Tuesday, 23 August 2016

IBM Notes Domino And XPages Strikes Back

There has recently been a lot synisme, criticism and negativity about Notes Domino and XPages. If you believe the latest tweets and blog post it seems as if Notes Domino and XPages as an application platform is depreciated by the community and everyone is looking for alternatives.
I think Notes Domino and XPages is still a great product that many companies are still very pleased with daily. From the daily practice it always turns out over and over again, among others, how simple applications can be extended with new functionalities, how great the replication functionality is and how quick and simple web applications can be developed and can be brought to the cloud. I can elaborate on all the strengths and positives of IBM Notes Domino and XPages but that is not the main purpose of this blog post.

And of course it's true that we are still waiting for new version for Notes and Domino XPages. The next release of Notes Domino will not be the long-awaited Notes Domino 9.0.2 release but the Notes Domino 9.0.1 Fix Pack 7 release, which is scheduled for September.

But it is time to focus on the positive news. There will be an official announcement by IBM in September 2016 with an update to the lifecycle policy for IBM Notes and Domino 9.0.x. So maybe there will be an announcement for the long-awaited release of Notes Domino 9.0.2.
IBM remains committed to Notes and Domino and has recently released additional functionality, including IBM Client Application Access and IBM mail support for Microsoft Outlook.  IBM also plans to release IBM Verse On-Premises later this year.

So let's wait for the announcement by IBM regarding the lifecycle policy for IBM Notes and Domino 9.0.x. and let us reassess and judge again afterwards.
I am convinced that Notes Domino and XPages will have a great future and most of the customers will stay with these IBM products. New technologies will hereby be adopted but the core will remain Notes Domino and XPages.
Long live IBM Notes Domino and XPages !


  1. Remember 8.5.4? That was transformed into 9.0...

  2. About time we get some positivity about Domino. Thank you. I really hope Domino stays but lets wait and see what IBM say. I do believe that a Domino developer needs to learn other languages and tools...just in case.

  3. Can't say I've ever been a fan of xPages as I've never found it to be "Rapid" .... but we're finding that just Domino and Passthru HMTL + Bootstrap = Rapid Development + Awesome UIs.

    What's missing from IBMs side are "showcases" of great apps... and no, I don't mean OpenNTF. I mean apps that DON'T look like Notes apps.

  4. Nice post. I hope you are right.
    I am not sure about Domino, but for sure IBM is killing Notes. It is very easy to predict the future just by looking how they are applying it inside IBM.