ECIT is “IBM Business partner”. A continuation based on the original “Advanced Lotus Business Partner” status when Lotus was acquired by IBM.
Domino / Notes has been marketed by IBM from Version 7 through Version 9. This branch has since been taken over by HCL, which is continuing to develop it.
Effective December 1 2022 HCL will cease selling Domino / Notes Version 9 and remove them from the HCL License and Download Portal (FlexNet), HCL will cease providing support for Version 9 effective June 1, 2024. Customers with current entitlements will continue to have access to the recent software Domino and Notes versions to support their ongoing customer upgrades.