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IBM Sells off Notes and Domino to HCL


  IBM announced last week that it would be selling a group of collaborative software products to HCL for $ 1.8 billion. That group includes Notes and Domino. The sale is expected to be closed mid 2019. It was about this time last year that IBM announced a strategic partnership with HCL. They said that after more than a decade of neglect they were entering a period of renewed focus and would be increasing [...]

IBM Sells off Notes and Domino to HCL2018-12-19T14:24:25+00:00

Migrating Notes Apps – Buy a Ticket or Build an Airplane?


We hear this all the time.  Customers want to move away from Notes and Domino, but they don't want to replace Notes with another proprietary platform.  They want to use what they have, or what they can get for free. I get that, but DOCOVA is not Notes.  It is built on open technologies, not proprietary ones.  Technologies like JavaScript, HTML and PhP. On the front end you can use a variety of browsers, [...]

Migrating Notes Apps – Buy a Ticket or Build an Airplane?2018-06-07T15:38:21+00:00

DOCOVA Partners with panagenda


We are excited to announce that we have reached a partner agreement with panagenda for their ApplicationInsights Notes database analysis solution. This will go a long way to helping us achieve our goal being able to offer our customers the most comprehensive and sound end-to-end Notes migration offering on the planet. In many cases, customers who want to migrate off the Notes and Domino platform are not ready for us.  The reality is that often they [...]

DOCOVA Partners with panagenda2018-03-23T15:50:39+00:00

The Devil is in the Details – Migrating Notes Rich Text


Migration projects in general are challenging, regardless of the technologies involved. Notes app migration projects are especially tough to deliver, which is why many customers have migrated their Notes based email systems but still have the Domino platform running to support their Notes business applications. When planning a Notes application migration project, a topic that always comes up is rich text.  Many Notes applications use rich text fields to capture rich content like images, doclinks, [...]

The Devil is in the Details – Migrating Notes Rich Text2018-03-23T15:51:19+00:00

Domino 2025 Idea Jam


I attended the live jam session when the show came to Toronto a few weeks back. I have been reading blog posts from others who have attended these sessions.  Everyone is trying to be positive, which is a good thing. IBM stressed that the arrangement with HCL represented significant investment in Notes and Domino. I asked "how much?".   The answer back was that IBM does not release that kind of info.  That's too bad, [...]

Domino 2025 Idea Jam2018-03-23T15:53:19+00:00

Domino – Often Still the Best


In many cases, from a technical and financial standpoint, Domino is still hands down the best choice in terms of a platform.  The Domino server, with the database, messaging, web server and application server all tightly integrated makes it affordable and easy to work with. Its replication capabilities simply cannot be found in other platforms.  If you have any level of technical knowledge you can see why it is so hard to replace as [...]

Domino – Often Still the Best2017-11-09T18:23:59+00:00

IBM Announcement – HCL to take over Notes and Domino Development


Last week IBM made the announcement they were entering into an arrangement with HCL. The gist of it is that they are using HCL to do future development on Notes and Domino and a few other collaboration products. This news appeared on several blogs after it was announced by HCL.  IBM delivered the news to IBM partners October 26.  There were rumors floating around Social Connections 2017 that IBM was preparing to sell off Notes [...]

IBM Announcement – HCL to take over Notes and Domino Development2017-10-31T17:22:35+00:00

Moving to Microsoft – Sharing Notes Apps from the O365 Portal


If you have many complex Notes applications, and you have an understanding of both Notes and Microsoft development, you know you cannot move them to SharePoint without some serious business process re-engineering.  SharePoint and Notes are too different. The applications are going to have to change and in many cases it is not even doable. DOCOVA will allow you to migrate those custom Notes apps to SQL, and provide the same level of functionality [...]

Moving to Microsoft – Sharing Notes Apps from the O365 Portal2018-03-23T15:54:14+00:00

MWLUG 2017 – Recap


MWLUG 2017 in Virginia this past August, like most of the Lotus User Group type events,  was a gathering of the Notes Nation.   The theme this year was "Moving Collaboration Forward". This year the event saw record attendance, according to event champion Richard Moy.  The event was well organized and well run. As was the case in past years DOCOVA was a sponsor, although this time at the 11th hour. IBM was the primary [...]

MWLUG 2017 – Recap2018-03-23T15:54:55+00:00

IBM Connect 2017 In Review from Afar


This is the first time in 15 years that I have not attended the Lotusphere/Connect conference.  Increased costs for vendors, moving the venue to the west coast and a heavy focus on Watson in pre-event marketing were the basis of that decision. So this review is not first hand, rather it is an opinion of the event based on feedback from my network.  I belong to several groups in the Lotus community, and these groups [...]

IBM Connect 2017 In Review from Afar2017-03-28T13:52:46+00:00
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