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What a line-up for ICON CH

September is ICON Switzerland time and this year we are coming up with a special setup for our 8th event which will take place on September 13 at the University of Zurich.

For those not familiar with the event, it was launched as a customer forum where IBM ICS customers could share their experience with ICS solutions. In the last years, we have teamed up with the University of Zurich, transforming the event into a public and private event, where we offered a platform to share experience and network with peers.

Every year we had a keynote from a renowned IBM representant before launching the customer panel but this year we are changing the format. We are very happy to have Jason Gary in Switzerland exclusively for our event. He will be joined by Uffe Sorensen and Jonathan Muniz for a further look into the future of ICS solutions.

Jason Gary is Director of Software Development and an IBM Distinguished Engineer.  He and his team represent the new IBM way of delivering enterprise software and is behind the «new» IBM Connections code-named Pink, where open-source platforms and services like MongoDB, React.js and Docker will be playing a central role. He will talk about this new approach in development for IBM and what it means for IBM Connections.

Uffe Sorensen  (Messaging & Collaboration Director) and Jonathan Muniz (Offering Manager IBM Collaboration Solutions) will bring an update to the application modernisation roadmap, what has been delivered with the new IBM Verse on Premises version and what is yet to come.

After the lectures, all three speakers will be available for an open Q&A section where you can ask your questions about the topics mentioned.

For the agenda and more information about the event: http://iconswitzerland.ch

The announcement from Roberto Mazzoni of the University of Zurich: UZH Blog


IBM Verse On Premises 1.0.2 is available with some goodies

Following the announcements and roadmaps, the team around Scott Souder delivered the update for the on prem version as promised in August. Besides the features IBM already describes in their announcements, I will highlight some of my favorites features.
From the official announcement:

Among the many user interface enhancements and performance gains in Verse On-Premises V1.0.2, new capabilities include:

  • Calendar Inbox. Make better decisions when responding to calendar notices by viewing your calendar at the same time. The new Calendar Inbox organizes all your calendar notices in one convenient place.
  • Preview attachments. You can instantly view Microsoft™ Office, OpenOffice documents, and PDFs in Verse On-Premises. View documents, spreadsheets, and presentations in Microsoft Office binary formats such as .ppt and .doc; OpenOffice formats such as .odt and .ods; and Microsoft Office XML-based formats such as .docx or .xlsx.
  • Password synchronization for encrypted messages. When reading an encrypted message, Verse On-Premises will prompt you to enter the Notes password, if the password entered does not match the HTTP password.
  • Support for IBM Connections V6.0. Entitlement to IBM Connections V6.0 Files and Profiles are extended to IBM® Notes and Domino users through IBM Domino V9.0.1 Feature Pack 9.
  • Extensibility and Application Registry. You can create, register, and deploy additional features in Verse On-Premises that are suited to your needs. Using Verse On-Premises extension points, you can integrate Verse On-Premises with your applications. Extend Verse On-Premises by designing new actions that users can take when reading or composing an email.

We have been eagerly awaiting the Calendar Inbox, I wrote about it earlier this year, see IBM Verse Calendar Inbox, as the features are a real time-saver and finally the look and feel is adapted to fit the «regular» Inbox.

That’s why as soon as the update was available for download, I got it and we upgraded Verse immediately (thanks to Urs Meli for the support). If you have installed/upgraded Verse before, you know that it is a piece of cake. If not, just check the documentation and follow the steps (or get in touch with us if you need help). BTW the documentation for 1.0.2 is available as well now, that was missing yesterday, links will follow at the end.
The only «danger» with the upgrade is to not read the system requirements, as this time the requirements clearly state, that the recently published Domino 9.0.1 FP9 is mandatory for VoP 1.0.2 to run. And believe me, without FP9 it won’t work 😉

Once that was cleared, it was all about discovering the new stuff. You might see from the Calendar Inbox example, that the coloring scheme has been slightly adapted but the functionality is what I wrote about in January, using IBM Verse cloud.

So let’s focus on the email Inbox.

Threaded emails

A really nice feature, I think it’s “on” by default, is the grouping of emails in a thread. A feature certainly known from other clients as well, it will group emails from a conversation, show you how many emails are in the conversation, if there are unread messages and from whom and you can apply actions to all the emails (delete, mark as read, file, etc)

IBM Verse on Premises Inbox Threaded
IBM Verse on Premises Inbox Threaded
IBM Verse on Premises Inbox Threaded close-up
IBM Verse on Premises Inbox Threaded close-up

there are many filter options to apply to your Inbox, I’ll go through them quickly:

1) click on the bubble/avatar to set a filter on that contact
2) type any name, expression etc you want to look for. If you choose option 1) the name gets added automatically
3) Folders
4) Time filter, refine based on «age», see example further down.
5) only emails with attachment
6) unread only

In this example, I use the bubble to filter my Inbox, that’s why the «unread» option is not available.

IBM Verse on Premises Inbox Filters
IBM Verse on Premises Inbox Filters
IBM Verse on Premises Inbox Time Filter
IBM Verse on Premises Inbox Time Filter
Last reaction

There is a small arrow (or not), showing which way the communication is going. In these highlighted examples my email was the last one in the conversation.

IBM Verse on Premises Inbox example
IBM Verse on Premises Inbox example

As mentioned, we got our production updated yesterday and we will need more time to discover other features or issues.

Are there any drawbacks? Well, yes, contacts and To Do’s are still using the iNotes design but I rarely use or manage them on this platform.  Contacts are either in our CRM or I manage them over mobile devices whereas the To Do’s I handle with Kudos Boards in IBM Connections.
What is more «concerning» to me is the offline functionality which has still a max of 14 days available. I know the team is working on it and I’m waiting to see how this will proceed.

Some links:
Official release statement from IBM
IBM Verse on Premises 1.0.2 System Requirements
IBM Verse on Premises 1.0.2 Documentation

IBM Verse – Calendar Inbox

Last week the IBM Verse Calendar (Cloud only for now..) got a major redesign. It had been announced some time ago, finally it has been released and I must say, well done IBM. It has a nice design and the enhanced functionality helps organizing your “calendar day”.

When logging in the first time after an upgrade/update you get the tour of “what’s new” and this is where most screenshots are from.

Five reasons to love the new Calendar Inbox

Of course the Inbox, where you will find invitations, meeting notices and so on.

IBM Verse Calendar Inbox 1

The footer, where you see notification(s) of your next meeting(s), no matter if the same day or in the future. It will change to a minute count-down when the meeting is closer or notify you of further entries, i.e. «first appointment tomorrow». If there is a conflict, two or more meetings starting at the same time, you can see what is scheduled with one click. -> I really like this one

IBM Verse Calendar Inbox 2

Block out time for yourself by simply clicking on a free time slot. It will create a calendar entry, neither appointment nor meeting, rather a reminder for yourself.

IBM Verse Calendar Inbox 3

The narrow red line will show you the current time of the day

IBM Verse Calendar Inbox 4

and of course you can change the view and choose the day, week or month overview.

IBM Verse Calendar Inbox 5

Detailed views:

IBM Verse Calendar Inbox Example 3
Calendar Inbox with Day view and footer notification
IBM Verse Calendar Inbox Example 1
Scheduling an appointment – Calendar view on the right and notification at the bottom
IBM Verse Calendar Inbox Example 2
Scheduling a meeting – Calendar view on the right and conflict notification at the bottom
Calendar Inbox Example Conflict Detail
Conflict notification details


Now eagerly awaiting the on premises release of this new Calendar, which I think could give IBM Verse a new push.

using the IBM Verse app on a BlackBerry

yeah.. why would you do that? there is no solution which comes close to the BlackBerry Hub and I’m certainly not moving to an app with less functionality. Still, out of curiosity I wanted to know how the IBM Verse app would behave on a BlackBerry.

I’m not getting into details about how to install an Android app as there are plenty of “how-to’s” but will share some of my findings.

Security / Device password
The initial sync didn’t work at first because of a security issue.
Basically Traveler didn’t recognize the Picture Password as a device password and therefore refused to synchronize because a device password is a requirement set in the policy.
After the initial sync I changed my device password back to a Picture Password and the sync continued to work.

I didn’t see any issues here. The notifications for mail/calendar work, same with the Actions (Needs Action/Waiting For) or the synchronization of data. Creating mails, answering them and any interaction with calendar items, i.e. the creation of events out of an email, were OK as well.

“Negative” points
(bearing in mind that it’s not a native app)
The app is a battery drainer! I’m using a BlackBerry Passport and I rarely need to charge it but since using the Verse app it was a daily activity.
There is no control/separation of work data. I can freely copy data from my business mail and paste it anywhere I want. This is something I can control with BES and don’t want to miss as a security feature.
On the positive side, the uninstall worked like a charm 😉

IBM Verse Policy Settings for IBM Traveler

A few days ago IBM published the IBM Verse app for iOS which you can get from here.

If you want to “control” some settings via IBM Traveler policy, make sure to update to the latest Traveler version first, you also need to download the new Domino Directory template available here and apply the update to your directory to get an additional tab for the IBM Verse security settings.

What settings can you control? Besides the application password you can allow/disallow the exporting of contacts, copying to clipboard, exporting and downloading of attachments.

New Traveler Settings