It's a monster

You’re happy and committed to Domino, so you definitely don’t need LDC Via, right? Well, not necessarily.

Domino has always had challenges with scalability. The theoretical/technical limits have increased over the years, and there are all manner of tips ’n’ tricks to make your applications scale. Ultimately, however, there are some limitations in the venerable platform, and it is not the right long-term solution for every application. Or perhaps it was a good choice ten years ago, but with 10x as many users and 100x as much data, it’s struggling.

In fact, the mark of a successful Domino application is one that has lasted years and become overloaded with documents. Why not give the old application a new lease of life? Move historical data off to a platform like LDC Via, where it’s no longer a load on your servers, and let your Domino application’s view indices breathe once more.

Get in touch, and we’ll see what we can do. We think you’ll be pleased.

Home sweet home

One of the main uses for LDC Via is in re-homing historical data from servers that are being retired.

Your organisation may find itself in the situation where it is maintaining, supporting, and backing up Domino infrastructure purely so that the user can reference historical data held thereon — no new development, no real activity, few if any data updates … but you still need to “keep the lights on”.

Even worse — and the longer you carry on the more likely this is — these servers may be poorly-supported, may not have robust back-up, and can even be running out-dated or un-patched infrastructure.

So why not kick those boxes into touch and serve up your data in a modern, cost-effective manner (with support, and reliable backups)?

LDC Via at ICON UK

We were sponsors and exhibitors at ICON UK this year, once again put together by the splendid Tim Clark and held at IBM’s excellent London client centre on the South Bank.

LDC Via gang in full force!

We spoke at a well-attended sponsor session, in part showing off our new offering LDC Via Lens, and had a number of excellent conversations with people. Thanks so much to everyone who dropped by and said hello! ICON UK raised an amazing £5,000 for The Rainbow Trust this year with attendee fees, a raffle and a gala night auction.

As always with these conferences, there were prizes to be had. Our closing session give-away was a Sonos Play:1, won by Rob Mason of Redtable Information Solutions: well done Rob!

Rob Mason receives his prize

(Photos courtesy of Chris Harris)

What's it all for?

Do any of these sound like your thoughts or conversations?

  • “The business relies on this old Notes application, but we have nobody who can maintain it for us.”
  • “We’re migrating to Office 365, but we have no idea what we’re going to do with our Notes data and applications.”
  • “Our Domino server is at capacity, but we can’t just delete stuff because we need that data.”
  • “That database is mahoosive! Surely we can archive it somehow?”
  • “I can’t face opening that view, it will take hours to index.”
  • “We need to integrate that Notes application with our other applications, and do it all on mobile devices while we’re at it.”
  • “All our servers are moving to the cloud. So, what about the Domino server that only one division uses: why isn’t that in the cloud too?”
  • “The users constantly struggle to find the data they need in that old application. I daren’t turn on full text searching on it — the server can’t cope.”
  • “We need to retain that old data for compliance, but we really don’t want those servers clogging up our server racks any more.”
  • “We tried migrating applications to SharePoint, but it’s far too complex and expensive so they’re still on Domino.”

If so, we need to talk.

Why are we here?

It’s been clear to us for a number of years that many organisations are moving their email off IBM (‘Lotus’) Notes and Domino. Typically they’ll head for either Microsoft Office 365, or Google.

What they are usually then left with is a collection of applications (‘databases’) that were built for the Notes and Domino platform. Some may be Notes client applications, some may be accessed using a browser. Some may be developed internally, and some may be off-the-shelf purchases. What they all require, though, is the retention of the IBM software and servers. And that’s the issue: you thought you were replacing one piece of software with another, but in the end you still need to retain the ‘old’ Notes/Domino servers; and the space they take up in the machine room; and the overhead of backing them up; and the expertise and staffing to maintain and administer them; and let’s not forget the cost of the software licences(!)

So one of the reasons we created LDC Via was to help solve that problem. If you are in that situation, then LDC Via can give you:

  • a fully managed cloud platform
  • a robust backup regime
  • a highly-scalable and very fast cloud-based database engine
  • a Notes-like security model (‘readers’ and ‘authors’ fields)
  • point-and-click tools to build a simple UI onto your data
  • out-of-the-box templates for standard applications (Discussion, TeamRoom, Journal and Mail Archive)
  • the tools to migrate your data as-is: no complex cleaning or remodelling is needed to shoehorn it into a ‘relational’ structure
  • comprehensive “APIs” to allow your developers to create new (or re-create existing) fully-featured applications

What we don’t promise is a “magic bullet” solution. There will be some work involved in re-creating your business applications. Possibly quite a lot of work. But there’s a massive ‘plus’ here: using the LDC Via APIs you can do that using any application development framework you choose. So your collaboration applications can now live in the same software development world as your other applications, and no longer be tied to IBM’s “Domino Designer” tool. And your end results are streamlined fit-for-purpose applications your organisation can carry on using for many years.

It’s all really quite liberating.