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We want to give YOU, the Domino community, the opportunity to ask us—a panel of experts from IBM and HCL—a question. Any question. Each month, we will select the most interesting and helpful handful of questions to answer.  (Please note: we are unable to discuss any pricing or licensing questions. Those should be directed to your IBM sales representative, or IBM business partner.)
The first question: “We have developed IBM Domino applications through the years. Is there a way to access these Notes applications in the cloud similar to a Notes client workspace page in Domino V10?”
And our answer: Yes, IBM and its business partners offer solutions to host Domino Apps on private and public clouds, today. These solutions enable existing apps to be accessed remotely using IBM Notes, IBM Client Access for Applications, or via a browser.  
With Domino V10, in addition, you will also be able to run those same Domino applications on your smart tablet devices, and smart phones, accessible from the same Notes workspace. However, the data could well reside on a Domino server in the cloud.  
Click here to sign up for the “Domino Apps on iPad” Design Partner program. 
Lastly, on our April 19 webcast, we shared a business partner solution called teamWorkr that enables you to create a desktop, or mobile-ready, browser experience for your applications in a matter of hours. The solution provides an HTML-enabled workspace for all of the same apps you use from an on-premises, private cloud, or public cloud-based Domino server. Click here for more info.
Question number 2: The most painful thing for users and administrators is the ID file. It makes setup and administration of the Notes client feel old and complicated. Will there be a new and more modern authorization model for the notes client in v10?
Answer: Thank for you asking! In fact, your question sparked a lot of debate and reaction in every #domino2025 jam from Toronto to Manilla.  In Domino V10 and IBM Notes V10, there are two areas of authentication improvement:
  • First, ID/Vault management improvements. We will improve ID file synchronizing with ID vaults and provide improved and automatic tools for ID vault maintenance.
  • Second, if you are using SAML, we will make configuration with SAML IDPs simpler and less error prone and will support current versions of popular IDPs.
Our offer to the community is to have you join one of the “HCL V10 Product Playbacks” and “IBM Technical Webcast” webcasts. Information about the webcast topics and how to register will be announced on the #domino2025 blog shortly. 
Question number 3: Is there a future for Notes client development? Will v10 include any enhancements for Notes client developers?” 
Answer: Good question! Let’s be clear that we committed to traditional Domino application development using the Domino Designer accessible via Notes, ICAA and now with V10, new smart tablet and smart phone devices. You can take your Domino app literally, anywhere. (Elon, are you listening?)
Specifically, the Domino Designer in V10 will enable you to optimize the “Form Factor” of your application’s real-estate running directly on smart tablets such as an iPad. Details to follow in the coming months. 
And remember, your first destination for any question, should be your IBM sales rep and CTP. But Ask Us Anything! 
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Thank you for questions. Keep them coming!
The Domino “Ask Us Anything” team:
Andrew Manby – IBM, Director Product Management
Luis Guirigay – IBM WW Executive IT Specialist and Technical Evangelist 
Uffe Sorensen – IBM, Messaging & Collaboration Director
Mat Newman – IBM, Global Executive 
David Byrd – IBM, Distinguished Engineer, CTO, WW Lab Services and AVP
Klaus Roder – IBM, Program Director, Product Management 
Ted Brufke – IBM, Global Channels Executive 
Jason Gary – HCL, VP Innovation
Barry Rosen – HCL, Director Product Management
Russ Holden – HCL, Director and Chief Architect – IBM Domino and IBM SmartCloud Notes
Andrew Davis – HCL, Director of Engineering and Chief Architect
John Paganetti – HCL, Senior Development Manager 
Margaret Rora – HCL, Global Director, Software Engineering
Ram Krishnamurthy – HCL, Chief Architect, Notes, Designer and XPages
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