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  20. <title>Red Pill Welcomes Viktor Krantz</title>
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  23. <pubDate>Tue, 09 Jan 2018 07:24:25 +0000</pubDate>
  24. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Peter Presnell]]></dc:creator>
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  28. <description><![CDATA[Red Pill Now is pleased to announce that it has engaged the services of Viktor Krantz as Director &#8211; Modernization Solutions. Viktor&#8217;s responsibilities include the coordination<span class="excerpt-hellip"> […]</span>]]></description>
  29. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Red Pill Now is pleased to announce that it has engaged the services of Viktor Krantz as Director &#8211; Modernization Solutions. Viktor&#8217;s responsibilities include the coordination of our new Take 5 solution that offers an independent, one-stop solutions for Domino application modernization. We have searched high and low to identify the leading modernization solutions for Domino applications and are now offering customers a carefully developed process that starts with the establishment of a high level strategy for application modernization that meets each customers specific needs before moving on to match a set of up to 5 solutions that best meets those needs. We have also searched high and low to assemble a team of people with the necessary expertise and skills that can handle all the complexities that are often found in a modernization project so that the customer experience is a much simpler one.</p>
  30. <p>Viktor has many years of experience working with Notes and Domino. Many will know Viktor from the work he did at SNAPPS and the entertaining sessions &#8220;The Great Code Giveaway&#8221; he did alongside Rob Novak at Lotusphere each year. For the past five years Viktor has been working at IBM where he was responsible for  IBM DoubleCheck, a service which allows customers to undertake an analysis of their Domino environment using Panagenda&#8217;s iDNA. Viktor&#8217;s deep knowledge of Notes/Domino combined with his experience helping customers with DoubleCheck makes him ideal for his new role at Red Pill Now. He will be joining IBM Champion Devin Olson as part of a new team at Red Pill Now focusing on helping customers be successful in getting the most out of their investment in the Domino platform. I am very excited to have Viktor as part of this team.</p>
  31. <p><strong>About Take 5:</strong></p>
  32. <p>A <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">survey</a> by one of our great partners, SWING Software, found that 93% of companies are looking to modernize or migrate their existing portfolio of Notes/Domino applications. Despite the strong interest in adding new life to an aging portfolio of Domino applications, many organizations have struggled to find a simple way of achieving what they want. Red Pill Now&#8217;s sole focus since 2012 has been to explore new ways to modernize Domino applications. Taking this to the next level we have decided to join forces with many of the major player in this market, bringing these together as part of a single solution that employees Design Thinking to help put together a set of solutions that meets the specific modernization needs of each organization. The tools we have found so far and have decided to include as part of Take 5 are:-</p>
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  34. <li>Application Insights (Panagenda)</li>
  35. <li>aveedo (We4IT)</li>
  36. <li>Darwino</li>
  37. <li>Red Pill DIG (Red Pill Now)</li>
  38. <li>Sapho</li>
  39. <li>SWING Seascape (SWING Software)</li>
  40. <li>TeamWorkr (Team Technology)</li>
  41. <li>Webinizer (Groupwave)</li>
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  43. <p>With Viktor&#8217;s help we will be continually looking to find new and innovative solutions to add to the Take 5 solution.</p>
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  49. <title>My First Jam</title>
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  52. <pubDate>Thu, 21 Dec 2017 20:43:13 +0000</pubDate>
  53. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Peter Presnell]]></dc:creator>
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  58. <description><![CDATA[I had the chance to participate in my first Domino Jam 2025 event this week. Due to travel commitments, I had to settle for a virtual<span class="excerpt-hellip"> […]</span>]]></description>
  59. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>I had the chance to participate in my first Domino Jam 2025 event this week. Due to travel commitments, I had to settle for a virtual jam rather than the face-to-face sessions conducted in North America the previous week. Red Pill Now has just started its own <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Webinar series</a> in application modernization so I knew it was going be a challenge for IBM to mirror the interaction possible in the face-to-face jams. But at least it provided a way for the hundreds that attended to be part of the process.</p>
  60. <p>I have spoken to a few people since the jam to get their perspectives. I also read with interest Gregg Eldred&#8217;s <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">review</a> and the comments in response. I feel I came away from the event with a very different view, and given we have not seen a lot of other community members blogging so far sharing their experiences, I though I would add another perspective on the Jams&#8230;..</p>
  61. <p><strong>Will any of this affect me as a Notes/Domino developer or Domino administrator?</strong></p>
  62. <p>My conclusions are absolutely! First lets think carefully about what it means when IBM say they are planning on a new release? Not a fake release from the dishonest media (marketing) like Notes 7 or Notes 9, but a real major release like all the others that came before. Think about the yuge changes that came with Notes 5, Notes 6, and Notes 8. OK, so maybe the crowds at Connect 2017 were not as large as the Lotusphere events from before, but thanks to the jams there is every reason to believe that both houses (IBM and HCL) are ready to Make Notes Great Again! They specifically stated their intent is to &#8220;Bring back the WOW&#8221;. We all know that Microsoft have been trying to interfere with our marketshare for years. These jams were the first step in building an application modernization wall that can keep  Microsoft and SalesForce out of our Domino servers. Perhaps allowing us to renegotiate GAFA (Google, Amazon, FaceBook, and Apple), the technology bloc that is stealing jobs from Domino workers. Now is the time to drain the swamp in Boston and create jobs for Domino developers and administrators. For the people in West Virginia and elsewhere there were suggestions of an investment in clean Domino. We also saw the first signs of product reform that will lower the cost of application development and put citizen developers back to work. If successful, these reforms will result in companies that moved their applications away from Domino to offshore products having an incentive to return to the Domino platform.</p>
  63. <p><strong>Will it be called Notes 10?</strong></p>
  64. <p>Not sure. I learned in the Jam that this is being called &#8220;Project Sapphire&#8221; internally. The promotion around the Jam makes frequent references to the &#8220;Domino Product Family&#8221; which makes me think IBM will place a greater emphasis on the Domino name over Notes. Alan Lepofsky wrote an <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">excellent article</a> about the new direction in which he puts forward the suggestion that IBM should consider adopting a completely new name for its application development platform. I kind of agree. But lets get the product first, before we worry too much about what to call it.</p>
  65. <p><strong>What&#8217;s going to be in version 10?</strong></p>
  66. <p>This was the interesting part about the Jam. During the course of the 90 minutes session over 100 questions were asked via a Q&amp;A panel. Of these around 15% were answered there and then, mostly with an indication that the suggestion was being considered for Domino 10. There were also a number of opportunities for attendees to ask question aloud. For me the most insightful comment came from somebody who had been involved with Notes since Notes 2 (I assume working with Iris). He mentioned how the philosophy for Notes back then was SIMPLICITY. It reminded me of a quote from Steve Jobs &#8211; &#8220;Deciding what not to do is as important as deciding what to do&#8221;. It also made me wonder if IBM/HCL have thought about reaching out to Ray Ozzie and the early team members to get there insights about what made Notes special in 1989 and what they would do if they were starting afresh in 2017! The good news (for me) is that it did sound like IBM were giving considerable thought to ways they can simplify the product, including improvements to documentation (for those of us that will read directions).</p>
  67. <p><strong>What did IBM share about their plans for Domino 10 and beyond?</strong></p>
  68. <p>Being a Design Thinking session (of sorts) IBM steered away from detail and instead started at the end (outcomes) and focused on the high-level directions that had been identified at previous Jam sessions. Participants had the chance to vote on those ideas. Being allowed one vote to each question made us focus carefully. I was glad to see IBM doing this. I would much rather see IBM define the goals of the product before rushing to build a list of random new features to be added. And given there is only so much time before the end of next year, we really need to focus on the big important stuff and leave the other good stuff until later. If you&#8217;re making jam you need to decide on whether it is going to be Raspberry Jam or Marmalade first before deciding on what else to add. Suggestions such as adding a &#8220;Tell PMR&#8221; command to the admin console or adding Gradle for building XPages are great ideas but targeted at meeting the needs of a very specific group of people. As I wrote in my <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">last blog</a>, we need to better define the type of developer we are targeting with Domino 10.</p>
  69. <p>Based upon the questions asked I got the distinct impression that IBM have been doing their research. They seemed to have a very good understanding of the challenges that Domino faces as a modern application development platform. They understood that too much emphasis had been placed on Mail up until now, and this latest effort seemed to be focusing on correcting that imbalance. They seemed to know the many ideas that have been suggested before from Meet the Product Manager sessions at Lotusphere and <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">IdeaJam</a>. Before they get around to addressing whether of not we need a Designer client for the Mac I believe they are working to define the type of product they want Domino to become. Not so they can add a few features to keep their existing base on maintenance a little longer, but to actually create future versions of the product that will attract a new audience to the platform. I don&#8217;t know, but I suspect, this could be the deepest look at the product since Notes 1.0 was released.</p>
  70. <p><strong>What happens next?</strong></p>
  71. <p>The Domino Jams are continuing into mid-January. If you have not already done so, check to see if there is an event coming close to you and register. It is my understanding that IBM will be sharing the results of the Jam sessions not long after they conclude. So keep an eye on <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Ed Brill&#8217;s blog</a>. After that I have heard suggestions that there may be a return of Business Partner forums and a Design Partner program. A roadmap has been promised for <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">IBM Think</a> in March. I have not seen anything that would preclude some early versions of potential new features being demonstrated in the labs during Think. The internal goal for IBM and HCL is to have &#8220;Domino 10&#8221; ready by the end of 2018 with plans for a &#8220;Domino 11&#8221; to follow.</p>
  72. <p><strong>What did you think of the Jam overall?</strong></p>
  73. <p>The 90 minutes was time well invested for me. I largely listened because I have already had the chance to share many of my ideas through my <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">recent blog articles</a> on this topic. I was also one of the largest contributors of new ideas for <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Idea Jam</a>, so if IBM hadn&#8217;t already tuned in to any of my ideas by now I doubt this event would have made a difference. I am very excited about the possibilities that Domino 2025 brings to a product in which I have vested a lot of my life over the past 25 years. I feel IBM have a good grasp of the situation. They have the backing of a strong committed community that attended this event and contributed a lot of great ideas. Everyone I have spoken to at IBM and HCL over the past couple of months seems very determined to make something happen. The mere fact that IBM are spending so much time conducting these events is definitely a break from recent history in which almost all the oxygen within ICS has been taken up by Connections. Like many in the community, I have some some doubts and reservations as to whether or not this most recent effort goes the same way as <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Lotus Knows</a>. But Lotus Knows we needed a Domin0 2025 Jam! At the very least we should open to the possibility that something significant is going to happen here and all pull together to give it the best possible chance of success.</p>
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  79. <title>Domino Developers 2025</title>
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  82. <pubDate>Mon, 18 Dec 2017 19:20:40 +0000</pubDate>
  83. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Peter Presnell]]></dc:creator>
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  90. <description><![CDATA[Just as we have many types of Domino customers, so to is there many types of Domino developers. Building an application development platform for a generic<span class="excerpt-hellip"> […]</span>]]></description>
  91. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Just as we have many types of Domino customers, so to is there many types of Domino developers. Building an application development platform for a generic &#8220;developer&#8221; could be a mistake. In some ways our attempts to make Domino all things for all developers over the years has probably help drive it to becoming a less than effective tool for most people. Domino needs to bring a focus on simplicity to Domino development in much the same way as Steve Jobs did with the computers and other devices he developed. We need to put application development in the hands of the many rather than trying control its access to the few privileged people.</p>
  92. <h3>The Citizen Developer</h3>
  93. <p>Citizen developers were a critical part of the growth of the Notes platform during its first 10 years. After that time we started to see responsibility for Domino applications being consolidated into IT departments and citizen development started to be discouraged in many organizations. After Notes 5 many of the new features such Web services, DB2 integration, Composite Applications, an Eclipse IDE, class editor for LotusScript, and XPages were targeted more at IT developers. So the platform itself got more complicated without delivering a lot of new power for citizen developers. In recent years the voices of IT developers have probably drained out those of citizen developers in our community. User Group conferences, technical blogs, and webinars tend to be targeting professional developers more and more.</p>
  94. <p>If we look at Domino being at ecology, citizen developers are the all important breeding grounds necessary for a new generation of Domino applications. If it was my choice Citizen developers would be my primary target for Domino 2025. This was the path by which I become involved with Domino so I may be a little biased. As I see it the greatest opportunity for attracting much needed new customers to the platform would come from positioning Domino as a low-code platform for citizen developers.  One that would allow developers to go way beyond building applications as we know it but moves ahead of the crowd to provide an intuitive way to integrate data from many sources to not only automate existing business processes but also design new processes that may not have been possible before. I would like to see Domino setting new standards for how application can be integrated as part of the Internet of Things using tools like IFTTT, Microsoft Flow, and Zapier.</p>
  95. <ol>
  96. <li>To allow a new breed of citizen developers get started we need a new Nifty Fifty, a comprehensive library of application templates that solve real business problems in new ways as well as to provide starting points for building new applications.</li>
  97. <li>The next priority I think would be to take an existing data source such as CSV files, Excel spreadsheets, SharePoint lists, SQL tables, and Mongo databases and import them as part of a new application.</li>
  98. <li>Assuming the Domino Genie only allowed me three wishes, my third wish would be for the event engine for my Domino applications such as the creation and updating of documents would be made accessible as both a contributor and consumer to popular Internet of Things protocols. If I can automate my home, I should be more than capable of using these same tools to automate my office.</li>
  99. </ol>
  100. <h3>The &#8220;Notes&#8221; Developer</h3>
  101. <p>We must acknowledge that there is a large pool of Notes developers who work inside of many IT departments that may well have once been citizen developers but don&#8217;t necessarily have the formal computer science (or similar) training of professional developers. These are a very distinct type of developer very common within Domino shops. While they may be able to do amazing things with the Domino platform they can be a little intimidated by modern Web development. I am convinced XPages pushed a few of these people into early retirement rather than having to start afresh and learn a bunch of new technologies.</p>
  102. <p>It would be fair to say IBM and I differ quite significantly when it comes to XPages. I believe quite strongly that XPages is not the answer for making Domino applications in a world that demands that applications must be accessible from web browsers. It&#8217;s a snapshot of an alternative universe that would have become a reality if IBM Workplace lived on a lot longer. It seems to me that XPages is too complicated for citizen developers, is too constraining and behind the curve for professional developers and at the same time encourages Notes  developers to build poorly engineered and poorly designed applications that are no longer acceptable in 2017. I doubt IBM (or HCL) could ever throw enough money at XPages to allow it to compete with the widely adopted development platforms such as .Net. As I see it we need to assume many Notes applications will follow a path that starts with citizen developers before being passed on to Notes developers to implement more sophisticated functionality. It also needs to be a platform that supports the low cost rapid application development for new medium complexity applications. Applications that are not constrained to a Notes client but also equally at home in a web browser or mobile device. Applications that are connected and integrated while maintaining a simplicity not common in professional web development platforms.</p>
  103. <p>My three wishes for Notes developers are as follows.</p>
  104. <ol>
  105. <li>Domino Designer should support a second generation of Forms, Views, and Outlines that provide many of the original capabilities of Notes client applications but they would be made up of components for which all the functionality is equally supported in the Notes client as well as a web client and mobile client. A process would allow for existing design elements to be converted to the new generation elements that clearly report the things not presently supported in the new version.</li>
  106. <li>Expand the range of simple actions to include common tasks normally accomplished using @formula or LotusScript. Things like field validations and workflow that could then be implemented on both the Notes client and browser without the need for extensive coding.</li>
  107. <li>Provide a mechanism for easily taking code out of form and view events and exporting them into agents allowing the logic to be triggered from both a Notes client and web client equally.</li>
  108. </ol>
  109. <h3>The Professional Developer</h3>
  110. <p>The professional developer usually ends up inheriting many of the applications developed by citizen and &#8220;Notes&#8221; developers. Especially the successful ones that suddenly become enterprise applications. The benchmark of success should be that a professional developer could be asked take time out from their current project to implement some enhancements to a Domino application and come away saying&#8230; &#8220;hmmm, that wasn&#8217;t anywhere near as bad as I was expecting&#8221;. I doubt Domino will ever be a platform of first choice for professional developers unless it somehow found a way of provide quick and easy ways to get achieve some pretty cool things they couldn&#8217;t already do with other platforms. So, of the three, Professional developers would be a lower priority for which my three wishes would be:-</p>
  111. <ol>
  112. <li>All Notes applications should generate a REST API that is compliant with Swagger allowing any modern Web application platform the ability to access the data and the business logic that is now (hopefully) being accessed via agents.</li>
  113. <li>Domino applications should be accessible from  Loopback allowing business logic for applications to be written in modern programming languages such as Node.js.</li>
  114. <li>It should be possible to build Web components that are tied to Domino data via REST services. Developers should be provided with the ability to use the IDE of their choice to access these components rather than being compelled to use Domino Designer, which simply does not provide the functionality demanded for programming in languages such as JavaScript.</li>
  115. </ol>
  116. <h3>Related Articles</h3>
  117. <p><a href="">Domino Customers 2025</a></p>
  118. <p><a href="">Lessons Learned Replacing Lotus: Part 1</a></p>
  119. <p><a href="">Lessons Learned Replacing Lotus: Part 2</a></p>
  120. <p><a href="">Lessons Learned Replacing Lotus: Part 3</a></p>
  121. <p><a href="">Lessons Learned Replacing Lotus: Part 2025</a></p>
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  127. <title>Domino Customers 2025</title>
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  130. <pubDate>Sun, 17 Dec 2017 18:16:58 +0000</pubDate>
  131. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Peter Presnell]]></dc:creator>
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  139. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>There are many ways to look at the market for the Domino family of products (Notes, Sametime, and Verse). One of them is to see the product from the perspective of various segments of the existing market. At Red Pill Now we have a long established market segmentation model for Domino customers that breaks the market down into three segments, the engaged, the resigned, and the separated. We usually find ourselves having to develop different strategies for each of these segments because the way they look at Notes/Domino differs significantly. This creates unique challenges for us in our goals of making our customers happy.</p>
  140. <p><img data-attachment-id="13304" data-permalink="" data-orig-file=";ssl=1" data-orig-size="1024,640" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="Market Segmentation" data-image-description="" data-medium-file=";ssl=1" data-large-file=";ssl=1" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-13304 aligncenter" src=";ssl=1" alt="" width="1024" height="640" srcset=";ssl=1 1024w,;ssl=1 300w,;ssl=1 768w,;ssl=1 234w,;ssl=1 50w,;ssl=1 120w" sizes="(max-width: 1024px) 100vw, 1024px" data-recalc-dims="1" /></p>
  141. <p>If we apply Design Thinking  to the challenges that lie ahead for the Domino platform I see Red Pill Now sharing the same desired outcome as IBM and HC &#8211; How do we make these customers happy? A happy customer is important because they in turn make referrals to others that allows a small company like ours to grow. It is the exact same path that seems to be required to change the momentum for the Domino platform. It has been unhappy customers (spurred on by other vendors) that has helped drive the momentum in the Domino market. Just like the stock market, which usually requires a change in investor sentiment to trigger a bear market becoming a bull market once more, we need to consider carefully what may be required to cause a similar change in momentum within the Domino market. What is it going to take to put a smile on the face of a frowning Domino customer? If we start with the outcomes, the tactics such as new features become easier to select.</p>
  142. <h3>The Engaged</h3>
  143. <blockquote><p><em>Either finds Domino is still meeting their needs or fully committed to IBM in the belief they will provide a solution for their Notes applications. Likely to be using/considering Verse and Connections. New applications continue to be developed using Domino and existing applications are actively enhanced and maintained.</em></p></blockquote>
  144. <p>For me a classic example of this would have been a company like Czarnowski several years ago. A company that was building a lot of important business processes based upon the Domino Platform. In doing so they were sufficiently proud of the solutions they were building that they had a regular stream of people blogging, producing, and presenting about their use cases and the skills they had developed. People such as Declan (Learning XPages) Lynch, David (Notes in Nine) Leedy, Mike McGarrel, and Devin (Spanky) Olson became household names to so many people around the world and contributed greatly to getting the word out about the power of Notes and Domino.</p>
  145. <p>How do we build a new base of engaged customers like Czernowski that provide the case studies and thought leadership to attract even more new customers to the Domino platform. Domino 2025 needs to be a platform that provides exciting and compelling stories that are shared at a wide range of conferences (not just Lotus User Groups). Domino applications should be the subject of internal and external corporate blogs and something that the CIO and other IT staff proudly show to visitors from outside the company. When a company is hiring, the ability to work with the Domino platform should excite prospective employees, if for no other reason that they want to be able to proudly include this on their resume for their next job!</p>
  146. <p>The question is what is going to provide that degree of WOW? Simply put it is going to require a move from being a follower to a leader in the application development space. Notes needs to be at the forefront of technologies that users want. It needs to be an open platform that integrates easily with the many advances that are now appearing such as voice assistants, the Internet of Things and Smart Cars, touch devices, mobile, wearables, artificial intelligence, cloud services, and the blockchain.</p>
  147. <h3>The Resigned</h3>
  148. <blockquote><p><em>Resigned to the fact that IBM/Notes has no future but still looking for a magic button to migrate applications to something else. Mail likely migrated to another platform. Resistant to investing in existing Notes applications until the future is made clear. Existing Domino applications are being enhanced. </em></p></blockquote>
  149. <p>A typical use case here is a company that has migrated away from Notes to Office 365 for mail and is trying to decide what to do with its Notes applications. It may have other strategic applications being built using something like SQL/.Net,  LAMP, MEAN etc.</p>
  150. <p>I think here the question becomes one of co-existence and the application lifecycle. How do we create an application platform that allows citizen developers (and many existing Notes developers) to build new applications that solve important (for them) business problems without the layers of bureaucracy that make traditional IT projects slow,  expensive, and painful to endure? How do we then allow those applications to evolve over time so they don&#8217;t become the white elephants that many Notes applications became when responsibility transferred across to IT? How do we take an application from its simple beginnings and make it a more robust, reliant, and secure application that integrates with other platforms without having to rewrite the application from scratch? Architecture and engineering will clearly be important. This would include the ability to quickly and easily take the traditional data, business logic, and presentation layers of an application and transform them into something else should the need arise.</p>
  151. <p>And this should be a two-way street. If Domino 2025 becomes a thriving successful environment we also will have the need to take existing applications developed using aging Excel, SharePoint, SQL, MongoDB  environments and quickly import them into a Domino platform.</p>
  152. <h3>The Separated</h3>
  153. <blockquote><p><em>Likely to have separated from IBM as well as Lotus Notes. Will have migrated mail to Exchange, Gmail or similar. Will be actively moving as many Notes applications as  practical to another platform such as SharePoint/O365, SalesForce, or MongoDB. A minimal amount of investment is being made in enhancing existing Domino applications. There is no new Domino applications being developed.</em></p></blockquote>
  154. <p>Here the use case would be a company that still has a lot of Notes applications in use but has decide to go off maintenance while they start to migrate their applications to one or more other platforms. In this scenario we have at least two challenges. First, how do we convince the customer that the Domino platform is still worth continuing to invest in enough to resume maintenance so that they can do that upgrade to Windows 10, provide support for the latest version of macOS, or support retina displays without abandoning Notes client applications completely? The second challenge would then be to convince these customers that it would once again be strategic to restart the development of new applications with the Domino platform.</p>
  155. <p>For these customers there is little point adding new features to Domino as they are no longer getting the upgrades! What is required here is the establishment of a vision for Domino 2025 that will trigger these companies to take a fresh look at the Domino platform. To see that the platform has a future and still remains one of the cheapest ways to build and maintain business solutions that will continue to be relevant in 2025. And while there is a lot of debate within the US political system about the value of amnesty o solve a long-standing immigration problem, I think we have a very compelling case to consider an amnesty for Domino customers. When Domino 10 is released next year AND a vision has been published for Domino 2025, I would like to see every company that has ever used Domino given a one time opportunity to upgrade their existing Notes/Domino license to Domino 10 so that everyone that remains invested inside those companies has access to the latest tools to add some life to their applications and build a case for its continued use. To support this a simpler licensing model can then be applied to keep those licenses updated for the many things that will follow that reflects the current usage with or without mail.</p>
  156. <h3>Those Still Dating</h3>
  157. <p>There is another segment of the market that is not shown, but one that we do encounter from time to time. People who have used Domino in the past often move on in there careers and later find themselves working for a new company that is looking for something that does what Notes/Domino did for them 10-20 years ago. It may also be a new company that has not yet settled on an application platform and is concerned about either the costs or the complexity of alternative platforms. How do we make Domino 2025 relevant to these companies so we can start growing the base once more?</p>
  158. <h4><span style="color: #3366ff;"><strong>Living Together (Enterprises)</strong></span></h4>
  159. <p>I keep looking back to the early days of Lotus Notes and how it was able to attract new customers. At that time the IT departments all believed they had all the solutions they needed without Lotus Notes. And yet, it was still possible for business departments and small satellite  IT departments to introduce a product like Notes into their environment without the need for creating too much attention from corporate IT. It also required a degree of consumer marketing to make the product known to these sorts of customers. Another angle that will work, but only in some enterprises, is to convince corporate IT, that the Domino platform provides a compelling business case for citizen developers to drive down the cost of building smaller personal and departmental applications.</p>
  160. <h4><span style="color: #3366ff;"><strong>First Dates (SMBs)</strong></span></h4>
  161. <p>I think it has been a long time since we have seen the Domino platform being marketed directly to the SMB market. This has allowed companies such as Microsoft, Google, and Salesforce to dominate the market restricting the ability for the Domino platform to attract new customers. Being the CEO of a small company I know the challenges that come from trying to build a business while keeping the costs for things like software under control.  So the use case for this scenario is Red Pill Now.</p>
  162. <p>While I have a team of highly qualified Domino developers at my disposal we never seriously contemplated using Notes Mail or Domino for any of our applications. To do that I would have needed a cloud offering that allowed me to get started without the need to purchase install, and support my own servers. I would have needed software that I could easily download and install and get started with special pricing while I was a company with 0-10, 11-25, or 26-100 users. I still may not have purchased Connections or Verse so my application platform would need to integrate with my mail, contact, calendaring, and cloud file system (G-Suite) as well as support our use of Atlassian products such as Jira and Confluence. I also would have needed some way to start with a monthly subscription with an option to convert to an annual subscription or a one-off purchase once I had the cash flow to make that type of purchase. By the time my company had the cash-flow to purchase a perpetual license I have probably got so much invested in that platform I am not going to transfer what I have created to something else without a compelling reason to do so. Of course, the other thing I would have needed at the time I was making decisions about software was a sense that the software had a future up to and beyond 2025. That was not the case for Notes/Domino in 2012.</p>
  163. <h3>Parental Guidance</h3>
  164. <p>And then of course there is the education market, an area that has long been the subject of heated debate within the Lotus community. The students of today become the employees, managers, and business owners of the future. They often take the skills they acquire in high school and college and put them to use in their jobs. If they have the need to automate a business process for which they are responsible they will often turn to a product about which they know. I have a 14 year-old daughter who has just started her first year in High School. She is already well versed in both Office 365 and G-Suite because these are the tools of choice in the various schooling systems in which she has been enrolled. My daughter&#8217;s only knowledge of Domino is knowing that is tied to what my company does. I have never taken the time and effort to explain to her in detail what Domino does because I consider it unlikely to be a skill she would encounter any time soon. (I wish it was otherwise as I am proud of what I do). The long term future of Domino would need to change that in some way. The solution here is a combination of two things. First we need to have a modern application platform with plenty of WOW as outlined for the engaged. Once we have that we then then need to make it easy for students to download and start using a free Domino Community Edition  and then market this to schools and students alike. Of course now I have drifted back into a series of ideas that have been proposed and debated many time before within our community, something I never find to be all that fruitful.</p>
  165. <h3>Domino 2025 Jam</h3>
  166. <p>On Monday I have the chance to participate in the <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Domino 2025 Jam</a>. I am looking forward to the chance to hear the views of many others in North America. If you found your way to read this blog you are probably somebody whose thoughts and opinions are important and relevant to this discussion. If you have not already done so I would encourage you find an event that you can attend and get involved in the discussion.</p>
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  172. <title>New Webinar Series for Application Modernization</title>
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  175. <pubDate>Thu, 30 Nov 2017 18:12:22 +0000</pubDate>
  176. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Peter Presnell]]></dc:creator>
  177. <category><![CDATA[Community]]></category>
  178. <category><![CDATA[Modern Notes]]></category>
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  182. <description><![CDATA[How many IBM Champions does it take to change a lightbulb? Red Pill Now is please to announce that it is launching a new series of<span class="excerpt-hellip"> […]</span>]]></description>
  183. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>How many IBM Champions does it take to change a lightbulb?</p>
  184. <p>Red Pill Now is please to announce that it is launching a new series of Webinars that will focus on the topic of Application Modernization. This forms part of Red Pill Now&#8217;s response to the recent announcement by IBM of the <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Domino2025 initiative</a>. What better way to celebrate the return of the familiar yellow to the product marketing! Our goal will be to bring together thought leaders from the community to present and discuss topics of relevance to companies with an investment in Domino applications. Customers and Business Partners who are looking for ideas on how to keep Domino applications relevant as we head towards 2025 and beyond.</p>
  185. <p>In the first Webinar on Thursday, December 7 @ 2 PM EST we will be covering Migration versus Modernization. This is a topic front and center for many CIOs and IT Managers. We will take the issue head on with two 15-minute mini-sessions being lead by<a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener"> Paul Withers</a> from <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Intec</a> and myself. We will then be concluding the Webinar with a panel of experts consisting of Paul Withers, Nathan T Freeman, Devin Olson, Keith Strickland, Bob Kadrie, and myself to answer YOUR questions. That&#8217;s FIVE current or former IBM Champions plus Bob, the design guy! Together we will seeing if we can change a few of the lightbulb&#8217;s going off in your  head about what your Domino applications might look like in 2025 and beyond. (Yes, it takes 5.5 IBM Champions to change a lightbulb!)</p>
  186. <p>To register for the event please go to <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener"></a></p>
  187. <p>For my mini-session I will be making available for the first time the latest thinking from Red Pill Now on what it means to migrate or modernize a Domino application and the implications this has on how we should be approaching these types of projects. Paul will be drawing on his own experiences with application modernization and a white paper he recently put together on this topic.</p>
  188. <p>Please join us for our first Webinar and bring plenty of questions.</p>
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  194. <title>Red Pill Now and SWING Software Enter Into a Strategic Partnership</title>
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  197. <pubDate>Tue, 28 Nov 2017 18:33:43 +0000</pubDate>
  198. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Peter Presnell]]></dc:creator>
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  204. <description><![CDATA[SWING Software and Red Pill Now have entered into a partnership agreement aimed at providing IBM Notes customers with top-of-class solutions and services for archiving Notes<span class="excerpt-hellip"> […]</span>]]></description>
  205. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>SWING Software and Red Pill Now have entered into a partnership agreement aimed at providing IBM Notes customers with top-of-class solutions and services for archiving Notes application data.</p>
  206. <p>The Notes application archiving services will be one of several services offered by Red Pill Now as part of their new <a href="">Take 5</a> initiative. According to Peter Presnell, CEO at Red Pill Now, &#8220;Take 5 provides a one-stop test drive offered to leading industry solutions for modernizing your Notes applications and critical Domino Data. After discussing your business objectives and analyzing your Notes domain, we’ll provide you with a hands-on, side-by-side demonstration of up to five solutions, each developed by leading IBM Business Partners.&#8221;</p>
  207. <p>Peter goes on to say, &#8220;Notes application data archiving is one of the crucial considerations for any modernization or migration project. We have found the SWING PDF Converter and Seascape for Notes products to be in perfect alignment with our strategy as they provide an excellent solution to all key requirements for long-term preservation of IBM Notes data.&#8221;</p>
  208. <p>SWING Software CEO David Jakelic adds, “We are very excited to join forces with Red Pill Now in offering our combined solutions and services. The Take 5 initiative brings a unique value to the Notes/Domino market, and we are truly happy to be part of it.”</p>
  209. <p>Red Pill Now and SWING Software are longtime IBM Business Partners, each recognized for its contributions to the market through products, consulting, and education. Combined, their solutions and services have reached several thousand companies worldwide, and their new partnership enhances their ability to service existing customers as well as new ones.</p>
  210. <h4>About Red Pill Now</h4>
  211. <p>Red Pill Now, through its Red Pill DIG solution and its customized technical services, is the world’s foremost expert in the modernization of Lotus Notes applications and Domino data. Its “design first” methodology creates unique pathways for each of its customers using a process dedicated to reaching goals. Red Pill Now’s ethos of commitment to collaboration is reflected in its client services as well as its strategic partnerships. Learn more about Red Pill Now at</p>
  212. <h4>About SWING Software</h4>
  213. <p>SWING Software develops and markets award-winning software for collaborative document management. Its market-leading products for IBM Notes/Domino are helping companies across 60 countries worldwide streamline their document production, publishing, and archiving processes. For more information, visit</p>
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  219. <title>Lessons Learned Replacing Lotus: Part 2025</title>
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  222. <pubDate>Tue, 28 Nov 2017 02:24:19 +0000</pubDate>
  223. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Peter Presnell]]></dc:creator>
  224. <category><![CDATA[Modern Notes]]></category>
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  229. <description><![CDATA[I had an interesting call a few days ago from my long-time friend who sold me my first Lotus in 1989. Apparently Lotus had just announced<span class="excerpt-hellip"> […]</span>]]></description>
  230. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>I had an interesting call a few days ago from my long-time friend who sold me my first Lotus in 1989. Apparently Lotus had just announced a few changes. I was informed that Lotus have decided to form a strategic partnership with a Korean auto company (KCL) to manufacture their cars. When I asked why, my friend explained how Lotus had become so unionized they had struggled to remain competitive. Lotus would remain responsible for the design and sales of its vehicles, but manufacturing would be placed in the hands of KCL. So then came the pitch. I was offered the chance to join an exciting new program. If I was willing to make a ten-year commitment, I would be first in line for each new model Lotus released between now and 2025. A new Lotus, the Lotus X, would be released in 2018 with the promise of a steady stream of exciting new models after that. I was also going to be given the chance to attend a Lotus Jam and provide input to the teams at Lotus that were designing these new cars.</p>
  231. <p>As a long-time Lotus enthusiast I was very interested. My interest in driving a Lotus had waned a bit over recent years as I focused more on the pleasures of spending time with my family than the pleasure of driving my yellow sports car. Now seemed like a good time for me to renew that enthusiasm.</p>
  232. <p>My first thoughts turned to the Lotus X. What would I want in my next Lotus? It had been a few years since the last Lotus was released so there were a lot of things to look out for. I know from driving my wife&#8217;s BMW how useful it is to have HUD. Something that seemed like a gimmick until I experienced it. Also simple things like keeping track and displaying the prevailing speed limit or warning me when a car is in my blind spot make driving so much safer. Living in Southern California I had also learned the value of getting real-time traffic updates for my GPS. Knowing ahead of time of potential delays in traffic when commutes on local freeways can often be well over an hour have saved me on a number of occasions. Equally, my wife&#8217;s BMW had also taught me about a few things I didn&#8217;t want. Run When Flat tires sounded like a good idea on the brochure. In reality they turned out to be something of a nightmare. Each time a tire is damaged it has to be replaced completely. And often not just the one tire, it usually means replacing two tires as nobody ever seems to recommend having two front or rear tires with significantly different levels of wear. And these things were also VERY expensive. All that to provide the needed amount of space in the trunk (boot for you Australians out there!).</p>
  233. <p>When I started talking to my family and friends I soon found myself overloaded with ideas of what I might want. Many of the ideas my friends suggested, like 20 cup holders, were not high on my own priority list. I could see how my view of a Lotus in 2017 may not match that of others. I would be competing with my own ideas and priorities against a lot of other people&#8217;s views. Lotus would have to make some tough choices as to what they added in next year&#8217;s Lotus X as there was a lot of possibilities and only so much time to make changes.</p>
  234. <p>I then turned my thoughts towards what would I want from a Lotus in 2025? That&#8217;s a lot tougher question as cars are going to change a lot over the next 8 years and may be almost unrecognizable to what I am driving today. A Lotus in 2025 is almost certainly going to be electric. It will probably drive itself which means it is going to be offering a wide range of features to the &#8220;driver&#8221; that were never possible before when a driver would be in total control over almost every aspect of the car. Integration with the Internet of Things so that I would have access to various aspects of my life at home and work would be important. Its not clear what legislation would allow me to undertake as a driver of a self-driving car in 2025 but I am pretty sure my car would provide a WIFI hotspot for its occupants and that numerous screen and input devices, including voice, would be available.</p>
  235. <p>Then it hit me&#8230;. It&#8217;s getting harder to differentiate many of the brands of cars now on the market, and a lot of new brands look likely to emerge over the next 10 years. Porsche now sells SUVs. Maserati is selling sedans. What&#8217;s next, a Ferrari truck to compete with the F150? I drive rentals every month and almost every car I drive looks the same no matter the make. If I was going to invest in Lotus over the next 10 years I really needed to go back to the Lotus brand. Isn&#8217;t there a danger that if all I did was add features that are missing today but found in other cars that instead of creating a car that was true to the Lotus brand I would merely have a clone of something else that had a Lotus badge? So I began to think&#8230;. What was it about Lotus that enticed me back in 1989 and how would that brand be relevant to me in a car built in 2025?</p>
  236. <hr />
  237. <p>Rather than answer that question, let&#8217;s now jump to the other Lotus, Lotus Notes. A product which by some very strange coincidence is also in a very similar position. A product that has survived in the market since 1989 despite many predictions of its ultimate demise. An <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">announcement</a> by IBM of a new strategic partnership with an Indian company, HCL, with a promise to deliver a new version of Notes and Domino in 2018 and the opportunity to provide input as to the future direction of what is now being referred to as the &#8220;Domino product family&#8221;.</p>
  238. <p>It would be fair to say that it would be easy for me to provide a list of 10 enhancements I would most like to see in the next release of Notes/Domino. We all have those those lists stored in our heads, documented in IdeaJam, or stored in e-mails that have been sent to Peter Janzen or Barry Rosen. It&#8217;s also likely we have debated those lists with each other over a drink (or two) at conferences and seminars over the years. In some ways, I&#8217;d have to say my list has evolved over the years to become more of a bucket list.</p>
  239. <p>Obviously HCL are not investing in the Domino product family because they think its going to disappear in the next 10 years. They are forming this strategic partnership with IBM because they believe they can take the product in directions that IBM may not have been able to. IBM probably think so too. That really requires a different type of discussion. What would be needed to make Domino a viable product not just for the next 10 years, but beyond? To answer that question I really need to go back to what it was that put Lotus on the map many years ago. To remind myself what was the original Lotus Notes brand. For the first 10 years of its existence Notes had been a leader that others were unable to copy. For the past 10 years Notes has become more of a product trying to catch up with other products. Like many others I had bought into a product because it was a thought-leader.</p>
  240. <p>I still remember my first experience with Lotus Notes. It was an IBM presentation in Melbourne, Australia for Lotus Notes 3. I recall seeing the UI, a tabbed two-dimensional grid of applications. At the time that was pretty radical for software. I also remember that it didn&#8217;t matter I was not working in IT. It was possible for me to get a set of floppy disks that allowed me to install the software on my computer and quickly get a working application up and running in hours. Not only that, but I could also install the same software on a few of my colleagues computers as well as a computer we designated as a server that then allowed us to replicate that application and all its changes between our computers. After a few weeks, word began to spread of what we had been able to accomplish, and even the IT department were dropping by for a look. These things seem very fundamental today, but at the time it was totally radical.</p>
  241. <p>I wasn&#8217;t an IT professional at the time and it took me several years before I was brave enough to start programming in LotusScript. But that didn&#8217;t matter. There were a series of templates for things like discussion databases and document libraries. Again, things we take for granted now but back then the concept of applications that supported collaboration and integrated e-mail for workflow was also quite radical. After I had pushed the boundaries of templates I began to explore the power of @formula (or macros as they were known back then). One of the beauties of Notes was that the data and code was all integrated into a single, NSF, file. And the Notes client itself had Designer built into the one client. Simply put Notes provided everything I needed as part of the one product. As I grew more confident I could progress from templates, to custom applications using @formula and later LotusScript.</p>
  242. <p>Later on I became a Notes developer and Notes truly gave me super-human capabilities. Even though my programming skills were nowhere near as well developed as others in IT who were playing around with technologies such as VB.Net, C#, SQL Server, and Java, it didn&#8217;t matter. I could usually produce an application every bit as good in a fraction of the time and at a fraction of the cost. At many of the clients for whom I worked there was often many people in IT who resented what I was able to do. They had their strategic platforms that they wanted to standardize all important business processes but business units were usually requesting Notes solutions by name. Those were the glory days of Notes and what lead to the creation of around 20 million Notes applications and as many as 200 billion lines of frequently-copied @formula and LotusScript code.</p>
  243. <p>This is the Lotus &#8220;brand&#8221; that I would want to see carried forward in Domino 2025. Not necessarily a set of me-to features that narrows the gap between Notes/Domino and other competing platforms out there. But something that would be a leader that returns those same super-human powers to a new generation of people, only in a &#8220;slightly&#8221; more modern context. Something simple and easy to get started.</p>
  244. <h3>Domino 2025</h3>
  245. <h4>No-Code</h4>
  246. <p>Let start with what is the entry point for many people wanting a highly product application platform that can be used by programmers and citizen developers alike. In the era of Lotus Notes it never really had a name, but now the term no-code application development tends to be used. The original templates that came with Notes covered things like discussion databases and document libraries. Solutions for these types of applications are now very well covered by what we know as persistent chat clients (Slack, Watson Workspace) and cloud file stores (Box, OneDrive, Connections Files). The more sophisticated collaboration needs covered by Team Room have evolved into products like IBM Connections, Office 365 etc. We now need a new set of out-of-the box solutions that duplicate commonly used business functions in which some degree of customization can add value. SalesForce provides a very good example of solutions such as CRM, Call Center, ECM, Portals, Employee Engagement for which simple solutions could be delivered as a new breed of templates.</p>
  247. <p>Many of the original Notes applications automated manual processes for the first time. In other cases we were taking business processes modeled in personal spreadsheets such as Lotus 1-2-3 and Excel and making them available as departmental applications. Many of the target applications for Domino 2025 are likely to now have data that is stored in data-stores such as Excel, SQL, SharePoint, Access, and MongoDB. We will need a simple way to build a new Domino application by pointing it to one of these data-sources. What better way to fight-back against the in-roads these data stores have had on Notes over the years than to start pinching back some of those same applications. To add some real WOW to Domino and external data we should look at ways in which the data could be replicated between Domino and these data sources. Integrating LEI into Domino 2025 or picking up on some of the work done by <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Darwino</a> on replicating with SQL would be areas to explore. By 2025 it is almost certain that Domino applications would also need to have the ability to seamlessly integrate with the IoT.</p>
  248. <h4>Low-Code</h4>
  249. <p>The ability to provide some low-level language for basic customization is the next step in application sophistication, now known as low-code. Simple Actions are perhaps the easiest way for a citizen developer to get started with programming, removing the need for learning programming syntax. @Formula was originally adopted from Lotus 1-2-3. And while it still viewed as being proprietary, it remains a reasonable option for low-code, one that is also being used within LiveGrid. Other options that should be considered is the IoT style of programming such as that used in <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">IFTTT</a>.</p>
  250. <h4>High-Code</h4>
  251. <p>As has been the case with many Notes applications originally built by citizen developers, they eventually get passed on to IT departments to maintain. This occurs when the original citizen developers move on or when the applications start to become sufficiently important to warrant IT taking over as custodians. The biggest weakness with SharePoint is the pain that must be incurred when moving to the next level and using C# and .Net. Many citizen developers can have well-developed programming skills that would allow then to move up to this next level of programming. It is therefore going to be important for Domino applications to grow from modest beginnings to more sophisticated applications. It is here that perhaps the biggest changes are going to be required to reflect the way modern applications are now being built. LotusScript, Java, and SSJS (XPages) may need to be replaced with modern alternatives such as <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Node.js</a> and <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">ECMAScript</a>/JavaScript. This is going to need IDEs and code editors that provide state of the art editors for JavaScript.</p>
  252. <p>Transitioning from the old to the new could prove to be challenging. For this we should look closely to the approach taken by the Connections team with Connections Pink. By building a virtualization layer into Connections it is possible to implement a completely new architecture for Connections Pink and still provide backwards compatibility for the legacy Connections components. Something similar is likely to be required for Domino if we are going to get away from the compatibility trap.</p>
  253. <h4>REST APIs</h4>
  254. <p>A modern Domino platform is almost certainly going to need to support REST out of the box. Just as LiveGrid allows citizen developers to build applications that automatically have a REST API generated that conforms to <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">OpenAPI</a> (<a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Swagger</a>) specification, so too should Domino. In addition to OpenAPI, Domino would also benefit from having <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Postman</a> integrated into the Domino Designer IDE. I&#8217;m not sure if <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">LoopBack </a>could be integrated into the same environment without making the whole thing too complex but it would be helpful for developers wanting to add complicated business logic via Node.js.</p>
  255. <h4>Notes Client</h4>
  256. <p>It&#8217;s not clear if the Notes client has a future in Domino 2025. One of the biggest advantages of the Notes client was that it provided a way to deploy Notes applications that ensured the applications always looked and behaved the same. This worked well in a time when devices were constrained to desktop computers and later laptops and the resolution of monitors were largely the same (VGA). Today applications need to be deployed to a much wider range of devices that includes tablets, smartphones, and wearables. Input has gone from being a keyboard with the addition of a mouse to now include touch screens and voice input. I have heard suggestions of offering an <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Electron</a> client as a way of providing a much lighter client. A modern application platform has to support web browsers, and possibly native mobile clients. Citizen developers are not going to want to have to deal with the complexities that these choices bring, which means Domino would need to support a mechanism in which the application is programmed once and then automatically ported to these platforms.</p>
  257. <p>One thing is clear. If its not already the case now, it definitely will be by 2025. As a user of Notes I expect to be able to quickly and easily download and install a &#8220;Notes client&#8221; onto any device without the need to engage my IT department. I will also expect to see regular updates that are automatically applied are easily requested. I also do not want to have to restart my machine after doing the install. And if I find myself somewhere using a device I would not normally do i would always want to have some way to quickly and easily access my Notes applications and basic featured for development and administration from a web browser.</p>
  258. <h4>Licensing</h4>
  259. <p>Licensing has become an extremely complicated process with most enterprises having a single large enterprise license agreement which ultimately binds everyone in the enterprise to using (or not using) a range of Notes features based upon what a central body of people negotiate on behalf of (often) 1,000s of users of the software. It usually also involves a complicated annual renew process that now gives customers a reason to question their investment in Notes every 12 months.  The process is so complicated and messy that Red Pill Now tries to avoid this important part of the process completely. It is clear that new pricing models are needed that are easily understood.</p>
  260. <p>Successful citizen developer platforms will be those that allow the citizens to download and install the software quickly and easily from a Web site with nothing more than a name, address, phone number, and email and start using it for free. This is the all important test drive without which any prospective Lotus driver needs to feel the exhilaration that comes from driving a Lotus. The freemium model may have some constraints such as the size of the database or it not being able to store the data anywhere but on a local replica. But it will allow a business professional to get hooked into the power of the Lotus platform. Updates to the software should be automatic even during the period of free use to encourage everyone to be taking advantage of the latest features of the software. Let&#8217;s stay modern!</p>
  261. <p>When it comes time to transition to an enterprise license the experience needs to be a pleasant one. Users now demand that they are billed for what they are using rather than what they could be using. If I decide I am only interested in using Notes for applications I don&#8217;t expect to be paying the same price as somebody who also uses Notes for mail or instant messaging.</p>
  262. <h4>Domino Directory</h4>
  263. <p>The use of Domino is largely predicated on the establishment of a Domino Directory to control licensing, authentication, authorization, routing, and configuration for the Domino environment. And while there are still some companies willing to maintain a Domino directory for those purposes many companies are looking to simplify these processes across there software platforms. Domino can no longer assume that organizations are going to maintain a list of users, groups etc separately from existing Active Directory or other LDAP Directories. Integration between these directories via seamless synchronization or direct support for those directories will become increasingly important to retain customers and essential to attracting new customers. This is analogous to Lotus trying to sell electric vehicles that would only recharge at designated Lotus charging stations ignoring the established network of convenient charging stations already established outside of the world of Lotus.</p>
  264. <h4>JavaScript Frameworks</h4>
  265. <p>Notes development was largely client-based whereas XPages was largely server-based. While the pendulum may keep swinging, the current trends suggest that client-based JavaScript frameworks are the way forward. There is always a danger that basing an application platform on one JavaScript framework or another such as Angular, Vue, Ember, Polymer or React leaves the platform vulnerable to market changes . This happened with XPages, that was based upon Dojo only to find jQuery became the dominant player. Web components (a HTML 5 standard) provide one way of insulating Domino from these market fads. If Domino applications developed by citizen developers are based upon UI elements implemented as Web components then more sophisticated web applications could be built using those same Web components but using a wide range of the JavaScript frameworks that now support Web components.</p>
  266. <h4>Application Store</h4>
  267. <p>We now know that a successful application platform like Domino can result in thousands of applications being built in a single enterprise. Consideration should be given to helping manage applications at this level. The concept of About and Using policy documents needs to be replaced with the concept of an application store that would allow Domino applications to be fully documented and easily distributed on demand. This should include a mechanism for easily keeping track of who owns and supports each application. A major overhaul of the catalog.nsf would be a good start.</p>
  268. <p>We should also look at the value that could be added by providing functionality such as Panagenda&#8217;s <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Application Insights</a> and/or <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Teamworkr Analytics</a> into the base product. Why wait until we have a problem before we start to keep track of the usage patterns for applications and the levels of similarity in the code base for applications as they are built and deployed. Lets make these tools available to all applications from day one! Lets build the business case to help justify building more Domino applications into the product itself! When applications stop getting used we should automatically let somebody know that they can be removed from a Domino server rather than letting them accumulate over the years. We should always know how many applications we have in use and key metrics that help define the business value being generated. Surely there is a role here for Watson!</p>
  269. <h4>Extensibility</h4>
  270. <p>Domino 2025 should be designed and documented much like Connection Pink. All the APIs should be both public and documented. As of today there are only a few Lotus Jedi remaining who understand the deep dark depths of the C API. We need to encourage a thriving population of business partners to build innovative solutions that extend Domino. Just as the Connections team has opened up the Connections code to everyone at IBM resulting in 10% of commits coming from outside the Connections team, so too should we push the boundaries on the ways we can get a greater level of contribution to Domino. We should aim high here. Instead of following the lead of Connections Pink why not go further and open-source key areas of Domino and use OpenNTF as a clearing house to get everyone on the Notes.Domino community contributing to the code?</p>
  271. <h4>Continuous Integration</h4>
  272. <p>Domino 2025 needs to reflect the ways in which modern applications are now built and deployed. Source code control, automated builds, automated testing, and deployment should be baked into the platform in a way that allows citizen developers to get started without even noticing these things are available. We should then provide more sophisticated developers with the ability to fully harness the power of these tools. The challenge for Domino 2025 will be to find a way that delivers all this in a way that is simple to operate and understand.  Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication.</p>
  273. <h4>Design Thinking</h4>
  274. <p>With the benefit of hindsight, Lotus Notes made it too easy for citizen developers to build ugly applications. We allowed users to set the color, font, and style of almost every component of an application allowing almost every Notes application to look and behave differently. Applications then became eclectic as design elements were then copied from various applications to easily create what some refer to as &#8220;crapplications&#8221;. We now know the importance of building applications that make users happy to use. IBM is already investing heavily in its own <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">design thinking</a>. Domino 2025 should be making it easy to build applications that incorporate many of the ideas that are coming out of the IBM Design labs. A hallmark of a Domino 2025 application should be that it looks good and is easy to understand and use.</p>
  275. <h4>The Simplicity of One</h4>
  276. <p>Perhaps the one thing for me that set Lotus Notes apart from everything else was the simplicity that came from working with the platform. There was a time when there was only one product that took all the code and data for a new application and stored it in a single NSF. There was one client that was installed that was used to both create and use the application. For me the world of Notes started to unravel when the Designer client was separated out as a chargeable option and then when IBM decided to make QuickPlace a separate product rather than extend the Teamroom concept within Notes itself. It may have allowed IBM to make more money in the short-term but it started to complicate the decision model for enterprises that wanted a collaboration platform. Look at the challenges Microsoft currently face in trying to create their own collaborative platform by taking the myriad of components that are needed for Office 365. Also consider the complicated development environment required to build modern web applications. Red Pill Now runs one-hour presentations just to explain what all these products are. I still don&#8217;t understand half of them, which is why I probably am not allowed to write code any more. Perhaps more than anything Domino 2025 needs to return us to a simpler time in which I have one thing that allows me to build and run modern applications.</p>
  277. <h3>Domino 10</h3>
  278. <p>I&#8217;m not sure how much I care about which features make the cut for Notes/Domino 10. What I will be looking out for more than anything is an indication of what that release might say for where the product may be heading over the next 10 years and the level of investment that is apparent to reinvigorate the Notes/Domino platform. Lotus Notes did not establish itself by being a product that followed the trends being set by existing application platforms. Instead it dared to innovate and be different allowing those that used it to create needed applications that could not be easily done using anything else. It recognized the importance of being relevant to what we now know as citizen developers first and foremost and supporting them to create solutions that were every bit as good as those developed by professional developers but for a fraction of the time and cost. Despite all the changes in application development since 1989, that same need and opportunity still exists today.</p>
  279. <p>It is my hope that Domino 10 shows us a path forward and I very much look forward to the discussion that will follow in the coming days, months, and years. If there is any yellow blood still flowing in your veins you owe it to yourself and the community to get involved and have your say. To earn the right to be critical of Notes and Domino and the direction it is going you really need to be prepared to roll up your sleeves and nudge it in the right direction.</p>
  280. <hr />
  281. <p><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Lessons Learned Replacing Lotus: Part 1 (Lotus the car)</a></p>
  282. <p><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Lessons Learned Replacing Lotus: Part 2 (The other car)</a></p>
  283. <p><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Lessons Learned Replacing Lotus: Part 3 (Lotus software)</a></p>
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  289. <title>Red Pill Now is Sponsoring Engage 2018</title>
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  292. <pubDate>Thu, 09 Nov 2017 17:43:48 +0000</pubDate>
  293. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Peter Presnell]]></dc:creator>
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  298. <description><![CDATA[Red Pill Now is pleased to announce that is will be a Platinum Sponsor for Engage 2018 being held in Rotterdam, the Netherlands May 22-23 next<span class="excerpt-hellip"> […]</span>]]></description>
  299. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Red Pill Now is pleased to announce that is will be a Platinum Sponsor for Engage 2018 being held in Rotterdam, the Netherlands May 22-23 next year. Engage is highly regarded as a User Group conference for IBM Collaboration Solutions. With the merging of Connect into Think next year, I believe Engage now represents the largest event on the calendar for ICS specific content. This will be the 10th Annual event for BLUG/Engage and the fourth in which Red Pill Now has been involved.</p>
  300. <p>The event promises to be a memorable one, with Theo yet again surprising us with his choice of a cruise ship, the ss Rotterdam, as the venue. I am told the ship is permanently moored at its berth in Rotterdam, but I would not be surprised if somebody tries to test that out during SpeedSponsoring. For those planning on attending, please arrive early. Platinum sponsors, including Red Pill Now, will be conducting free half-day workshops on Monday May 21, the day before the official start of the conference.</p>
  301. <p><a href=""><img data-attachment-id="12963" data-permalink="" data-orig-file=";ssl=1" data-orig-size="1200,900" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="DGzAgyQWAAAHOUu" data-image-description="" data-medium-file=";ssl=1" data-large-file=";ssl=1" class="aligncenter size-large wp-image-12963" src="" alt="" width="1024" height="768" srcset=";ssl=1 1024w,;ssl=1 300w,;ssl=1 768w,;ssl=1 195w,;ssl=1 50w,;ssl=1 100w,;ssl=1 1200w" sizes="(max-width: 1024px) 100vw, 1024px" data-recalc-dims="1" /></a></p>
  302. <p>We are still debating if we will bring our &#8220;M&#8221; is or Modernization &#8220;session&#8221; from MWLUG to Engage. But you can be rest assured we will be giving a lot of thought to how we can deliver some fun, exciting, and informative sessions.</p>
  303. <p>Session abstracts are now <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">open</a>:</p>
  304. <p>A few sponsor slots <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">remain</a>:</p>
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  310. <title>Domino 2025 Announced</title>
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  313. <pubDate>Wed, 25 Oct 2017 18:28:45 +0000</pubDate>
  314. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Peter Presnell]]></dc:creator>
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  319. <description><![CDATA[One of the rumors making the rounds at Social Connections 12 was that IBM were getting ready to sell Notes. Today the story behind the rumor<span class="excerpt-hellip"> […]</span>]]></description>
  320. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>One of the rumors making the rounds at Social Connections 12 was that IBM were getting ready to sell Notes. Today the story behind the rumor became clearer, with Ed Brill announcing that as part of its plans for extending the Notes/Domino platform beyond 2025 they are outsourcing the development for Notes/Domino to an Indian company <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">HCL Technologies</a> to jointly invest in the Notes, Domino, Verse, and SameTime.</p>
  321. <p><iframe src="" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p>
  322. <p>While it is logical to lump Verse in with the other products because its is essentially a Web client for a NSF mail database, I still find it interesting that IBM are choosing to outsource the development of Verse rather than fold that into the Connections Pink platform. Verse Pink seems to make sense but perhaps IBM have other ideas for how it will integrate mail into its Connections offering moving forward.</p>
  323. <p>As part of the development of Notes/Domino for 2025 and beyond, IBM have also announced there will be a <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Domino 2025 Jam </a>for customers and business partners to provide feedback on the long-term direction of the Notes/Domino platform. There is also the announcement of a new Notes release (<a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Notes 10</a>) in 2018, something also mentioned at Social Connections 12. I would imagine details of Notes 10 will be covered at IBM Think in March.</p>
  324. <p>It has long been my view that Notes/Domino would have taken a much different path if the software development had remained within IRIS as a separate company and not acquired by Lotus and later IBM. For me it will be interesting to see the consequences of outsourcing its development back to another company. Although in this case we are talking about a company (HCL Technologies) that has its interested divided with a number of other products and services that are quite different to Notes and collaboration. This includes a previous deal to outsource the development of other IBM Products such as <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Rational and Tivoli</a>.</p>
  325. <p>I am sure this initiative is going to generate a lot of interest in the community and we will be watch closely (and participating) in the discussions as we start to get a clearer picture of where the future of Notes/Domino lies moving ahead. I believe it is going to be important that all members of the community with a genuine interest in the future of Notes/Domino approach this with a degree of enthusiasm to drive the types of changes we need. We live in interesting times.</p>
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  331. <title>Our Take On Social Connections 12</title>
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  334. <pubDate>Mon, 23 Oct 2017 01:04:56 +0000</pubDate>
  335. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Peter Presnell]]></dc:creator>
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  341. <description><![CDATA[Social Connections 12 was held in Vienna Austria between October 16 &#38; 17. Turk Ergun and myself decided (almost at the last minute) to make the<span class="excerpt-hellip"> […]</span>]]></description>
  342. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Social Connections 12 was held in Vienna Austria between October 16 &amp; 17. Turk Ergun and myself decided (almost at the last minute) to make the trip to Vienna and represent Red Pill Now. The following are some of things that caught our attention during the course of the two days:-</p>
  343. <h1>Ready To Fight</h1>
  344. <p>Being our second Social Connections event this year we already knew to expect a more positive tone than is often found at events that focus more on Notes/Domino. Here we have a mix of customers and business partners that are using IBM&#8217;s social collaboration stack such as Connections and (now) Watson Workspace. They are what Red Pill Now refers to as the &#8220;committed&#8221; customer. Its always good to be part of a community that is not only passionate, but also positive about its outlook. At this event I started to hear a lot of mentions of fighting back. A sense that IBM was getting ready to take on Microsoft O365 and other competitors based upon an understanding it was no longer acceptable just to defend existing market share, but that it was going to be necessary to win new customers. I know there are a lot of cynics out there, and given IBM just announced its 22nd consecutive quarter of declining revenue, its not hard to understand why. I&#8217;m not yet ready to proclaim that ICS has turned the corner, but I do consider it is now prudent for us to consider that possibility.</p>
  345. <p><a href=""><img data-attachment-id="13154" data-permalink="" data-orig-file=";ssl=1" data-orig-size="588,783" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="Jason Gary 2" data-image-description="" data-medium-file=";ssl=1" data-large-file=";ssl=1" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-13154" src=";ssl=1" alt="" width="588" height="783" srcset=";ssl=1 588w,;ssl=1 225w,;ssl=1 110w,;ssl=1 38w,;ssl=1 56w" sizes="(max-width: 588px) 100vw, 588px" data-recalc-dims="1" /></a></p>
  346. <h1>Connections Pink</h1>
  347. <p>The single most significant thing IBM is doing in the ICS space continues to be the Connections Pink strategy spearheaded by Jason Gary. For me the highlight of the conference was the final session in which Jason provided an update on what he is doing and how he is doing it. It is an approach I have not seen anywhere else and (IMHO) represents the single best opportunity for IBM to turn around its ICS fortunes. As we all know, a big part of the success of Notes/Domino was the innovative nature of the product itself, something that competitors struggled to define, much less reproduce for many years. IBM Connections has always felt like a &#8220;me too&#8221; product that struggles to provide a compelling reason to attract new customers. The Pink architecture provides a base for establishing a platform for the future. The Pink philosophy has the potential to allow ICS to be far more responsive in meeting the evolving needs of customers. As Jason puts it, he doesn&#8217;t want to head a team that builds software FOR customers and partners, but rather build software WITH customers and partners. As evidence of this Jason announced that 10% of the Connection Pink code has been contributed by IBMers outside his team.</p>
  348. <p>The release of Connections 6 in March has started what I expect will be a 2-3 year transformation of the Connections product from being a follower in a crowded market space to being more of an innovative platform that is architected in a way that entices a growing base of equally innovative partners to build a new generation of solutions that take us closer towards the full potential of Enterprise Social Software.</p>
  349. <p><iframe class='youtube-player' type='text/html' width='1200' height='705' src=';rel=1&#038;fs=1&#038;autohide=2&#038;showsearch=0&#038;showinfo=1&#038;iv_load_policy=1&#038;wmode=transparent' allowfullscreen='true' style='border:0;'></iframe></p>
  350. <h2>3D Search</h2>
  351. <p>I was able to see 3D Search for the first time, in what looks like an attempt to combat Microsoft Graph by taking search in a new direction. There weren&#8217;t a lot of details provided, but given Red Pill Now&#8217;s well established interest in graph databases, we are certainly interested in learning more of what IBM has to offer here. Especially if the opportunity exists to extend this to include data held in Notes databases.</p>
  352. <p><a href=""><img data-attachment-id="13146" data-permalink="" data-orig-file=";ssl=1" data-orig-size="1126,802" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="3D Search" data-image-description="" data-medium-file=";ssl=1" data-large-file=";ssl=1" class="aligncenter wp-image-13146 size-large" src=";ssl=1" alt="" width="1024" height="729" srcset=";ssl=1 1024w,;ssl=1 300w,;ssl=1 768w,;ssl=1 205w,;ssl=1 50w,;ssl=1 105w,;ssl=1 1126w" sizes="(max-width: 1024px) 100vw, 1024px" data-recalc-dims="1" /></a></p>
  353. <h2>OrientMe</h2>
  354. <p>Details about <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Orient Me</a> was shared at Social Connections 11 in Chicago. OrientMe is the first of a new generation of solutions being added to Connections and provides a Connections user with the ability to consolidate information relevant to them to be consolidate into a single page. New enhancements (OrientMe 2 and OrientMe Cloud) are planned during 2018.</p>
  355. <p><iframe class='youtube-player' type='text/html' width='1200' height='705' src=';rel=1&#038;fs=1&#038;autohide=2&#038;showsearch=0&#038;showinfo=1&#038;iv_load_policy=1&#038;wmode=transparent' allowfullscreen='true' style='border:0;'></iframe></p>
  356. <h2>Connections Customizer</h2>
  357. <p>Formerly known as Project Muse, IBM Connections Customizer provides Connections enthusiasts with an API that allows a wide range of UI elements within Connections to be customized. It works by creating a proxy between the browser and the underlying Connections product providing the opportunity to directly change the JSON payload being sent to Connections, or passed back from Connections. This is great news for IBM Business Partners who will be looking for ways to integrate there own products into Connections allowing pages or communities to be configured as needed for specific purposes.</p>
  358. <p><iframe class='youtube-player' type='text/html' width='1200' height='705' src=';rel=1&#038;fs=1&#038;autohide=2&#038;showsearch=0&#038;showinfo=1&#038;iv_load_policy=1&#038;wmode=transparent' allowfullscreen='true' style='border:0;'></iframe></p>
  359. <h2>Connections Engagement Center</h2>
  360. <p>When <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">IBM acquired TIMETOACT&#8217;s</a> XCC product in May, it promised to make this available as IBM Connections Engagement Center (CEC). This was the first event in which I have had the chance to see the results up close. Its hard to imagine why IBM hadn&#8217;t been trying to develop something like this for Connections all along. And if they weren&#8217;t its easy to see why they would want to purchase this. It reminds me of a ECM product like WordPress or even Confluence allowing a library of widgets to surface content from inside and outside Connections on a page to meet the specific needs of communities. It&#8217;s a bit like OrientMe at a group level. Now you have my interest IBM. Up until this point I have never seen that Connections was a product aimed at anything else but the Enterprise market. Here we have a solution, that is not exactly unique, but given everything else it offers, I could do provides something that a SMB like my own company could actually find useful.</p>
  361. <p>The road map for CEC includes an initial release of the on-premise product followed by a cloud version early next year and a Pink version of the product perhaps later in 2018. I am not sure if I got this right, but it sounded like IBM is considering making this an add-on product for Connections. Really! You have a product that has often struggled with getting adoption and a feature that allows me to finally build the team of communities/team spaces I want but that becomes a chargeable extra! That&#8217;s like building me a new home and then telling me the front door, that allows convenient access to the home, is an optional extra.</p>
  362. <p><iframe class='youtube-player' type='text/html' width='1200' height='705' src=';rel=1&#038;fs=1&#038;autohide=2&#038;showsearch=0&#038;showinfo=1&#038;iv_load_policy=1&#038;wmode=transparent' allowfullscreen='true' style='border:0;'></iframe></p>
  363. <h2>LiveGrid</h2>
  364. <p>The latest version of LiveGrid was on show this week allowing us to see the progress being made on IBM&#8217;s low-code/no-code application development offering that is expected to be released in 2018. The product being demonstrated is now more refined that earlier prototypes in look and feel and its is clear expectations on how many @formula will be available in in the first release is much less than the early plans. The things I think we can expect to see is the loading of data in new grids from Excel and CSV files that would be persisted in MongoDB as well as the ability to build a grid from data held in a Notes database. Highly anticipated features such as the ability to join grids together using a join may get deferred to a later release.</p>
  365. <p>It seems that LiveGrid 1.0 will fall short of the functional requirements many will expect as a potential replacement for some of the Notes functionality, but if IBM provide the level of API support they are doing as part of the Pink architecture that creates a huge opportunity for business partners to fill. One example being the potential for <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Darwino&#8217;s to replicate</a> LiveGrid data.</p>
  366. <p><a href=""><img data-attachment-id="13147" data-permalink="" data-orig-file=";ssl=1" data-orig-size="4032,3024" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;1.8&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;iPhone 7&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;1508166773&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;3.99&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;32&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0.03030303030303&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;1&quot;}" data-image-title="LiveGrid" data-image-description="" data-medium-file=";ssl=1" data-large-file=";ssl=1" class="aligncenter size-large wp-image-13147" src=";ssl=1" alt="" width="1024" height="768" srcset=";ssl=1 1024w,;ssl=1 300w,;ssl=1 768w,;ssl=1 195w,;ssl=1 50w,;ssl=1 100w,;ssl=1 2400w,;ssl=1 3600w" sizes="(max-width: 1024px) 100vw, 1024px" data-recalc-dims="1" /></a></p>
  367. <h1>People Service</h1>
  368. <p>It sounds like the next major feature to be added to Connections as part of its &#8220;pinkification&#8221; will be something presently known as People Services. This seems to fill an important void between the existing Connections Profile service in Connections and the type of functionality O365 is able to offer with its growing integration with LinkedIn.</p>
  369. <p><a href=""><img data-attachment-id="13150" data-permalink="" data-orig-file=";ssl=1" data-orig-size="1044,783" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="People Services 2" data-image-description="" data-medium-file=";ssl=1" data-large-file=";ssl=1" class="aligncenter size-large wp-image-13150" src=";ssl=1" alt="" width="1024" height="768" srcset=";ssl=1 1024w,;ssl=1 300w,;ssl=1 768w,;ssl=1 195w,;ssl=1 50w,;ssl=1 100w,;ssl=1 1044w" sizes="(max-width: 1024px) 100vw, 1024px" data-recalc-dims="1" /></a></p>
  370. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  371. <h1>Summary</h1>
  372. <p>I was surprised at how much new stuff was delivered at this event. Its reminds me a lot of the hey-day of Lotus Notes when the community would attend LotusSphere excited about the many new announcement that would be made. If you are already a Connections user you can&#8217;t help be excited about what IBM is planning to deliver in 2018. If you are sitting on the fence then the many new features coming over the next 12 months may be the difference. And if you are a traditional Notes/Domino shop that hasn&#8217;t really considered Connections, we can only hope that IBM will find a way to make Connections relevant. Its going to take more than LiveGrid on its own, but the growing capabilities of Connections combined with some powerful APIs are opening doors that didn&#8217;t previously exist.</p>
  373. <p>And finally, congratulations to the team that put together this event. Not just once, but twice each year on different continents. Vienna was a great location and the venue was nothing short of spectacular. I look forward to having the chance to return to Connections 13 wherever it may be held in 2018.</p>
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