ISVs will love Domino 8.5, and so will customers

June 26 2008

So Bruce Elgort wrote a blog entry about Domino 8.5, XPages, and the issue of backwards compatibility. He brings up some excellent points. Personally, I believe we will see Domino 8.5 adoption be one of the fastest of any prior release. Why?

1. Domino Attachment Object Services (DAOS). We have seen a 50% reduction in database sizes. It works beautifully. Very well designed with some minor beta bugs I am sure will be gone by 8.5.0
2. ID Vault. This will change the way that user IDs are dealt with. It is also the precursor to id-less Notes client use in a future version
3. Updates to the router, disk I/O, and document compression will have significant impact on server performance
4. Domino Configuration Tuner (DCT) will provide some great info about servers
5. XPages

All of those, plus the rest of the features of Domino 8.5 (Auto Groups, Policy Updates, etc) will really provide a very easy to sell to management server upgrade. Serves are far easier to upgrade than clients.

But Bruce, the other issue is that you can put up a single Domino 8.5 server in a Domino server architecture if people want the XPages functionality.

I am the first person that sings backwards compatibility as major reason why Notes & Domino rocks, but XPages changes E V E R Y T H I N G! I think people will be ready to push the envelop a bit here. And those who do not want to work with XPages and DDE, and update their products and tools, are just going to be behind those that make the jump. I already have customers asking me about tools and support for DDE ... and if they do not support it, what are the other options.

As I said before, the 8.5 release, DDE, and XPages is the first revolution we have had in the product since LotusScript and the HTTP server. This is the time to invest. Or be left behind.