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Domino V10 Launch App Dev Demo of REACT App & Office365 Integration

We are pumped! Domino V10 is released in Frankfurt and today we are in Japan for the launch here. Check out the awesome video from the opening session. Reminds me of the Domino R5 launch!
So leading up to the Domino V10 launch we have been working with the IBM Domino V10 team to create a demo of a heritage Notes App being modernised as a REACT App running on Node with Domino still in the backend as the database store. We also helped the team to integrate their Demo Domino 10 apps with Office365 in a seamless manner.
The really awesome part of this is that organisations using Notes & Domino can modernise their applications with no disruption to their daily business processes, and they can pick of the high value apps (using Application Insights!) to modernise components or the full apps themselves. You can bring to your heritage Notes apps more modern cloud based development models and designs as well as integrate other external services to enrich your apps for both Desktop and Mobile users.
So here is an example of what we have done and part of Luis's presentation at the launch. We took a typical Notes App that we have used for decades. Our Notes based CRM. Everyone has one right?:
Sorry about the bluring but this is a real app used every day and is essential to our daily work. A critical business app. I am sure you have some of those in Notes still right!
Now see the same app as a REACT App running on Domino and Node. This time however it is contained in the context of IBM Connections:

Pretty cool eh! Yes that is a Domino App. Everything the users do in this app is immediately reflected in Notes client as it is the exact same database. Using Domino as a NoSQL database! 
So what about if the client has moved to Office365. Yes that happens, but the apps always hang around in Notes. What if you could take that same app and deliver it in the context of Office365 with SSO and seamless integration into the Office365 navigation:
Now that is really cool and kind of like magic!
So how does this all work:)
- Well Domino V10 is the foundation of course
- We then created Node.js authentication layer that handles oAuth user authentication and generations LtpaToken2 cookies as required. This enables us to have Single Sign-on.
- Then the app itself is a React.js front end application and implements the header/navigation interface using 'office-ui-fabric-react' and obtains user info from ms graph using '@microsoft/microsoft-graph-client'
We then use some of our own magic - The ISW Office 365 apps loader (Help us think of a better name if you can please:)
- Light weight wrapper around web applications to provide familiarity and continuity in an Office 365 environment
- Uses Microsoft's fabric ui and graph apis to recreate an Office-like header bar with user details and menu.
- Enables single sign-on across websphere and domino via LtpaToken2 generation.
- Office users can be mapped to domino/websphere users
- Enables hosted applications to update browser url, title and favicon
So that is the basics. Hope you like it. We are very happy to share more around what we have done if you would like some more information, or even if you are looking for a partner to help you modernise you Notes Apps then also get in touch:) You can reach out to me directly or just head over to

Welcome Maria Nordin to ISW & Kudos!

Now this is exciting! I am so very happy to welcome Maria Nordin to the ISW team. Many in the IBM Connections community knows Maria well. Maria is one of the leaders behind the amazing Social Connections team, and comes to us from a great company Infoware in Sweden where she was the Product Manager for Domain Patrol Social. Maria will be joining us from August 20th starting with a trip to Australia to get up and running(....away from the dreaded Australian Drop Bears Maria;)

Maria will be taking on the role of leading our business development activities in Europe working with our many and growing Kudos and Buzzy customers in that part of the world. It will be great to finally have someone in that timezone that can have daily contact with our wonderful customers. With Maria's passion and background around Connections, Watson Workspace, and Social Business/Collaboration, we are also looking forward to her ideas around making our solutions even better. Europe has always been a great market for Kudos and we have many successful customers over there so it is wonderful that we can provide a higher level of service to them as well.

And of course Maria is also an IBM Champion for ICS! This brings the number of champions at ISW to 4 with Jared Roberts, Jay Agrawal, and myself. How cool is that!


Buzzy for IBM Connections now available in Connections App Catalogue

A couple of months ago we announced the launch of Buzzy for IBM Connections. Buzzy brings intelligent instant apps to the Connections platform for both on premise and cloud users of Connections.

Well today we are very pleased to announce that Buzzy is now available in the App Catalogue for Connections Cloud. By adding Buzzy to the App Catalogue it now takes a matter of seconds to enable Buzzy for your environment so your users can start creating amazing apps all within Connections.

So to get you started here is a quick video showing exactly how easy it is.


In addition Ginsy has recorded a more detailed video demonstrating all the points of integration that Buzzy has with Connections.

There is also some more information on the following blogs:

The Buzzy Blog - Lift-off! Buzzy launches on the IBM Connections Cloud Catalog

IBM Collaboration Solutions Blog - Buzzy is Now a Part of the Connections Catalog!


So go ahead and have a go with Buzzy for Connections Cloud. We would love to hear your ideas for killer apps and don't forget that Buzzy for Connections is also available for Connections On Prem. If you would like to have a web conference to demonstrate Buzzy for Connections in detail please let me know -

Merry Xmas all!


Watson Workspace Cognitive Collaboration Integrated with Buzzy Instant Apps

Yesterday IBM launched the Watson Workspace Essentials which is the first release of Workspace that is enterprise ready following the previous pre-release. I have been using and watching from the continual improvement of Workplace since it was first pre-released and over this time I have found more and more of my conversations moving from Sametime and Slack over to Workspace.

In short Workspace is a real time collaboration app that provides group and individual persistent chat, plus some built in cognitive capabilities that basically helps me to cut thru the noise and quickly focus on what matters. There is some great integrations with other cloud services via IFTTT and Workato. One of the capabilities that we have been exploring more of is the developer experience.

Workspace leverages the underlying Work Services Platform which provides a Webhooks API, Graph API, and Cognitive API's. Using these tools we have been looking at how we can intergrate Workspace with Buzzy Instant Apps and Buzzy for IBM Connections. My colleague and namesake Adam Ginsburg (he surf's while I cook on the grill. That is the key difference) created a quick Geek Sneak preview video yesterday to show off some of the integrations we have created between Buzzy and Watson Workspace.

Cool eh! If you would like some more info or have a play with Buzzy just let us know here


Get Your BUZZ On - Instant Apps for Connections

I have to say it! Damn this one is exciting. I am BUZZING (literally!)

Over the years since we launched Kudos Badges for IBM Connections about 9 years ago now, we have delivered a series of new products and capabilities for IBM Connections, all with a focus on adoption and improving the user experience and hence engagement for users of Connections.

After Badges, came Kudos Analytics delivering deep analytics and reporting to Connections. Kudos Thanks and Kudos Awards delivered peer to peer and management award and recognition programs. Then most recently Kudos Boards which dramatically improved team collaboration and projects in Connections using Kanban style user experience. We also have something else coming very soon....think Idea's and Innovation for Connections but more on that later;)

Lets get our Buzz On!

Well now this one takes Connections to a whole new level. The great team at Kudos has been busily working away with another great team from Buzzy to now deliver Buzzy for IBM Connections.

An intelligent instant app platform for IBM Connections and Watson Workspace

Buzzy for Connections provides a better way for users to interact with each other via Citizen Apps.

Many of us remember the days when on another platform we would empower users to create apps for many different purposes. This enabled citizen developers and end users to rapidly build situational apps so they could quickly get on with business and complete the job at hand. These might be apps such as Contract Registers, Job Applications, Expense Re-imbursements, Executive Reports/Briefings, Field Sales Reports, Event Management.........the list goes on forever.

Buzzy for IBM Connections brings these and many many more instant apps to the Connections platform. In a matter of minutes your line of business users are able to create intelligent (via Watson Services) apps for whatever business outcome they want to achieve. These apps are rapidly delivered via both browser and mobile clients, fully integrated with IBM Connections.

Maybe your Marketing Department are planning on running an event. So you create a Connections Community of course to get the team together to plan, discuss and execute the event. So now with Buzzy for IBM Connections you can create an Event Management App that helps you to store and share the planning details. You might create another app - Event Registrations - this time open to external users as well so they can submit their RSVP's for the event. You might also want to share post event collateral with the attendees of the event - just create another Buzz!

In another part of your organisation, your HR Department are managing the recruitment of some new staff. They create a HR/Recruitment Community, and add an App for managing and creating job positions. They can list the job positions and determine the criteria and type of skills needed. Once ready they can post the job publically via the Job Application Submission App that allows candidates to submit their resume and applications. Then the HR team can work together to review the resumes and vote on who should get the interview!

Over the next few posts we will demonstrate Buzzy for IBM Connections with a few videos.

If you are interested in some more information, a demo, or even want to give Buzzy for Connections a try for yourself you can let us know here - Buzzy for IBM Connections. Come join us and get your Buzz On!