Comparing IBM Notes 9.0 to IBM iNotes 9.0

New documentation is up comparing Notes 9 to iNotes 9. Wiki article is available, here:

Thanks to Ken Krause and Joy Freeman for pulling this together!  YOU GUYS ROCK!!!

IBM Docs 1.0.3

My friend and fellow Product Manager Sean Brown reminds me that today, IBM Docs 1.0.3 is now officially available!
IBM Docs V1.0.3 enhancements include:
  • Web-based document, spreadsheet, and presentation editor designed for ease-of-use
  • Author presence awareness, letting you know who has been in your document and who is currently making changes to content
  • Real-time or asynchronous co-editing support designed to help quickly edit content and meet deadlines
  • Directed contextual commenting and discussions designed to help team members collaborate on the content
  • File version management that helps keep everyone working on the latest version and reduces the time required to manually merge input from multiple users
  • Allows the creation of new documents or upload existing Microsoft Office or OpenOffice documents to edit and share
  • Share templates with individuals or a community, designed to reduce the time needed to create new documents based on your templates

Congrats to the Docs team on the 1.0.3 release!  Nice job, guys!
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IBM ODBC Driver for Notes/Domino 9.0

Happy to announce that the IBM ODBC Driver for IBM Notes/Domino 9.0 Social Edition became generally available last Friday, 14-Jun.  Download from developerWorks or Passport Advantage:

Part No.
IBM ODBC Driver for Notes/Domino 9.0
(for Windows 32-Bit English)
IBM ODBC Driver for Notes/Domino 9.0
(for Windows 64-Bit English)

What's new?
  • Support for IBM Notes/Domino 9.0 Social Edition
  • New support for compiler VS2010
  • Product name changed (formerly known as "Lotus Notes SQL Driver")

Technote on Notes/Domino 8.5.x code stream

Thanks to Scott Vrusho, Heidi Andriola and Joy Freeman, we've just published the definitive word on Notes/Domino 8.5.x going forward.  Head here for details:

The corresponding updates to the Fix List page are here: (Thanks, Craig Lordan!)

Welcome Kramer Reeves...

It's official!!

Ed's replacement was announced yesterday!  Please join us in welcoming Kramer to our team and the community!  Kramer brings a wealth of industry and client experience and will be picking up the business and leadership reins to advance IBM's socially-enabled portfolio of messaging and collaboration offerings.

From his most recent IBM bio:
Kramer has over 15 years experience in the enterprise software industry and is the Director of Product Marketing for IBM’s Business Process Management (BPM) and Operational Decision Management (SOA) software portfolios and leads IBM's SOA marketing agenda. In this role, Kramer leads a global organization that defines IBM’s strategy and message for portfolio of product and service offerings under BPM, ODM, and SOA. Kramer leads teams in the understanding of core customer and market requirements; defines IBM’s BPM go-to-market strategy and vision based on client business challenges; and brings IBM BPM solutions and skills to market. Kramer has held various management and leadership positions while at IBM including acquisition related roles for six acquired companies, including ILOG and Lombardi. Kramer is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and seminars on the topics of BPM and SOA. Prior to joining IBM, Kramer spent six years consulting and developing customer information and billing systems for global clients in the energy and utility industries and two years teaching English in Spain. Kramer has a BS in Engineering from Virginia Military Institute and an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

It's an exciting time to be connected to IBM products; the addition of Kramer only fuels the fire!  Expect to see "yours truly" as a major community-facing member of the team, focusing on all things related to cloud, Notes/Domino, Connections Mail, and a handful of other cool products under development...

Get to know this guy!
Kramer on LinkedIn...
Kramer on Twitter...

NOW AVAILABLE: Notes/Domino 9.0 C API Toolkit

Happy to announce the general availability of the IBM C API Toolkit for Notes/Domino 9.0 Social Edition!

New in this release:
  • New support for Linux 64 bit platform
  • New compiler VS2010 support for Windows
  • New feature for Calapi (iCalendar format)
  • New feature for NIF (NIFFindByKeyExtented2)

Download through your normal Passport Advantage channel, and soon from developerWorks at:

Detailed part number listing for your download reference:
Part Number
 Long Description
Extension Type
IBM C API Toolkit for Notes/Domino 9.0 for Windows 32 and 64 Bit English
IBM C API Toolkit for Notes/Domino 9.0 for AIX 32 and 64 Bit, Linux 32 and 64 Bit, zLinux 64 Bit English
IBM C API Toolkit for Notes/Domino 9.0 Mac English
IBM C API Toolkit for Notes/Domino 9.0 for IBM i English


Big news out of Europe last week...

While I was on holiday last week as lead-up to the 06-Apr wedding for our daughter, official word came down announcing the expansion of our Social Business mission in Europe.

From Alistair's blog:

New EU Data Center

This week IBM announced that it is expanding the SmartCloud for Social Business in Europe, opening a new data center in Ehingnen, Germany. The center will serve customers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), and meets the EU's specific legal and regulatory requirements.

Thousands of customers around the world already rely on IBM data centers in North America and Asia Pacific. In fact, in 2012, our cloud revenue grew by 80 percent. This third center sets us on a path for even greater growth.

Customers can choose from flexible delivery models, including either public or private cloud, or a mix of cloud and on premises. Once live, they can tap into tools such as social email, calendaring, instant messaging and online meetings. Businesses can also invite external partners, clients and suppliers to take part in these interactions.

This is huge.  Here's what eWeek had to say...

My BLUG 2013 presentations

9.0 in a nutshell (+ product images)

OK, so it's a big nutshell...but at least it's all here in one place.  ;-)

IBM Notes and Domino 9.0 Social Edition features and benefits:
  • A contemporary, simple user interface for in-context social collaboration with activity streams enables you to take action quickly on content and events. Embedded experiences help customers gain access to business-critical actions from other applications. This brings collaboration in context and results in tighter integration across iNotes, Connections, Notes, application development (XPages), and third-party products and services.
  • IBM Notes Browser plug-in enables rapid delivery of IBM Notes applications to the web.
  • The software incorporates a social application container, based on the OpenSocial standard, for displaying from existing, or development of new, reusable  "gadgets" from both IBM and third parties.
  • Industry-leading enterprise mobile collaboration with Notes Traveler updates including device support for Microsoft Windows Phone 7.5, 7.8, and Windows Phone 8; Windows 8 Tablet RT and Pro; BlackBerry 10; and server support for IBM i Server.
  • Application development and integration is easier and faster than ever with Domino support for Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) and Open Standard for Authorization (Oauth). Domino Designer and XPages include improvements for better client, web, and mobile applications.
  • Easy and confident deployment; you can take a giant step forward on becoming a more efficient and socially driven business, or evolve more conservatively with optional deployment scenarios.
  • Integration with IBM Connections 4 through entitlement to the Files and Profiles
What's new in IBM Notes 9
  • See messages in your Inbox grouped by date, for example, "Today", "Yesterday", "Last Week", etc.
  • Mail views now show abbreviated, simplified dates - for example, the current day's mail messages show only the time received.
  • The first 100 characters of a mail message can be previewed directly from your Inbox view.
  • A new action bar button in the Inbox allows you to mark messages Read or Unread, instead of using the Edit menu.
  • You will now see a thumbnail preview of attachment images when reading MIME email.
  • Instead of viewing only one entire month at a time, now you can scroll through the One Month view of the calendar 1 week at a time.
  • The Weekly Planner view shows the days of the week in a two-column format, similar to the Weekly view in the Notes Basic Client.
  • Calendar entries can now be color-coded by category.
  • Embedded experiences allow you to access and work with embedded content from applications inside OpenSocial containers, directly in your Notes mail.
  • Search results can be more easily sorted by your selected view sort order. The search experience for Notes views has also been improved.
  • You can now simultaneously search your mail file and any mail archive applications you may have created.
What's new in IBM Domino (and Admin) 9
  • Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) provides federated identity
  • OpenSocial component supports embedded experiences features
  • Program document supports server groups and pattern matching
  • Fault Analyzer Task calculates dispositions by default
  • Database maintenance tool (dbmt) helps administer user mail files
  • Replication-style compacting available
  • Quality of Service (QoS) feature helps keep Domino servers available
  • IBM HTTP Server (IHS) can now run on the same computer as a Domino server and support Transport Layer Security (TLS)
  • Secure Hash Algorithm (SHA-2) support
  • Credential store
  • The Widgets tab in the desktop policy settings document provides additional How To Apply settings
  • Widgets can be configured for specific releases of Notes and iNotes clients
  • Widgets importing is improved
  • New Notes client preferences are assignable by policy
  • Policy settings for return receipts are enhanced
What's new in IBM Domino Designer 9
  • Server Side JavaScript (SSJS) Debugger added -- Debugging is only supported on Domino Social Edition servers and later.  Debugger is based on Eclipse “Remote Java Connection” protocol and uses JPDA/JDI and can be invoked from a new toolbar item.
  • New Client-Side JavaScript/Dojo Debug Option added -- Can now debug uncompressed versions of the source files.
  • Home Page Improvements introduced.  Includes the following changes and additions:
    • Updated look and feel to align with the new “Discover” page across Notes products.
    • Removed Welcome page altogether and consolidated content onto Home page.
    • Updated content with intros and help links to help topics for major functional areas.  
    • Quick Links tab provides a list of working sets (shows more than 5 working sets at a time!), task links, links to resources, and tips.
    • Home remains closed on restart if manually closed before shutdown.
  • New XPages Editing Features added  -- Includes the following changes and additions:
    • Content assist in xsp Source Editor (also works with SSJS in xsp source editor)
    • Hyperlink navigation within the xsp source editor
    • Hover help within the xsp source editor
    • Palette State Saving available
    • Jar design element introduced
    • Application Navigator now shows all working sets
  • XPages Social Edition Integration Points added - Drag & Drop action added to facilitate sending simple e-mail.  Advanced features support Embedded Experience. Encapsulates required JSON or XML payload
  • Product Help Enhancements introduced -- Includes the following changes and additions:
    • Improved Designer Home Page info and tips
    • Content assist and hover help within the XPages source
    • Designer Eclipse help plugins
    • Many customer Feedback issues addressed in help (for example, ~ 1000 updates in the Designer basic guide)
    • Content organization streamlined to remove redundant material
    • Language cross references added to some topics
    • Many new code examples
    • C&S APIs info now included
    • LotusScript Editor F1 help
  • Bug fixes and performance improvement including:
    • Fixes for Java Design Element fixes
    • Fixes for Source control issues encountered when importing databases with many script libraries
    • Fixes to tooling issues
    • Fixes to the LotusScript Editor and builder
    • Problems view now reports correct line numbers for LotusScript errors
    • Improved search navigation
    • Performance/memory improvements in the XPages editor
What's new in IBM iNotes 9
  • Mail views now show abbreviated, simplified dates - for example, the current day's mail messages show "Today" and the time received
  • A new IBM Domino server notes.inifile setting called iNotes_WA_SendReturnReceipt enables iNotes users to set how to handle return receipts for incoming messages that request them
  • Existing Microsoft Outlook contacts can now be imported into the iNotes client by first exporting them from Outlook as a comma separated value (CSV) file, and then importing that file
  • Chrome and Firefox users can copy and paste images from the clipboard into the rich text editor of a mail message
  • Users can now save emails as draft and leave the message open for continued editing
  • If your organization uses IBM Connections, users can manage and share links to files right in their inbox
  • A new and improved attachment HTML-based area is available across all browsers (this attachment area also supports drag and drop of files in recent browsers that support HTML5)
  • If you have either IBM Connections or the Notes Browser Plug-in installed, the user will see icons for these products in the client masthead. Clicking the icon launches the product
  • Simplified calendar entry colors
  • Conflict indicators to show when two calendar events overlap in time
  • Gutter area that you can easily double-click to create a new entry with an overlapping time
  • Calendar entry colors set in Notes show now show in the iNotes calendar entries
  • Entries in the sidebar calendar now have the same formatting as full calendar entries
  • Support for widgets and live text in the Domino OpenSocial component
What's new in IBM Notes Traveler 9
  • Industry leading support for mobile devices and platforms
  • Available on IBM i and Linux 64
  • Microsoft® Windows® Phone 7.5/7.8 and 8.0 support
  • Microsoft® Windows® RT/Pro Tablet support
  • BlackBerry® 10 devices support
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