Since there’s been a lot of buzz around it, you no doubt know Docker provides an open standard for packaging and distributing containerized applications – the benefits of which are many for any business that adopts the approach, such as rapid install, on virtually any platform, and isolation that makes software/container updates a snap.

What you may not know is that HCL Software is on a mission to be a premier provider of containerized applications – a mission founded in freeing businesses to focus on driving business value from software investments, not spending resources on intensive and high-cost devOps – and I’m delighted to say that HCL Digital Experience 9.5 for Docker is ready to go this month.

But wait, you might hear that and understand how Docker alone is great, then you ask I often also hear about “Kubernetes”…how is it related and why should I care?  As Docker is for containers, Kubernetes (or “k8s” for those in the know) is for orchestration of containers.  Why is that important?  Well, as an analogy, think about air travel – a plane is a like a container and airports/air traffic provide valued orchestration so individual planes can get where they need to safely and efficiently – similarly k8s becomes critical so more value is derived from the containerization approach.  Specifically, k8s provide scheduling of container launches/clusters, autoscaling and load balancing as load changes, self-healing of problematic/expired containers, container rollback, and much, much more.  In all, Docker + Kubernetes really is revolutionizing software delivery, implementation and maintenance – and I encourage everyone seek out more education on why businesses need to at least consider employing the paradigm sooner rather than later.

For HCL, the 9.5 release Digital Experience (DX) is available via a Docker image with production support on Red Hat OpenShift (and we’ll soon follow with production support for Amazon EKS too).  What does this mean for clients?  Initial installs and subsequent updates of HCL DX software in minutes, not hours or days … and of course unmatched flexibility to select the deployment model (private cloud, public cloud, on prem, et al) and platform that works best for you now or in the future.

Coupled with other new features in 9.5, and those coming soon in 9.6 (also, unlike some others, at HCL we think shipping software innovations often is better for our customers) – like a new Media Library digital asset capability, a completely reimagined user experience, and more – we’re ready to help you move on from buying and managing DX software to making leaps on your digital experience transformation objectives.  We welcome the opportunity to show you how HCL DX does digital experience management and software deployment better…. We’re ready, are you?

Join us at our DX Inspire v9.5 launch events in October to learn more (Raleigh, NC, and Milan, Italy), and check our webpage on September 30 to learn more details about our latest release.

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Digital Solutions | October 31, 2020
The Benefits of Hybrid Cloud and Why it’s a Big Deal
With more and more enterprise technologies moving to cloud-based deployments it has become increasingly important for organizations to carefully evaluate their current digital experience implementations and formulate a cloud strategy and roadmap to get there to reap the business benefits of cloud for driving transformation, differentiation and ultimately achieving competitive advantage. While the benefits are getting to cloud are compelling, organizations require flexibility in their cloud journey to minimize the challenges inherent in migrating mission critical workloads to the cloud. Migrating to a public or private cloud can take a lot of time, money and development resources. With HCL Digital Experience’s new hybrid cloud support organizations can exploit the benefits of cloud, maximize the value from their existing on-premise deployment and future proof their digital experience investment.  New HCL Digital Experience hybrid cloud support enables customers to use their existing on-premise with the game-changing cloud-based content management features — without needing to migrate anything. Magic? No. Revolutionary? Yes. Using Kubernetes, you can now add our new future-leaning cloud features to an on-premises environment without needing to migrate anything to the cloud.  This new hybrid cloud option brings three major improvements to your on-premises DX environments:  Content Composer: Create Content in Half the Time   Deliver content for digital experiences quickly to your audiences. Dramatically improved content-creation tools and a redesigned Content Composer means business users can now model and create new content in half the time with a modern, intuitive drag-and-drop interface.  2. Hot DAM! A New (Free) Cloud-Native Digital Asset Manager Included  A new cloud-native digital asset management system (DAM) lets you add and organize media quickly and seamlessly. You can now manage your content from creation to execution with ease. And, unlike some other digital experience platforms in the market, this DAM is included at no addition charge.    3. Experience API: Adaptable, Open APIs:  A new open API-compliant set of headless REST services enables developers to deliver experiences using modern front-end JavaScript frameworks (Angular, React, Vue etc.). This provides greater agility in blending content, data, and applications. Upgrading now means that your DX is faster and easier than ever — making your business-critical digital experience more valuable than ever before. Join us at our upcoming annual conference, DX Inspire, to learn more.   Learn more: https://hclsw.co/dx-inspire-2020
Digital Solutions | October 28, 2020
The 3 Capabilities Your Digital Experience Needs to Offer
In order to compete today, enterprises have to offer staff and customers a fast, secure and flexible experience that’s up to the task of responding to a dizzying array of business needs. Trends and market needs can evolve as rapidly as a weather system, making an agile platform vital to keeping companies in tune with the business-critical demands.  Business critical processes are core activities that are essential to meeting an organization’s mission — such as paying bills, making appointments, filling out time sheets, applying for permits, or filing a claim. Some of these processes are invisible to the customer and some can be seen.  This includes the fulfillment of company operations, protection of assets, and satisfying of regulatory requirements, and occur on all levels of an organization.    Whether it’s centered on sales and marketing, accounting and finance, HR, or customer service, these business activities can be optimized by the platform they’re on, or not.  A dynamic publishing platform that can handle the business-critical needs of a company, regardless of industry, is a distinct advantage for enterprises in competitive markets.  With all the factors to be considered, what are 3 capabilities an elite publishing platform needs to have?   Data Security and Privacy  There’s a saying that a band is only as good as its drummer, and the same is true for the technology and security of digital experiences and platforms.  The greatest user interface in the world is worthless if it's not secure from digital threats.    Ensuring a secure platform includes protecting private data while it’s on-site and in-transit, with encryption that is flexible enough to connect users anytime anywhere while meeting all industry compliance requirements.    If that sounds like a tough balancing act, well that’s because it is. But you don’t want a beautiful guitar solo being drowned out by a wildly inconsistent drumbeat, so it’s worth investing in the...
Digital Solutions | October 27, 2020
4 Features of a Cloud-Native Digital Experience
Hosting a digital enterprise platform on a cloud-native setting sounds like a dream: more speed, agility, scalability, integration, and cost-savings. But is a cloud-native environment so different from a cloud-hosted one, and how do those differences manifest in workflow solutions for enterprise companies?   Let’s look at what makes a cloud-native digital experience unique, and why the distinctions in capability are important.   Cloud-native means more than just a digital platform   Cloud-native describes not just an environment but an approach to design and deployment.  It is a more progressive use of cloud technology that goes beyond the previously accepted benefits — primarily storage and convenience — and features applications designed specifically to run on the cloud.    By being “native” to the cloud — built for the cloud from day one — these applications have a scale and deployment velocity that can’t be easily matched by on-premise or even cloud hosted platforms.  Enterprise companies that adopt a cloud native system can tap into a digital experience built to thrive in a constantly evolving digital workspace where time matters more than ever.    Cloud-native is not the same as cloud-hosted  It could sound obvious, but it’s worth mentioning because understanding the differences between the two systems can help shine a light on the advantages of cloud-native infrastructure.    Cloud-hosted applications are designed for on-premise environments but are deployed and managed from the cloud by a service provider.  This model was originally born from a desire to save money by shifting premises systems from a capital expense to an operating expense, saving enterprises the added financial burden of capital expense costs.    A cloud-hosted system is a compromise which combines some aspects of cloud storage and management with legacy systems of security, maintenance and infrastructure.  Cloud-hosted services, however, can still be bogged down by clunky and time-consuming updating protocol and can be more difficult to scale as needed.  Whereas cloud-native services and applications are designed strictly for cloud environments and can respond accordingly.    ...
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