
  285. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>IBM Connect 2015 was the last year &#8220;what used to be called Lotusphere&#8221; was held at the Disney complex.  It was significantly scaled back, with the majority of the sessions and the showcase being in the Swan.  In the past it had been spread over three or four resort hotels.</p>
  286. <p>For this reason, the increased registration and booth costs and the weak Canadian dollar, at DLI we scaled back our investment in IBM Connect 2016.  We did not know what to expect.   I was the only one attending, and we did not take out a booth on the showcase.  Our DOCOVA Customer/Partner event became the DOCOVA Drink, an informal gathering in the hotel bar on Sunday evening.</p>
  287. <p><a href="http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/music-e1454617736598.jpg" rel="attachment wp-att-4151"><img class="alignnone wp-image-4151" src="http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/music-e1454617736598.jpg" alt="music" width="192" height="256" srcset="http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/music-e1454617736598.jpg 2448w, http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/music-e1454617736598-225x300.jpg 225w, http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/music-e1454617736598-768x1024.jpg 768w" sizes="(max-width: 192px) 100vw, 192px" /></a>              <a href="http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/outside.jpg" rel="attachment wp-att-4138"><img class="alignnone wp-image-4138" src="http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/outside.jpg" alt="outside" width="340" height="255" srcset="http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/outside.jpg 3264w, http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/outside-300x225.jpg 300w, http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/outside-768x576.jpg 768w, http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/outside-1024x768.jpg 1024w" sizes="(max-width: 340px) 100vw, 340px" /></a></p>
  288. <p>For the most part I, like other partners I spoke to, was pleasantly surprised.  Attendance was up.  It was fun again.  Our DOCOVA Drink was a hit, with a solid showing and relaxed atmosphere.  Not sure of the official numbers but I would estimate conference attendance was double what it was last year.  It was all held in the Orlando Hilton, so attendees were not walking from one location to the next.  The showcase was central to everything, and coffee and deserts were only served there rather than outside of the sessions and main feed tent, so the traffic past the booths was good.  Partners seemed happy and leads were flowing.  Kudos to the event planners for that.</p>
  289. <p><a href="http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/bp.jpg" rel="attachment wp-att-4142"><img class="alignnone wp-image-4142" src="http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/bp.jpg" alt="bp" width="288" height="216" srcset="http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/bp.jpg 3264w, http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/bp-300x225.jpg 300w, http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/bp-768x576.jpg 768w, http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/bp-1024x768.jpg 1024w" sizes="(max-width: 288px) 100vw, 288px" /></a>       <a href="http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/showcase-e1454615555966.jpg" rel="attachment wp-att-4135"><img class="alignnone wp-image-4135" src="http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/showcase-e1454615555966.jpg" alt="showcase" width="286" height="214" srcset="http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/showcase-e1454615555966.jpg 3264w, http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/showcase-e1454615555966-300x225.jpg 300w, http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/showcase-e1454615555966-768x576.jpg 768w, http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/showcase-e1454615555966-1024x768.jpg 1024w" sizes="(max-width: 286px) 100vw, 286px" /></a></p>
  290. <p>The opening General Session was, mercifully, broken into two one hour segments, with attendees encouraged to visit the showcase during the one hour break in between.  Guest speakers were contemporary and for the most part good.</p>
  291. <p><a href="http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/ogsbest.jpg" rel="attachment wp-att-4139"><img class="alignnone wp-image-4139" src="http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/ogsbest.jpg" alt="ogsbest" width="268" height="201" srcset="http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/ogsbest.jpg 3264w, http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/ogsbest-300x225.jpg 300w, http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/ogsbest-768x576.jpg 768w, http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/ogsbest-1024x768.jpg 1024w" sizes="(max-width: 268px) 100vw, 268px" /></a>              <a href="http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/OGSNFL-1-e1454616677522.jpg" rel="attachment wp-att-4140"><img class="alignnone wp-image-4140" src="http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/OGSNFL-1-e1454616677522.jpg" alt="OGSNFL" width="149" height="199" srcset="http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/OGSNFL-1-e1454616677522.jpg 2448w, http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/OGSNFL-1-e1454616677522-225x300.jpg 225w, http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/OGSNFL-1-e1454616677522-768x1024.jpg 768w" sizes="(max-width: 149px) 100vw, 149px" /></a></p>
  292. <p>Jason Silva, National Geographic Emmy nominated host of &#8220;Brain Games&#8221; continued his tour of IBM events and delivered a &#8220;drinking from the firehose&#8221; look into our technology infused future.  No posts yet on YouTube from Connect2016 but I love his take on the <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VgRdFC9jC9w" target="_blank">power of positive thinking</a>.</p>
  293. <p>The IBM delivery in the first session was rigid and dull.  Sorry. In the second session it was much better as they did a solid demo and took some notes from the NFL and had a very attractive and witty female lead the demo and make sports analogies.   If you are socially inclined you got your money&#8217;s worth. The focus was Connections, Verse and Watson. Cognitive was king. Watson would suggest content for blogs, provide analytics of social feeds, and make emails more positive by suggesting different wording.  They should brand that AutoDeJerk.</p>
  294. <p>If you are a Notes/Domino fan you were probably left scratching your head, though really by now you should be used to it.  Domino was mentioned once, about an hour and an half into the two hour OGS delivery, and it was a sub second comment regarding workflow and XPAGES.</p>
  295. <p>Domino 9.02 was MIA at the conference in any official capacity, although it was mentioned often by customers and partners alike.  Its been more than two years since the last release. The longest gap ever between releases by almost a full year.  I was in a session with Delores from A&amp;W and Graham Acres from Brytek Solutions.  The customer runs their business on Notes/Domino and Delores said she is &#8220;tired of getting the Notes/Domino stink eye&#8221; whenever she brings up it&#8217;s merits. It was one of the best sessions I have been to at Lotusphere.  The point they were trying to make was that you should not sell and promote social, you should solve a business problem.  That will get support for the technology.</p>
  296. <p><a href="http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/aw-e1454617512652.jpg" rel="attachment wp-att-4146"><img class="alignnone wp-image-4146" src="http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/aw-e1454617512652.jpg" alt="aw" width="215" height="286" srcset="http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/aw-e1454617512652.jpg 2448w, http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/aw-e1454617512652-225x300.jpg 225w, http://www.docova.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/aw-e1454617512652-768x1024.jpg 768w" sizes="(max-width: 215px) 100vw, 215px" /></a></p>
  297. <p>So around Connections there was a bit of a buzz. Around Notes/Domino the FUD factor was peaking, and the buzz was all around how to get off it and/or why would anyone do that.  This bodes well for DOCOVA, as a large part of our business of late has been migration focused.   We have migrated several customers off <a href="https://youtu.be/87ncigzY4eY" target="_blank">Quickr </a>this past year.  Our <a href="https://youtu.be/_iOy6Py2OKM" target="_blank">migration message </a>was striking a solid chord for those wondering what to do in the future.</p>
  298. <p>Our long term goal with DOCOVA is to provide a product that is modern, is device and platform independent but delivers the RAD capability we have enjoyed for more than two decades.   The future looks so BRIGHT!</p>
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