Last year in October we were surprised about the big announcement that IBM made about their partnership with HCL. At that moment a lot of questions arised immediately about the future of the platform, the responsibilities of HCL and so on.

Development of the products Notes, Domino, Traveler and Sametime were the responsibility of HCL, bringing the message to the market and working close together with HCL about the roadmap of the products, was IBM’s job.

In Q1 2018 I attended IBM Think and I was thrilled about the great interest of the attendees in the Collaboration sessions. All sessions about DominoV10 were packed and HCL came out with a revolutionary product, Notes on an iPad !

HCL started talking about new features coming up in Domino V10, beta versions were released and about a year after the partnership announcement, we had a global launch event of the final Domino V10 version !

#domino2025 became #dominoforever with a clear message to the world: “Domino is far from dead, start to fear the beast !”

Recently HCL and IBM announced that HCL is acquiring a select set of IBM Software products. The products involved in the deal are

  • Appscan for secure application development,
  • BigFix for secure device management,
  • Unica (on-premise) for marketing automation,
  • Commerce (on-premise) for omni-channel eCommerce,
  • Portal (on-premise) for digital experience,
  • Notes & Domino for email and low-code rapid application development, and
  • Connections for workstream collaboration.

This deal means a lot for the future of the products where I see a lot of positive energy and drive within HCL to evolve the products to something every customers wants to have.

I know some of the customers have migrated to another platform, mainly for mail. A lot of them still have applications running. Applications who make their business run, applications that can be brought to a next level, integrated in their platform where they moved to. That way, their new and existing investment is well spent !

Customers that haven’t touched Notes/Domino yet, will be surprised about the power of the product and the many possibilities it has to offer to solve business problems they have currently.

In a recent article, written by David Gewirtz, he mentioned this

Notes was Salesforce before Salesforce. It was Dropbox before Dropbox. It was SharePoint before SharePoint. It was Atlassian before Atlassian. It was Zendesk before Zendesk. It was ServiceNow before ServiceNow. It was Workday before Workday. In some implementations, it was even Github before Github.”

With that conclusion, I open up the floor for this new journey !

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Have a good day !