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Digital Solutions | May 17, 2021
How HCL Connections Opens Up Opportunities by Breaking Down Silos
From its inception, the HCL Connections collaboration suite was built around the central premise of openness and discoverability.  This was specifically done to ensure that content and expertise needed to collaborate effectively with other team members is easily discoverable. Information silos, on the other hand, disrupt and slow down collaboration. Eighty percent of companies in a recent survey reported a moderate to high degree of information silos within the organizations. Silos impede employee efficiency and can negatively impact both the top line and the bottom line of a company’s financials.  Information silos separate employees and information  What causes information silos?  Overlapping and disparate applications that don’t talk to each other or are only used in specific parts of an organization. Disconnected and dispersed content leads to document duplication, version control difficulty, and productivity loss as employees needlessly search for crucial information across multiple content repositories. These unintentional boundaries can have a profound impact on employee productivity, engagement and the ability to solve problems. Breaking down information silos  Our most recent software release bridges the silo gap by bringing the benefits of Connections to the Microsoft Ecosystem, adding information-sharing capabilities to both Connections and Microsoft. Inside Connections, you can now start a conversation via Microsoft Teams Chat with any of your Connections contacts from their business card, profile page, or the Important to Me bar.  You can also immediately share and start a conversation around any page in Connections by clicking the Teams icon that you’ll find on that page. You can bring your SharePoint libraries into your Connections Communities, and users can round-trip edit their files in Office with changes automatically saved right back into Connections files – no need to upload an updated file each time. Inside the Microsoft applications, you have one-click access to your Connections community applications — files, wikis, forums, activity feed, etc. — right inside your Teams chats and channels.  You can also insert files or any recent content from Connections into your conversations simply by clicking on the Connections icon in the chat bar. And lastly, we’ve introduced a brand-new Outlook add-in that lets you seamlessly shift content back and forth between Outlook and Connections,...
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Digital Solutions | January 22, 2021
Build or Buy? The Answer Is Key to Digital Transformation. Are the Resources It Takes to Build Worth It?
Companies worldwide are developing new technology strategies and solutions, and there is a fundamental question that can keep CEOs awake at night: Build or buy? Choosing whether to buy or build has historically depended on the type of tech that a company needs to implement. But in an environment in which more people than ever are working remotely and app developers need to cater to more user modalities (such as mobile, wearable, and desktop devices) than ever before, a clear shift is emerging in favor of buying. [button link="https://www.hcltechsw.com/products/volt-mx" type="big" color="black"] Build consumer-grade multiexperience apps — fast — with HCL Volt MX[/button] The hidden costs of building It’s understandably tempting to build new solutions — companies have teams of talented developers and want to maintain control over their costs as well as their technology. However, what initially seems like the cheaper, more reliable option can be riddled with hidden costs. Organizations tend to underestimate both the time and money it takes to maintain security and operations when building new tech — plus it’s hard for development teams to control or push back against “scope creep” when those requests to add features or functions come from upper management or the head of IT. There are often many more building steps required before deployment than companies often realize when they first plan projects and solutions.  The time and IT support that building internally requires can slow the deployment of new tech drastically. We are living in a time when time-sensitive information and updates are as important as ever, and remote working conditions make it impossible for IT teams to address company tech issues in person. Once an app or other technology solution is built, the journey is far from over — development teams have to maintain and update it to keep up with the needs and demands that can come from employees, partners, and/or customers. Enterprise organizations bank on success by choosing to buy A recent Forrester study interviewed five companies with revenue from $5 million to $6 billion and found the net financial benefit of buying new tech (over building) to be $1,686,884, with an average ROI...
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Digital Solutions | January 8, 2021
Announcing the HCL Ambassador Class of 2021
We are proud and excited to announce the HCL Ambassador Class of 2021 for HCL Digital Solutions.  The HCL Ambassadors program is an annual recognition program that rewards individuals who go above and beyond in their commitment, advocacy and knowledge-sharing of the HCL Digital Solutions products. HCL Ambassadors gain recognition from us in the following forms  Community calls and social networking forums   Access to exclusive, “invite-only” beta programs and events   Bi-annual calls with senior executives   Fast escalation of support tickets to subject matter expert engineers   Free-of-charge licenses to use HCL Software products   Enhanced exposure of published content through syndication into the HCL Ambassadors blog   HCL Ambassadors-branded merchandise   Access to the program is decided annually following a nomination and judging process. These typically take place in October and November, with the announcement of the next year’s HCL Ambassadors in December.  The HCL Ambassador Class of 2021 term runs from January 2021 through to December 2021. More details can be found on the HCL Ambassadors hub. Congratulations to everyone who has been recognized this year! We are thrilled to be working with you.  
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Digital Solutions | November 17, 2020
Digital Week 2020: Oh, What a Week It Was!
Something big just happened. And it was amazing. Our very first truly digital mega event, Digital Week 2020, just wrapped in the Americas and EMEA. For those of us who joined us live, we hope you felt as invigorated and inspired as we did. We had 2,225 people sign up to participate. We had 75+ unique sessions of content — from thought-leading discussions with analysts and influencers to zippy, quick tech roundtables and coffee chats. We covered a wide range of topics, trends, and technologies.   We had more attendees at our keynotes — and more meetings and conversations — than ever before. Dion Hinchcliffe (from Constellation Research) and Wayne Kurtzman (from IDC) both signalled to the market that we are a low-code powerhouse. We had major product releases — including the world premiere of our new game-changer, HCL Volt MX (that session had more than 500 attendees to show up for this blockbuster news). In addition, we launched new, exciting versions of HCL Digital Experience, HCL Sametime Premium, HCL Connections v7, and gave a preview of HCL Domino v12 and our vision for the future of the digital office.  For data geeks, check this out: We had 2+ terabytes and 35 hours of content — plus almost 50 hours of breakout HCL Sametime meeting rooms. Oh, and only 5 instances of “can you hear me?,” 7 of “is this on?” and 27 of “you’re on mute.” Plus 11,250 beverages were consumed at the coffee chats and happy hours. And ZERO miles were traveled. Watch this video, which captures the buzz and energy perfectly.   Thank you for joining us. You helped us achieve bigger conversations, bigger sessions, and bigger releases. Thank you for making our first truly digital event as possible and powerful as it was — and we have another great lineup for the first week in December for our customers, partners, and friends in APJ.    We are poised and ready...
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Digital Solutions | November 5, 2020
Open Source at HCL Software
From the very beginning, there has been strong intent for HCL Software (formally HCL Products and Platforms) to be a key player in open source — for us to be involved in external communities as participants, contributors, and leaders. As strong as that intent has been it has taken us time to build our internal communities, training programs, and means of prioritization so that we at HCL Software could contribute in a consistent and sustainable way. Well, that time has arrived.  HCL Software’s OSPO (open-source project office) has approved our participation with the Jitsi community. This long-standing community is dedicated to an open and modern meeting environment with technology that challenges many of the existing proprietary tools. We will be over the coming weeks and months submitting fixes and new features that we have developed while building our chat and meetings solution, HCL Sametime Premium. We are also working with the Cloud Native Computing Foundation and OpenNTF.  The value of an open-source community can be immeasurable at times.  We have all seen this with examples like the Apache Software Foundation or Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) and how passionate communities and developers can make amazing innovations to technology that truly makes a difference.  These are the types of communities we at HCL Software want to contribute to on an ongoing and consistent basis.  For our own customers, new samples are being published on our new HCL Software public github.com repository that demonstrate capabilities or provide simple tooling for HCL Software’s products including samples for the HCL Domino AppDev Pack and soon some of our product documentation.  We are firmly committed to expanding our participation in other open-source communities and industry consortiums. HCL Software will be a leader in the open-source movement with growing contributions and participation over the coming months and years. This will allow us to dramatically increase our velocity in features and functions and will result in higher quality products for our customers and partners. But even more importantly, it will enable our customers and partners to work with us in a more transparent and productive way. 
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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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