HCL is planning to deliver a complete tool for you to work with when it comes to your daily activities, be it e-mails, chats, meetings, etc. Project Yuzu is aiming to give users just that.

As of now, Project Yuzu is a concept for what will become a Digital Office solution.

This year has proven difficult for us all, and most probably we are all missing the conference rooms and in person meetings that helped us create better teams, which collaborated better. 

Whichever tool you are using, be it Teams, Slack, it’s not all that difficult to create chats or have video meetings; the one thing that is missing is cohesion. You have multiple chats, video meetings, but you are missing a component that would bring them all together. 

This in time can lead to you missing the latest version of a file, and it all can become difficult to manage. This was the starting point of creating a persistent destination where one can execute their daily tasks, projects, and communicate with context. 

HCL’s Vision of the Digital Office – Project Yuzu

  • An innovative concept of how HCL could evolve Sametime in 2021 and beyond
  • It’s a virtual and persistent workspace for teams of people to get their work done
  • It provides a “stateful” environment where everything is at your fingertips
  • It takes the concept of a video meeting to the next level.

Here are the Use Cases for which Project Yuzu was created:


Let’s give you some details on the Agile Development Case study. A software development company, especially little ones might have problems getting a new version out the door. Task management can prove to be a hassle, communication can be ineffective as well as a lack of structured process.

HCL’s solution to this type of issue is the Digital Office. With it the Product Owner can set up a virtual space, use it for the whole team in order to coordinate the process using Agile Software Development Lifecycle methodology as well as Jira integration so that nothing falls through the cracks.


Teams work like this:

  • Present and discuss issues
  • Document issues
  • Prioritize, track tasks and to-do’s
  • Enable ad-hoc conversations
  • Show and Tell
  • Retain all artifacts in one place
  • Bring new team members up to speed

The fact that all the files, meeting notes remain there is a huge plus, as they can be changed by all the team members as well as checked at any time for further clarification. You can:

  • Check daily progress
  • Move tasks to “Done”
  • Collaborate on files
  • When in doubt review meeting notes
  • Continue conversations
  • Meet individually

The persistent meeting rooms gives everybody the space and context they need to stay on track.


As you might expect you need a task tracking component as well. In the Digital Office you have an integrated task management feature to help you with that. A Kanban board makes it easy to organize all aspects of the project across all members.


Now, if you evolve and work within a larger company, you will need integrations. Project Yuzu helps you get your job done with pre-built integrations such as Salesforce. Applications you already use can be integrated for a seamless experience (Domino apps, calendar and mail). You can build new workflows and applications using low-code app dev capabilities of Domino Volt.


This is the whole vision for Project Yuzu:

The whole purpose is having all the Projects you are working on in one place, and for each Project all your tasks and activities so you can dive into your work without worrying if you have access to your files, notes, etc.

In the HCL Digital Solutions’ portfolio Project Yuzu will be in the Collaborative Work Management section of the offering. Chat and Meetings will remain as you expect a Sametime matter, Communities, Network and Expertise is designated for Connections and Intranet, Employee Communication is where your DX would come in.

Here is how both Sametime and Project Yuzu will evolve:


You will want to take Project Yuzu for a spin because:

  • It helps to make employees feel they are part of a team, even when working remotely;
  • Fast and easy to get started. All is included and no need to add anything;
  • Cloud native – you choose how and where to deploy it.

Since Project Yuzu is still a concept, the next steps are validating the concept and holding design sessions soon. If you have any suggestions, shoot them over to HCL.