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Thoughts and emotions : HCL Buys Numerous Software Assets from IBM, including Notes, Domino, Connections, and Sametime

December 10 2018

The news has hit - on the day before the 29th anniversary of Lotus Notes 1.0 being released, HCL has agreed to pay IBM 1.8 million for IBM Software Assets including Notes, Domino, Connections and Sametime. This also includes software products AppScan, BigFix, Unica, Commerce, and Portal. All on-premises software. All with an ecosystem of customers, partners, and history. With an expectation to close mid-2019 (and if you dig into the HCL notes on this from their website, some of that can push closer to the end of 2019), there are a lot of details that are unknown. So first, some thoughts on the actual deal. It's clear that IBM no longer considers on-premises software strategic - at least the software included here. Many of these had already had their development and support outsourced since 2016, so it's not a huge shock, But this means sales, marketing, accounting, and community will all move from IBM to HCL. Current IBM employees will move to HCL - and yes, some might be out of a jo