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Domino – Often Still the Best
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Gary Walsh    

In many cases, from a technical and financial standpoint, Domino is still hands down the best choice in terms of a platform.  The Domino server, with the database, messaging, web server and application server all tightly integrated makes it affordable and easy to work with. Its replication capabilities simply cannot be found in other platforms.  If you have any level of technical knowledge you can see why it is so hard to replace as an application platform.

It drives me nuts when I read articles like the most recent one posted in the UK Register around the arrangement between IBM and HCL and the continued development of Notes and Domino.  Especially the comments.  Sure, there is some love there, but the article itself and the majority of the comments are negative and show the authors are misinformed.  As Alan Lepovsky points out on his LinkedIn post around this same topic,

 “I get pitches every week for new products that can’t do a fraction of what Notes could do a decade ago.”

Notes and Domino did and still do provide incredible business value.  IBM purchased the technology for an astounding 3.52 billion dollars, and for good reason.  I have heard it reported that at one point in time it held an estimated 60% of the  Enterprise Messaging market. It was more than email, and as a result thousands of customers still have a huge inventory of applications running on Notes and Domino.

Rewind to 2006. DOCOVA came to life as a demo to show how customers could use our Web App Dev tools for Domino to create powerful browser based business applications.  IBM customers worldwide were purchasing our tools, but the applications they were building were not leveraging all of the capabilities.  DOCOVA proved there was a demand for good browser based document management system, and when Domino.Doc and Quickr were discontinued we found ourselves in the migration game and DOCOVA became our flagship product.

Unfortunately, despite all of its benefits from a technical point of view, Domino started to become a barrier when it came to closing sales.  We also found that existing DOCOVA customers were looking to move to other solutions because Domino was no longer being supported in their organizations.  For many of our customers DOCOVA was the only product left running on Domino. To mitigate our risk, we invested heavily in the creation of DOCOVA SE, the SQL Edition.  We retained several DOCOVA customers by migrating them from our Domino to SQL version.

The SQL platform has advantages, especially when it comes to large quantities of data and reporting, but Domino remains as one of the best platforms for DOCOVA.  The process of creating the SQL version really reinforced for us how good Domino is.

If the IBM arrangement with HCL works out, and Domino once again becomes a dominant player, nothing would make us happier.  It’s where we grew up.

 

 

 

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Domino – Often Still the Best
Thu, Nov 9th 2017 6:23p   Gary Walsh
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Tue, Oct 31st 2017 5:22p   Gary Walsh
Last week IBM made this announcement. The gist of it is that they are using an Indian company, HCL, to do future development on Notes and Domino and a few other collaboration products. This news appeared on several blogs after it was announced by HCL.  IBM delivered the news to IBM partners October 26.  There were rumors floating around Social Connections 2017 that IBM was preparing to sell off Notes and Domino.  This seems to be the basis of those rumors. Frankly, I do no think it really mat
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MWLUG 2017 – We Believe!
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Migrate Notes to DOCOVA Blog Series Part 16: Form events
Tue, May 23rd 2017 1:24p   John Ryan
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Migrate Notes to DOCOVA Blog Series Part 15: Private on first use folders
Thu, May 18th 2017 1:38p   John Ryan
Welcome to blog series part 15 of 17 on migrating Notes apps to DOCOVA..  In this entry I’m going to talk about good ‘ol Private on first use folders. This is another one of those “interesting” Notes application design constructs.  In my journeys I don’t think I’ve ever come across this same sort of construct in any other application environment.  Anywhere.  Ever.  Sure, a private folder, but “…on first use” is the kicker.  Interestingl
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Migrate Notes to DOCOVA Blog Series Part 14: Column sorting and categorizing
Tue, May 16th 2017 12:18p   John Ryan
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Migrate Notes to DOCOVA Blog Series Part 13: Shared columns and fields
Thu, May 11th 2017 1:52p   John Ryan
Welcome to blog series part 13 of 17 on migrating Notes apps to DOCOVA.  This entry is dedicated to shared columns and fields.  It’s short and sweet. DOCOVA does not support the concept of shared columns and fields between applications at this time. Say what?  I know, right?  DOCOVA is so over the top, so chalk full of functionality…it’s crazy, alas at the time of writing this blog entry, it doesn’t support shared columns and fields.  Well, that’s the reason ri




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