Do you have an old Domino app that just doesn’t look good or is clunky and old? Or one that you’re embarrassed to show new employees because it looks like it was built in the mid-1990s (and maybe it was)? With the newest version of Domino, it’s easy to modernize — and means you don’t have to contemplate migrating away from the platform, which can take years, have ballooning costs, and often doesn’t add new, better functionality or business value.

We are hearing from customers that they are able to easily modernize old apps and bring their original investments into the future. The HCL Lab Services team recently modernized an old, internal issue-tracking app to show you what a modernized Domino app experience could be. It’s easy to give an app not only a better look and feel — a face lift — but also to make it easily work on mobile devices.

This app has most of the features you’d typically find in an enterprise Domino app — workflow, access control, and security functionality. Accessed by thousands of employees every day to track business-critical businesses and approval systems, the app was designed to assist HCL in tracking issues found in various build systems, as well as assign and route those issues to key subject-matter experts.  But it wasn’t exactly pretty.

Even though this was built in 2006 (14 years ago!) on Domino v7, it was a rock-solid app. Even though it was totally stable and reliable, it was ugly and awkward and, because it was used by so many people, it desperately needed to be modernized to today’s app standards.

The Development process was as follows:

    1. We started designing what we wanted the app to look like and created a UI prototype using Adobe XD.
    2. To build the new app, we used Domino v10 and installed the following tools:
      • Node.js
      • Bootstrap 3.x
      • Domino App Dev Pack 1.0.2
      • WebStorm
      • jQuery 3.4.x
      • jQuery Datatables plug-in
    1. We used WebStorm for our web development and created standard CRUD (create, read, update, delete) components for the new web UI.
    2. We integrated security functionality with the new Node app and integrated with Azure AD so users are able to login with their Office 365 login without managing multiple logins.
    3. Once everything was built, we performed acceptance testing to ensure that everything works and is ready to be live.

We had a  web designer and developer on this project. Step 1 was accomplished by our designer in 3 days and it took our developer 3 weeks to build the app. See these stunning after shots:

We brought this app mobile and it works on an iPad!

In less than a month, we were able to transform a complex, business-critical app by modernizing it in just a few days. We want to help you accelerate your app-modernization with Domino and preserve your historical app investment. You can unlock the great value from the Domino platform simply by modernizing. Contact us today!

 

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Digital Solutions | September 15, 2020
Project Eleven: Get the Most Out of Domino with Easy Direct Upgrades
HCL is fully committed to enabling you and your organization to maximize the value you get from the Domino and Sametime platforms today and in the future.   In the latest release of Domino v11.0.1, we’ve delivered innovative new capabilities such as low-code app dev and integration with Microsoft Active Directory. We’ve also launched a brand new Sametime meetings solution over the last two years. The response from customers and business partners has been unanimously positive!    Today, we’re excited to announce, “Project Eleven,” a new program designed to help every Domino and Sametime customer running on releases prior to v11 have a smooth upgrade experience. As part of the HCL Digital Solutions Academy, Project Eleven’s goal is to enable you to:   Go straight to Domino v11.0.1: HCL now supports direct upgrades from any of Domino version prior to v11. Whether you’re on v8, v9, or older, you can go straight to v11.0.1 with no additional steps necessary. Experience the latest version of Sametime risk-free: Secure meetings and data privacy are the most important features in today’s environment. Sametime meetings runs on Cloud Native technologies allowing you to auto scale as needed. Experience our brand new, highly secure, scalable video meetings and enterprise chat risk-free. Augment your skills today: Attend our online training sessions and get best-in-class support and training from a technical advocate in your local language. We’re rolling out more than 40 webinars and workshops and new articles, cookbooks, and help guides. Speak to a technical expert: Schedule an appointment with one of our highly skilled technical advisors to understand your options and create an upgrade plan that’s right for you.    Check out the new Project Eleven webpage to find all the resources you need to make your upgrade worry-free.                                             
Digital Solutions | September 8, 2020
Introducing HCL Domino Early Access Program
We’re proud to announce the HCL Domino Early Access Program, a new program that gives our customers and business partners a chance to test new product features early in the development cycle. This program provides a preview of features and functionality that may be shipped with a future version of HCL Domino and gives us the ability to incorporate your valuable feedback. At this stage, we are providing early access to features that contribute to HCL Domino v12.  The Early Access Program aims to get feedback on specific features, with a more formal traditional beta program planned at a later stage to receive feedback on the overall release quality and language packaging.  The Early Access Program is feature-driven and iterative, meaning new iterations and code drops will be made available as soon as it is declared ready for testing by our development team. New code drops can be provided in just a few weeks after the previous one, on short notice, without sticking to a fixed release cycle.   Based on your feedback we may proceed, improve or adjust the feature, or in some cases withdraw the feature from the code stream. The following graphic illustrates this concept: Each code drop is provided in the form of a Docker image which enables us to ship new iterations faster and to minimize the time to upgrade from one code drop to the next. You can expect us to deliver code drops at a fast pace as we want participants to have exclusive access to our latest product feature set. Please note that only the newest code drop will be available for you to download. How to Participate HCL Ambassadors who have registered Domino v11.0.1 Beta Preview will automatically be added to Domino Early Access Program. Customers and partners with a current Notes/Domino entitlement will also have access to the Early Access Program as of today. There is no need to register separately to participate. For overall...
Digital Solutions | September 3, 2020
New Release: HCL SafeLinx 1.1, – Secure VPN Services for Cloud or On-Premise
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