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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
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Cloud Native | 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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Digital Solutions | July 15, 2020
Cloud-Hosting: When an End Marks a New Beginning
About one year ago, we announced the end of support for Connections Cloud. That date has now arrived, and that cloud is no longer.
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Digital Solutions | June 3, 2020
Understanding Cloud Applications: Get the Data Migration Help You Need Right Now
On July 16, 2019, HCL announced the End of Marketing/End of Service of Connections Cloud and SmartCloud Notes (SCN) with services ending July 16, 2020.  To make the migration as smooth, safe and secure as possible, and to ensure the future of our customer’s data and software, HCL has appointed a small number of HCL Cloud Hosting Partners/Managed Service Providers to deliver cloud services directly to you. ISW is one of these providers.   ISW is a multi-award-winning Asia Pacific and European software and technology firm focused on delivering innovative and intelligent business technology solutions to our customers globally.  Its cloud business started in 1996, long before the technology was known as “cloud.” ISW was one of the first companies in the world to offer Domino 4.5 hosted. It has been a leading expert in hosting and managing HCL Connections with cloud deployments since Connections 2.5. ISW is the creator of HCL Connections’ new Activities module Activities Plus, which is a major component of HCL Connections today.   You can feel confident that ISW offers a secure and safe cloud environment equipped with the latest technology. 
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Digital Solutions | June 1, 2020
Connections Cloud and SmartCloud Notes Customers: Get the Data Migration Help You Need Right Now with edcom and TIMETOACT
On July 16, 2019, HCL announced the End of Marketing/End of Service of Connections Cloud and SmartCloud Notes (SCN) with services ending July 16, 2020.  To make the migration as smooth, safe and secure as possible, and to ensure the future of our customer’s data and software, HCL has appointed a small number of HCL Cloud Hosting Partners/Managed Service Providers to deliver cloud services directly to you. Here is more information about two of them.   edcom and TIMETOACT (TIMETOACT GROUP) are known for products and services for IBM Connections, such as the CAT (Connections Administration Toolkit, CEC) Connections Engagement Center (formerly XCC) and many others (see https://connections-apps.com for more information). We bring many years of experience, deep skills and expertise, strong commitment for our customers and smart offerings directly to you, including the migration of data to your requested cloud service.  Various companies from small to global already rely on our excellent services and we strive helping our customers to drive their business and their people using Connections as an enterprise collaboration platform. As a fully GDPR compliant cloud, hybrid, and on-premises service provider we understand that our customers want choice, security, innovation, and continuity for their business.  Our MSP services for HCL will open up new possibilities for you:   In the technical area: Real-time scalability of your services   Reduced IT administration effort   No investment costs for server hardware   Device- and location-independent access — naturally also with mobile devices  With state-of-the art collaboration services: Create, jointly edit, store and share documents   Communities and teams with modern tools for collaboration   Blogs for important information that should not get lost in the mail   Status messages for short messages to others or all Profiles for information about your employees and for networking among each other Wikis for documentation, manuals or project work Working in joint activities, assigning tasks and project planning A personal homepage for all employees,...
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Digital Solutions | March 17, 2020
We Are Now 120 days from a Very Important Date!
On July 16, 2019, HCL announced the End of Marketing/End of Service of Connections Cloud and SmartCloud Notes (SCN) with services ending July 16, 2020. Conceding that you have not yet decided on what your plan is, the time is now to move forward in planning that decision.  We are 3 months from the existing cloud service shutting down. Please complete this survey to help us better understand how to best support you over the next 3  months. As you might imagine, we at HCL are hopeful that our investment strategy in the collaboration products you have inspires you to move ahead with us in a new environment.  That being said, we know that some of you will have to make alternative plans.  We are doing our best to prepare you concisely and transparently.  To that end, you have the following options: Move your data to an approved HCL Cloud Hosting Managed Service Provider Move your data on-premises, to a private cloud, or a third-party cloud provider Do nothing and lose all data after July 15, 2020  **Note: No data will be accessible on the existing cloud service after July 15, 2020** In case you are currently in discussions with an approved HCL Cloud Hosting Managed Service Provider, we strongly encourage you to sign your contract, and get your data migration scheduled and proceed down this path:   Supposing that you are not working with an approved HCL Cloud Hosting Managed Service Provider but would like to move your cloud data to an on-premises environment, private cloud, or a third-party cloud provider, please see the API documentation about the Connections Cloud data extraction and migration. Below we have outlined clear next steps for each of our affected products: For SCN/Verse customers, we recommend you start your mail data migration now. Get started...
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Digital Solutions | February 13, 2020
Next Steps: Data Migration for SCN/Verse and Connections Cloud Customers
On July 16, 2019, HCL announced the End of Marketing/End of Service of Connections Cloud and SmartCloud Notes (SCN) with services ending July 16, 2020. To make the migration as smooth, safe and secure as possible, and to ensure the future of our customer’s data and software, HCL has appointed a small number of HCL Cloud Hosting Partners/Managed Service Providers to deliver cloud services directly to you. Below are key resources and next steps for all customers affected by this announcement: HCL Notes and HCL Verse customers: 1.    Get started today with your data and user migration with our HCL Managed Service Providers 2.    Read our SCN/Verse data and user migration FAQ 3.    Download and use our Mail Offboarding Resource Guides HCL Connections customers: 1.    Get started today with your data and user migration with one of our HCL Managed Service Providers 2.    February 27 at 9 AM ET: Register for our webcast: Moving ahead with Connections Cloud: A Practical Guide to Next Steps Our goal at HCL Software is to provide ongoing and transparent communications during your cloud migration. For any questions, concerns, or feedback, please email us directly. Thank you, Richard Jefts General Manager and Vice President of Development, HCL Digital Solutions
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Digital Solutions | September 17, 2019
Digital Solutions Cloud Strategy Update
At HCL, we take our customers’ needs and concerns very seriously. Since July, when we made the End of Service announcement of Connections Cloud, we have worked closely with customers and partners around the world to understand their needs, and how HCL can best position them for success now and in the future. We have heard that customers want choice, security, innovation, and continuity for their business. What follows is an update on our progress and some expectations as we move forward. Cloud destinations Customers have shared with us the desire to keep their data local to them, whether to meet industry security policies or local data residency requirements. To address this desire, HCL has a core set of geo-based partners that we believe are well-poised to deliver cloud services to our customers. This allows HCL to focus on world-class software development and increasing the velocity at which we bring a new capability to market, while the local business partners you know and trust in your local markets deliver the cloud hosting options you need. In the next month, HCL will announce a set of Managed Service Providers (MSP) called HCL Cloud Hosting Partners.  These organizations have been working with us hand-in-hand to build: Private cloud services for Mail, Applications, Connections, and Sametime, and A multi-tenant public cloud offering for Connections, Engagement Center, and Sametime Chat For clients of Domino Apps on Cloud, we are working on a similar private-cloud HCL offering for launch later this year using the latest Domino V11 release and containerization best practices. More information will be provided on the PaaS vendors supported, pricing and the steps to migrate. Returning to on-premises delivery At HCL, we want to provide you with the options that work best for you.  As an alternative to the cloud offerings stated...
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Digital Solutions | August 5, 2019
Licensing Update For Cloud Customers – Connections, SCN/Verse and DAC
On July 16, 2019, HCL announced the End of Marketing/End of Service of Connections Cloud and Domino Apps on Cloud (DAC) with services ending July 16, 2020. As part of this announcement, Richard Jefts, GM and VP of Digital Solutions shared our cloud strategy moving forward. Core to HCL’s philosophy is transparency, simplicity and commitment to a relationship beyond the contract. We intend to apply these principles to our licensing strategy to smoothly transition customers into the appropriate license terms in line with their actual use of our products and services. Our licensing transition will ensure that customers continue to have the entitlements that they have been using under the Dual Entitlement part numbers on-premises while maintaining the flexibility of term licensing and user counts instead of PVU counts. This will ensure that customers continue to take advantage of the vast investments HCL is making in Domino, Verse on Premises, Notes, Connections, Docs and Sametime.   The table below depicts current entitlements made available with the Dual Entitlement part numbers. HCL customers who are currently licensed under part numbers D1HYBLL, D1HY8LL, D1HY5LL or D1HY2LL will be transitioned as follows at renewal time:   Customers deployed on the cloud: Will be able to renew as well as additional purchase users under the DE licensing model from IBM Term of the renewal will end on July 16, 2020, coinciding with the EOS date On or before July 16, 2020, customers will be able to transition to the new below on-premises part numbers   Customer not deployed on the cloud: Will be renewed on a new term, on-premises licenses that will provide like for like entitlements at the same price of a Dual Entitlement renewal with HCL Dual Entitlement to on-premises part number mapping: Below is the mapping that will be used for...
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