Well a bit more than a week.
This week the G1 language packs for Notes 10.0.1 that include French, German, Japanese, Italian, Brazilian, Chinese and Korean were made available. If you are now having a bit of deja vu that’s because these language packs were already released once and very quickly withdrawn when it was discovered there were considerable problems in the way the translations had been done. To their credit HCL withdrew the products almost immediately when they were told of the issues and have been working to redo and re-release them all.
So why were the bad versions released at all? This goes back to the transfer from IBM to HCL. In the IBM days there was a large team who were entirely responsible for product translation but weren’t part of the collaboration development team, they were just a general IBM product translation team. When HCL took over the products they didn’t inherit that team which meant they also didn’t inherit any of the knowledge that team had about the quirks and challenges when doing the Notes translations. HCL went ahead with having the translations done without realising the hurdles they needed to verify. None of that is great but in my opinion it shows commitment and intent that they withdrew the products almost immediately and then made redoing the translations correctly their highest priority. They have also committed to a day 1 release of G1 languages with English in future versions.
So we had a stumble but one that was publicly claimed, explained and fixed quickly. I can’t expect more than that.
Last week was the release of the new update to App Dev pack for Domino v 1.0.1 which includes the Node.js integration features that can now be depoloyed under Windows as well as Linux.
The new IAM (Identity and Access Management) service provides OAuth authentication for applications running outside Domino to Domino resources. By installing IAM you can authorise it to use LDAP over Domino or Active Directory as its IdP (identity provider) for authenticating users. There are a few steps in setting up IAM including setting up secure LDAPS in Domino or Active Directory so I’ll be covering that in more detail on its own blog.
More on the App Dev Pack update here and IAM specifically here
Last week we also got an update to Verse on Premises ( v1.0.7 ) which I have rolled out for a few customers so far. The deployment if you already have verse installed is very easy (just make sure you back up your Plugins folder before deleting the old files). Here is a list of new features including some significant calendar enhancements and work towards providing the Verse UI on mobile browsers where it’s not appropriate to use the Verse app.
Lastly I heard very good things about the Connections workshop (jam) in Switzerland this week with the product team working to brainstorm ideas on Connections wanted features. I will be attending the London workshop next week and look forward to hearing more.
Today HCL went live with their own site for their collaboration products at https://www.cwpcollaboration.com. It’s Domino-based and we even have new forums you can sign up for (and the sign up process is easy).
The big news for me is the launch of their Client Advocacy Program which you can read about and sign up to on the site. The Client Advocacy program connects customers directly with a technical point of contact in development, it’s free and open for registration now. You can read more in their FAQ here, but for those of you who are tl:dr here’s a taster.
Why is HCL Client Advocacy participation beneficial?
A Client Advocate provides the participant:
- opportunity to discuss successes, challenges, and pain points of the customer’s deployment and product usage
- a collaborative channel to the Offering Management, Support and Development Teams
- proactive communications on product news, updates, and related events/workshops
- more frequent touch points on roadmaps and opportunity to provide input on priorities
- facilitation of lab services engagements or support team as appropriate
You can request to sign up here
I think we can all agree that even in these early days HCL are showing customer focused intent and following up quickly with real actions to reach out and encourage us to talk to them directly. I know this is just the beginning, the foot is down hard on the acceleration pedal and I’d recommend you follow HCL_CollabDev on twitter as well as the new Collaboration site. And feed back. They want to hear what you think and what you want. If you feel something is missing or you have an idea, feed back.
Above all don’t paint HCL with the IBM brush, this is a new company with new ideas and their own way of doing things. Exciting times.
In the 7th of my Perfect10 webcasts I jump ahead to “What Can I Do In Advance” to talk about Beta testing. Beta versions of the v10 products are due this summer in a publicly available release so now is the time to start planning what you will do.
Next Up: Upgrade Priorities and Dependencies
In this 6th episode of my #Perfect10 webcast I look at how to identify any performance issues in your Sametime, iNotes, Verse on Premises or Traveler environments prior to upgrade.
Next Up: Preparing for Beta Testing
In today’s edition of my #Perfect10 webcast I discuss some steps in finding your Traveler, Sametime, iNotes or VOP servers along with verifying who may be using them.
Here’s an intro to a new blog series I am starting to hopefully take us all through preparing for v10 of the ICS products due out later this year. If you have suggestions for what you’d find useful outside of the things I mention in the video please let me know. I’ll be using the hashtag #perfect10 for this which I’m sure isn’t used anywhere else and won’t lead to any confusion 🙂
Any feedback as to format is welcome. Most blogs will have both slide content and video to match as I thought that the most engaging. I am trying this as a YouTube channel.
Well this is a lot of good news all at once. IBM have launched the Destination Domino site – a one stop shop for all your Domino v10 and future strategy news. If you doubt their commitment to the future development of Domino and the community that believes in it, well just look at all that yellow.
On Thursday 24th May (the day after Engage) I’ll be participating in a webcast on what’s new for Mail, Verse, and Chat for v10. I will be joining Andrew Manby (Director of Product Management @ IBM) and Ram Krishnamurthy (Chief Architect, Notes, Designer and Xpages @ HCL) on the call. Registration is here. I recommend you also sign up to the newsletter on the Destination Domino site to stay on top of the developments happening because those are coming at us pretty fast.
I was fortunate enough to visit HCL’s offices in Chelmsford, MA last week and met many of the development teams working on Domino, Verse, Traveler and Sametime. Some I have known from their years at IBM before they moved to HCL and some were new to me – most of the day is under NDA and you’ll be hearing more about what they are going to deliver at some point if you attend Engage, DNUG, MWLUG and other conferences this summer. If you can’t attend just keep an eye on the Destination Domino site.
One thing I can share that isn’t under NDA is how impressed I was not just with the rapid development of features many of us have been waiting a long time for but also the innovative and open thinking behind Domino as a development platform and the energy and enthusiasm just about everyone I met that day (over 30 people) had. We are going to see a lot more on the Notes client for iPad and the integration of Node.JS in the next few months and that’s all very exciting.
**I have a good excuse since I’m currently on holiday in St Lucia BUT we interrupt this pool / beach time because this is really important.