March 14, 2018 | Written by: Andrew Manby and Richard Jefts
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Last week we gave the Domino community a sneak peek into what’s currently in the HCL labs. Specifically, that’s available to share in our candidate Domino V10 release coming in 2018. What we covered in the webcast is not the complete story, we will be providing more information about V10 as the months unfold.
It’s incredible to think that we kicked off the #domino2025 jams back in December 2017 with a 23-city jam roadshow, delivered four webcasts (with hundreds of people) and opened an online forum all by Jan 19. We engaged over 2000 participants, i.e., clients, business partners and IBM champions face to face and online.
Across jam sessions, surveys and online forums, there was absolute consistency across all of the high priority themes. We collected every scrap of input in the form of photos, videos, polls and votes.
- “Use of modern development tools and frameworks”
- “Core performance and functionality of the platform”
- “Slimmer, faster and better-looking Notes client”
- “Easy to use authentication and administration”
- “Add-in the missing mail features”
- “Better Microsoft integration for mail, and productivity applications”
Some of the notable survey stats from some of the survey questions:
- 85% of responses said they wanted to deliver their apps on mobile (new and existing apps).
- 4% of responses said they wanted a browser interface to their existing apps.
- 3% of responses said they wanted to produce charts and reports from their existing data.
- Modern tools, removing existing limits and core performance were the top three challenges for app dev.
- Notes performance, outlook integration/functionality, Notes authentication/ID were the top three challenges for mail.
Between Jan 19 and Feb 28, all of this input had been synthesized and poured into a backlog across the dimensions and HCL poured into a backlog across the dimensions of app dev, mail and calendar (Notes and Verse), Sametime chat, platform, security and mobile as the starting point for V10 and beyond.
Big Hairy Audacious Goal (BHAG) – Product Vision
Back in October 2017, we told you we were committed to a robust and exciting roadmap. Yes, we are bringing back the “flames” as Bob Schultz, our GM likes to call it. Together HCL and IBM are going to innovate and invest today, tomorrow and for the foreseeable future. Every journey starts with a destination in mind, and a first step. So, you can think of Domino V10 as a down payment, our first step and major proof point in the #domino2025 journey. We want you to join us on every step!
Our BHAG (AKA product vision) is to go back to our roots to become the “essential application platform that business users tap to solve their collaboration intensive business problems – anyone, anywhere, i.e., get work done quickly, anywhere and by anyone. As the #domino2025 story unfolds, we want to make it easier to bring new business users and developers to the Domino platform. On that journey, rest assured that our vision will be integrated with your existing and future IBM Collaboration Solutions investments such as IBM Connections and IBM Watson Workspace.
Domino V10 Portfolio Themes
Based on the overwhelming feedback from our clients, IBM Champions, Business Partners, this is what we are going to do in Domino V10 – that’s Notes V10, Verse on Premises V10, ST Chat V10 and Domino V10. Here are the three themes for Domino V10 (that we are sharing today):
First, Total Cost of Ownership – extend the strength of the platform, so for V10 we are going to focus on:
1) Making Domino more Bullet Proof
- New – Automate NSF/database repair – can be used to easily add new cluster members, add new databases, recovery from media failure or any other loss of content – all automatically.
- New – Replica sync-up – provides tooling to reconcile any differences between database replicas automatically and without disrupting on-going usage and replication.
- Remove the 64GB limit on NSFs and remove folder limits – folders will be able to hold millions of documents and NSF can be 256GB in size.
- New – Full text auto-update on search and resilience – auto/scheduled rebuild, crash prevention… Set of different things: (1) auto-updating will insure that all searches return all content, (2) Automatic FT rebuilds will be triggered if Domino detects any integrity issue with an index. (3) Periodic, scheduled FT rebuilds will be made easier in Domino tools and encouraged to help improve performance and stability.
- New – Docker Enterprise Edition images.
2) Make Domino easier to integrate within an enterprise IT landscape.
- Active Directory integrations made simple – will make easier to configure Domino and Active Directory integration, and ensure that the configuration continues to work well.
- ID/Vault management improvements – will improve ID file synchronizing with ID vaults and provide improved and automatic tools for ID vault maintenance.
- SAML IDP upgrades (inc. ADFS 4.0.) for SSO – will make configuration with SAML IDPs simpler and less error prone and will support current versions of popular IDPs.
Second, Experience – deliver a world-class mail and apps experience – desktop and mobile mail and chat, plus apps on mobile.
Based on the overwhelming feedback, the focus for the V10 and beyond for Mail (Notes and Verse, Verse Mobile, Outlook integration) and Sametime Chat experience is targeted at consumability, performance and functionality.
- Notes V10 – will be available on both Apple Mac and Windows with the same code stream. It will contain an auto update capability to improve Notes deployments for large organizations, plus an XULRunner upgrade to TLS 1.2 to keep mail/apps secure.
- Verse on Premises (VOP) V10 – will continue to improve this unique browser-based, mail experience.
- Verse Mobile and Traveler – these will continue on their agile iteration schedule.
- Sametime V10 Chat – is getting multi-client chat, mobile chat and file transfer added to the Sametime Limited Use License. You will be able to continue the conversation from your desktop to the road on your mobile device. Adding multi-device chat is entirely complementary to our cloud-based strategy and investment in Watson Workspace.
We know Domino has always been and continues to be a “Swiss Army Knife” for app dev. Here are the “swim lanes” or ways we are focusing today for making it even better:
- Extend – continue to invest in the stability of the Designer and Xpages (e.g., Bootstrap 4 support), ICAA – will get an update to improve its deployability, look and feel, and authentication. IEI and SAP Connector 64bit – will be updated.
- Unleash – something we are saving to talk about at IBM Think. Hint – think Domino Apps anywhere.
- Enhance – it’s about solutions such as “TeamworkR” from Team Technology that makes modernizing the “look and feel” of Domino apps quick and easy for the desktop or mobile device. Plus, it keeps people on the platform.
- Evolve – it’s about bringing open industry standard tools, skills and developers to the platform.
- Node.js – is going to be part of the core Domino platform, not a sidecar implementation.
- There are thousands of open source libraries and communities you will be able to leverage immediately.
The benefit of Node.js to the Domino community is that it opens up new opportunities to solve collaborative-intensive business problems in innovative ways. Furthermore, it helps to future proof Domino apps by bringing together industry standard technologies, abundant skills and a proven, business rich application platform.
Domino V10 is a new chapter in the story for this unique platform and you, its loyal community. We will be delivering Domino V10 in 2018, and during the year, we will be sharing our progress at every opportunity. Watch out for invitations to our “Playback” sessions for key new capabilities since we want to get as many of you engaged, providing feeding and touching code as soon as we are able. Lastly, there’s a lot more good news to come at IBM Think that we will be sharing with everyone. Stay tuned.
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