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Time to Migrate



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Modernizing your Data


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Wed 8 Nov 2017, 09:54 PM
With all the talk, whether optimistic, pessimistic or snarky, about Notes/Domino 10, one thing I haven't heard much is what people wish would be in there. Yes, it will be a new version. Yes, it will be a strong affirmation to those companies still using Notes/Domino that product support will be around for the foreseeable future.
 
But what do you actually want the version to look like? Do you care about a Notes client, or are you only focused on Domino? Do you want as little change as necessary, or as much as possible?
 
Personally, I like the Notes client and think it offers a lot of value, though I wish I could dump Eclipse and still get Domino Designer. I also like the Domino server, though I find XPages tedious. I'd like to see enhancements to use Domino as a web platform aside from XPages. Not necessarily classic Domino web design, but ways to blend backend Domino with front end frameworks.
 
My wishes tend to be related to extensibility, partly because I like to sell extensions,. and partly because building an ecosystem is the key to building a stronger product. Neither IBM nor HCL will be able to meet everybody's needs, so we need entry points and events and components where we can plug in value. I want those for Domino, for Notes, for XPages, for everything. I wish for some JSON support inside the product. Also, my pet peeve is that I'd really like proper support for PNGs in Notes. Rich text supports them. Why the hell can't you import them manually? Grr. (Yes, you can import them with Midas, but really?)
 
Anyway, what are your wishes?
 
 

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Tue 7 Nov 2017, 06:04 PM
We released CoexLinks Migrate 4.10 today officially (some customers had it already). Along with performance enhancements and some fidelity enhancements, we've added the ability to export Calendar & Scheduling items to ICS format. I put out a video showing some of this, but I'll just repeat the two images I posted before for comparison.
 
Whether you actively use Notes/Domino email now and want to migrate to Microsoft Exchange or G-Suite or whatever, or simply have legacy email databases which you need moved to a more standard format, CoexLinks Migrate can handle the job.
 
If you would like to try CoexLinks Migrate 4.10 out for yourself, just request an evaluation license. If for any reason it does not meet or exceed your expectations, please let us know and we will whip ourselves with wet noodles most vigorously before fixing whatever the problem is. (We can't refund your money, because it is a free evaluation.)
 
 
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Thu 2 Nov 2017, 03:06 PM
If it is time to migrate or archive legacy Notes/Domino email, don't forget the calendaring and scheduling pieces. Whether you are following archival requirements for regulatory compliance, or just want to be sure you have the details to CYA if somebody challenges you, a calendar event should be preserved.
 
But is it? Have you tested how your migration handles even something as basic as attachments, not to mention images, doclinks, tables, etc.?
 
While you ponder that, take a few minutes (about three) and watch how CoexLinks Migrate handles the issue. Then, even if you've already made a migration decision, you can talk about how to cover your collective butts, either by switching to CoexLinks Migrate or by using it to supplement your chosen solution. As I mention in the video, CoexLinks Migrate is usually used in batch mode to export an entire database, but in Version 4.10 we have included an export filter to allow selected documents to be exported to ICS or EML format using the regular File - Export logic ion Notes.
 
 
 
 
If you don't have even 3 minutes to spare, just ask yourself which of the migrated Outlook events below is likely to be more useful. Or request an evaluation license and try for yourself.
 
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Thu 26 Oct 2017, 09:33 PM
This is the first is a series of planned videos on AppsFidelity, and how it is used to modernize your data.
 
What do I mean by 'modernize'? Well, I've found it hard to describe what needs to be done to data so that as it is properly usable in an application on the web or mobile. I've used the word 'render' when I am just talking about rich text. I've used the words 'wrap' or 'extract' or 'migrate' to describe simple data being wrapped into CSV or JSON.
 
But then I realized, the term 'modernize' as used with apps is just as applicable to data. It's the same data, but served up in ways that work with 'modernized' apps, whether that is XPages or in a iOS/Android app or SQL Server or whatever.
 
AppsFidelity does more than render to HTML. It wraps and encapsulates and more, all on the fly. It does as much or little as you need. It can be used with LDC Via or Aveedo or Darwino or virtually any other product, simply by intercepting the calls to open documents, so no changes are needed to those products.
 
Your legacy and current data modernized to work with whatever feels modern to you. Even if that's just a classic Domino web app.
 
This video shows how AppsFidelity can be turned on with an XPages app to surface your data beautifully without programming. 
 
 
 
Planned videos will show AppsFidelity rendering both simple and rich data to:
 
  • JSON (including use with other products going to JSON)
  • CSV (on-the-fly rendering for data analytics or app consumption)
  • HTML and MIME (including bidirectional synchornization with Domino)
 

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Wed 25 Oct 2017, 09:12 PM
It seems like good news out of IBM today, with their investment and deal to outsource development and support of the ICS products including a commitment to Notes/Domino Version 10 in 2018. While much could be said about whether it is too little too late or not, I'm going to stay out of that. Instead, 
 
I'm going to make a much safer prediction:
 
All of the Genii Software products will support Notes/Domino Version 10, just as the Midas LSX has supported all versions back to R4, and the CoexLinks products have supported all versions since R5, and the AppsFidelity products have supported all versions since ND6.02.
 
Whatever the future of Notes/Domino 10, you can rely on history to predict the future with regards to our products.
 
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Tue 3 Oct 2017, 05:55 PM
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Last night, we posted CoexLinks Fidelity 4.10, which includes our new Defect Detection subsystem to correct flaws in images and attachment metadata and more. This is also the first public release with support for 64-bit Linux along with 32-bit Linux and both 32-bit and 64-bit Windows. All functionality is equivalent between the versions. Customers receiving earlier versions of 64-bit Linux for 4.00 and 4.01 should upgrade when feasible.
 
Other areas of improvement:
 
1) Performance improvement, approximately 20% depending on mix of email
2) Enhanced adherence to strict CSS/HTML5 guidelines
3) Enhanced invitation/event fidelity
4) Improved fidelity for buttons and some overlaid hotspots
 
Several outlier bugs were identified and fixed, though most customers have received at least a subset of those in interim releases. This version includes all identified bug fixes, including those found internally that were not identified in the wild.
 
Request an evaluation license and see for yourself how much more professional your mail can appear to customers, coworkers and management, whether it is read in Notes, another email system ssuch as Outlook, or on your smartphone or Verse.
 
Or if you want to see the results without installing anything, fill out the form below. We won't spam you or sell your address if you give us your email. It is only used for this demo and a quick follow up afterwards to make sure your questions have been answered.
 


 

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