Friday, 7 December 2018

Big Changes that Determine the Future of the IBM Collaboration Solutions

IBM and HCL Technologies (HCL) announced a definitive agreement under which HCL will acquire select IBM software products for $1.8 billion. The transaction is expected to close by mid-2019, subject to completion of applicable regulatory reviews. The software products in scope represent a total addressable market of more than $50 billion and include:
  • Appscan for secure application development,
  • BigFix for secure device management,
  • Unica (on-premise) for marketing automation,
  • Commerce (on-premise) for omni-channel eCommerce,
  • Portal (on-premise) for digital experience,
  • Notes & Domino for email and low-code rapid application development, and
  • Connections for workstream collaboration.
HCL and IBM have an ongoing IP Partnership for five of these products. Big question is how this will affect the future of the IBM Collaboration Solutions. More detailed information will be available for this in the coming period. The first roadmaps for Notes, Domino,  XPages, Connections and Sametime will be essential for the future of the current IBM Collaboration Solutions under the responsibility and guidance of HCL. So let's wait and see what the future will bring and in the meantime focus primarily on the upcoming Notes Domino 10.0.1 release.

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