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If you are now having a bit of deja vu that’s because these language packs were already released once and very quickly withdrawn when it was discovered there were considerable problems in the way the translations had been done.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.
It’s been a few weeks since I’ve posted here. The end of last year was a juggle of many different pieces of work and learning new technologies but more on that later. I did however take my eye off the ICS (IBM Collaboration Solutions) ball waiting for the HCL deal to firm up and find out more what was going on.
As you may know from my previous post, at the end of October IBM entered a partnership with HCL whereby the latter took development ownership of all Domino products including Verse and Traveler as well as Sametime whilst IBM continued to own the license model, support and most importantly strategy. As part of that announcement we were told of an upcoming series of workshops around the world called Domino Jam 2025 which were to determine the future path of both Domino and Sametime (so not just Domino and nothing to do with the year 2025!).
Last Friday I (along with about 50 other people) attended a London Domino Jam at IBM South Bank which was hosted by the senior development team at HCL (who transferred in from the same roles at IBM) and the product management team at IBM. Up until a week or so ago I would say I was more curious and cautiously optimistic than excited. I had been in coversation with someone in the development team at HCL who I have known from IBM days for 20 years and his introduction to HCL and his enthusiasm for the future sparked my own. Let’s just say the HCL team seem to be people who have been long immersed in these products, believe in them and are now being let off the leash to develop for the future. During the day we were casually told that there would be new product releases guaranteed in 2018 including
Sametime Instant Messaging 10
That was and is very encouraging news and IBM seemed bemused that several of us in the room kept asking for clarification and confirmation of a thing they thought we already knew.
As part of the Domino jam workshop we were split into groups and asked to brainstorm things like “your biggest pain points” and “what features would you like to see in the future” and then prioritise and present them. These workshops are going on around the world right now (there’s one in Geneva I believe today) and you can register for them here https://www.ibm.com/collaboration/announcements/domino-jam2025. In addition if you can’t attend in person IBM are hosting a Domino Jam Forum from Jan 16 – Jan 19 where you can provide your feedback directly online. See this blog for more information https://www.ibm.com/blogs/collaboration-solutions/2018/01/11/announcing-domino2025-online-forum-january-16-18-2018/
“the “#domino2025 Online Forum” will be active for fifty-five hours across the globe to gather your business and technical input and prioritization.” (I prefer “priorities” but I get what they mean :-).
If you are in any way invested in the future of ICS products either mail or instant messaging or conferencing then this is a serious effort to hear what you want and don’t want. I can tell you there was some very honest and harsh feedback as well as some pretty extreme ideas thrown out by the teams last Friday and we were encouraged to do that. I know for some of you it’s asking a lot but dig deep, find that kernel of optimism that’s still left, or just throw in your lot because it does no harm to do so and may do a lot of good.
This is an opportunity to help form the long term strategy and direction of products many of us love and believe in. Take it.
As part of Alan Hamilton’s NWTL (New Way To Learn) initiative, I have recorded sessions on Verse on Premises, the first on Installing and the second on integrating it with Connections. My installation session has been updated into this blog entry for VOP 1.0.1 which shipped today May 8th. I am sharing that and my second presentation which is on how to integrate Verse On Premises with IBM Connections. In my example I use Connections 6 as the instructions are the same as for Connections 5.5 but that isn’t supported by IBM currently to YMMV.
To access all the NWTL sessions if you’re a Business Partner you can register here. Thank you to Amanda Bauman for recording the session with me.
This week I have been working on integrating Verse On Premises running on Domino 9.0.1 with IBM Connections. Alright Connections 6 which isn’t supported right now. The actual configuration is fairly simple and detailed on one page of IBM documentation. It involves pasting some CORS redirection lines from the IBM document into your httpd.conf file and then replacing the server hostname with your own.
When I first did it against new servers the profiles integration worked fine but the Files (both accessing and uploading) as well as Follow/Unfollow actions failed. That pointed fairly clearly to an issue with the OPTIONS request type and firebug confirmed that was throwing a 401 unauthorized error. Finally I started to run out of ideas and asked Roberto Boccadaro if he could share his httpd.conf with me. When I compared three separate environments the most glaring difference was with the SetEnvIf variable which is Step 5d on this page
SetEnvIf Origin “^https://(vop_server_hostname\.)?(domain_name)$” origin_is=$0
IBM’s instructions on that page tell us to use escape characters before each full stop so my variable setting would be
SetEnvIf Origin “^https://(mail\.)?(turtleweb\.com)$”origin_is=$0
However that was the problem. The https:// caused the 401 error and I had to replace it with escaped forward slashes so my new URL is
SetEnvIf Origin “^https:\/\/(mail\.)?(turtleweb\.com)$”origin_is=$0
I applied that single change and everything immediately worked.
I have let the IBM documentation team know but if you have the same problem, check your SetEnvIf variable.