Highlights From German Notes User Group; Day Two

Deployment Figures

Ed Brill gave an update on current deployment figures for Notes/Domino:

  • Currently about 61,000 enterprises use Lotus Notes Domino products
  • About 116 million client licenses have been sold. Note the difference in meaning from "about 116 million people currently use it"

Large Investments in Linux

A very interesting session underlined IBM’s commitment to Linux and upcoming products running under the OS. According to Nallu C. Reddy, Program director of IBM Lotus Linux Marketing, IBM is investing $100 million to port the existing software portfolio onto Linux. This includes:

  • Lotus Notes Domino Server 6.5x and 7.0
  • Lotus Notes Plugin for Workplace on Linux
  • IBM Workplace Software on Linux across all platforms
  • IBM Portal Framework on Linux across all platforms

Interoperability Between Lotus Notes/Domino and IBM Workplace

Heidi Votaw did an excellent session on how to integrate Lotus Notes/Domino and IBM Workplace. The key Workplace client applications are:

  • IBM Workplace Messaging Rich Client
  • IBM Workplace Documents (basic document, presentation, spreadsheet and project applications)
  • IBM Workplace Data Access
  • IBM Workplace Activity Explorer

There are plugins for:

  • Instant Messaging
  • Notes Applications

There was much discussion of how Notes applications can be integrated within IBM Workplace using the Notes Applications Plug-In and the Workplace Messaging Rich Client. Heidi explained how specific design elements can be used in both platforms eg, welcome page, mail, calendar and others. In addition she outlined options for single sign on, directory integration and portals.

Most existing Lotus Notes built in and custom based applications can easily be used in Workplace, as long as they are not Java based.

Sametime and Quickplace are Back

In Notes/Domino Release 7, Lotus Instant Messaging is again called Lotus Sametime. Lotus Quickplace is back as well.

Network Design for Collaboration

Wes Morgan held a session on how network architecture can affect the design and architecture of a collaborative infrastructure.

In the past, the network was seen as a commodity. Now it’s becoming more and more complex. West outlined some typical configurations and explained how they affected performance. A great session with a lot of practical information.

Marc Luescher

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