HCL Digital Week – Recap Day 3 / Part 1

HCL Digital Week – Day 3 – Wednesday and the first day of the HCL Factory Tour. But what can we expect from today’s sessions after the really great announcements from the last 2 days ?

Well, in the keynote – held by Richard Jefts and Chris Healey- we could see how HCL re-engineered their development guidelines for a successful future. And the steps HCL did are very straight forward.

During this Opening Session we could see the 4 most important parts of “Establishing the new culture” for a great performance developing new solutions.

During explaining the single steps Richard mentioned the HCL Client Advocacy Program. HCL is inviting all customers to participate in this program – you only can win !! It´s free and you can create strategic relationship with multiple teams of HCL where your requests are heared.

In the next session Martin Lechleider presented the possibilities with HCL Domino Volt – really impressive what you can do with this Low-Code solution.

Afterwards the sessions splitted and I decided to participate in the session of Barry Rosen where the Roadmap of HCL Domino, HCL Designer and also HCL Notes V12 have been presented. And there are a lot of enhancements planned for the future – I’ll only mention some of them:

  • Improved security ( Usage of Let´s Encrypt, 2FA for Web applications )
  • A simple backup client for Domino databases included
  • Improvements for running HCL Domino in a Docker container
  • Enhancements for administering HCL Domino Volt
  • Sync of AD passwords into the ID Vault
  • “Alternate From” > selection of the mail address used for sending mails

    So there are a lot of really helpful and long requested features !


The next session I attended was the Roadmap for the newly announced HCL Volt MX – the new Development Platform. The most important statement was in the very beginning of this session:

Select the tool you need to use

This means that you should not mix up HCL Volt MX with HCL Domino Volt because of the completely different approaches:

Based on the current Roadmap for HCL Domino Volt we can expect very great enhancements for this very new Development Platform.


Next overview was given by Martin Lechleider regarding the ongoing development of HCL Domino Volt. Also this very young Low-Code tool is going to receive a lot of enhancements like

  • Corporate Themes
  • Name picker element
  • Application history
  • Mapping of internet mail address to roles and notifications

The roadmap is announcing a new release containing the above mentioned extensions in December 2020 and the next one including “View Pages”, “Data Grid” and enhancements in the possibilities for Navigation in March 2021.

Simultaneously with Domino V12 there will be additional add-ons for managing workflows inside HCL Domino Volt with all required parts you need like

  • Graphical Workflow Design
  • Reminder and due dates
  • Views for “My requests” and “Requests I need to approve”
  • Approval log

If you want to try HCL Domino Volt feel free and register for your free account: https://www.hcltechsw.com/domino/try-domino


The last session I attented today was the Innovation Cafe for “TOTP 2FA & other Early Access features” hosted by Thomas Hampel.

The great enhancement of the HCL Domino Early Access Program is that all customers with a valid license are valid to participate and can test the new product features. The so called “Code Drops” are deliverd via FlexNet in intervals from 4 to 6 weeks. By now all Code Drops are Docker Containers.

Of course there will be a traditional beta program ( which will start soon for HCL Domino V12 ). For a better understanding see the following image how the development is ongoing:

By now for Domino V12 the following features have been delivered in Code Drops:
> Automated Certificate Management with Let´s Encrypt
>> Free of Charge SSL/TLS certificates
>> No need to create or manage KYR files ( THANK YOU !! )
> 2 Factor Authentication via TOTP
>> The 2FA is included in the Domino code by default
>> Available for accessing Domino by browser ( VoP, apps, .. )
> Domino Directory Template
>> Auto-Population Groups with custom criteria
>> Display Internet Address in Mail-In-DB view
>> Find groups a person is member of

Have a look to the complete overview of the already deliverd and soon coming Code Drop in December 2020:

So be part of the Early Adopters and get all your informations here.