Domino was very visible at Connect this year, not only in both of the opening sessions but in about 40% of the sessions overall. The ones I picked to attend were talking about strategy and futures so that’s what I wanted to talk about here.
Verse on premises which shipped at the end of Dec 2016 is a very nice browser mail client right now which is easy to install on your Domino server (and you should) but it’s missing an updated calendar interface, so I was pleased to hear the commitment to deliver that and other functionality to bring on premises in line with Verse in the cloud. If you don’t have Verse installed on premises now on your Domino servers you need to be looking at it as your path forward.
Feature packs continue to be the strategic path with updates coming via FP installers but with template updates slipstreamed in optionally and separately downloadable through Fix Central. I wouldn’t look for the templates to ship in step with the feature packs so you’re going to have to plan to subscribe to fix central for updates if you aren’t already.
From Barry Rosen’s strategy presentation here are a couple of snapshots showing planned feature pack features including those for FP8 which should ship soon.
Notes Feature Pack highlights
Domino Application Development feature pack highlights (FP8 shipping soon)
For application design the path IBM appear to be on is one we and many other Business Partners have been pursuing for some time with Domino as a back end data store and a web based UI on whatever platform you choose. To that end the really good news is that we will finally be getting some extensions to the existing REST APIs including ones for
- Mail Contacts
- Mail File Search
- Polling for changes in databases
In addition the application modernisation story at the conference was focused around partner solutions. Of particular interest is Panagenda’s ApplicationInsights tool coming in a freemium model to all maintenace customers in Q2. That version I believe will allow you to analyse your most prominent existing applications and instances to see what is being used by who and how. More information about it can be found here.
So lots of Domino sessions, lots of talk of future client and server developments, lots of confirmation of support at least to 2021. For a nearly 30 year old product that’s not bad going. With the investment in Verse and the introduction of cognitive features in on premises applications as well as a cognitive plugin for Notes, I’m feeling positive about where we are and the support IBM are offering.
Oh and my watch word for 2017 continues to be “Hybrid”