There are many naysayers who have stated that this announcement is too late. I would say it is NEVER too late.
So what does this announcement mean for Phora Group and myself. Am I super excited, NO. Am I happy, YES. Was the moving of development to HCL surprising, NO. And, it will not surprise me if the relationship with HCL go beyond just development, think Lenovo. We have been partners with IBM/Lotus for a very long time, and know that things just does not move fast at IBM. With Domino development moving to HCL, hopefully will move faster. However, it is really not about the technology but about the marketing and the application of the technology and this is where IBM's competitor have excelled at. With movement to hosting and the cloud, all users see is the application that they are using. Users does not know anything about the technology nor they care. We are in the world where someone throws up a cool application in the cloud, everyone starts using it and assumed it is trust worthy with their information being safe without any second thoughts until a breach. Users see marketing. So it is all about marketing and the applications that are available on the platform that will drive the future of Domino. No longer can you stay in a Business to Business mode. Regardless of what you are doing you are in the Business to Consumer mode.
Here is my technology wish list for the future of Domino:
- 2-factor authentication, a must have.
- Create Node C++ add-on integration into the Domino core C API.
- Strip the Notes client down to the C API core (Notes Core) and integrate Node C++ API to allow it to connect to Electron and others front end tools.
- Make sure the Notes Core runs on Linux.
- Make the existing Notes Mail client and Notes application client add-ons to the Notes Core, this allows existing Notes Mail and application to continue working
- No matter what, keep replication as part of the Notes Core, this is one of the most powerful features of Notes and Domino
- Create a Verse add-on to the Notes Core so that we have true offline capabilities with Verse
- Get rid of Eclipse and do not make it an option.
- Strip Domino to the core components and let developers determine what components they want to use (Domino Core).
- Make Java an optional add-on to the Domino Core so when new versions of Java comes along it is not a major operation to upgrade it and if you do not want Java, you do not have to install it.
- Keep LotusScript, it has better security and control along with scheduled agents.
- Remove Websphere from Sametime and bring it back to a Domino/Node solution.
- Create a Domino Designer as an add-on to other development tools like Microsoft Visual Studio
- Get rid of sorted views (it slows things down and not needed)
I figure that I will be working with Domino even when I am in my 70s. It is the most unappreciated technology that I know of. It is not the cool kid on the block, but it is a technology that I know is secure, scalable, flexible and reliable and yes it is modern. It just need more love.
With this announcement, we can say we have NO plans to migrate off the Domino technology.