It’s not often in one’s career that you get tapped to take over marketing for a legendary portfolio of products. A portfolio with a history so astounding that even just one of its products, HCL Domino, single-handedly invented some of the essential IT technologies still used today. You see, HCL Domino was a NoSQL database before NoSQL was ubiquitous. It was a Rapid Application Development (RAD) platform before RAD was even a thing, and it was and still is adored and used by millions of people globally.

True to anything built to last, HCL Domino certainly experienced its fair share of ups-and-downs over the years. However, it’s still as essential as ever even after just celebrating its 30th launch anniversary earlier this month.

Domino’s Origin Story

1989 was a great year. It was a time of political upheaval, the Brandenburg Gate finally opened paving the way for German reunification, it was time for the arts, Tim Burton’s Batman premiered, and George Michael’s Faith won Album of the Year at the Grammy’s. It was a time for world-changing technology to take center stage.

Lotus Notes Release 1 Gold Build compiled on November 27, 1989. While the launch itself wasn’t until a few days later December 7, it was the birthday for Domino and Notes. But that was just the beginning.

After 6 short years, and immense success, Lotus Development Corporation, the original development company for Lotus Notes, was acquired by IBM for USD 3.5 billion in what IBM’s largest acquisition in its history would be. And this transformative software would transform the tech giant. With the close of the acquisition in 1995, Lotus Development became a new business unit at IBM. It was the very start of the IBM Software Group. That’s right — the acquisition of Lotus was the spark that made IBM a software-focused business, a precursor to the business unit that would create IBM Watson and IBM Cloud.

But as with most large companies, IBM’s priorities shifted, product updates stalled, and the once vibrant community so aptly called “Team Yellow” left on its own in many ways. It came to a head in October 2017 when HCL Technologies announced an IP partnership with IBM Collaboration Solutions to take on development for Domino to deliver the first product update users would have seen in years. On October 10, 2018 Domino v10 released. To say it reinvigorated the platform would be an understatement. People around the world rolled out the yellow carpets to celebrate this monumental moment. And the success was noticed. On December 7, 2018, 29 years to the day after Lotus Notes Release 1 was compiled, HCL Technologies announced an intent to purchase Domino (and SametimeConnectionsDigital Experience) and several other valuable, yet underserved products. The groundwork and path to a new decade were taking shape.

Where We Are Today

On July 1, 2019, the acquisition closed, and these legendary products found new life at HCL Software. But starting at a new company has its starts and stops. We had to build a new website, set up core systems, look back at our pricing and licensing models, consider technical debt in the products, and take a hard look at where we wanted to take the products in the future. It was a lot — but the HCL teams are ready to tackle every challenge. We are going to reinvigorate the Domino brand yet again. And, as we hope you realize, this is — still — only the beginning. We are happy to be on this journey with you. Read about our recent Live from Tokyo event and see just how we are building momentum.

 To the next decade and beyond,

Andy Bossley
Head of Marketing, HCL Digital Solutions

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Digital Solutions | April 15, 2021
The Countdown to the Newest HCL Domino and Sametime Begins! Join Us for Our Global Launch.
[et_pb_section admin_label="section"] [et_pb_row admin_label="row"] [et_pb_column type="4_4"][et_pb_text admin_label="Text"]I am thrilled to announce that registration is now live for what will surely be a true, blockbuster event on June 7. This exclusive virtual event celebrates our latest versions of HCL Domino v12 and HCL Sametime. The first 1200 registrants got a free gift (we blew past that number in a couple of days!). I personally love the amazing video that helps capture the excitement as we could down the days to these “breakaway” releases. (An agenda will be released soon. Follow us on Twitter to get the latest.)  The launch event will include thought-leading sessions, demos, customer speakers, and more. And, it kicks off an exciting collection of Domino content delivered in a series we are calling the “Domino Dozen” (once you’ve registered for the launch, you will have access to this program). Each day, for 12 days following the launch, we will drop a new, essential Domino-related treasure. These pieces will include webinars, panel discussions, and technical deep dives, early access to special programs, thought leadership pieces, and more.   Also, join us for the closing keynote and happy hour on June 23 — we are calling it “Nerdi Gras” as a hat tip to the days of Lotus past. We will be releasing a party kit soon, with downloadable favors, so you can join in the fun. For those of us who’ve been on this Domino journey with us for so many years — and for those of you who we will be welcoming as new customers — we can’t wait to celebrate. Join us.[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column] [/et_pb_row] [/et_pb_section]
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Digital Solutions | April 2, 2021
HCL Domino v12 Beta 3 Has Arrived
What a blast! In our webinar hosted this week, we announced Beta 3 is now available for download on Flexnet for all Domino customers. Watch the replay here.  This will be the last beta drop before the v12 release so don’t miss your chance to participate and help us shape the future of Domino! In this third iteration, we are unleashing another set of great features. See the full list here or read highlights below. We’ve also included a Q&A received during our webinar and a special shoutout to all our customers and partners who covered our beta in blogs and tweets below! Notes Client Highlights New 64bit Notes Basic Client For the first time ever, we are releasing a 64-bit Notes Basic client for beta testing. Many of our customers have been voting for this and we’re pleased to deliver. (See this idea from Cormac.) Our main intent for this release is to engage customers, business partners, and third-party vendors to try out 64-bit Windows Basic version and test existing extension integrations. Our plan is to provide several iterations of this 64-bit client in beta and once we feel that we have addressed most of the known and reported issues, we will release the Standard 64-bit client. More Improvements for the Workspace In Beta 2, we introduced a new Notes client user interface for the workspace. Thanks to all your feedback, we have addressed several improvement requests such as reducing excessive spacing between icons and adding the ability to change the font color of workspace database icon (which is also policy controlled). Now you can also partially or completely collapse the workspace navigator and easily identify multiple replicas with the added a visual indicator. Read more here:  Updates to the new Notes V12 workspace design  Collapsible workspace sidebar  Apple M1 Support Good news for customers planning to use Apple’s new M1 hardware with HCL Notes. Beta 3 now also supports those type of CPUs. Domino Server Password Synchronization A new secure method to synchronize password changes from Active Directory to Domino allows customers to reduce the number of passwords that users have to remember. Password changes from Active...
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Digital Solutions | March 16, 2021
HCL Domino v12: The 4 New Security Features You’ve Been Waiting for
While no platform is immune to the possibility of hacking, the question I would pose is: Has your Domino infrastructure ever been hacked?  Didn’t think so. It’s probably boring to say that the most straight forward answer is HCL Domino is rock solid on security.   When set up correctly and optimised, HCL Domino is the most secure platform of its type.  It’s true though.  Reliable and secure is a good thing. A very good thing.  The HCL Domino v12 beta is out now.  If you haven't already tried it, it's free for all existing licensed Domino customers.  It's waiting there in flexnet for you to download and try it out!  It's the first time a beta of this type is in existence and it has multiple interactions (we're currently on beta 2; beta 3 is scheduled for the end of March. Register here to join us for the beta 3 webinar. What I really love about it is the almost instantaneous feedback from the beta forum, from those in charge of development.  Domino v12 is scheduled for full release in Q2 of this year.  (June 2021 timeframe is given at the moment). Read an overview of what’s coming here. Here's is a list of all the NEW NATIVE security features coming in Domino v12 and there's a whole host of them: Automating certificate management  Time-based one-time password (TOTP) authentication  Enforce internet password lockout based on IP address  TLS 1.0 is disabled by default  Support for PEM-formatted TLS host keys and certificates  Two new curves supported for TLS 1.2 ciphers that use ECDHE for forward secrecy New template signing ID uses 2048-bit keys NRPC port encryption supports forward secrecy using X25519 Import internet certificates that contain unsupported critical extensions Suppress key rollover alerts during ID vault synchronization New Query Vault command options Support for SameSite cookie  Also note native support for DKIM is planned in the 12.0.x timeline. (Again natively, you can achieve DKIM with third party mail gateways). We could argue about which are the best and more important ones here, but I'm going to concentrate on the 4 new security features in Domino v12 that...
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