I Don’t Care About Domino


That’s what my, and I guess most of your customers’ end users say as well. They only care about the apps and solutions they have to work with. What’s under the hood is of no interest to them. So allow me to present two Domino based solutions that does just that.

First of all, I’d like to present a solution made for the local innovation center, called Utrøna, that my employer has made. We have made the entire web site, but it’s the booking system I want to show you now.

Newly started companies that are working with innovative solutions, may rent offices in the building. When they do, they can also use the innovation center’s conference and lecture rooms. External organisations can also apply for a room, but their booking will be sent via an email to the administrator. She then has to accept or decline via the administration interface.

To book a room you go to the booking site. In the calendar you can see when the rooms are booked. The rooms are color coded, and you can choose to see the calendar for the whole month, for a week, three days or a day:

Calendar Utrønna


The calendar is a Google Calendar, which we have styled with our own design. However, the rest of the site and all the data about the rooms, as well as the booking system itself, is Domino all the way:

Utrøna meeting rooms


When you click on the Book a meeting button this Domino based web-form pops up:

Utrøna bookingskjema


The booking is saved in Domino, and via an AP,I it’s added to the Google Calendar. If the person booking is from an external organisation, an email is fired off to the administrator of the innovation center, and she has to accept it, before it’s added to the Google Calendar.

Simple, easy and very slick. And nobody has to care that it’s Domino!

Another company that uses Domino to create a solution where nobody has to care that it’s on Domino is Pickaform. I haven’t tested their solution, but it seems intriguing. On their web site they say they will make it possible for you to create collaborative workflow applications, with data visualisation, without any need for coding on your part. I haven’t tested it myself, but they have a short demo:


It seems interesting, and it’s right up the alley that HCL is steering Domino now: A path with no or low code.

6 thoughts on “I Don’t Care About Domino”

  1. Thanks a lot for spreading the word!

    I don’t know how you’ve heard about PickaForm because we are really unknown and very hard to find! (no marketing budget 🙂

    PickaForm allows to build apps pretty much in the same way we can do it with Notes, but 100% in the browser and without code :
    1 – create your form(s)
    2 – generate some test data (PickaForm has a mockup data generator, too)
    3 – create your views to organize your data
    4 – You’re ready to go!

    Then, you can activate “features” to your forms, depending on your requirements.
    Features can be “File attachments”, “Generating PDF documents from your form data”, “Workflows”, “Linking forms together”, …

    Of course, there are a few templates to start with, and we’re now focusing on improving the number of templates.
    Templates can be for complete applications, or simply for single forms.
    The final goal is to be able to create apps like “Lego” blocks.

    If you want a live demo with screensharing, feel free to ask at contact@pickaform.com, it takes around 15mn.

    Thanks again for your article!

    1. Thanks for the comment, David. You were actually promoted by IBM via a Twitter and a blog somewhere. I will for sure try out your product via a trial license. You should really come to Engage in Brussels in May. Check out http://www.engage.ug.

      1. OK, thanks for the info!

        IBM USA created a page for PickaForm in december last year:

        We were about to package PickaForm with Domino Applications on Cloud, but it seems that the HCL deal has stopped the process in some way :-/

        Yes, Engage is a great event. I was in Rotterdam last year with my associate and we had a great time there. Great people, and amazing organization by Theo Heselmans.

        I would have been happy to participate in May, but unfortunately, zero budget to come this year!

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