Friday, 26 August 2016

The Actual Facts on the Future of IBM Notes Domino and XPages

The past week has been dominated about the future of IBM Notes and Domino in the Notes Domino and XPages Community. Some predict the end of IBM Notes after 2021, others advise to quickly migrate to another platform or at least run away from IBM Notes Domino. But let's not forget that IBM Notes Domino and XPages still exists and will be maintained for a long period of time. As I indicated in a previous blog post IBM Notes Domino and XPages is still a great product that many companies are still very pleased with daily.

What are the actual facts about the future of IBM Notes Domino after all that is written over the past week. During the past week there have been two comments from Ed Brill on some blog posts which provide some clarity about the plans and future regarding Notes Domino. The first comment relates to the support for IBM Notes Domino.

'To comment on the support point specifically, in the next few weeks we will announce formally that support for 9.0.x will be extended to 2021. It doesn't depend on a version update. And as you note, things originally expected in 9.0.2 are going to come in what are currently called fixpacks. I haven't decided what to call the update with Verse on Premises yet.'

This means that IBM will support IBM Notes Domino until 2021. That is very good and positive news. Furthermore, this means that there will be no IBM Notes Domino 9.0.2 release. The good news is that the new long-awaited 9.0.2 release will be replaced with something similar to the current known Fix Packs. Also very good and positive news.

The second comment relates Roadmap bullet about Application Modernization.

'I am commenting here and on Darren's blog and others today to try to convey that I'm listening. And I would like to be able to say more about what my roadmap bullet about app modernization means, but it is something we are still working on a few different paths, and it is not going fast enough and I want to do more before we talk about it... I recognize that the silence is leaving people to their own interpretation and as a result I will likely miss the expectations. That's not what I am shooting for of course but I want to acknowledge the tone and frustration I hear.'

IBM is listening and will not 'kill' products. The openness in the comments is greatly appreciated. Although it needs seemingly more time than expected there remains hope regarding application modernization. Also very good an positive news.

As I mentioned before 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 let's wait for the announcement and let us reassess and discuss again afterwards.
I am convinced that IBM remains committed to Notes and Domino. Recently IBM has released additional functionality, including IBM Client Application Access and IBM mail support for Microsoft Outlook. IBM will release IBM Verse On-Premises later this year.
So be positive and believe in the future!

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