Hello all,

today I had the honor to participate in an IBM Champions call about new and exciting news around the IBM Collaboration products.

IBM announced their strategic partnership with the company HCL. Together they will join forces and put the oxygen again in the robust Domino server.

IBM announced there “Project Sapphire” – Notes, Domino and Verse V10 together with Sametime in 2018.

As the cherry on the cake, they also announced that they will deliver Domino 9 FP10 by the end of the year 2017, together with Verse on Premises 1.0.3.

The most exciting thing around the “Project Sapphire” is the announcement of the #Domino2025 jams that they will organise. The goal is to discuss together with customers, partners, Champions about the future enhancements of the products. Like Jason Gary states about Connections Pink, is equal for “Project Sapphire”, they don’t want to develop a product for us, but together with us !

Do you want to join us in those jams ? Get registered here: https://www.ibm.com/social-business/us-en/announce/domino-jam2025/

Which products will be covered in this partnership with HCL ?

  • IBM Notes and Domino
  • IBM SmartCloud Notes
  • IBM Notes Traveler
  • IBM Mobile Connect
  • IBM Verse
  • IBM Mail Support for Microsoft Outlook (IMSMO)
  • IBM Enterprise Integrator (LEI)
  • IBM Sametime portfolio
  • IBM Connections Chat/Meetings
  • IBM Client Access (ICAA)


During the call they were already announcements about clear commitments of their side:

  • Domino will support the native Apple Mail client to connect to the mailfile
  • The IBM Think conference in march 2018 will have a large presence for Notes/Domino
  • Marketing is something that will get a lot of attention

Personally I think that this is exciting news to reintroduce the force of the multi-purpose server that Domino is with build in security, internet services and ability to connect to different data sources !