Despite being around for so long or maybe because of it Domino has a lot of myths around it. One of the HCL’s Domino Dozen online events took on some of the most common ones.
Myth 1: Domino does not allow you to create modern apps
Since its inception Domino has been one of the most reliable development platforms available, with capabilities for quick app development. Not only that but it also offers a short learning curve, which will be even shorter with the help of Domino Volt.
Stephen Konopelski and Michael Smith from Mutual Boiler Re talked a bit about how “hard” it is to develop Domino apps.
Mutual Boiler has a Domino app partner portal which powers critical business functions, from claims to underwriting, engineering, CRM, accounting, and more. One of the main advantages is that everything is integrated, available in one place which makes both working as well as onboarding a lot easier.
The old Boss application that Mutual Boiler had been using has been replaced in the past 5 years by xBoss which is a XPages-based Domino web app.You might think that the process of switching from one app to the next disrupted work; but that was not the case. Since both apps were “talking” to the same database there was basically no traditional migration necessary.
Things got even easier with the arrival of Domino Volt. It allows you to create good looking applications fast. You can check out the sample apps which are available in the showroom.
Myth 2: Domino apps are stuck on the Notes client
This is a myth that can easily be debunked by HCL Nomad which helps you make your apps mobile with not much trouble.
To bust this myth Nigel Boyle was invited from P.D.Hook a chicken farming company which has been using a Notes app to monitor their activity: when the ckicks are due for hatching, all the information that their employees need in one place. They have been using the same core app for 25 years now.
Because the situation demanded it, P.D.Hook has decided to move their app for monitoring turkeys off the Notes client, with the help of Nomad. This has helped the company become mobile and have everything they need at the tip of their fingertips.
Myth 3: My data is locked in Domino. My users don’t have access to use it
This is yet again not true as your data can be easily accessed in multiple ways. To offer us all some examples on the matter, HCL has invited Heather Hottenstein, Technical Advisor at HCL Software.
The Domino ecosystem has always been designed to make data transfer easy from and to the platform.
One thing you can do is create your apps with Volt, which comes to the aid of non-technical people. That app can consume these Domino docs and publish them to the REST API and then by using HCL Link that information goes out to become a JSON response file that is consumable again by all the sources that are available that can talk HTTP or HTTPs.
A great example of how easy it is for Domino to communicate with other services has been offered by Heather, you can watch it here.
Myth 4: My products can only run on-prem, making it hard to find an admin
If you have watched any of last year’s announcements from HCL you know by now that Domino comes with one of the most flexible cloud approaches on the market, including hosting with HCL’s CH-MSPs.
HCL has invested into making deployment a choice that you can actually take, not be forced into an environment.
As such, you can choose to host your Domino Apps on-prem, in the cloud, or opt for a hybrid version, making things flexible for business owners out there that want their data safe and also available to both employees and customers.
In order to debunk this myth HCL has invited our very own Jon Scultz and Justin Hill to offer you a view on how easy it is to host Domino apps in the cloud.
One of the things we have observed is that IT is taking care of a lot of aspects when it comes to daily activities and indeed a lot of companies have lost when it comes to Admin knowledge. Top that up with a fast changing environment where new features are implemented faster than they were, it can be hard to keep up and having a great IT department might prove to be expensive. An expense that smaller companies might not afford.
This is where a company like Prominic can come and take the pain away. We offer a single price per user price in most cases which covers licensing, administrative support, opening tickets with HCL in case trouble appears, the infrastructure, the management as well as upgrades and DRs. Everything we do is not onl;y clustered but also clustered in two separate physical data centers, so we make sure your data is safe in two different places.
In our conversations security arises as an issue most of the time. There is the illusion that the most common platforms might offer you data security but the main thing remains that Domino was built around the idea of security and has remained the most secure platform out there. What Prominic does to top all that is that our customers get the same benefits that they would have if they were on-prem: the versioning, the hotfixes, multi-factor authentication choices, VPNs, all these decisions remain within the organization through their IT department and are unique to it.
Next in the list of things we talk about a lot are the integrations that are available. One of the common concerns is that since Domino is tied to SAP or Oracle or DB2 or one other in-house systems used to run business apps that they will not be able to move to the cloud. Prominic works on these types of issues ensuring that everything runs smoothly.
When it comes to onboarding we try to help already swamped IT departments get the project done as soon as possible and as perfect as possible. In that regard we guide our customers through everything. From a Domino perspective we will join your Notes domain if you already have Domino thus becoming additional servers to your existing environment. This is important from a migration perspective because it allows users to keep their usernames, passwords, Notes IDs if they are in the Notes Client. This approach is also helpful because it facilitates replication between the two Domino servers. This will help with migrating at the customers pace, keeping data in sync allows you to have a smooth transition rather than a One night do all one.
Myth 5: No one is using Domino anymore
This statement is far from true. Domino powers 10M enterprise-grade apps that run 15.000+ companies around the world.
A great number of companies are either choosing to remain on Domino thanks to the great new security features that HCL has brought with V11 and V12 or choose to go with Domino even without prior experience with the platform.
The fact that Volt comes to help companies deliver apps faster and better is also one big plus when it comes to choosing the development platform you want to use.
You can check out some great case studies in the recording of this session.
If you have any questions about Domino and how your apps can shine in Domino, let’s talk!