5724-R25 IBM Lotus Notes and Portal

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Revised:  June 24, 2008.

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Product Life Cycle Dates
Program NumberVRM Announced Available Marketing Withdrawn Service Discontinued
5724-R256.00.02007/09/252007/09/28 2008/07/082008/07/08

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The IBM Lotus Notes and Portal offering is the result of a significant step in the evolution of Lotus Notes. Traditionally viewed as exclusively linked to Lotus Domino Server, Notes 8 breaks that mold and expands it's capabilities to take advantage of many applications and platforms. Notes also continues its history as a leader in rapid application development by adding the ability to rapidly assemble disparate applications into a single view called a composite application. Notes based composite applications enable straightforward assembly and integration at the desktop.

IBM WebSphere Portal, the industry leading Portal solution in overall revenue for over five years, has been integrated with Domino server for many releases and customers worldwide have successfully integrated Domino applications for browser users. This alone has added a great deal of value to Domino customers looking to providing a secure and robust interface to customers, partners or even traveling employees. However, Lotus Notes 8 adds to the existing Domino and Portal integration and adds more by providing desktop based integration with WebSphere Portal Applications and services. For example, a pharmaceutical company may have internal users who utilize a composite application in Notes to manage a clinical study of a new drug that spans 3 of 4 different departmental applications in Lotus Notes. With WebSphere Portal, that same composite application can be extended to doctors and researchers in the field through WebSphere Portal. Every user gets the same secure view of the data with little or no recoding of the application regardless of platform.

IBM Lotus Notes and Portal enables customers to easily develop, deliver and manage composite applications to desktop and browser users
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IBM Lotus Notes and Portal is a bundle of the industry-leading portal and personal productivity applications in one easy to purchase package. Customers have already taken advantage of delivering Domino-based applications through WebSphere Portal for years. However, the evolution of Lotus Notes into a robust and feature rich desktop composite application client enables customers to evolve the benefits of their existing Web-based applications into next-generation composite desktop applications.

Lotus Notes in and of itself is a major step forward for customers who can now take advantage of assembling applications based upon Domino Server, Java, and .NET platforms. However, adding WebSphere Portal to these capabilities enables even more. Some key benefits include:

  • Share composite applications with both Notes and browsers users.

  • Take advantage of new IBM accelerators for WebSphere Portal within the context of Notes-based composite applications

  • A single tooling package for development of Notes and portal composite applications.

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Lotus Notes and Portal provides a way for customers to deliver Domino and Non-Domino applications to both the desktop and the browser. The question of whether an application is best deployed to one or the other becomes less relevant because customers of IBM Lotus Notes and Portal can easily create and manage applications using common tooling to deliver composite applications to both.

The pairing of these two products is more than just a bundling of two complimentary technologies because it supports a core tenant of SOA and its consumption. By taking advantage of multiple assets running on different platforms and servers new applications can be easily assembled and integrated together as opposed to building new applications from the beginning. This offering takes that notion one step further by providing a way for these new composite applications to be securely delivered to whoever needs them regardless of the interface they are using.

A unified way to deliver applications across client types has long been a complex and at times costly process. However the benefits are clear:

For the line-of-business executive - Expands customer relationships to disparate user communities. With ever increasing demands to find new market opportunities, innovative organizations need to be agile and flexible. Most organizations today are not running without the help of vendors, partners, and potentially contractors. The boundaries between these resources and customers' employees will continue to blur and to be successful customers need to give them the right access to the right applications. The delivery of an application, regardless of client, helps customers deliver the application more quickly. And the security and personalization capabilities of WebSphere Portal helps manage the risk of applications being improperly used.

For the I/T executive - More rapidly respond to changing business requirements. Composite applications represent a new way for customers to be more agile. By mitigating the need for costly application development, integration and in some cases migration efforts, SOA techniques facilitate the assembly of new applications that are delivered more quickly. Additionally, capabilities such as the Lotus Notes composite application editor enables authorized power users to create and share their own composite applications based upon common elements hosted in Domino or WebSphere Portal.

For the Notes/Domino developer - Using the included Lotus Component Designer tooling Notes and Domino developers can revitalize their existing applications and integrate them with other Java based components. Lotus Component Designer is a software development tool that helps a broad set of developers quickly develop line-of-business applications, or situational applications that leverage Web 2.0 technologies like JavaScript, XML and Ajax. Lotus Component Designer provides an easy-to-use, familiar software development tool for Web, IBM Lotus Domino and Microsoft Visual Basic developers.

For the WebSphere Portal developer - Utilizing Domino applications and services is a quicker way to build situational applications and deliver them to Portal users and has been for some time. Now, Lotus Notes 8 gives the Java developer a rich client platform to deploy new applications that may not have been well suited for browsers due to low bandwidth or heavy data entry situations. The Notes client allows customers to deliver their applications in exciting new ways.

IBM Lotus Notes and Portal includes the following products, which enable an organization to achieve these benefits:

  • IBM Lotus Notes 8, the integrated desktop client option for accessing business e-mail, calendars and applications on IBM Lotus Domino server and through IBM WebSphere Portal.

  • WebSphere Portal Server 6.01 with new Web 2.0, development tools, better installability, tools for business users to create situational applications, and new site management capabilities

  • Lotus Component Designer, a software development tool that helps developers quickly create new applications that deliver rich user interfaces and supporting business logic without writing code.

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IBM WebSphere Portal Server 5724-E76

WebSphere Portal Server includes:

  • WebSphere Portal server component

  • Portions of WebSphere Application Server Network Deployment, including, IBM Cloudscape

  • IBM Tivoli Directory Server

  • Portions of DB2 Universal Database Enterprise

WebSphere Portal Server

  • Core portal services that aggregate applications and content from across your organization and deliver them a role-based applications for your employees, partners, or customers.

  • Search services that crawl and index portal and web site content so that users can easily find the information they need via simple queries. New search capabilities in Version 6.0 include the ability to run multiple search services, an improved search portlet interface and better search ability from external search engines.

  • Personalization delivers information to users based on the role in the organization or specific business rules. Therefore, users see information that changes dynamically based on business data. In Version 6.0, the personalization rules can be used to control what portlets are shown on a page or even the navigation of the portal pages.

  • Security features provide basic single sign-on capability and fine grained access to control to all portal resources and enterprise assets surfaced by WebSphere Portal.

  • Ability to use hundreds of portlets from IBM and IBM Business partners to access applications, databases, email systems, and more. These portlets are either included with the package or available for download from the WebSphere Portal Catalog.

  • IBM WebSphere Portlet Factory is included with a restricted license, provide the ability to deploy powerful portlets from your existing applications and information. These portlets become components that can be reused in multiple composite applications saving your IT staff time and delivering new capabilities faster. IBM WebSphere Portlet Factory Designer, which can be purchased separately, allows portlets to be quickly built JAVA programming skills

  • Application templating allows composite portal applications to be deployed to different communities, who can then modify aspects of the application to suit their specific needs.

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