May 8, 2019 | Written by: Peter Schuett
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In March, there were several events focusing on Domino, Sametime and Connections in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland (D-A-CH). These were two special events for extremely dedicated audiences that I attended, and share the highlights from these here. Each event attracted close to 200 attendees! The strong attendance and engagement are excellent indicators of the growing dedication to the Domino platform since the unveiling of Domino V10.
The first event was for administrators and developers, Rudi Knegt’s annual admin and developer camp (also called AdminCamp) in Gelsenkirchen. The other was Edcom, for collaboration enthusiasts from the South of Germany and Austria, held in Munich and called “Nachlese – Update from THINK 2019.”
Uffe Sorensen, the Global Director of Collaboration Workflow Strategy at HCL, delivered the opening keynote in Gelsenkirchen, introducing HCL as “the most unknown company with an annual revenue above $8 billion.” He highlighted their successes, not only in India but also globally, in the collaboration space and detailed HCL’s commitment to growing their collaboration business through their acquisition of IBM’s Collaboration Solutions.
Three days later, in his closing keynote, Sorensen summarized the many recent achievements in the current development partnership between IBM and HCL and concluded with the growing HCL collaboration portfolio which will also include Portal, Commerce and other software nuggets — all housed under one single development team at HCL. All these solutions require the strong database and modern development environment that Domino V10 delivers.
It was remarkable to see the respect our community has for the progress that has been made since the first Jams on Domino V10 were held a year and a half ago. I have not heard any critical voice yet about the future of Domino as we stride towards V11, with delivery expected in the second half of 2019.
The event in Munich featured an even broader management team from HCL, including Richard Jefts, Andre Hagemeier, Jason Gary, and, again, Uffe Sorensen. The ideas that HCL presented and the progress that has been made was regarded very positively by the audience. Also, our recommitment to the “citizen developer” in the lines of business — the heritage of Notes — to enable them to quickly build low code apps, got a big round of applause (not the only one in the two days).
Special highlights for me were the presentations from Sika (Edwin Meier, Gabi Waters) explaining how and why they moved their collaboration environment onto the cloud and Bayrische Versicherungskammer (Marion Straub) explaining how IBM collaboration solutions helped them to become a more agile organization in this digital age.
There are more exciting user groups to come! Join us in Brussels, Belgium, on May 13–15 for Engage and in Essen, Germany, and June 3–5 for DNUG. I look forward to seeing you there!