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  24. <pubDate>Tue, 28 Feb 2017 19:21:35 +0000</pubDate>
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  29. <description><![CDATA[Last week Devin Olson and myself had the chance to attend IBM Connect 2017 in San Francisco. It was a new venue in a new location combining some of the traditions of the past along with a few things new and different. I had the chance to hear IBM&#8217;s message, discuss the events with a [&#8230;]]]></description>
  30. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Last week Devin Olson and myself had the chance to attend IBM Connect 2017 in San Francisco. It was a new venue in a new location combining some of the traditions of the past along with a few things new and different. I had the chance to hear IBM&#8217;s message, discuss the events with a number of the people who attended as well as share ideas internally with the team at Red Pill Now. The following is a summary of my thoughts from this year&#8217;s event.</p>
  31. <h1>Application Modernization</h1>
  32. <p>After having the chance to meet with her community at Engage almost a year ago, new IBM GM Inhi Cho Suh along with Ed Brill announced details for something they called Application Modernization. This was a chance for IBM to respond to feedback from customers and business partners that IBM had failed to provide leadership in the application development space leaving millions of Notes applications without a clear direction forward. I didn&#8217;t have high expectations for the announcement as it was not really clear to me what IBM would be willing to do. What we got was a series of initiatives that were more tactical in nature than strategic. The announcements still left me wondering what the long term plan was. It is not clear to me if IBM wants to be in the application space once owned by Lotus Notes or if they are merely responding to customer pressure to keep the platform alive a little longer. I heard enough to keep me interested but not enough to make me feel bullish about the long term future of Domino as an application platform.</p>
  33. <p>I left the event still believing the potential remained. I saw glimpses of hope. There was more mentions of Notes and Domino during the two OGS sessions than the last five years combined. We saw an IBM that was prepared to take one of its key products, Connections, and rebuild it from the ground up to support open standards and provide an environment that was more friendly to third part developers. And yes, we even saw the addition of two new @Functions. There was something there for almost everybody.</p>
  34. <h2>What Was Announced</h2>
  35. <h3>Rest Services</h3>
  36. <p>Building on the <a href="https://www.slideshare.net/davedelay/ad205" target="_blank">REST strategy</a> outlined at Connect in 2014, IBM have announced plans to add additional REST services to DAS. These are:-</p>
  37. <ol>
  38. <li>Directory Service &#8211; Browse/search Domino directories</li>
  39. <li>Contacts Service &#8211; Manage personal contacts in your mail file</li>
  40. <li>Mail Search Service &#8211; Search contents of your mail file</li>
  41. <li>Subscription Service &#8211; Poll for changes in a Notes application</li>
  42. <li>Management Service &#8211; Register users and manage groups</li>
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  44. <p>These announcements are important as they provide a cornerstone for building modern Web applications that surface Notes data without the need for the Notes Client or XPages. IBM also made frequent mentions of a new OpenNTF project, <a href="https://www.openntf.org/main.nsf/project.xsp?r=project/SmartNSF" target="_blank">SmartNSF </a>developed by Christian Gudemann that allows Notes developers to quickly build a REST API for Notes applications from inside Domino Designer. SmartNSF publishes <a href="http://www.yaml.org/spec/1.2/spec.html" target="_blank">YAML definitions</a> , a standard IBM is promising to publish as part of its APIs. A related tool that got a few mentions is <a href="http://swagger.io/" target="_blank">Swagger</a>.</p>
  45. <p>At Red Pill Now we have been building our own implementations of REST to overcome the many limitations of the existing REST Services available as part of DAS. We will be watching with interest as more details come out about the new REST APIs and how we can leverage them to surface additional content in our own solutions.</p>
  46. <h3>ApplicationInsights</h3>
  47. <p>IBM announced a partnership with Panagenda to provide a freemium offering called <a href="https://www.panagenda.com/products/applicationinsights/" target="_blank">ApplicationInsights</a> (not to be confused with <a href="https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/services/application-insights/" target="_blank">Application Insights</a> from Microsoft) that can assist organizations to better understand their existing portfolio of Notes applications based upon usage and complexity. To be made available in Q2 2017, ApplicationInsights will identify the 50 most used and most complex applications and does a code analysis of a subset of those. Additional insights can then be purchased.</p>
  48. <h3>Business Partner Solutions</h3>
  49. <p>The Application Modernization story was rounded out by featuring three Business Partner solutions for application modernization. We4IT&#8217;s <a href="http://en.aveedo.com/" target="_blank">aveedo</a> provides a migration wizard to transform a Notes application to an XPages platform that can then be extended and maintained via an application editor. <a href="https://www.darwino.com/" target="_blank">Darwino</a> is an application development platform from Trilog built on a json data store that can replicate with Notes (and other) databases. The third partner is <a href="https://www.sapho.com/" target="_blank">sapho</a>, who have added a Domino connector to their product which generates micro services to deliver workflow applications.</p>
  50. <h3>Notes/Domino 9.0.1</h3>
  51. <p>Updated road maps for both Notes and Domino were presented. There was not a lot of new stuff covered. Key enhancements planned include Java 8, access to the ID Vault from LotusScript, SSJS and Java, two new @Functions (yes I said @functions) @ModifiedInThisFile and @AddedToThisFile, and adding the option of separating view indices from the NSF. These will be delivered as part of feature packs over the next 12-18 months. There are also plans to update a number of templates including the mail template and Pubnames.</p>
  52. <h1>Collaboration</h1>
  53. <h2>Connections Pink</h2>
  54. <p>IBM announced plans for Connections 6. This includes a new design for the home page to provide better orientation for users as to the contents changes inside communities. Important improvements for the customization of home pages will be available along with enhancements to the on-boarding experience for new users.</p>
  55. <p>The really significant announcement was Connections Pink. A new open architecture for IBM&#8217;s collaboration tools that will be built around technologies such as SWIFT, React.js, MongoDb, Ngnx, and Docker and will replace proprietary products such as Websphere and DB2.  This is clearest sign yet that IBM has a strategy for Connections moving forward that will see it evolve from a closed proprietary platform which was challenging for partners to extend (and customers to install) to a more open architecture that will fully support REST APIs and GraphQL.</p>
  56. <p>There&#8217;s a part of me that wishes either Domino had a natural home as part of Connections Pink, or that a similar approach (Domino Pink) would be applied to Domino data.</p>
  57. <h2>LiveGrids</h2>
  58. <p>During the OGS IBM demonstrated a new capability called Live Grids that is under development. It allows new applications to be created as part of Connections Pink based upon the contents of existing spreadsheets. This is a capability that SharePoint has had for a while. IBM had previously worked on this concept as part of Notes/Domino but now look to be evaluating the option of bringing this into Connections. It was interesting that @Formula would form the basis for extending the data and connecting grids (@DBLookup). So that was two mentions of @Formula in the OGS!</p>
  59. <p>A lot of Notes applications had their origins as spreadsheets. It is therefore interesting that IBM is looking to provide customers with the ability to turn spreadsheets into applications using Connections rather than Notes/Domino. This only adds to the confusion about IBM&#8217;s strategy for application development. I can see where LiveGrids could be attractive to power users who have long used Notes to build applications for their data but found XPages and JavaScript development a bridge too far.</p>
  60. <h2>Verse &amp; Watson Workspace</h2>
  61. <p>The two OGS featured a lot of product demonstrations with announcements of a range of new features being added to Verse and what is now Watson Workplace (aka Toscana). They were nice but they didn&#8217;t really resonate with me. As a regular user of O365, G-Suite, and Slack I found most of the features being announced were things I already had been using for quite some time. I guess as a user of Notes and SameTime these may seem revolutionary, and certainly features long over-due in the IBM space. At one point in the demonstration Chris Crummey seemed to take pride in demonstrating the use of voice input to query a Notes/Verse calendar to show how Watson could understand his calendar but Google Home could not. To me, that was a problem, and not a selling point! If Google Home can&#8217;t understand my calendar I am not going to go out and add Watson to my team, I&#8217;m gonna go find a mail/calendaring system that Google Home or Amazon Echo can understand. We have a customer doing exactly that.</p>
  62. <p>IBM provided conference attendees with access to the latest beta of Watson Workplace. I spent some time using the new product but failed to find anything that would compel me to move away from Slack.</p>
  63. <p>The bottom line as I see it, is that IBM continues to work hard to keep its personal productivity tools such as mail and calendaring updated with new capabilities. But it is not doing it at a rate that it can significantly differentiate itself from its competitors. Verse is not a new way to work and it seemed that at this event IBM have moved away from that message. If you are already invested in IBM products then IBM seem to be doing enough to keep you invested in their offerings. If you have already migrated away, I doubt IBM is doing enough to win you back. And if you are a new company that is looking to make a choice the chances are that you will already have experience using O365 or GSuite and will feel more comfortable moving in that direction.</p>
  64. <h1>What&#8217;s Next</h1>
  65. <p>I don&#8217;t think IBM did a good job of outlining a strategy for application development, as opposed to an extended road map for Notes applications. I believe IBM&#8217;s intent was to make a set of announcements to get the ball rolling with application modernization and we will need to wait longer for the vision/strategy. Many of the people I spoke to were happy that there was finally some positive signs of IBM making an investment once more but still not sure if it would be enough to make Domino part of a CIO&#8217;s application strategy. Some hard-core Notes developers in the audience were ecstatic about finally getting some new @Functions to work with. Some XPages developers would be happy to see Java 8 should become available in 2017 along with a newer version of Eclipse. Web developers could see the opportunities provided by enhanced REST APIs.</p>
  66. <p>If anything I came away from the conference consolidating my existing views. Notes (client) is dead, XPages is dying and Domino still has an identity crisis. IBM has developed a clear alternative for the Mail and Collaboration aspects of Notes as part of Connections/Verse/Watson but still seems to be struggling to integrate the application themselves. I was quite captivated by the OGS speaker, Dr Sheena Lyengar, and her account of the consequences of providing <a href="http://faculty.washington.edu/jdb/345/345%20Articles/Iyengar%20%26%20Lepper%20(2000).pdf" target="_blank">too much choice</a> and how that can lead to people deferring decisions. At the moment it seems like IBM is not providing a clear choice for moving beyond Notes, which is part of the reason so many people are failing to take action with their aging Notes applications. If only there was just one solution for &#8220;Social Collaboration&#8221; just as there once was for &#8220;Groupware&#8221;.</p>
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  72. <title>Wrapping Up IBM Connect 2017 with Bob, Peter and Devin</title>
  73. <link>http://redpillnow.com/wrapping-up-ibm-connect-2017-with-bob-peter-and-devin/</link>
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  75. <pubDate>Fri, 24 Feb 2017 14:59:33 +0000</pubDate>
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  94. <title>Connecting With Graphs At IBM Connect</title>
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  97. <pubDate>Mon, 20 Feb 2017 15:24:37 +0000</pubDate>
  98. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Peter Presnell]]></dc:creator>
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  103. <description><![CDATA[Over the past 12 months Red Pill Now has continue to explore new and exciting ways in which we can exploit the potential of Graph Databases. The unique characteristics of Graph databases combined with REST APIs and the awesomeness that comes from Web Components and Material Design (via Polymer) is allowing us to transform Notes [&#8230;]]]></description>
  104. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Over the past 12 months Red Pill Now has continue to explore new and exciting ways in which we can exploit the potential of Graph Databases. The unique characteristics of Graph databases combined with REST APIs and the awesomeness that comes from Web Components and Material Design (via Polymer) is allowing us to transform Notes data in ways that was never possible until now. This includes modeling the structure of an entire portfolio of Notes databases, providing graph-based search for those databases as well as a user-configurable Web front-end to that data. A lot of the work we are doing with Graphs is being contributed back to the community via the OpenNTF Domino API (ODA).</p>
  105. <p>Many of you who have attended major  (Lotus) User group conferences over the past couple of years will have had the chance to hear presentations on Graph Databases and ODA from Red Pill Now&#8217;s <a href="https://nathantfreeman.wordpress.com/" target="_blank">Nathan T Freeman</a> or Intec&#8217;s <a href="http://www.intec.co.uk/blog/" target="_blank">Paul Withers</a>. This year at <a href="https://www-01.ibm.com/software/collaboration/events/connect/" target="_blank">IBM Connect 2017</a> Red Pill Now is pleased to add a new voice to that list, <a href="http://www.devinolson.net/blog.nsf" target="_blank">Devin Olson</a>. This session will provide Devin&#8217;s own unique slant on the topic of Graph databases as he shares the real world experience he has gained working with Graph Databases since starting at Red Pill Now last year. Devin will outline the theory behind Graph Databases for those who have not seen them before and explain why Graph has become the database tool of choice for processing Big Data by companies such as Microsoft, Google, FaceBook, and LinkedIn. Being a developer, Devin of course will be showing code and demonstrations of code in action. If you are going to be at Connect this week please join us for this exciting thought provoking session. It just might change your perception of the future for your Notes data.</p>
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  107. <p>Big Data with Graph, IBM Domino and OpenNTF API &#8211; Devin Olsen (Red Pill Now), Thursday 10:00 &#8211; Room 2020</p>
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  114. <title>Red Pill Now&#8217;s Champions</title>
  115. <link>http://redpillnow.com/red-pill-nows-champions/</link>
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  117. <pubDate>Fri, 16 Dec 2016 19:39:50 +0000</pubDate>
  118. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Peter Presnell]]></dc:creator>
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  122. <description><![CDATA[Since its formation in 2013 Red Pill Now has actively encourage its team members to be active members of the community. Whether it be through participation in technical forums, presenting at conferences and user groups, writing blog articles that share knowledge and insight, or contribution code to open source foundations such as OpenNTF, almost every [&#8230;]]]></description>
  123. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Since its formation in 2013 Red Pill Now has actively encourage its team members to be active members of the community. Whether it be through participation in technical forums, presenting at conferences and user groups, writing blog articles that share knowledge and insight, or contribution code to open source foundations such as OpenNTF, almost every member of Red Pill Now is an active contributor to the community it serves. Because of this commitment Red Pill Now is proud to be able to recognize the achievement of Nathan Freeman and Devin Olson in being selected as <a href="https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/community/blogs/ibmchampion/entry/Congratulations_to_the_2017_IBM_Champions_for_IBM_Collaboration_Solutions?lang=en" target="_blank">IBM Champions</a> for Social Collaboration 2017. They exemplify the spirit of helping and sharing  that has long been a hallmark of the Notes community around the globe. This also extends a great tradition at Red Pill Now, which was originally founded by four IBM Champions.</p>
  124. <p>We are delighted that the latest member to join Red Pill Now, Devin Olson has been recognized for the second year in a row for his contributions. Until recently Devin has worked at Czarnowski alongside a talented team of past and former IBM Champions (Declan Lynch, Mike McGarrell, and David Leedy). I guess with Devin there is always another great beer, IBM Champion (or both) on tap should he need one to get through the day.</p>
  125. <p>During 2017 Red Pill Now will be seeking to continue its tradition as a thought leader in the development of new and exciting options for Notes data and we look forward to having the chance to share our thought and knowledge through our two IBM Champions and the other talented members of our team. Have a great Christmas and New Year!</p>
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  131. <title>Installing and Configuring IBM Domino 9 on CentOS 6 Enterprise Linux</title>
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  134. <pubDate>Wed, 09 Nov 2016 23:11:10 +0000</pubDate>
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  144. <description><![CDATA[A few years ago, shortly after the release of Domino 9,  I wrote an instructional guide (along with some videos posted to YouTube) on how to install and configure IBM Domino on CentOS and posted it to dropbox.   The response was overwhelmingly positive, I had no idea so many people needed this type of [&#8230;]]]></description>
  145. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>A few years ago, shortly after the release of Domino 9,  I wrote an instructional guide (along with some videos posted to YouTube) on how to install and configure IBM Domino on CentOS and posted it to dropbox.   The response was overwhelmingly positive, I had no idea so many people needed this type of guide.</p>
  146. <p>This year I presented a hands on workshop at <a href="http://admincamp.de/">AdminCamp 2016</a> where we went from a &#8220;bare metal&#8221; empty VM to a running Domino server, and while preparing that session I realized my original document needed a bit of a revision.</p>
  147. <p>So, here it is, my fully revised and revamped version of <span class="s1"> <a href="https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/4217112/Domino9onCentOS6.pdf"><span class="s2">Installing and Configuring IBM Domino 9 Social Edition on CentOS 6 Enterprise Linux</span></a>.  I hope it helps alleviate some of the fear and confusion with regards to using Linux as your Domino server platform.     The document is aimed at YellowHeads (having some experience with Domino installations on Windows) who are thinking about stepping into the world of Linux.  The document is focused on 64 bit Linux, but calls out differences from 32 bit installations where necessary.  Even though it is aimed specifically at <a href="https://www.centos.org/"><span class="s2">CentOS</span></a> 6, the instructions </span><span class="s3"><b><i>should</i></b></span><span class="s1"> work for any <a href="http://www.redhat.com/products/enterprise-linux/"><span class="s2">RHEL</span></a> or Debian-based (with some changes to handle DEB vs. RPM) linux version  -although I must point out that the only <a href="http://pic.dhe.ibm.com/infocenter/prodguid/v1r0/clarity-reports/report/html/softwareReqsForProduct?deliverableId=1312912159367&amp;osPlatform=Linux"><span class="s2">supported</span></a> Linux distributions are RHEL 6 and SUSE 11.</span></p>
  148. <p>Hope this helps!<br />
  149. -Devin.</p>
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  155. <title>IBM Traveler and Verse: Device Security and Administration Overview</title>
  156. <link>http://redpillnow.com/ibm-traveler-and-verse-device-security-and-administration-overview/</link>
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  158. <pubDate>Tue, 08 Nov 2016 14:17:06 +0000</pubDate>
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  165. <description><![CDATA[There currently seems to be a great deal of confusion about IBM Traveler and Verse with regard to device security and administration. The necessary overview information is available from IBM, but is rather dispersed and somewhat difficult to track down in a single concise location. This document will attempt to answer some of the most [&#8230;]]]></description>
  166. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><a href="http://redpillnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/traveler.png"><img class="size-full wp-image-12553 alignleft" src="http://redpillnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/traveler.png" alt="traveler" width="300" height="300" srcset="http://redpillnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/traveler-66x66.png 66w, http://redpillnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/traveler-150x150.png 150w, http://redpillnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/traveler-200x200.png 200w, http://redpillnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/traveler.png 300w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a>There currently seems to be a great deal of confusion about IBM Traveler and Verse with regard to device security and administration. The necessary overview information is available from IBM, but is rather dispersed and somewhat difficult to track down in a single concise location. This document will attempt to answer some of the most common points of confusion and concern for those considering a Traveler deployment in their Domino environment -without necessarily having IBM Connect or Cloud solutions in place.</p>
  167. <p><a href="https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/4217112/IBMtravelerVerseSecurityAdminOverview.pdf" target="_blank">IBMtravelerVerseSecurityAdminOverview.pdf</a></p>
  168. <p>I hope this helps.<br />
  169. -Devin.</p>
  170. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  171. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  172. <p>&nbsp;</p>
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  178. <title>Welcome Devin Olson</title>
  179. <link>http://redpillnow.com/welcome-devin-olson/</link>
  180. <comments>http://redpillnow.com/welcome-devin-olson/#comments</comments>
  181. <pubDate>Mon, 31 Oct 2016 03:23:09 +0000</pubDate>
  182. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Peter Presnell]]></dc:creator>
  183. <category><![CDATA[News]]></category>
  184.  
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  186. <description><![CDATA[Red Pill Now is pleased to announce that it has expanded its team of software consultants with the addition of  Devin Olson. Devin is well known to many in the community as an IBM Champion 2016, global presenter, and/or brewer of fine ales. For the past 18 months Red Pill Now has focused its efforts on [&#8230;]]]></description>
  187. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p style="text-align: justify;">Red Pill Now is pleased to announce that it has expanded its team of software consultants with the addition of  Devin Olson. Devin is well known to many in the community as an IBM Champion 2016, global presenter, and/or brewer of fine ales. For the past 18 months Red Pill Now has focused its efforts on securing talent from outside the Notes community as we broaden our experience with Design and Web Component development. Devin will be the first &#8220;Notes&#8221; person joining Red Pill Now since the company was first formed by four IBM Champions &#8211; Nathan Freeman, Tim Tripcony, Keith Strickland and myself back in 2012.</p>
  188. <p style="text-align: justify;">We are pleased to have had the chance to add Devin to this team after , where he was part of perhaps the best known (customer) team of Notes developers at Czarnowski that that also included Declan Lynch, David Leedy, and Mike McGarrel. With Czarnowksi moving away from Notes/Domino it was seen as a win-win-win scenario for all concerned. Devin brings considerable experience with Notes client development, Java development, and Web development. So keep an eye out for Devin in a nice bright red shirt!</p>
  189. <p style="text-align: justify;">You wouldn&#8217;t have liked the blue pill anyway Devin!</p>
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  195. <title>SmartChat</title>
  196. <link>http://redpillnow.com/smartchat/</link>
  197. <comments>http://redpillnow.com/smartchat/#respond</comments>
  198. <pubDate>Wed, 21 Sep 2016 03:17:25 +0000</pubDate>
  199. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Peter Presnell]]></dc:creator>
  200. <category><![CDATA[Technology]]></category>
  201. <category><![CDATA[SmartChat]]></category>
  202.  
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  204. <description><![CDATA[Today it is almost impossible to imagine heading too far without without (a) possession of a smartphone; and (b) having it connected to the Internet. Smartphones have totally transformed the utility value of s mobile phone. While phones themselves are not all that new, it has been the integration of software capabilities and data that [&#8230;]]]></description>
  205. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p style="text-align: justify;">Today it is almost impossible to imagine heading too far without without (a) possession of a smartphone; and (b) having it connected to the Internet. Smartphones have totally transformed the utility value of s mobile phone. While phones themselves are not all that new, it has been the integration of software capabilities and data that has transformed what we can and can&#8217;t do in our daily lives.</p>
  206. <p style="text-align: justify;">Chat may never be quite as transformative, but we are definitely in the early stages of a new revolution that promises to redefine he way we work together. In some ways Lotus Notes was a pioneer in this arena with the emergence of discussions databases and team-rooms. Later we saw the introduction of Sametime, QuickPlace, and then Connections. Each of these have added new features and capabilities but they have rarely made a pronounced change in the way we do work. Having a telephone in the house used to only be useful when there was somebody on the other end with whom to have a conversation. If you had one or more friends who could talk the leg off a chair you would get more use out of the phone than others. The same has been very much true of discussion databases and communities. Discussion groups/communities have often relied on having a relatively small number of people making a big enough contribution to warrant others to visit on  regular basis. This is why so many discussions database now languish on Domino servers around the world and it is a major reason why Connections communities have often failed to take off &#8211; a lack of enough recent content to warrant ongoing attention.</p>
  207. <p style="text-align: justify;">We may be a small company, but already Red Pill Now find ourselves with a team that is spread out across seven different locations (California, Georgia, Michigan, Virginia, Brazil, Mexico, and Uruguay). Virtual conversations are an essential way of us working together and staying in touch. I believe it was <a href="http://avatar.red-pill.mobi/tim/blog.nsf" target="_blank">Tim Tripcony</a> who first suggested we use Skype persistent chats based upon success he was having with his XPages (&lt;/bitching&gt;&lt;doing&gt;) chat room. It worked well for us over the next three years, but it was still just chat in much the same way that a phone was just a phone.</p>
  208. <p style="text-align: justify;">Recently out of a frustration in duplicating information between our systems we decided to move from Skype to <a href="https://www.hipchat.com" target="_blank">HipChat</a>. We chose HipChat over <a href="https://slack.com" target="_blank">Slack</a> because of the growing amount of work that was already taking place in using two other Atlasssian products, <a href="https://www.atlassian.com/software/jira" target="_blank">Jira</a> and <a href="https://www.atlassian.com/software/confluence" target="_blank">Confluence</a>. That one small change has been truly transformational for me as I begin to see the potential for what I now call SmartChat.</p>
  209. <h2>What is SmartChat?</h2>
  210. <p style="text-align: justify;">No, SmartChat does not allow me to to <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pokémon_Go" target="_blank">chase Pokemons</a> all over my neighborhood&#8230;. SmartChat still does chat in much the same as a phone still makes phone calls. What sets SmartChat apart from traditional chat clients like Skype and SameTime is the growing number of other applications I can add to my chat client. My chat rooms are no longer waiting for members of our team to type in something of interest. Many of our other applications are now making contributions to the discussion. When a new project is created in Jira or a task has been assigned this information is automatically routed to the appropriate chat room and shared with the team in real time. Conversations in the chat rooms about specific projects can be recorded as comments inside Jira. Minutes from project meetings added to Confluence are communicated into relevant chat rooms with a link. Notification about code commits in Bitbucket are announced in real time. And it doesn&#8217;t stop there&#8230;. I also have integration with our cloud file service Google Drive allowing me to quickly search for a file inside a chat room and then paste a link to a file with a single click. I have integration with Microsoft&#8217;s <a href="https://www.wunderlist.com" target="_blank">Wunderlist</a> allowing me to manage to-dos that fall outside Jira projects. I can subscribe to RSS feeds allowing news articles of potential interest being added to the stream. In my case I use <a href="https://flipboard.com" target="_blank">Flipboard</a> to read articles every day and when I find article of interest I flip them into <a href="https:[email protected]/now-365-l6ge42gly" target="_blank">company magazines</a> that then feed into relevant chat rooms based upon the magazine selected. At the moment HipChat has integrations with over <a href="https://www.hipchat.com/integrations" target="_blank">130 tools</a>. Slack has even <a href="https://slack.com/apps" target="_blank">more</a>.</p>
  211. <p style="text-align: justify;"><a href="http://redpillnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/HipChat-Example-1.png"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-12466" src="http://redpillnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/HipChat-Example-1.png" alt="hipchat-example-1" width="835" height="477" srcset="http://redpillnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/HipChat-Example-1-300x171.png 300w, http://redpillnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/HipChat-Example-1-768x439.png 768w, http://redpillnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/HipChat-Example-1.png 835w" sizes="(max-width: 835px) 100vw, 835px" /></a></p>
  212. <p style="text-align: justify;">SmartChat is still in its early days of development but HipChat and Slack provide some early insights into to the potential of what might be achievable. Forget Verse as a new way to work. Since moving to HipChat I would suggest the volume of e-mail between Red Pill Now employees has probably dropped by 90%. E-mail is now really only needed to communicate with others outside our organization that are not already integrated into our chat environment. As I see it ,the opportunities are endless and it reminds me a little of the vision IBM introduced a number of years ago as <a href="http://www.techworld.com/apps/ibm-project-vulcan-aims-to-take-down-microsoft-google-3211067/" target="_blank">Project Vulcan</a>.</p>
  213. <h2 style="text-align: justify;">What is Next For Smart Chat</h2>
  214. <p style="text-align: justify;">We already know that IBM (<a href="http://www.zdnet.com/article/exploring-ibms-vision-for-enterprise-collaboration/" target="_blank">Toscana</a>) and Microsoft (<a href="https://mspoweruser.com/microsoft-working-slack-competitor-skype/" target="_blank">Skype Teams</a>) are working on building their own SmartChat clients. It is not yet clear what impact they will have on products such as Slack. In all likelihood it will not be the features of the client that sets them apart. What seems to matter more than anything is what integration options exist. We can expect Toscana to be good at integrating with Connections content and Skype Teams to be be good at integrating with Office 365 resources. But what level of integration will these products have with 3rd party software and to what extent will they be successful in appealing to a developer community that can build a more complete set of solutions. Apple and Android have been able to dominate the SmartPhone market in part because of the success they have had in populating their application stories with millions of solutions that make each and every SmartPhone unique and relevant to its owner. The winners in the SmartChat market are likely to be those that can develop the largest pool of applications and establish a strong development community.</p>
  215. <h2 style="text-align: justify;">The Notes Angle</h2>
  216. <p style="text-align: justify;"> To someone with a hammer everything look like a nail (Mark Twain)&#8230; and so it is for this former Notes developer!</p>
  217. <p style="text-align: justify;">Imagine the impact on the adoption of SmartChat clients in an organization if it became possible to integrate data from Notes applications into relevant chat rooms. To demonstrate this I will use an example of a simple, real life Notes application from one of our customers called Corporate Legal Documents. In this application every time the organization enters into legal contracts with external parties it is necessary to submit the document for approval to the Legal department. They may revise the document before approving it and storing all versions of the documents along with any notes inside the Notes database. Its a simple straight forward Notes application with some document management and workflow.</p>
  218. <p style="text-align: justify;">In the world of SmartChat as a lawyer I may have at least two chat rooms. One for use by my department. And one with just myself. No I&#8217;m not crazy&#8230; in a smart chat room I can get value from having personal real time conversation streams generated from the systems with which I work (such as my Notes applications). Before I start work each day a summary may be posted into my personal chat room showing my work status, including how many Legal documents I have been assigned that are still not complete. A sidebar widget may provide a list of those documents as well as a separate list of new documents not yet assigned. The content of these widgets may not be constrained to this one Notes application, they may consolidate workflow requests from multiple applications to which I have been assigned as the next approver. During the day as new requests are received notifications would be posted into the chat stream of the department chat room. I can discuss with my colleagues the relative merits of each new request to determine who might best be assigned each one. If I need the assistance of my team I could paste a link into the department chat or create a temporary chat room just to discuss this one document and invite relevant people to join the chat. We could exchange ideas, bring in additional documents from other places, web links and anything else that may help the collaborative process. If necessary I may even decide to reach out to the employee who submitted the document or the external party who originated it. At the end I could then (optionally) save the contents of those conversations back into the Notes database before approving it and moving on to the next request. I have essentially socialized my Notes application.</p>
  219. <p style="text-align: justify;">Of course we could also add the power of cognitive computing to this equation. A legal assistant may have the ability to identify standard contracts and route them to junior legal council along with its recommendations of a course of action. A legal assistant might collect relevant legal material such as other (similar) documents in the Database, policy documents from a policy database, or relevant legal texts sourced from the Internet or cloud file system that may add value to the consideration and add these to the chat room making it easier for me to process each request. Crowd sourcing of work in a business environment becomes a much more attainable reality thanks to the capabilities of the SmartChat room</p>
  220. <p style="text-align: justify;">Like many I will be watching closely to see what IBM, Microsoft, and other bring to the table to further develop the potential of SmartChat. This is a huge area of opportunity for developers, especially those looking for ways to make the contents of their Notes databases relevant. The future of your Notes data is NOW.</p>
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  226. <title>Was That It?</title>
  227. <link>http://redpillnow.com/was-that-it/</link>
  228. <comments>http://redpillnow.com/was-that-it/#comments</comments>
  229. <pubDate>Wed, 14 Sep 2016 05:02:10 +0000</pubDate>
  230. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Peter Presnell]]></dc:creator>
  231. <category><![CDATA[Notes]]></category>
  232.  
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  234. <description><![CDATA[As expected, IBM came out with a series of announcements today. I already had a low set of expectations for what would be announced. But even then I still found myself profoundly disappointed with how little was actually released. Today IBM announced they were extending support for Notes &#38; Domino to 2021. By my calculations IBM has generated [&#8230;]]]></description>
  235. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p style="text-align: justify;">As expected, IBM came out with a series of announcements today. I already had a <a href="http://redpillnow.com/the-future-of-your-notes-data/" target="_blank">low set of expectations</a> for what would be announced. But even then I still found myself profoundly disappointed with how little was actually released.</p>
  236. <p style="text-align: justify;">Today IBM <a href="http://www-01.ibm.com/common/ssi/cgi-bin/ssialias?subtype=ca&amp;infotype=an&amp;appname=iSource&amp;supplier=877&amp;letternum=ENUSZP16-0474" target="_blank">announced</a> they were extending support for Notes &amp; Domino to 2021. By my calculations IBM has generated around $2.5 BILLION in maintenance revenue since 9.0.1 was released. So essentially IBM have offered to continue that same relationship with its customers for another five years. If I run those numbers through a quick discounted cash flow I get a pretty fair rate of return on my investment (if I was an IBM shareholder). Which leads to the second of today&#8217;s announcements&#8230; what is the customer (who is paying the maintenance) getting in return? At MWLUG IBM indicated they were moving away from point releases and instead adding enhancements at part of fix packs. Today we saw the release of <a href="http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21990268&amp;cm_mc_uid=83563127991214228974239&amp;cm_mc_sid_50200000=1473801041" target="_blank">Notes/Domino 9.0.1 FP7</a> which included <a href="http://www-10.lotus.com/ldd/fixlist.nsf?OpenDatabase&amp;Start=1&amp;Count=30&amp;Collapse=2" target="_blank">81 fixes</a>. But when it comes to enhancements it looks like IBM has continued to kick the can down the road. What was offered as <a href="http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21990268&amp;cm_mc_uid=83563127991214228974239&amp;cm_mc_sid_50200000=1473801041" target="_blank">enhancements</a> were really just support for newer versions of software that had previously been available, such as entitlements for Connections 5.5, the latest version of the Google Calendar API, and Citrix Terminal Server. That was it! There was absolutely nothing there for developers desperate to find ways to keep their applications modern. No Java 8 support or any of the many other things that we know have been developed over the past three years but still not being made available. It looked to me like the only people seeing anything positive with what was announced today were those auditioning for the 2017 IBM Champion Program.</p>
  237. <p style="text-align: justify;">When I read the <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">heart-felt blog</a> from a great community contributor, David Leedy, it hit me as to what the true impact of today&#8217;s announcements meant. There are perhaps tens of thousands of people around the world who still believe in IBM and hoping they will continue to deliver enhancements that will help them in their work. They feel let down when IBM continues to offer so little for a platform they believe in. I feel for David and the many people like him who have performed miracles with the Notes technology for so many years. As a business partner I too am frustrated and upset. Believe it or not, I am always looking to present a positive outlook for applications based on the Notes platform. But its getting harder and harder to build a case for the Notes/Domino platform. I can accept the disappearance of the Notes client and would be willing to see Xpages replaced with something better. But right now there is just this big void. At MWLUG I heard a number of IBMers saying they were hearing a loud and clear message from its customers and business partners. They also reassured me that IBM were continuing to invest in the Domino platform. And today we got what?</p>
  238. <p style="text-align: justify;">Today more than ever the ball falls back into the IBM court to show some leadership for the 50,000 customers with an estimated 10 million Notes applications. IBM has dug a hole for itself but strangely seems reluctant to put the shovels down. We don&#8217;t need to hear how Notes &amp; Domino is still important to IBM (I am sure the revenue is). We need to see specifics about what we are going to get and when. IBM could start by providing a list of possible new enhancements that are on the short-list for 9.0.1 FP8 and when that will be. Fix Packs are normally six months apart and I am not sure IBM has that long to keep its remaining customers engaged. Some are placing their hopes in an announcement about Application Modernization. Hopefully at Icon UK this week IBM can offer some vision for the Domino platform. If they don&#8217;t there is a growing number of business partners who will help customers move elsewhere.</p>
  239. <h3 style="text-align: justify;">Update:</h3>
  240. <p>At Icon UK Barry Rosen provided some much needed clarity. Notes/Domino 9.0.1 FP8 is planned to be release Q1 2017. Not a lot there for application developers outside of Java 8 upgrade but at least it provides idea of where things standards and a starting point for discussions.</p>
  241. <p><a href="http://redpillnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Notes-Domino-Roadmap.png"><img class="aligncenter size-large wp-image-12453" src="http://redpillnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Notes-Domino-Roadmap-1024x576.png" alt="notes-domino-roadmap" width="669" height="376" srcset="http://redpillnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Notes-Domino-Roadmap-300x169.png 300w, http://redpillnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Notes-Domino-Roadmap-768x432.png 768w, http://redpillnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Notes-Domino-Roadmap.png 1024w" sizes="(max-width: 669px) 100vw, 669px" /></a></p>
  242. <p>The Designer feature are not yet allocated to a specific Feature Pack (the new term for a FixPack).</p>
  243. <p><a href="http://redpillnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Designer-Features.jpeg"><img class="aligncenter size-large wp-image-12457" src="http://redpillnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Designer-Features-1024x662.jpeg" alt="designer-features" width="669" height="432" srcset="http://redpillnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Designer-Features-300x194.jpeg 300w, http://redpillnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Designer-Features-768x497.jpeg 768w, http://redpillnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Designer-Features-1024x662.jpeg 1024w, http://redpillnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Designer-Features.jpeg 1613w" sizes="(max-width: 669px) 100vw, 669px" /></a></p>
  244. <p>And here is a slide taken from Pete Janzen&#8217;s presentation at MWLUG in 2015.<br />
  245. <a href="http://redpillnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/MWLUG-2015-Roadmap.png"><img class="aligncenter size-large wp-image-12455" src="http://redpillnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/MWLUG-2015-Roadmap-1024x650.png" alt="mwlug-2015-roadmap" width="669" height="425" srcset="http://redpillnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/MWLUG-2015-Roadmap-300x190.png 300w, http://redpillnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/MWLUG-2015-Roadmap-320x202.png 320w, http://redpillnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/MWLUG-2015-Roadmap-768x488.png 768w, http://redpillnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/MWLUG-2015-Roadmap-1024x650.png 1024w, http://redpillnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/MWLUG-2015-Roadmap.png 1331w" sizes="(max-width: 669px) 100vw, 669px" /></a></p>
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  251. <title>The Future Of Your Notes Data</title>
  252. <link>http://redpillnow.com/the-future-of-your-notes-data/</link>
  253. <comments>http://redpillnow.com/the-future-of-your-notes-data/#comments</comments>
  254. <pubDate>Mon, 12 Sep 2016 03:00:28 +0000</pubDate>
  255. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Peter Presnell]]></dc:creator>
  256. <category><![CDATA[Modernization]]></category>
  257. <category><![CDATA[Notes]]></category>
  258. <category><![CDATA[Strategy]]></category>
  259.  
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  261. <description><![CDATA[Since I published my article Reading The IBM Tea Leaves just over a month ago we have been involved in a lot of discussions with customers and business partners about what happens next with Notes applications. There have also been significant discussion within the community following MWLUG, an event at which IBM allowed itself to get behind [&#8230;]]]></description>
  262. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p style="text-align: justify;">Since I published my article <a href="http://redpillnow.com/reading-the-ibm-tea-leaves/" target="_blank">Reading The IBM Tea Leaves</a> just over a month ago we have been involved in a lot of discussions with customers and business partners about what happens next with Notes applications. There have also been significant discussion within the community following MWLUG, an event at which IBM allowed itself to get behind the story. IBM are likely to make some sort of public statement later this month about its commitment to supporting Notes moving forward, although it does appear most of this information is now already in the public domain. There will not be a Notes 9.0.2 any time soon (if ever) with IBM instead moving to make enhancements available via Fix Packs/<a href="http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg24041698" target="_blank">Feature Packs</a>. IBM will support Notes 9.0.x <a href="http://www-01.ibm.com/common/ssi/cgi-bin/ssialias?subtype=ca&amp;infotype=an&amp;appname=iSource&amp;supplier=877&amp;letternum=ENUSZP16-0474" target="_blank">until at least 2021</a>. IBM Verse On Premise is on track to be made available around the end of this year and the first shippable version of Project Toscana is also likely to appear in a similar time frame. But what does this really mean for the many people who still have a large number of Notes/Xpages applications?</p>
  263. <h2>Notes Client Applications</h2>
  264. <p style="text-align: justify;">At ATLUG&#8217;s Day Of Champions event back in April 2014 I gave a presentation <a href="http://www.slideshare.net/ktree19/lotus-notes-live-long-and-prosper" target="_blank"><strong>Lotus Notes Live Long And Prosper</strong></a>. In this presentation I offered a view that <strong>even if</strong> IBM were to immediately drop support for Notes it is likely that a great many Notes applications would continue to exist for another 10 years (or more). The rationale is quite simple. There are a lot of Notes applications, most of them still work well, and it costs a lot of money to replace them.</p>
  265. <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe src='https://www.slideshare.net/slideshow/embed_code/33504242' width='1100' height='901' allowfullscreen webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen></iframe></p>
  266. <p style="text-align: justify;">We now know that IBM have stopped investing in the Notes client as an application development platform. We have customers who still continue to invest in their Notes applications. These are typically smaller companies who simply cannot afford to move away from the high speed, low cost Rapid Application Development platform. There are not many alternatives for them that do not require a significant investment in new development skills and/or a significant increase in the cost to develop solutions in an alternative platform. So until they find an alternative path we have suggested to them not to rush their decision until they are comfortable with an alternative solution.</p>
  267. <h2 style="text-align: justify;">XPages Applications</h2>
  268. <p style="text-align: justify;">At Engage in March 2015 I gave a presentation <a href="http://redpillnow.com/beyond-xpages/" target="_blank"><strong>Beyond XPages</strong></a>. In it I suggested that XPages, at best, was a transitional technology that bought Notes applications a little bit of time for companies who were able to master the technology and urgently needed Web front-ends for existing Notes applications. I suggested the Road Map for XPages would be non-existent by 2020 for several reasons. It is already based on outdated technologies, many of the technologies such as Domino Designer, SSJS etc are proprietary, and IBM are unlikely to invest at a level that would keep the platform current. 18 months later I would suggest the Roadmap for XPages is already non-existent.</p>
  269. <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe src='https://www.slideshare.net/slideshow/embed_code/60356562' width='1100' height='901' allowfullscreen webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen></iframe></p>
  270. <p style="text-align: justify;">Red Pill Now stopped using XPages for its own products two years ago and we now refuse to provide XPages services for customers. We urge all our customers who have not yet moved to XPages to bypass it and move to some form of JavaScript framework and/or Web Components. For customers (and developers) who have started building XPages solutions we urge them to quickly move on to something else as it is almost certain most XPages applications will be migrated to something else. Our preference is Polymer, but we recognize that other Javascript frameworks such as Angular, Ember, React, and Backbone all have appeal.</p>
  271. <h2 style="text-align: justify;">Application Modernization</h2>
  272. <p style="text-align: justify;">Red Pill Now started using the term Application Modernization back in 2012. To us it meant providing a modern context for existing Notes applications. We have now moved away from using the term after a growing number of people started to use it in differing ways, confusing our own messaging. IBM have recently inserted the term into their own ICS Roadmaps (in place of Notes Next) without providing any insight as to what they mean by the term. We think it should be more than just providing a way to add Web and/or mobile interfaces to tired Notes applications. Instead Red Pill Now believes we live in an era in which it should no longer matter on which platform an application is built as long as that platform supports modern Web architectures based around open standards such as REST services. Modern applications need to be social. By that I mean they need to talk to each other regardless of where the underlying data is stored, or the programming language in which the business logic has been developed. I alluded this to a degree at last year&#8217;s MWLUG in a presentation <a href="http://www.slideshare.net/redpillnow/a-world-without-applications" target="_blank"><strong>A World Without Applications</strong></a>. But it would be fair to say our thinking has evolved significantly over the past 18 months.</p>
  273. <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe src='https://www.slideshare.net/slideshow/embed_code/52449395' width='1100' height='901' allowfullscreen webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen></iframe></p>
  274. <p style="text-align: justify;">In the social space products such as <a href="https://www.hipchat.com" target="_blank">Hipchat</a> and <a href="https://slack.com/" target="_blank">Slack</a> have gotten a lot of attention recently. These products have become very successful even though they are not tied to traditional development platforms such those offered by Microsoft, Oracle, IBM, Google, or Salesforce. Instead what these products have are easy to use APIs that allow a vast range of 3rd party integrations to external data sources and services (examples for <a href="https://www.hipchat.com/integrations" target="_blank">Hipchat</a> and <a href="https://slack.com/apps" target="_blank">Slack</a>). We are also seeing the emergence of products such as <a href="https://www.cloudpipes.com/" target="_blank">Cloudpipes</a> and <a href="https://zapier.com/" target="_blank">Zapier</a> that provide integration between a wide range of products and data sources. What I believe we are seeing is the end of the large proprietary stack approach of IBM and Microsoft in favor of open standards for integration between a wider range of products. This change may very well prove to be part of what allows Notes databases to live on as a viable database choice.</p>
  275. <h2 style="text-align: justify;">What Customers Should Do</h2>
  276. <p style="text-align: justify;">We continue to advise customers not to be too eager to migrate Notes applications to alternative platforms such as Sharepoint, SQL, or MongoDB. Migrations seem to introduce a lot of costs ($20,000 per application) and risks without solving the fundamental problem of making sure we don&#8217;t then repeat the process again at a later stage when that &#8220;new&#8221; platform then becomes out-dated. We also advise customers to take control of their own destiny and not become too dependent on vendors to solve their problems. To seek solutions that make them more vendor agnostic than vendor dependent. This means exploring technologies that are supported by widely adopted open standards such as REST Services, HTML 5, CSS3, JavaScript, and Web Components.</p>
  277. <ol>
  278. <li style="text-align: justify;">Start thinking about what comes next. But don&#8217;t be in a rush to replace your existing Notes client applications unless you have a strong business case to do so. Notes will be supported by IBM until at LEAST 2021.</li>
  279. <li style="text-align: justify;">Seriously challenge your use of XPages for building Web front ends moving forward. It&#8217;s a dead end!</li>
  280. <li style="text-align: justify;">Where possible start training Notes developers in Web development skills that focus on JavaScript in the front end and Java in the back end. Look closely at available JavaScript frameworks and especially those that support Web Components.</li>
  281. <li style="text-align: justify;">Build REST APIs around your Notes data abstracting away the Notes data source. This will allow modern Web interfaces to co-exist with existing Notes client and XPages applications and allow an easier transition path to non-NSF data sources at a later time. It is not yet clear how long IBM may chose to invest in the Domino server and the NSF container.</li>
  282. </ol>
  283. <h2 style="text-align: justify;">What IBM Should Do</h2>
  284. <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Toscana Integration:</strong> In my opinion the biggest mistake IBM made in failing to protecting the future of Notes data was the absence of any real integration of Notes applications with Connections. This was in contrast to Microsoft&#8217;s approach where they were able to integrate SharePoint into Office 365. (IMHO) Connections has struggled to gain widespread adoption in many organizations without this ability to access data held within existing Notes applications. I suspect in the long term Project Toscana will replace Connections as IBM&#8217;s Social platform of choice. A greater focus on APIs should allow Toscana to succeed in areas in which Connections has failed &#8211; the ability to generate interest outside of the existing IBM customer base. Toscana/Notes integration would shore up the market of its existing customers, giving customers a reason to remain invested in the Notes  Storage Facility (NSF).</p>
  285. <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Broader Integration:</strong> The availability of Notes data in Toscana is but a small step to protect the long term viability of Notes as a data store. It is yet to be seen if Toscana will capture a significant level of market share as it goes up against Slack and <a href="https://mspoweruser.com/microsoft-working-slack-competitor-skype/" target="_blank">Skype Teams</a>. IBM should therefore ensure Notes data can be easily consumed from other social platforms that include Hipchat, Slack, Jive, O365, API automation tools such as <a href="https://www.dreamfactory.com/" target="_blank">DreamFactory</a> and data bridges such as Cloudpipes and Zapier. This should include the ability to access the content of Notes documents and views, subscribe to events such as the creation and updating of documents, and the ability to conduct searches against Notes application data. It would be ideal if IBM could mirror what Microsoft has done with the Office Graph, making it possible to access personal mail, calendar, files, and Notes data via a single consistent Graph-based API.</p>
  286. <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Object Models: </strong>Another area in which IBM could generate enormous value for Notes customers would be to define data models for the commonly used business objects found in many Notes databases. Applications such as travel requests, expense reports, policies and procedures, CRM, and standard workflow patterns could be defined via common data schemas allowing for the generation of consistent JSON from REST services. From this JSON IBM could then build a set of Web Components for those business objects that implement IBM Design allowing developers to quickly build new modern web interfaces for their Notes data. This would deliver the Rapid Application Development environment that first made Lotus Notes such a force. As Web Components they could be consumed by any JavaScript framework avoiding the need to pick winners in a crowded and rapidly changing market. These components would also provide a much needed way to surface content inside of products such as Toscana and Slack.</p>
  287. <h2 style="text-align: justify;">What IBM Will Do</h2>
  288. <p style="text-align: justify;">IBM are expected to make an <a href="http://www.billmal.com/billmal/billmal.nsf/dx/barry-rosen-part-1.htm?opendocument&amp;comments" target="_blank">announcement in Q4</a> about &#8220;Application Modernization&#8221;. The timelines suggest to me that IBM are probably going to make more of a tactical play than a strategic play. If that is the case then I would think IBM is most likely to settle for providing a set of analytics to better understand the content of existing Notes applications not unlike their acquisition of a global license of Panagenda&#8217;s iDNA to provide their Doublecheck service. If that is the case then I think a lot of people are going to be disappointed.</p>
  289. <p style="text-align: justify;">ICS GM Inhi Cho Suh is known to be bold and acquire companies and she has had most of this year to work some of her magic. So the surprise announcement might involve an alliance with one or more major players to work together to challenge Microsoft&#8217;s Office 365. Let&#8217;s wait and see.</p>
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  291. <p style="text-align: justify;">For further assistance or advice on developing a strategy for the future of your Notes data contact <a href="mailto:[email protected]" target="_blank">Red Pill Now</a>.</p>
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