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.


This year, as with so many previous, ICON UK will be running again. The dates are 21st and 22nd of September and the agenda is looking really good.

LDC Via will be there! Visit our stand or come to our session at 2pm on the Monday. Matt will also be presenting a technical session about node.js for Domino developers at 4pm on Monday.

So if you’re attending ICON UK, come along to the stand, and we can tell you more!

You can register for the event here

MWLUG 2015

Last week we attended MWLUG 2015 in Atlanta. It was our first US event and we had a great time. So thanks if you came along to the stand to chat or if you completed our word search competition.

Richard and the team did a great job organising a great venue, superb sessions and an all round excellent event. We certainly hope to see you all again in Austin next year.

The winner of our Sonos Play:1 draw for people who completed the word search was Michael Smith.

MWLUG Photos

Matt also presented a session about node.js for Domino developers, you can view the slides for that session at his site.


This year MWLUG comes from Atlanta, GA, promising over forty sessions and workshops on collaboration.

LDC Via will be there! Visit our stand and find out about our latest release, our new offering LDC Via Lens, and our forthcoming developer community, #DevHub.

Dev Hub is a new developer zone coming to LDC Via. This features integrated search with our technical documentation, highlighted blog posts and other information aimed at developers. As a developer you can also sign up for a free LDC Via account using just your email address, and play with the LDC Via API.

So if you’re attending MWLUG, come along to the stand, and we can tell you more!

Full text search

“Search?” I hear you mutter, “full text search? Really?”

Well yes indeed! We’ve always offered a field-based search facility in LDC Via, but of course, chances are your users will want to search for a phrase across an entire document or collection of documents. Enter LDC Via’s full text search functionality.

Searching like this is often a must-have in an application, but it’s not straightforward to implement when dealing with a platform like LDC Via that offers document-level security. We took some time and did it right, implementing full-text search for those using paid tiers in LDC Via. So if you’re signed up to one of our paid plans, you have a single box to tick and you’re good to go:

Database settings screen

Full search functionality will now be available in both the standard templates we offer and the LDC Via API.

You can also combine full text search with standard field-based search in a single query. For example, you could issue a single query to get all contracts with an issue date between 01-Jan-15 and 31-Mar-15 within the category “New client”, and mentioning “banana” anywhere in their text.