HCL Connections 7.0 available

Today HCL released the new release of – my own opinion – the most customizable and best Collaboration Solution. By now HCL Connections 7.0 is available only in English but the translated version will be available in January 2021.

A short overview about the features available with HCL Connections 7:

  • Easier and faster installation
  • Usage of Community Templates
  • Integration of O365 for round-trip editing documents
  • Export of HCL Connections pages to PDF

There are a lot of extremely helpful and great enhancements in this release – please take a look at the complete list of new features on the official announcement: https://bit.ly/39JC9Am

If you missed the announcement of HCL Connections 7 during the HCL Digital Week take a look at the recorded presentation:

HCL Connections 7.0

Planned for December 2020, HCL is delivering the new version of HCL Connections with some really great enhancements:

Tailored Experience

Save time and achieve better outcomes by building better Communities faster

  • Wizard
    • A step-by-step process takes users by the hand guiding them through the process of creating a Community
  • Templates
    • Whether you want to achieve a consistent look-and-feel across your organization’s Communities or you run repeatable projects that rely on bestpractices as part of every new project – Connections Community templates dramatically shorten the time to get productive
  • Highlights
    • A new Highlights experience that seamlessly integrates standard Connections apps with dynamic and configurable widgets

Microsoft 365 Ecosystem Support

Integration of MS Teams, Outlook, SharePoint and Office

  • Teams Integration
    • One-To-One Chat
    • Share with Channel
    • Messaging Extension
    • Connections Tab App
  • Outlook Integration
    • Save the entire email or just the attachments to where they are useful to others – as a shared File, a to-do in an Activity, as a knowledge article in a Wiki, or simply as a status update to share the good news
    • Send emails with links to Connections files rather than attaching a local file again and again
    • You have options
      • Share via link or as attachment if needed
      • Use the Outlook client integration on Mac and PC or in your browser
  • Sharepoint Integration
    • Single access point
    • Seamless
    • Widget or full-page view
  • Office Integration
    • Round Trip Edit with Microsoft 365

Export to PDF
Print, Archive, Share; export Connections pages for easy re-use

Cloud Native Initiative
Continuing on the path to drive down the total cost of ownership of Connections, specifically for the Component pack, HCL Connections now supports Amazon EKS and Red Hat Open Shift.

Feel free and go through the linked presentation where the single points are shown more detailled overview.


HCL Launch Tokyo – my personal summary

Yesterday HCL presented the upcoming releases of

  • HCL Domino/Notes V11
  • HCL Sametime V11 and
  • HCL Connections 6.5
  • HCL Domino Volt
    • A brand new Low-Code Development Tool

and we had a great event here in Austria/Vienna with almost 70 “Yellow Bleeders” !!

It was a great announcement from Richard Jefts, Andrew Manby, Danielle Baptiste and Francois Nasser !! A lot of long requested features are included in the newest releases. Take some time and check the videos available on YouTube:

HCL Live from Tokyo


Introducing HCL Domino Volt


HCL Domino V11 – what´s new


HCL Sametime V11 – what´s new


HCL Connections 6.5 already is available for download.

HCL Domino/Notes V11, HCL Sametime V11, HCL Traveler V11 have been announced for December 20th – a perfect Christmas Present from the great HCL Dev Team !! Thanks a lot for your great work in the last months.

IBM Connections Mobile APNS certificates expiring on 21 July 2019


Users using IBM Connections Mobile will stop receiving Apple Push Notification Service (APNS) notifications after the certificates expire on July 21, 2019 (7/21/2019)


To make sure notifications continue, download the iFix for your server version and apply.

IBM Connections Mobile v6.0 CR3 & CR4

IBM Connections Mobile v5.5 CR3

IBM Connections Mobile v5.0 CR4

Note: The new certificates provided by the iFix will expire on April 30, 2020 (4/30/2020).

IBM Connections Editor end of support and removal from app stores

On June 30, 2019 IBM will end support for the IBM Connections Editor mobile application and remove it from the Apple and Google app stores.

Effective June 30, 2019 IBM will no longer support or feature the IBM Connections Editor application for mobile devices on the Apple or Google app stores. Customers will no  longer be able to download the application to their devices; however existing installations on phones or tablets will continue to work and usage is covered under the included license.
Please note that starting June 30, 2019 IBM will no longer support the IBM Connections Editor application.


Since IBM released the IBM Connections Editor, enhancements in the respective mobile operating systems made it possible to better integrate office document editors of choice which reduces the need for a dedicated office suite. IBM Connections mobile users can open documents in their preferred office editing application via the “Open In’ command; alternatively iOS users can also use the Apple Files app on their devices to conveniently open or edit IBM Connections documents there.

Link to the official IBM announcement: https://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=ibm10791201&myns=swglotus&mynp=OCSSYGQH&mync=E&cm_sp=swglotus-_-OCSSYGQH-_-E


JUMP Session: Understanding and Configuring ElasticSearch for IBM Connections (on prem)

IBM offered a Jump session about ElasticSearch von IBM Connections on prem on November 14th.

ElasticSearch Metrics is now available as an alternative software program for the Metrics feature within IBM Connections v6.0. In addition, as of IC 6.0 CR3, type-ahead search & the recently visited views in Files & Communities make use of Elasticsearch.
In this session we will go through some of the common use cases to better understand these new capabilities in Connections. Then give administrators details of exactly how to setup and configure this in your environment.

You can download all the materials on the official site: https://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=ibm10735509&myns=swglotus&mynp=OCSSYGQH

Support discontinuance for IBM Connections 5.0, IBM CCM 5.0 and IBM Connections Suite 5.0


On September 30th 2019, the support for the mentioned solutions will be withdrawn – so if you´re still on this version >> contact me for an offer about migrating your environment to the current release IBM Connections 6.x.