Nyheter i Domino 10, Domino 11 och lite om Connections

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Sista veckan i februari höll HCL öppet hus i Milano och pratade om vad de planerar att göra med IBM Collaboration produkterna, som de håller på att köpa från IBM. Precis innan det var det IBM Think 2019 i San Francisco, där också en hel del nytt presenterades för framförallt Domino. Beträffande själva köpet så vet vi inte så mycket mer än att allt tyder på att det verkar bli av och att HCL tänker ge Domino en nystart.

 

Några spännande grejor som ser ut att komma med Domino 11 under Q4 2019.

 

  1. Domino som Elastic Search provider. Elastic Search kommer äntligen att kunna ersätta Dominos fulltextindex, som i mina ögon överlevt sig själv med många år. För att inte störa bakåtkompabiliteten kan Elastic aktiveras applikation för applikation.

 

  1. HTTP-autentisering mot ID Vault vilket bl.a. förenklar lösenordshantering. ID Vault blir i allt bättre med APIer etc., vilket i sig fått Dominos katalog att fungera lite mer som t.ex. Active Directory. som t.ex. inte haft Dominos problem med t.ex dubbla lösenord och klientberoenden.

 

  1. Apropå Active Directory så kommer också en helt ny AD synk.

 

  1. Ny installerare – InstallAnywhere 2018 ersätter InstallShield som gick ur tiden för länge sedan

 

  1. Domino Publisher – Snärtigare eventhanterare för både publicering- och prenumerationer knutna till databasevents och document events.

 

To be continued…. Jag skall försöka uppdatera den här posten efterhand som mer information släpps från HCL och IBM

 

Nya Domino 10 funktioner som redan släppts eller släpps efterhand

 

  1. En app (Domino Mobile Apps, kodnamn Nomad) som kör traditionella Notes-applikationer direkt från Ipads sluttestas just nu och efter den kommer även Nomad för iPhone, Android och ChromeOS. Apple versionerna av Nomad verkar distribueras via Apples B2B app store. Infoware har testat Nomad med gott resultat och vi följer utvecklingen.

 

  1. Notes-applikationsstöd som WebAssembly komponent. Nomad är också byggd för att kunna kompileras enligt WebAssembly-standarden. WebAssembly är en ny standard för att köra binärer på webb oavsett webbläsare. Web browser pluginen verkar alltså komma tillbaka, men betydligt tunnare och mer standardbaserad än tidigare. Tillsammans med ID-Vault för både Notes och http så kan det nog bli riktigt smidigt att köra både webb- och traditionella Notes applikationer från både webbläsare och mobiler https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WebAssembly

 

  1. Domino Query Language

 

DQL – Domino Query Language släpptes i december 2018 med Domino 10.0.1. DQL är ett nytt blixtsnabbt sätt/API/Språk för att hämta data från Domino. Om jag förstått det rätt så kommer DQL t.ex. att kunna ersätta t.ex. sök och NoteCollections i Domino applikationer.

 

  1. Domino Query Language Explorer är en Notes databas byggd för att testa DQL och få frågorna översatta till java, lotusscript eller javascript.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJNqjfML9-I

Presentationen är 11 minuter. Riktigt snyggt.

 

  1. Domino AppDev Pack 1.0 har släpptes tillsammans med Domino 10.0.1 och nu siktar HCL på att följa upp det med en ny release varje kvartal. Målet med Domino AppDev pack är att möjliggöra modernare Domino utveckling baserat på Node.js, javascript tillsammans med Domino Query Language.

 

Connections framtid, vad händer där?

HCL verkar satsa lika hårt här, även om planerna inte verkar lika klara som för Domino. Några saker har dock sipprat ut

  1. Release-tempot ökas upp till ett nytt Feature pack per kvartal och paketen utlovas att innehålla mer nytt. Senast nu under Q1 släpptes IC6 CR4 med bland annat en funktion för att dela enskilda filer externt m.h.a. direktlänkar som sedan inte kräver inloggning. Den funktionen har iallafall jag längtat efter. Infoware släpper förresten DomainPatrol Social support för IC6 CR4 nu i dagarna.
  2. IBM Connections kund-Jams för att samla input framåt är igång nu i stil med HCLs Jams inför Domino 10 och senast Domino 11

 

Länkar till mina viktigaste källor

 

Bra sammanfattning om IBM Collaboration på IBM Think nu under februari 2019

http://domino.elfworld.org/this-is-what-happened-at-ibm-think-2019/

 

Bra sammanfattning från HCLs konferens i Milano nu sista veckan i februari 2019

http://www.c3ug.ca/c3ug-blog/2019/3/1/hcl-factory-tour-episode-2-a-new-base-a-new-hope-a-new-beginning

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Picture copyright and cudos belongs to colleague and photographer Tony Andersson

https://500px.com/tonyandersson

 

 

 

 

 

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Infoware, Enterprise Collaboration and Identity

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Infowares history and role from 1995 onward has been the pro-active, technical, business-oriented drivers. Our focus in the “digital transformation” is to help large organizations getting their collaboration platforms smart, efficient and secure. Our purpose with this, is a conviction that smarter collaboration and technology can make the planet a better place to live.

We work with organizations from 30 to 120 000 users with 50% of our billing on each side of the 10 000-user mark. Infowares technical place is primarily the central IT highways and/or Group Communication. Typically, we work with core catalogs, intranets, migrations, email optimization, federation services and application infrastructure etc. Until 10 years ago many Swedish organizations used IBM Domino for a large portion of their collaboration solutions. Since then +90% has changed to use Microsoft technologies for their base services, but many continue with IBM Domino for agile collaborative business applications.

An Enterprise Collaboration project, from the technical side, is seldom about developing beautiful front ends or implementing cool tools to the end user. Instead our role is more often to automate processes for how users (Identity Management) in separate catalogs and data in different applications can work together or be moved without disturbances. Such work often gets down to a mix of experience, respect for size, technical skills, patience, tests, tests and in the end politics. I think our most important success factor has been a culture to do the extra miles and never ever give up.

Of course, we have also developed many solutions (and skills) to automate the large amounts of changes in identities, collaboration applications and even the tools used. Sometimes we have been used as architects or developers, but of course we have also been the fire department when central systems got issues. We are now a highly experienced team of experts, with a good understanding on Enterprise Collaboration from both the technical and business logic sides.

Some of our solutions got repeatable and even to the next levels products and services. We think our customers like our innovation process; (a.) real world Enterprise Collaboration problem, (b.) Enterprise Solution, (c.) repeatable solution, (d.) Standard Product and eventually (e.) a service.

Another side of working with Enterprise Collaboration and Identity are migrations driven by digital transformation and organisational mergers. We, the movers, have helped our customer with complex splits, merges, system changes or why not to move part of their on-premise collaboration platforms to Office 365 and implement MS Teams at the same time. From our experience the IBM Domino customers are collaborating more (in Office 365) compared to the many on-premise Microsoft customers. We are sure the on-premise Microsoft customers will take the jump too, and to do this they will need experienced movers like us.

Another trend is contract services and outsourcing. Infoware is a relevant contract service provider for solutions that we have built and for IBM Domino environments, where we have super human capabilities and economy of scale.

 

Picture copyright and cudos belongs to colleague and photographer Tony Andersson (https://500px.com/tonyandersson)

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Seeing is believing or should we upgrade just for an S?

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Until recently I did not really see the value to add video to business calls and business meetings. What made me change my mind was statistics saying that video is the most trusted media, we simply don’t trust text or a voice as much as a video. Somewhat correlated was realizing that most of us want human help when we have a problem, in other word we don’t look primarily in the intranet for FAQs or articles but for experts, human knowledge and talent.

Yesterday I visited a session on advanced video capabilities that IBM will ship in their next version of Sametime.  The session came down to two acronyms that affects all of us pretty much but hopefully without too many of you even notice.  I am talking about SVC and AVC (Scalable Video Encoding and Advanced Video Encoding)

Today Sametime video relies on AVC H.264, that is pretty good but not good enough for you!  From what I understand AVC means that the Sametime server looks at the connecting clients in a meeting/session and then transcodes the signal to the least common denominator client requirement and then sends that video signal to all connecting clients. This requires a lot of server power and limits the result for the meeting/session members that have a good link to the meeting server if there is a mobile with a poor link joining in. The server transcoding also makes it impossible to show more than one video stream in the meeting at once.

With SVC H.264 (which is actually an extension to AVC) the video is instead separated in three dynamic layers from the beginning and the server does not need to do any transcoding and each connecting client automatically chooses the best video-mix for themselves.

The layers are

  • Temporal
    • Fram rates 30 fps, 15 etc
  • Spatial
    • Resolution, VGA, HD, iPhone, 1024/768 etc
  • Quality
    • The fidelity of compression, how close a reconstructed frame is to the original input

For example conference room TVs can request a HD spatial signal with maxed out frame rate and quality while a mobile connecting to the same meeting can use something much “smaller”. The same device might always require the same Spatial signal but automatically change to lover temporal and quality rates when connecting over for example a slow 3G or wifi link.

SVC can also handle bandwidth/link changes during the video session gracefully adapting the video quality automatically down and then up again as soon as the bandwidth gets better again. In addition to that the SVC signal can switch between servers and we can for example have local SVC video servers closer to the end users in for example in Asia.

Another advantage with the lack of transcoding is multi video meetings; the server will be able to show several meeting participants videos at once. Sometime that might be good, it will be interesting to see how this will change the meeting cultures. Can we expect phone meetings with mandatory video to avoid unfocused attendees?

If you want to read more in detail on SVC I recommend Wikipedia

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scalable_Video_Coding

Perhaps you wonder when we can help you get this important S. First IBM needs to release Sametime 9 (sometime after the summer sounds likely but I wouldn’t be too surprised if it is released earlier than so) and then your Sametime Standard servers needs to get to the new release. ST9 is smart so clients without support for SVC will still be able to join in but with the AVC limitations still there. That’s how we infrastructure geeks want stuff so we can deliver new value without necessarily needing to touch all clients. The Sametime mobile apps will of course get SVC support right after IBMs release!

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The business value of social technologies

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A common question i have got during the last 2-3 years has been “what is the business value of social technologies”. To me the answer has mostly been a gut feeling that sharing is good and that great ideas are built out of many good ideas. Another answer is the culture change needed in most organizations. 87% of employees in Fortune 500 companies still feels that if they share knowledge with colleagues their own personal relative value will decrease as measured by the employer. In other word many employers values unique competences higher than employees that instead share their unique knowledge and ideas with their colleagues.

Well renowned McKinsey Research has taken on the same question and presented a series of reports (McKinsey Report on the Social Economy, July 2012) based on a large number of interviews. If I understand them right the potential for sustainable productivity growth are phenomenal:

The potential for your organization is 20–25% improved knowledge worker productivity”
Knowledge workers: 20 000
Annual cost per employee: $100 000
Improved productivity: 20%

Yearly productivity improvements: 20 000 *100 000*0,2= $400 000 000

According to McKinsey these productivity gains stand for 2/3 of the value with social technologies and 1/3 ($200 000 000 more in sustainable yearly value) of the value creation comes from other areas like
– Marketing
– Sales and after sales support activities
– Innovation
Of course these numbers are not achieved by software. McKinsey adds a significant note that they require that all participants fully implemented social technologies and complementary organizational changes – and if all time and money saved by social technology were applied in the most productive ways.
source:
link to report

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