Lotus Notes/Domino specialist Net-Effects has secured exclusive distribution rights to a UK-developed software product that allows users to access their Lotus Notes from handheld devices.
Born out of the merger of four small consultancies in April 2001, Net-Effects has begun distributing two products from UK company CommonTime. The Cadenza mNotes product allows mobile workers to access their Lotus Notes mail, calendar, contacts, tasks and journal from Windows CE and Palm handheld devices. mNotes delivers the majority of the feature-rich Notes messaging environment to PDAs. The mForms product brings Lotus' application design and development to the handheld device.
Net-Effects discovered the products when business development director Henry Douek went looking for a feature-rich example of Lotus Notes on a handheld. "I tried it and it worked," he said. "The next best thing to buying the company is getting exclusive distribution."
While mNotes is an obvious candidate for a volume product that corporate resellers can sell into their accounts, Douek said mForms is a product that any competent Notes designers can use to add value to their offerings.
Douek said Net-Effects will continue to sell the products direct for an indefinite period while it attempts to build up a national distribution network. "We need to build up the market before we can stop selling it direct," he said. "But we firmly believe it's a volume product and it provides resellers the ability to provide value-added services to their clients."