Following a trend toward personalisation, Lotus Development yesterday unveiled its Portal Builder for Notes Release 5 (R5), a set of templates and Best Practices Guide that helps Notes R5 users add a custom touch to their Notes environment.
Portal Builder allows users to create a personalised "digital dashboard" on their Notes R5 welcome page through a drag-and-drop process, adding access to their email, calendars, and company intranets as well as Domino-based collaborative applications and various websites the user can monitor during their workday.
"Customers want to do this in order to create tailored portal applications without requiring basically any programming skills," said Karen Kazanjian, a spokeswoman for Lotus. "It works out really well compared to our competitors who have similar technologies, but theirs require a lot of other programming know-how to create this type of a welcome page."
Kazanjian noted that the addition of portal templates, which let users avoid the need for additional portal design or programming insight, is a key part of Portal Builder's simplicity and ease of use.
"It really benefits corporate and application developers and IT departments that can make customised portal applications for their businesses whether they're enterprises or smaller businesses, and people can then have these individual portals," Kazanjian added. "Businesses can tailor the information people see right when they start up their computer."
The Notes R5 Portal Builder and Best Practices Guide is currently available as a free download at http://www.lotus.com/portalbuilder, but customers must be using Lotus Notes 5.03 or higher to take advantage of its personalisation features.