Happy Birthday Notes and Domino ... and now for something completely different

Mat Newman  December 7 2018 13:19:10
On this day 29 years ago, something magical happened.

A group of visionary technologists unveiled to the world a software application that was to revolutionise working together, and the way people communicate, collaborate, and co-ordinate. NOTES; The application that Ray Ozzie and Tim Halvorsen of Iris Associates had successfully pitched to Lotus Development Corporation's Mitch Kapor a few years earlier had achieved "Gold Build" status on the 27th of November 1989, and was publically released on this day 29 years ago, on the 7th of December.

Figure 1: Happy Birthday Notes

Famously, Ray himself tweeted a summary timeline of it's development and release a couple of years ago, and makes for a fascinating read:

For most of Note's history I have been involved with the product in one way or another, first as a developer, then a consultant, administrator and educator. A few years ago I became an IBMer, responsible for driving the growth and adoption of IBM Notes and Domino in South East Asia, and more recently as part of the World Wide team helping deliver to market the latest release of Notes and Domino 10 as part of our IP partnership with HCL Technologies.

As I have been evangelising during the past 12 months since we announced the HCL relationship, I have never been more excited about the Notes and Domino family than I am now.


"IBM and HCL Technologies today announced a definitive agreement under which HCL will acquire select IBM software products for $1.8 billion. The transaction is expected to close by mid-2019, subject to completion of applicable regulatory reviews." You can read the full article here:

More details about what this means for our Customers and Partners will be released in the coming months.

Suffice to say, it's an exciting time to be a Notes and Domino guy :-D

Domino V10 launch events in South-East Asia, Registration now open

Mat Newman  October 17 2018 17:05:05

Following the global unveiling in Frankfurt on October 9th, and the "Rolling Thunder" events that happened on the General Availability date of the 10th of October (yes, V10 on 10/10!), we are pleased to announce that registration is now open for the regional events to be hosted here in South-East Asia. Use the following registration links to secure your place at one of our events where you can learn first hand the exciting new capabilities available in Notes, Domino, Verse, and Sametime that we announced last week.


Image:Domino V10 launch events in South-East Asia, Registration now open
October 22
Jakarta, Indonesia
The Plaza Office Tower
Register HERE ( )


Image:Domino V10 launch events in South-East Asia, Registration now open
October 25
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Plaza IBM
Register HERE ( )


Image:Domino V10 launch events in South-East Asia, Registration now open
October 29
IBM Changi Business Park
Register HERE ( )


Image:Domino V10 launch events in South-East Asia, Registration now open
October 30
Manila, Philippines
One World Place
Register HERE ( )


Image:Domino V10 launch events in South-East Asia, Registration now open
November 2
Bangkok, Thailand
IBM Building
Register HERE ( )


Image:Domino V10 launch events in South-East Asia, Registration now open
November 15
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Saigon Trade Centre

Register HERE ( )

I look forward to seeing you there!

DestinationDomino Alert! Are you ready to join us on the YELLOW carpet in Frankfurt for the global unveiling of the Domino V10 Product Family

Mat Newman  September 6 2018 15:58:31
Figure 1: Destination Domino Alert

Some very, VERY, exciting news overnight with the announcement that registrations to attend IN PERSON at the World Premiere of the Domino V10 product family in Frankfurt on the 9th of October are now open!

In addition, the site also enables customers who can attend the live event in Vienna on the 10th of October to register on the same site.

Don't worry if you can't attend the event in person, we have announced the live streaming event HERE, so get ready to gather your mates and plan your own Domino V10 World Premiere Watch Party!

If you can attend either the Frankfurt or Vienna events in person, registration is available HERE:

We are getting so close now, a new future for the Domino Product Family is imminent AND I CAN"T WAIT!

If you haven't signed up for the announcement newsletters yet, here is your reminder to visit the Destination Domino site and sign up so you can get these first hand.

Domino2025 isn’t just about Notes, Domino and Verse, join our next webcast to find out whats coming in Sametime V10

Mat Newman  September 6 2018 15:26:11
Figure 1: Connections Cloud Schema

My second favourite product in the IBM Collaboration Solutions portfolio has always been Sametime, this versatile Instant Messaging, Screen Sharing, Voice and Video and Online Meeting platform has some of the best capabilities in the market, and it's getting even better!

Sametime V10 is also under development with a couple of really exciting new entitlements for our Sametime Entry customers (the FREE version of Sametime bundled with IBM Notes and Verse) and planning for the next release is well underway.

IBM has announced the next session in our Collaboration Webcast series is all about Sametime and you can join Andrew Manby, Julie Reed and Pat Galvin on Thursday, September 20, 2018 at  10:00 AM Eastern US Daylight Time.

"Title: Let’s Chat about Sametime!

Notes and Sametime go together like salt and pepper, or peanut butter and chocolate!   You’ve heard a lot from IBM and HCL on our plans for Domino – and now we’d like to put the spotlight on Sametime.  Spend this session with Julie Reed and Pat Galvin as they chat about IBM and HCL plans for real-time communications in the Domino portfolio.   Working together for many years, Julie and Pat are also a bit like salt and pepper. They share your history with Sametime, and are excited to share the future together with you too!

You’ll hear about what the team is working on for Sametime Limited Use 10, and we will look beyond at the key initiatives for Sametime Next in 2019!  We’ve listened to your feedback at the Jams, at 2018 events, and are reviewing your ideas in Product Ideas Forum.  We look forward to chatting with you in our September Webcast!

You can register for the webcast HERE:

I look forward to seeing you online.


It’s time to collect your first #domino2025 badge!

Mat Newman  August 25 2018 20:35:05
Figure 1: Connections Cloud Schema

Big news on the Domino V10 enablement front folks, the new Domino V10 Sales Advisor badge is now available on Acclaim

You can find the exam HERE

"Welcome to the IBM Notes & Domino V10 Sales Advisor exam.  This exam is intended to test your understanding of the features and functions of Notes & Domino 10 as well as your understanding of the future direction of the products.

Recommended preparation materials for this exam can be found in the IBM Collaboration Solutions Global Business Partner community #domino2025 page.  If you do not have access to this page please consult your Business Partner Representative.  IBMers should have access to this page already.

The passing score for this exam is 75%.

There is a time limit of 30 minutes for this exam.

You can take this exam a maximum of 5 times

Many questions have multiple answers, so choose carefully.  Have you selected all CORRECT answers?

If you pass this exam you will be awarded the IBM Notes & Domino V10 Sales Advisor v1 badge to recognise your skills.

If you pass the exam we will automatically issue the IBM Notes & Domino V10 Sales Advisor v1 badge within 48 hours of your successful result."

Kudos to ALAN HAMILTON​ and the team for putting this together and beta testing before the release.

And the details on the Badge HERE:

IBM Notes & Domino 10 Sales Advisor v1

This badge earner has shown a detailed understanding of IBM Domino 10 and the #domino2025 roadmap and has successfully demonstrated, through taking an online exam, how customers can benefit from the advances in Domino 10.   They will have achieved a passing score of 75% or higher in the online exam.

Skills: IBM Notes & Domino v10 roadmap and strategy

HUGE TIP: Everything you need to pass the exam has been communicated through our roadmap sessions at events like Engage, DNUG, Collabsphere, etc. Brush up on all the announcements and you'll have all the information you need to know to pass the exam!

Social media is already going nuts with people all over the world sharing their excitement about passing the test and earning their badge!

It's time for you to join them!

In case you missed it ...

Mat Newman  August 20 2018 01:18:23
Figure 1: Back to The Future, Count Down!

Just in case you missed it over the weekend, there was a HUGE development over on the Destination Domino web site. Yes, the count-down to launch has started, but even better, the IBM Champions (and ... I hope, by NOW) YOU have access to IBM Notes and Domino Beta 2!

Learn all about it HERE:

This marks a huge milestone in our commitment to deliver on the next iteration of the venerable Notes and Domino family that you have come to know and love ... and for the many of you whom I have spoken to over the past few months, a path with a new platform that will enable you to deliver Rapid Application Development (RAD) for your own custom applications whether on-premises, or in the cloud, depending on your customers requirements.

#domino2025 is more than a destination, it's a Journey!

One that we are pleased to be on with you, and one that we know will deliver for you, and your customers, now ... and into the future.

It's a brave new world of RAD, one that combines the bullet-proof technology that the Domino platform is renowned for, and one that that we are pleased to be on with you, our Partners, ISV's and Customers ...

It's Back to the Future, with IBM Notes and Domino!


Announcing the IBM Domino V10 portfolio beta program: Sign up today

Mat Newman  June 12 2018 16:32:32
Figure 1: Connections Cloud Schema

Today IBM announced the next step in our journey: the IBM Domino V10 Portfolio Beta program.

I am sure you are as excited about this announcement as I am.

The details for participating in the beta are below:

"The beta program will be rolled out in two phases:

Beta 1: We will form an initial group of beta participants, based on the submissions received and then qualify and approve for beta program enrollment. Beta 1 will begin on June 25th, 2018.

What you can test in Beta 1:
  • Domino (Windows)
  • Notes client (Windows)
  • Notes, Designer & Admin clients (Windows)
This beta is English-only.

Beta 2: We will extend the initial group of Beta 1 participants as we get further along in the development cycle for Domino V10, by including additional participants at the Beta 2 stage. We expect the Beta 2 phase to begin the second half of July 2018.  Submissions received up to July 15th, for those not included in the Beta 1 group, will be considered for inclusion in the Beta 2 phase.

 What you can test in Beta 2:
  • Domino (Windows and Linux)
  • Notes client (Windows and Apple Mac)
  • Notes, Designer & Admin clients (Windows)
  • Verse on Premises (Windows and Linux)
  • DominoDB NPM package for Node.js

The goal of the IBM Domino V10 Portfolio Beta Program is for the community of beta participants to conduct honest, constructive and thoughtful review and testing of the Domino V10 beta software, which includes IBM Domino V10, IBM Notes V10, IBM Sametime V10 and IBM Verse On-Premises V10.
We’re seeking people who meet the following criteria:    
  • A business end user, administrator, or developer, who has prior knowledge of Domino, Notes, and Verse.
  • Those who bring diverse (role/industry/geography/company size) attributes to the beta team and, thus, ensure we get the right blend of input perspectives.

IBM is looking for participants to:
  • Share their use case for the beta in their company.
  • Engage in a dialog about Domino V10 and provide timely feedback.
  • Be constructive and professional in all written/spoken interaction with program members, IBM and HCL.
  • Attend the web conferences and meetings pertaining to the beta program.
  • Experience the beta in a non-production environment.
  • Be open to the idea of becoming a reference for IBM Domino V10.

Note: No travel is required.
To participate in the IBM Domino V10 Portfolio Beta simply fill-in and submit this signup sheet."

Looking forward to being part of this exciting next step in the #domino2025 journey!

Enjoy! :-D

Webinar: Node.js and Domino V10 Essentials – What You Need to Know

Mat Newman  June 8 2018 02:00:00
Figure 1: Connections Cloud Schema

Spend this session with some of the Domino community's application development experts, Paul Withers and John Jardin, to learn how they are approaching the creation of new Domino applications using the latest frameworks and languages such as node.js and JavaScript. Also, how this approach works for application modernization too.

What you will learn is:
  • an introduction to node.js, JavaScript, and
  • the use cases, best practices and how best to get started
  • how Domino V10 and Node.js deliver unique value to developers
  • what this means for your existing Domino application investments
This is just the beginning, there will be more information on this exciting innovation in the coming months.  

Andrew Manby
Director of Product Management
IBM Collaboration Solutions

Paul Withers
IBM Collaboration Solutions Consultant
Intec Systems Ltd

John Jardin
Integration & Cloud Architect

Jason Gary
Vice President Engineering and Innovation, Collaborative Workflow Platforms
HCL Technologies

Register HERE:

See you online!

Engage 2018, some HUGE announcements and the OGS Replay

Mat Newman  May 22 2018 23:57:24
Today, the Engage 2018 conference kicked off in Rotterdam at an amazing venue aboard the ss Rotterdam, the former flagship of the Holland America Line. The introduction was given by IBM Lifetime Champion for Collaboration Solutions, Theo Heselmans, who then handed over to IBM Talent and Collaboration Solutions General Manager, Bob Schultz to give the opening address.

Here is the full replay of the Opening General Session:


A HUGE thank you to IBM Champion Tony Holder, who organised the broadcast of the session.

A summary of the major announcements regarding IBM and HCL's #domino2025 plans included:
  • A new version 10 of Notes, Domino, Sametime, Verse and the IBM Domino Product Family will be released in 2018,
  • The next version of the IBM Domino Product Family, version 11, will be released in 2019,
  • Domino Applications will be available on iPad - meaning you can natively run Notes Databases on an iPad with zero code changes - this year with version 10 on a new iPad app,
  • Domino Applications on Android and iPhone will be part of version 11,
  • No-cost (as in FREE) access to a Domino server for development/training/self-enablement (IBM Domino Community Server is a free download!),
  • Sametime Mobile is now FREE for all entitled users (including those accessing Sametime through entitled programs like IBM Notes/iNotes/Verse),
  • Sametime multiple device and persistent login (the basis for persistent chat on Sametime mobile),
  • A new container-based licensing model is soon to be available,
  • If you want to be part of the Beta's, you MUST be signed up for the #DestinationDomino newsletters! (more below),
  • Domino Applications on Cloud (DAC) is available NOW on the IBM Marketplace,

To sign up for the #DestinationDomino newsletters and get information on the upcoming Beta's, make sure you're registered:

For more details on the DAC offering, go HERE:

These were just some of the highlights, there were many more that you can review for yourself in the OGS replay.

#domino2025 is a Journey, NOT a destination. There is NO END OF LIFE planned for the Domino Product Family!
The Domino 10 and 11 announcements are just the start of the voyage. We look forward to welcoming you onboard!

It's an exciting time to be a Domino Fan!


Exciting News: Domino IS Cognitive

Mat Newman  March 12 2018 14:01:34
IBM #Domino2025 is COGNITIVE

We all know how powerful Notes search capabilities are, but this takes that to a whole new level.

OH, do I have some EXCITING NEWS: Domino IS Cognitive!

Imagine the possibility of utilising IBM Watson technology to query information across any Notes application! Well imagine no more, fresh from the IBM Japan labs is an fantastic new capability to use Watson Natural Language search to query information across any Notes application, refine the results and even share that data with others through Watson Workspace.

IBM #Domino2025 is COGNITIVE

If you would like to see the possibilities of this amazing new capability, find me next week at THINK. I would LOVE to show you a live demo!

See you next week :-D

Mat Newman

THE IBM Notes (formerly Lotus Notes) Guy. Productivity Guru. Evangelist. IBM Champion for IBM Collaboration Solutions, 2011/2012/2013. IBMer. Views are my own.

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