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David Strachan
Director of Engineering, HCL Digital Experience
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David is the Director of Engineering for Digital Experience at HCL. Over the last 20 years, David has held a range of positions related to this field, both in IBM and consulting organizations. He has led architecture and implementations of Digital Experience at customers all over the world, as well as working in product management and sales.
Posts by David Strachan
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Digital Solutions | August 4, 2020
HOT DAM! What’s Next? A Q&A with David Strachan, Director of Engineering
To digitize business critical experiences, you need not only flexibility, security and power, but also the ability for your business users to create engaging content.
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Digital Solutions | April 13, 2020
April Update: What’s New in HCL Digital Experience
We are fully committed to the future development of HCL Digital Experience and we hope these monthly updates speak to that.
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Digital Solutions | April 8, 2020
HCL Digital Experience and the future of WebSphere Application Server
What we are doing with WAS? HCL is bringing renewed energy to Digital Experience, as we add new capabilities and move to a much more aggressive release schedule. Customers often ask what we are going to do with IBM® WebSphere® Application Server (WAS) and the purpose of this post is to explain what we intend to do. Customers around the world have entrusted HCL Digital Experience with their business critical workloads for 20 years. WAS clustering provides a rock-solid foundation for that, and as a result unplanned outages are very rare and performance is consistently excellent. We are not going to treat that lightly or recklessly. What is rock solid, but flexible? That said, our customers are also asking us for a less monolithic approach to HCL Digital Experience (DX). Many of them are investing in Kubernetes as the runtime environment of the next decade. We are responding to that demand with the support for Kubernetes that we released in HCL DX v9.5 and enhanced subsequently.  HCL's strategy is to provide a gradual approach, in order to minimize disruption for our customers, while enabling new runtime architectures as quickly as possible. When we released HCL Digital Experience 9.5 in September 2019, we announced that it would be supported for at least another five years. This means customers can continue to run their WAS clustered environments during this time, and we will continue to enhance it.  In this release, we added a supported option to run the product in a Kubernetes environment, such as Red Hat's OpenShift or Amazon EKS. More Kubernetes platforms will follow, driven by customer demand. Existing applications will run on this platform, and most customers should be able simply to redeploy their applications using the staging-to-production workflow.  Existing portlets and themes will also still run in Kubernetes...
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Digital Solutions | January 9, 2020
Continuous delivery with HCL Digital Experience drives steady stream of new benefits to customers
To that end, we are going to switch up the pace for the HCL Digital Experience Docker images that we ship. Our new cadence will be to ship an update every two sprints — that's approximately every four weeks.  We are modernizing our development methods to keep on track with market demands and help our customers deliver more capabilities to their audiences faster.
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Digital Solutions | September 17, 2019
Are your practitioners armed with the tools they need to create digital experiences that users demand?
Don’t you hate it when you’re trying to create an attractive marketing page, or a powerful web experience, and the tools just seem to get in your way?  Do you need to create an attractive marketing page, but the backend tools are lacking? Are you frustrated looking for skilled resources to manage and create the experiences? We can help.
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