At its Lotusphere Berlin conference last week, Lotus proffered updates of its key groupware, messaging, and Java products, stressing the expansion of platform support and enterprise integration.
Lotus unveiled Domino server-integration hooks for transactional data, extending the reach of groupware, messaging, and the Web application platform to legacy systems. Domino Connectors for transaction-processing systems expand on existing native interfaces for relational databases and enterprise resource planning systems.
"They've tied Domino more closely to a glasshouse type of enterprise infrastructure," said Tim Sloane, an analyst at the Aberdeen Group.
"People who buy Notes for groupware and other capabilities now, with this transaction-systems integration, are not restricted to just messaging or groupware. Domino can be introduced as an enterprise data-deployment infrastructure. It's not likely to bring a whole bunch of new Notes/Domino sales, but it makes enterprise integration easier."
The company also released a revised version of the Lotus Enterprise Integrator (LEI), formerly NotesPump, a data-extraction, load-balancing, and synchronisation add-on.
Additionally, Lotus touted ESuite, Release 1.5, its Java-based productivity suite, which includes an e-mail client, Web browser, word processor, spreadsheet, calendar, address book, and presentation applets. The upgrade extends platform support from network computer devices to Windows PCs, a critical improvement, if late, according to Sloane.
"Who's going to buy an NC [network computer] just to try ESuite?
Up until now, even if you wanted to try ESuite and think about thin-client systems, you were trapped in the conundrum of what NC device to get to try it on," Sloane said. "And even if you were totally committed to NCs, you could be positive that transaction-intensive employees were going to have PCs. They should have skipped NCs altogether and done PCs first, then NCs. This is finally going to give companies an opportunity to try it."