DBS co-founder honored by IBM as 2018 IBM Champion

For the fifth year in a row, Demand Better Solutions co-founder and CEO Karl-Henry Martinsson has been selected by IBM as a member of the exclusive group of IBM Champions for ICS.

For those not familiar with the IBM Champion program, this is a program where IBM recognizes people who are not IBM employees for demonstrating both expertise in and extraordinary support and advocacy for IBM technology, communities, and solutions.

IBM Champions are enthusiasts and advocates: IT professionals, business leaders, developers, executives, educators, and influencers who support and mentor others to help them get the most out of IBM software, solutions, and services.

The IBM Champion program recognizes these innovative thought leaders in the technical community and rewards these contributions by amplifying their voice and increasing their sphere of influence.

Demand Better Solutions thanks IBM for once again recognizing the hard work of Karl-Henry Martinsson.

Code from The Great Code Giveaway at IBM Connect 2017

The demo database from Karl-Henry’s presentation at IBM Connect 2017 is finally available.

It contains the code from The Great Code Giveaway as well as the bonus application for version management shown at the conference.

Don’t forget to sign the databases with an ID that has rights to run agents on the server.

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IBM Connect – Our Session


Date: Wednesday, February 22

Time: 2:00 PM to 2:45 PM

Location: Moscone West, Level 2 – Room 2006

Come see see us!


New life for “old” technology

A few weeks ago the team from Demand Better Solutions visited the town of Antigua in Guatemala for 5 days. One of our team members used to live in Guatemala, working for a non-profit organization back in the late 1990’s, and she wanted to show the rest of us this beautiful country.

The view from our bedroom window.

The view from our bedroom window.

It turns out he CEO was absolutely right. The town was colorful and relaxing, people were very nice and the food was delicious. When I in the past heard “Guatemala” I thought of rain forests and hot and humid conditions. But in Antigua the temperature was perfect, about 70° F (21° C) during the day and 55° F (13° C) at night. We slept with open windows every night, and I had a view of one of the nearby volcanoes. No need for air conditioning, we could just enjoy the clean fresh air.

But what is really amazing is how resourceful people in Guatemala are. They re-use things in a very clever way, with the most striking being the “chicken bus“, the local transportation system between cities.
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IBM extending support of Notes & Domino

IBM today announced that support for IBM Notes and Domino 9.0.1 have been extended until September 30, 2021, five years from now. Like many others I would have liked to see IBM use the wording “at least until 2021”, but I am sure IBM’s lawyers have something to do with this. It is important to notice that this is not an end-of-life announcement,

At the same time IBM also announced that they now will start shipping new features for the products in the Notes and Domino product line without changing the version number like before. In the past only bug fixes were shipped between version in so called “fix packs”. Any new features had to wait until a new version was released. But recently some new features have been added as well, causing some confusion. In the future IBM will shift to more frequent updates , using the name Feature Packs. Many cloud offerings don’t even do version numbers anymore (what version of Gmail are you using?), and Microsoft is doing the same thing with Windows 10, pushing out new features within the same version number.

Also today IBM announced Fix Pack 7 (FP7), probably the last fix pack version before the name change to Feature Pack. It can be download as of today. You can read more about what is new here.

In an upcoming feature release IBM is expected to update the JVM to Java 8, as well as add new functions needed for Verse on-promises which is planned for release at the end of the year.



Our MWLUG presentation

We have been very busy ever since the MWLUG conference in Austin, but now you can finally view my presentation and download the sample code. Enjoy!



We will post the code for my Phonegap Demo shortly.

Reminder: you need to sign the database (or at least all the agents) with an ID who has the rights to run agents, or the Ajax calls will not return anything.

If you are interested in having your Notes applications modernized and moved to the web, feel free to contact us at info@demandbettersolutions.com or use our contact form.

MWLUG Schedule Announced

The session schedule for the upcoming MWLUG conference in Austin has been published. Our session, AD114 – Think Outside the Box – Part 2, will be on Wednesday at 4.30pm.

I am currently putting the finishing touches on the presentation and the demo database, and I hope to see you in less than 2 weeks!

Are you in Texas? Do you work with ICS products? Then you should read this!

If you are located in Texas and work with the IBM Collaboration Software products (Notes, Domino, Sametime, Connections and BlueMix) either on-premises or in the cloud, you now have a unique opportunity on August 17-19. MWLUG is coming to Austin. The conference is only $75 to attend, for 2 1/2 days of session and networking. There are 52 session scheduled, many of them presented by IBMers, top business partners and IBM Champions.

So if you are local, take this opportunity to learn what is coming in the ICS area, and perhaps learn a few new things about the products you already use. There will also be vendors present showing tools and products as well, giving you a convenient overview of what tools are available on the market.

I hope to see a number of fellow Texans in Austin in four weeks!

Updated MailNotification class – Now with HTML email support and web links

I have updated my MailNotification class with some additional functionality I needed for a project. The mail system used at this company has been migrated to Outlook/Exchange, and therefore the Notes doc links don’t work anymore, I am in the process of converting all email notifications in the different application into HTML email. The doc links are now made into HTML links, pointing to a notes:// or http:// address.
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Review – Ytria consoleEZ

Recently I wrote on my personal blog about the great customer service I received from Ytria, and that made me realize that I haven’t been writing about one of their newer tools yet. The tool is consoleEZ, and it has actually been out for over a year. A new version was recently released.

As the name indicates, it is a Domino server console on steroids. You can load a number of consoles into one window, have them neatly tiled and get a great overview of what’s happening on your servers. Just like all other Ytria tools it runs in it’s own process, which means that it does not lock up your Notes, Administrator or Designer client. This is of course very convenient.


Each console window has a field where console commands can be entered. A nice feature here is auto-complete/type-ahead. You also have a drop-down button that will give you any previous commands you sent to any console, it does not have to be the one you are working on. And the commands are saved, as opposed in Domino Administrator where you lose your command history when you close the client.

You can also launch a task viewer, where you can see what tasks are running on a specific server. It updates every 3 seconds, so you can stay updated for example on views being updated, somethings I sometimes need.consoleEZ2

I would highly recommend consoleEZ for any Domino administrator, as well as for the more advanced developer who need to see what’s happening on the servers.

Contact Ytria for a current price quote in you region.