‘The future of Collaboration Solutions under HCL’ including news about Notes/Domino V11

A great summary of the future of the collaboration solutions currently hosted by IBM was given by Uffe Sorenson (HCL Global Director) and Paul Withers (Lifetime IBM Champion). Of course not all details could be told in fact of the actual contract but some of them are more than worth to read:

  • Domino application templates, which have been neglected for far too long, will receive some well-deserved attention. We’re talking revitalising existing templates and the development of new ones. These will have two aims – to provide organisations with common applications ready for use out of the box (holiday leave requests, document libraries, etc.), and secondly to act as a springboard for developers to customise further. These will be made available via a ‘digital solutions store’ – or in other words, an app store. It goes without saying they’ll be browser and mobile ready.
  • There will be a new thin desktop client based on WebAssembly technology. It sounds like WebAssembly will be used to provide a common code base for many types of client, such as IDMA/Nomad (Notes apps on the iPad), the Notes browser plug-in, and the Verse mobile client.
  • Anyone currently with the ‘IBM Champion’ accolade will be become an ‘HCL Master’. Further to this, HCL affirmed the great importance they attached to the community as a whole, and will continue to support user groups such as ICON UK.
  • In terms of licensing, all existing software and support contracts with IBM will continue as they are. The earliest potential changes to the licensing model would be with the release of Domino 11 in November/December 2019, which will have an emphasis on simplicity (‘no more sub-capacity licensing’!).
  • Moving forward, Verse will be the primary email client being developed – with a particular emphasis on Verse On-Premise. Other current methods will still be supported though, such as Outlook and mobile (via Traveler).
  • Notes/Domino as a whole is in quite a healthy place, with over 180 clients returning back to the platform in Q4 2018!
  • There will be a new Designer client, and low code application development will be via a new visual builder environment. It was suggested this could be a development of HCL Leap, however that’s by no means confirmed.

HCL are showing every sign of refusing to let up on Domino’s momentum built up over the past year or so, which is very encouraging. Get in touch if you’d like to have a chat about what this means for you and your Domino investment.


Regarding this statement a lot of great features will be available in IBM Domino V11 which is announced in Q4 2019:

  • Domino DirSync
    • will pull informations about users and groups directly from the AD ( including renames )
  • Domino “DAOS on Steroids”
    • a single cloud instance for each object per database replica set
  • Domino HTTP authentication against the ID Vault
    • no sync between the Notes ID and the HTTP password required
  • Recall undelivered scheduled mail
  • Domino Language Kits will be available on day 1 of Domino V11

So great times are coming for our community !! Stay tuned 😉

Great publications in the last days

IBM/HCL just release the following enhancements in the last days:

Domino AppDev Pack 1.0.1 for Linux and NEW: 1.0.1 for Windows

> Link to the official announcement: https://ibm.co/2WE4iio

IBM Verse on Premises 1.0.7 with the following enhancements:


  • Enhancements to importing internet calendar events
    In this release, you can import internet calendar events from an .ics file that is attached to a mail message, in addition to importing from an .ics file on your computer. Also, using either import method, you can import up to 100 events from one .ics file. The previous limit was 50 events.
  • Original times shown when repeat meetings are rescheduled
    When a repeat meeting is rescheduled, attendees see the original times followed by the new times when they open the reschedule notice.
  • Read messages marked as “Prevent copying” or “Keep Private”
    When IBM® Notes® users and IBM iNotes® users send “private” messages that cannot be copied, IBM Verse® users can now read those messages. Previously, the messages could be read only through Notes or iNotes.
  • Attachment name used as message subject if no subject provided
    If a new message with an attachment doesn’t include a subject, the attachment name (minus the file extension) is used as the subject. If the message has multiple attachments, the first attachment listed is used.
  • Option to download all attachments at once
    When there are multiple attachments in a message, a Download All option is available to download all of them at once. Previously, you had to download each attachment separately.
  • Improved integration of forwarding addresses
    When a person has a forwarding address – used to deliver mail to an external address – the person’s forwarding address and primary directory address can now both be shown.
  • Filter by unread messages after searching
    You can now filter search results to show only unread messages. Previously, you could show unread messages only for the entire Inbox or an entire folder.
  • Clearer prompt to search directory when using typeahead
    When you use typeahead in an addressing field to find names, the prompt to search the directory is clearer.

IBM Domino 10.0.1 FP1

> Link to the downloads: https://ibm.co/2CQ1dnI

IBM Notes 10.0.1 FP1

> Link to the downloads: https://ibm.co/2FFaQq2


As mentioned the Language Pack German will be available in the next days.

Requirements for new features in IBM Notes 10

There´s a small summary about “What´s needed for the new features in Notes/Domino V10 and V10.0.1”:


GENERAL FEATURES Standard or Basic config Minimum Notes version Minimum Domino version Minimum ODS level Minimum template version
Create a one-time signature at the time you reply to or forward a message . (Introduced in 10.0.1) Both V10 N/A N/A mail10.ntf
New workspace look Both V10 N/A N/A N/A
Custom color themes Standard V10 N/A N/A N/A
Application user interface enhancements Both V10 N/A N/A N/A
Touch screen on Windows Tablet Standard V10 N/A N/A N/A
Collapsible left navigator Standard V10.0.1 N/A N/A N/A
Quick contacts Both V10 N/A N/A mail10.ntf
pernames.ntf (10.0)
More accurate results when searching attachments Both V10 N/A N/A N/A
Updated import and export file types Both V10 N/A N/A N/A
Images in web tables look better when copied Both V10 N/A N/A N/A
Some preferences now enabled by default Both V10 N/A N/A mail10.ntf
By Sender mail view Both V10 N/A N/A mail10.ntf
Schedule when messages are delivered Both V10 V10 N/A mail10.ntf
Keep multiple forwarded messages separate Both V10 N/A N/A mail10.ntf
Second signature for replying and forwarding Both V10 N/A N/A mail10.ntf
Delegate can archive with editor access Both V10 N/A N/A mail10.ntf
Improved send mail errors and warnings Both V10 N/A N/A mail10.ntf
Larger Junk Mail Senders List Both V10 N/A N/A mai10.ntf
STARTTTLS support for Notes client SMTP connections Both V10 N/A N/A mail10.ntf
Upgrade more mail file folders at one time Both V10 N/A N/A mail10.ntf
Allow meeting attendees to invite others Both V10 N/A N/A mail10.ntf
Delegate calendar but not contacts Both V10 N/A N/A mail10.ntf
Apply Senders Colors to meetings Both V10 N/A N/A mail10.ntf
Add calendar categories and assign colors at the same time Both V10 N/A N/A mail10.ntf
Copy Into New – Calendar Entry copies online meeting details Both V10 N/A N/A mail10.ntf
Improved calendar interoperability with Outlook Both V10 N/A N/A mail10.ntf
Calendar overlay improvements Standard V10 N/A N/A N/A
Team calendar Both V10 N/A N/A mail10.ntf

DQL Explorer availaible on OpenNTF

During IBM Think Luis presented the DQL Explorer which helps

  • Business users have access to Domino data like never before.
  • Developers to understand their queries before even opening the Designer
  • Administrators to understand the impact on the Domino servers (if any)

Now the DQL Explorer is available on OpenNTF and you can download this great tool here: https://www.openntf.org/main.nsf/project.xsp?r=project/DQL%20Explorer


Let’s Get Real: What’s in Domino V11

HCL is inviting to a webcast on March 14th including the following content:
In the era of digital transformation, empowering a workforce to re-engineer their own processes into more responsive, measurable and effective outcomes is essential.
Join Andrew Manby and Richard Jefts to learn what the next chapter in the #dominoforever journey will mean to Domino developers, administrators and business users based on your input from the “Domino ideas portal” and V11 #dominoforever jams.
For those at IBM Think 2019, this webcast will provide even more insights. This is one event you are not going to want to miss.
If you´re interested about the new features HCL will deliver don´t forget to register for the webcast here: https://bit.ly/2TGIXDM

Learn Domino Query Language

One of the new features in Domino V10 is DQL which allows you to access Domino data using SQL. Darren Cacy presented this new feature with some examples and also the prereq’s.

But Darren also showed when NOT to use DQL:

For using DQL in your environment you should follow the following tips:

Usage of terms and booleans

Usage of the language to access data from a Domino database

  • Fulltext Indexing of a Domino database is not necessary for better performance !
  • No sort functions available with DQL – therefore you have to use other tools ( Node.JS for example )
  • Design Catalog GQFdsgn.cat has to exist on the Domino Server which is currently not automatically created !!!
  • Currently there’s no security available in DQL – this is a feature for the future and is coming with IAM

Here’s an example how to use DQL:

So DQL is a great feature when you have to access Domino databases for displaying a small result set in any frontend via Node.JS. Get additional information about this new feature in the “Getting started-lab” using the following link: http://ibm.biz/dql-lab