Last week we went to the Engage 2019 conference in Brussels, Belgium, and what a great event it was as always!

With over 80 sessions, round table discussions, and workshops, we attended the ones we felt had the most interest for Prominic’s customers and partners.

First, we were happy to confirm with HCL that the Domino Mobile Apps development will proceed as planned, with added support for Android and iOS devices. What the final adaptation of the apps to the smaller screens will look like is still in flux, so we’ll just have to see it for ourselves as it develops.

HCL also has plans to adopt the OpenFormula standard in Domino. Adoption would open up the Domino application development platform to millions of those who already know how to write formulas in Excel, for example.

There was much talk about containerization, Kubernetes, Docker, and what it means for Domino. Containerization can be best described as the next generation of virtualization, and we will be testing Domino on Docker and following developments as HCL makes them available.

In the “Domino on Docker Bootcamp”, Daniel Nashed presented the ‘magic’ script he created that pulls the Docker image for Domino and runs it. The total time to get the server installed and started was just a couple of minutes, and that was probably the fastest Domino installation and setup we’ve seen. Domino upgrades also only take minutes.

If you still haven’t pulled the trigger on upgrading to Domino 10, Panagenda’s MarvelClient Upgrade Free will easily upgrade your IBM Notes Client to 10.0.1 in a few minutes, absolutely free (IBM/HCL licensing still required). Learn more about MarvelClient Essentials’ capabilities and why it’s now included in Domino v 10.0.1 HERE.

Sametime 10 comes out this summer, with Sametime 11 coming out in conjunction with Domino 11 possibly late in 2019.

This year’s Domino events are only halfway done. We’ve been invited to an HCL 3-day summit near Boston in July, and we will be reporting the highlights impacting the Domino community afterwards as well.

Our president, Jon Schultz, will continue attending these events. If you haven’t had a chance to catch him at IBM Think in February or at Engage, there is still the Collabsphere conference at the end of October in Boston.