Finally, after years of fixpacks and updates, Domino is getting an official new version 10 this year. There has been a lot of excitement about Domino 10 mixed with cautious optimism from the Domino community about this news, as well as the very public commitment;that IBM has made to keep investing in the platform development, including partnering with HCL.
IBM’s plan is to keep releasing information about the new Domino 10 through a series of webinars and presentations at conferences. The first webinar has taken place on February 28th, and it has definitely generated a lot of buzz about all the new things in the v10.
So, what do we know so far about Domino 10?
Well, as one would expect it will offer one of the best mail clients ever, both desktop and e-mail, and of course improve the chat function as well.
Mobile is the word of the day, as the time when we only worked behind a desktop is long gone. So, IBM will try to not only offer users an e-mail solution that is mobile but one that will also enable developers to write code from anywhere.
There are three main areas that IBM is looking to focus on with regards to improvements to Domino: Total Cost of Ownership (TCO), improving user experience, and facilitating further App Development using the Domino platform.
Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) in Domino 10.
The goal for the new Domino version is to extend the strength of the platform in terms of value it provides to the current investments in the platform.
To that effect, there is a list of improvements that will be implemented, including:
1) Bullet proofing Domino
Automating NSF/database repair so it can be used to easily add new cluster members, add new databases, recovery from media failure or any other loss of content, all automatically.
Replica sync-up will provide tooling to reconcile any differences between database replicas automatically and without disrupting ongoing usage and replication.
By removing the 64GB limit on NSFs and removing folder limits, the folders will be able to hold millions of documents and NSF can be 256GB in size.
Docker Enterprise Edition images will bring the Docker container technology into the Domino platform.
2) Making Domino easier to integrate within an enterprise IT landscape.
Simplifying Active Directory integrations will make it easier to configure Domino and Active Directory integration, and will ensure that the configuration continues to work well.
ID/Vault management improvements will improve ID file synchronizing with ID vaults and provide improved and automatic tools for ID vault maintenance.
SAML IDP upgrades (inc. ADFS 4.0.) for SSO will make configuration with SAML IDPs simpler and less error prone and will support current versions of popular IDPs.
User Experience in Domino 10.
When it comes to user experience, the goal is to make Domino 10 faster, more responsive.
The application side will focus on the core aspects of the business:
1. Auto-updates of the Notes client, which will improve deployments for larger organizations.
2. Verse on Premises with Domino 10 will continue to improve this browser based e-mail experience
3. Multi-client chat has been the number one request from users, so it has become one very important point of interest.
4. Team Calendar capability – all the team in one place. Capability of inviting someone to a call that you have not created.
5. You have the possibility of selecting multiple email threads and e-mailing them all to a contact as an attachment so that they are informed about a topic.
- App Development in Domino 10
The goals for App Development in Domino 10 have been defined as follows:
- Extend the value of existing Notes apps regardless of the way they are delivered to the client, be it Notes, Xpages, whatever.
As the industries’ no SQL database the goal would be to re-start database innovation.
2. Unleash: apps on the iPad natively to accomodate a mobile workforce.
Evolve: brings new tech to the platform so developers can change the app and also use new technologies.
Elastic search will help access multiple NSFs that will enable more flexible apps, better reporting and analytics.