The Inside Scoop on DNUG 2018

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The Inside Scoop on DNUG 2018

If you are responsible for the success of a company in 2018 you’re no doubt up-to-date and informed about all relevant industry news and the latest developments in your field. So why attend a conference? The long line of DNUG conferences, now on its 45th year, has always provided a powerful and meaningful reason to why. It’s the mix of several things:
1.    First-hand experience: Attendees take advantage of the opportunity to ask questions directly to speakers and get clarity around new information without a middleman. This also includes the chance to get to know the most important industry leaders in person. 
2.    Networking: You can connect with other attendees, business partners, developers and suppliers. An in-person, direct sharing of knowledge and experience is irreplaceable and invaluable. 
3.    Exclusive information: It’s easy to become the first to hear about new developments and seek out answers that are not available on the internet.
Jörg Rafflenbeul from the board of the DNUG e.V. opened the conference by revealing what the letters “d” and “u” (Du) stand for in the name DNUG. In German, “Du” is a casual term for addressing one another, similar to saying “you” in English. The term “Du” helps establish a friendly and inviting tone for the community and at the conference, which makes it easier for people to connect with each other. In fact, this conference is organized entirely by the user group for IBM Collaboration Solutions, the DNUG e.V., and not by IBM or a business partner. This is how you know that the community and the network make up the core of the DNUG experience and what makes the event special. I’m not alone, obviously, since both the number of members and conference participants have been increasing every year. 
There were many exciting bits of news and announcements shared at this year’s event, and I would like to highlight a few that stood out: 
1. André Unland is the SVP of Digital Transformation Management at Kuehne + Nagel, one of the leading logistics companies worldwide, and he gave an engaging customer keynote speech describing how his company uses Connections as a platform to redesign the workplace. Connections is not a narrowly defined “social platform,” as one may consider Facebook or LinkedIn, but a platform with outstanding possibilities to support business processes in a modern way. The capabilities and use cases of Connections extend far beyond an office environment, as illustrated by Alexander Lorch from Groz-Beckert, who spoke about how the company’s truck drivers use the platform in a similar way. 
2. Especially great was the “Back to the future” keynote session dedicated to #domino2025. Richard Jefts (HCL) and Andrew Manby (IBM) appeared on stage as Marty McFly and Doc Brown to give their thoughts on the Domino V10 launch and roadmap ahead. Here are the main takeaways: 
  • Developing the Domino family products today involves an investment from HCL to have more developers than ever before
  • Version 10 of the Domino family of products will be available in Q4
  • Domino V10 beta 1 is here (June 25) and beta 2 will come end of July/early August for the community to participate in. –->
  • The work to define Domino V11 has already begun. One of the main items of focus is everyone can be a developer” using a low code / no code experience for Domino, email usability, and more automated operations. Domino Version 11 will likely be delivered a year after the availability of version 10. 
  • The support cycle for Domino V10 will match other IBM products, i.e. 5 + 3 years
  • The new Notes app for Domino applications on iPad will soon go into beta under the name “HCL Nomad” and then become generally available with V10
As you can see, IBM and HCL have many irons in the fire! I should also mention that support for Node.js will be available as soon as V10, specifically, JavaScript developers will be able to fully leverage the power of the Domino platform and existing applications investments.  Domino will have support for SLES, RHEL and CentOS docker containers. The latter is particularly attractive because it is a 100{fd28971fc067cafe0325381e751e8cff2eabb77f2acea408a3d217421f564f26} free operating system distribution. Mike Gagnon (HCL) shared a few additional items from the backlog and was met with resounding applause from the crowd. In addition, an explanation of the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) capabilities in V10. There’s no hiding the fact that the development teams are excited and in startup moodit’s really fun to see! 
On the second day of the conference Aarti Borkar, the new head of Collaboration and Talent Solutions Product Management, shared her vision for the workplace of the future: Workstream collaboration. Workstream collaboration is not about collaboration for the sake of collaboration, but rather about collaboration as a central link in workflowssomething can’t be done with email. In the future, email will only be a source piece, similar to where CRM tools and other process tools are headed. However, for the first time as part of the “workstream collaboration” vision, everything is interwoven. Today, when I work in Salesforce, SAP, and other tools, I run into process problems that can only be solved together. But between email, chats, direct messaging, documents, and different tools, both the problem overview and the solution efficiency is lost. 
Aarti and her team have a vision to change this way of working completely by weaving a layer of artificial intelligence into your workflows. For example, the idea that you should be able to use artificial intelligence to identify and then leverage ways in which similar problems have been solved in the past is completely new. Watson Workspace, with its “solution spaces” (which are currently in beta), offers an unparalleled approach to dramatically improving the efficiency of corporate processes. Watson Workspace Plus also has the unique ability to seamlessly launch an audio and video web meeting using the market’s leading technology, Zoom, with only one click.
Danielle Baptiste, Director of Product Management for Connections, shared the roadmap for the planned Q3 updates to Connections. The API framework and microservices, will be further developed while giving users a series of simplifications and innovations. This includes improving communities, the file service, the notification service, among other things. In addition, IBM is working on deeper integration between Connections and other services such as Watson Workspace, Domino applications, Watson Services (AI), as well as integration with external solutions. To successfully do so, the ICEC add-on tool (IBM Connections Engagement Center) plays an important role. Not only is ICEC a very good foundation for a modern intranet, but it’s also a compelling solution for combining modern, responsive front-end design design with content from almost any source. 
The IBM product management team also announced that they will launch a new tool for collecting and implementing customer feedback into the product roadmaps. The opportunity to provide feedback and suggestions is really important to us and when I hear clients answer the question of “Why IBM?” they almost always include IBM’s openness making user feedback part of the development process. The DNUG conference was another great opportunity to provide input at a number of intimate talks, roundtables, and Q&A sessions with management. 
In my view, a great conference also includes a great evening event for networking. Thanks to all the generous sponsors we were able to enjoy food and drinks on a warm summer evening featuring a perfect sunset—talk about icing on the cake for this year’s overall amazing DNUG conference. 
Next year DNUG will celebrate its 25th anniversary and 46th conference, which will take place on the 4th and 6th of June (if you‘ll notice, those dates combine to make “46”)! I want to personally thank the entire DNUG team, both onboard the ship and everywhere else, for a phenomenal 45th conference. The community would not be the same without you. I wish I could sign up for the next one already!


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