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ICAA – Did IBM Release a Free Version of the Notes Client?
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Gary Walsh    

ICAA stands for IBM Client Application Access.  This is a standalone client, available for Mac and Windows, that is a stripped down version of the R9 Notes Basic client.   It has been around for awhile, June of 2015 I believe is when it was first released, however it seems to have come in under the radar of most customers and business partners.   Many thought it was simply a re-branding of the Notes browser plugin, which has been around for years now, and is installed by default when you install Notes R9.

This IBM announcement letter says that “the IBM® Client Application Access delivers a lightweight solution, enabling you to move to a browser-based interface for email (IBMiNotes®, IBM SmartCloud® Notes® web, or IBM Verse™), while continuing to work with existing Notes and Domino® applications.”

Based on the above ICAA may lend support to the theory that IBM is perhaps looking to retire the Notes client.  If they were to stop selling the Notes client, Verse could provide IBM customers still using Notes for email with an alternative, and ICAA would provide a way of accessing existing applications.  By making Smartcloud a requirement to run ICAA it would encourage customers to move their Notes based applications to the IBM Cloud.   Or maybe it is in fact the Notes Browser Plugin repackaged, and not a key part of the Notes and Domino roadmap after all.

This 80 ish mb  client is very much a Notes client.  It has a similar look and feel to the R9 Notes client. It even has the traditional Notes Workspace where your applications appear on tabs.  In fact, if you make a copy of your Notes/Data directory, delete Notes, then install ICAA you can have the Workplace appear with your applications similar to what you see with the Notes client, standard or basic varieties.

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I have accessed a wide variety of Notes applications with ICAA, from simple to complex, and except for not supporting attachment viewing and providing for spellcheck in rich text fields, the applications seem to behave the same as they do when you use the full Notes client.

Below is one of our older commercial DLI applications that has since been retired, the DLI HelpDesk, viewed using ICAA.

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What are the license requirements for ICAA? Is ICAA free?  I called the IBM Passport Advantage folks who dug into it more and I was forwarded an email from the Offering Manager for IBM Collaborative Solutions saying that indeed ICAA is a replacement for the Notes Browser Plugin.  It comes free with the Utility servers.

Digging through available documentation I was able to find the following to support that:

The Domino Utility Server License agreement, however, is the document that defines what is allowed and what is not in terms of client access.  I would be happier to see ICCA mentioned in that document as it really does not fit the definition of a browser client.

I am not really sure what impact this has on the trajectory of Notes, if any.  With the Standard Notes Client, The Basic Notes Client, and now ICAA I think it adds more confusion. Our own experience is that customers are looking at migrating to solutions that use open rather than proprietary technologies.  They also are interested in platform flexibility.   That is why we came out with DOCOVA Version 5.  As with prior releases V5 provides a browser based experience for customers running IBM Domino, and the ability to move to SQL in the future if circumstances dictate the need to do that.   This new version will include App Builder, giving customers and partners a cost effective way to support and enhance their applications over time similar to what they could do with Notes and Domino.



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