Friday, 3 October 2014

Lialis Lotus Notes Versus Sharepoint | A Functional Comparison |:

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Lotus Notes Versus SharePoint

IBM Lotus Notes / Domino versus Microsoft SharePoint

To gain a full understanding of this crucial product comparison it is first of all important to know the perspective of the person writing this kind of Lotus Notes versus SharePoint comparison. Is he working for or partial to a certain vendor?
This is my background. I started as a Domino consultant back in 1996 and know from direct first hand experience exactly what Domino can do. However, because the Domino market is declining rapidly I recently started working with SharePoint too.
Early in 2014 I was hired to migrate a large company from Notes apps to SharePoint apps and am responsible for the SharePoint development. After 10 months hard work I think I am starting to understand what Microsoft is intending to do with SharePoint. The bottom line is based on real world work experience I feel highly qualified to write a useful comparison of these two products. I would not claim one is significantly better than the other, that really depends on each particular client and their specific requirements. After reading this post you will have a good understanding of the differences between Notes/Domino and SharePoint. I am not going to address comparison information details about the products related to pricing and organizational aspects, preferring the focus on the technical capabilities and unique features and benefits of each platform.
Lets start with a bold statement: With Domino you get nothing but can code anything whereas with SharePoint you get everything but can code nothing. You might disagree, so let me explain.


The way Office applications like Microsoft Word integrate with SharePoint is simply stunning, far better than you will ever get in Domino web or Notes client apps.
For example, in SharePoint you have a list with Word files in an enhanced rich text field. The user has this item on the screen in read mode. They click on one of the Word files and Word opens; after pressing the enable edit button the user can make changes to the Word document, then simply close Word and the updated file is stored in the SharePoint item.
When version control is enabled you will see immediately the new version and the previous version is stored as well. This all works out of the box, simple by enabling version control in the list. In a Notes app this office integration is not there (except for right click and edit, which regularly fails for many users). You might choose to purchase additional solutions to get this integration working to a degree, but it will never work as seamlessly as with SharePoint.
Integration means more than just Office integration. Many third party vendors now support integration of their solutions with SharePoint but not for Domino. Dell, for example, sells quick apps for SharePoint allowing users to add apps to pages that can do various things (graphs, views). It is hard for me to imagine that this can be done in Notes or Domino apps purely because IBM does not deliver an environment that users can use to add and configure apps simply by clicking their way to success.

Out Of The Box

With SharePoint you get a lot of features right out of the box. You will find many options you can enable or disable to do many different things. For example workflows, field validation, several types of views (boxed for example), export to xls, alerts on a list, library to store files, the ribbon is there no need to program save and close buttons, recycle bin, design apps with browser and more). Enabling version control is just a simple click in the browser, whereas with Notes or Domino apps version control must either be developed or you have to buy something off the shelf to do versioning for you, but the Notes or Domino versioning will never work as seamlessly as with SharePoint.
What is offered by a Domino server out of the box? Well, not so much; you get a Notes client with an unmanaged hidden bookmarks page everybody unhides and a few useless Notes database templates. But it is not all sorrow for IBM Notes. With IBM you do get out of the box mail which SharePoint does not offer. Of course a Domino server and the Notes client offers many features and functions, but these are not Out of the Box, you will need administrators and developers to get these things going for you.

User Clients

With SharePoint there is only one client – the internet browser; it is used by the users to do their work. The app owner/developers use the browser to develop and adjust the apps and the admins use the browser to configure SharePoint. Rolling out a browser to their users PCs is much easier for companies compared with rolling out Notes clients.
The SharePoint browser interface is great; users will see immediately which apps they have access to and all apps will automatically look the same because SharePoint will make sure of this.
The Notes client is a very rich client compared with the browser; it has many keyboard shortcuts, it allows user to copy paste anything to everywhere and it’s very fast compared with the browser. With the Notes client users can make local replicas of the Notes databases (a bit techie though and not used much these days) and have access to Notes mail.
Maintaining the Notes client in large enterprises will cost more than maintaining a browser. Clients might choose to purchase additional solutions to maintain the Notes clients. Upgrading a Notes client is not very straight forward and you will face significant challenges. Notes users must be trained in using the Notes client.
For SharePoint browser users this might not be needed to such an extent compared to Notes client users. Let’s not forget to mention that with the Domino server you can develop browsers apps as well, so you could set up a browser only Domino environment with Domino browser apps for the majority of your users. However, in this scenario you will have to do a lot of Domino development in order to reach the level out of the box features SharePoint offers.

Custom Coding Designer Tools

With Domino you get nothing and you can code anything. When you have a Domino server you can develop and run Notes client applications almost without limits from a functions point of view.
The Domino server is a Java server as well, meaning you can develop anything. Domino is a great web server and with XPages the best web applications can be built. I have seen and built Notes, Java and web applications that are absolutely stunning. Almost all this Domino development is done with a truly great and mature Domino designer client (except for the pure Java programs). The Domino server runs these apps without complaining, with perfect scalability and without upgrading issues.
Of course you can also develop anything with SharePoint but, because SharePoint has so much out of the box stuff, the out of the box approach will actually slow down and limit the custom develop you want to do.
If you choose to do custom coding in these out of the box apps you will go into dangerous terrain. For example, in a Notes app you can control a lot of what happens on a Notes form simply because the Notes form is designed for this. You have many controls like post open events where you are free to program what you like.
The same is not possible in SharePoint because there is no out of the box feature available. If the app you want to create has too many functions not available out of the box you will have to custom code it from scratch in c# which is a awful lot of work because there is not much there to start with compared to Domino.
You will notice that the SharePoint designer tools are not mature compared with the Domino designer. Part of the out of the box development is done in the browser; for other work you will need to use SharePoint designer; when developing forms you will need third party apps because Infopath is killed by SharePoint.
So looking at the designer clients I feel Microsoft has to do a lot of work compared with IBM. Writing this I realise that SharePoint is not meant to do much custom coding simply because Microsoft does not supply the tools for this work compared with IBM.
I will not say Domino is more secure then SharePoint or the other way around. I do think Domino offers better security features compared with SharePoint. In Notes and Domino developers use reader fields to restrict who can see particular Notes documents in the Notes database. Yes, the same can be done in SharePoint with special permissions. But in Domino you can program anything to manage the reader fields and who is member of this field. In SharePoint you will not be able to manage out of the box the special permissions if the list is longer than 50 documents and in SharePoint you can not develop code to manage the special permissions making the special permissions hard to use. I should not forget to mention the Domino author fields, the controlled access section, the Notes client ID file which is more secure then username password in SharePoint.
Other Stuff
There are many more areas where these two products differ. Each app on Domino is stored in one NSF file; this is so handy with backup, restore, upgrade, copy paste docs and design elements, and so on, but performance problems arise with NSF is when file become large in size (GB’s).
SharePoint stores everything in one SQL database (not sure if you can use multiple SQL dbs though). You will have sizing issues there as well. Upgrading SharePoint to the next release is a nightmare compared with a Domino upgrade which is simple, basically Next, Next, Next and done.
Both systems offer all the standards you might need in today’s environments like clustering, fail over, scalability and so on, but these are all very technical items which will not be considered when the CEO chooses between SharePoint or Domino.

In Conclusion

Let’s go back to my opening statement. “With Domino you get nothing and you can code anything – with SharePoint you get everything and can code nothing”. Of course you get more than nothing in Domino, but this stuff is not so very important. And of course you can code more than nothing in SharePoint, but this is also not so important because it is very difficult to do. I feel that these two items cancel each other out and result in zero, so this lead me to the conclusion – the above statement is a fact and everybody will understand what it means., 10-2014

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Lialis Notes to SharePoint migration - part 3:

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Notes to SharePoint: Migrating Applications Away From Notes – Part 3

IBM Lotus Notes Domino app to Microsoft SharePoint Migration

Part 3: SharePoint Forms Designer Tool, Its Advantages & How Lialis Has Automated the Conversion of Notes Forms to SharePoint Form Designer Forms

In my last blog Notes to SharePoint: Migrating Applications Away From Notes – Part 2 I mentioned the SharePoint Forms designer tool. In this blog post you can read more details about this tool, its advantages and how Lialis has automated the conversion of Notes forms to SharePoint Form Designer forms. Please visit this site ( and their blog site for more details about what Forms Designer is all about.
In Lotus Notes/Domino forms you can create the following items very easily.
  • tabbed tables
  • hide/unhide fields and text based on formulas
  • embedded views
  • controlled access section
With the SharePoint Forms Designer tool you can recreate these four Notes items on SharePoint forms! For me this was the main reason to purchase this tool for the 8,000 user migration project I am working on. In addition, I find that Forms Designer speeds up the SP form development process.  I am not wasting my time in creating pixel perfect forms in SharePoint (SP) because Forms Designer does this for me. So I am very happy with this tool, which is not very expensive by the way.
Let’s focus on the Lialis Notes form conversion to SP forms with the help of Forms Designer.
This process starts with Quest NMSP. Quest jobs are created for the Notes forms we would like to migrate to SP. It is important you understand that in the Quest jobs I create, the SP columns are based on the Notes field names. So if a Notes field on form A was called ‘jobnr_project’, the column in SP will have the same name. With Quest this is easy to do in a few minutes for many fields. When Quest has finished its job, for all the fields on the Notes form it has created columns in SP with the same name.
Lialis has created a tool to convert Notes forms to the XFDS format of SP Forms Designer, it looks like this (it is a Notes app) and it’s very straightforward.
You can select the Notes database you are converting to SP and it will display the forms in this database; you can select the forms you want to convert and press 2 buttons to do the conversion of the Notes form (via XML) to XFDS, which can be imported in Forms Designer. This conversion will convert Notes form text, (tabbed) tables and put the fields on the right spot in the table in SP. Please don’t expect a full Notes form conversion, but we will convert as much as possible, so the work you have to do in SP is much less than designing the SP form from scratch.
Next step is going to the list you created in SP with Quest. When you hve installed Forms Designer on SP you will see this button in the SP List ribbon.
Press it and the Forms Designer tool will show in the browser.
On the left you will see all the Notes field names converted to SP columns by Quest NMSP.
The middle part of the screen is grey, this is where you would normally design the SP form.
SP Forms Designer allows you to import XFDS files. We created this XFDS file for this particular Notes form, so let’s import it.
Choose the XFDS file created by Lialis and the Notes form will show up with the fields added to the table in this example in SP Forms Designer.
You can see that the form needs more work, but this will go much quicker because many fields are already in the right spot.
Because the Notes fields and the SP list columns have the same name it is very easy to map them and put the right fields in the right spot in the SP Form Designer form.
At this time (August 2014) we are improving the Lialis form converter tool by using it for many applications and forms in projects. Feel free to email me if you want to use this tool for your project –

Lialis consultants, Microsoft SharePoint & Lotus Notes/Domino developers are available to assist you with these complex migrations and we bring a shipload of experience with us that will save your enterprise time and money, ultimately making challenging projects like this a success for your business.
To learn more about how Lialis can take the pain out of the Lotus Notes Domino app migration process, please use the Lialis Migration service contact form and we will get back to you quickly.

Monday, 29 September 2014

GEGeek Tech Toolkit Fixes Windows Computers and Updates Itself:

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GEGeek Tech Toolkit Fixes Windows Computers and Updates Itself

GEGeek Tech Toolkit Fixes Windows Computers and Updates Itself
If you're the person friends, family and coworkers count on to fix their computers, you already know a portable USB toolkit is essential for repairs. GEGeek TechToolkit downloads hundreds of programs and updates itself. 
We've covered portable app suites before, but GEGeek designed Tech Toolkit for computer repair technicians. It includes apps for finding malware and diagnosing computer problems. It also has portable versions off popular apps like Firefox and Reader, but mostly focuses on system diagnostic, malware removal and windows repair apps. The downloaded kit has over 250 apps.
Best of all: the suite always stays up to date. It uses Ketarin to find the latest updates for the included programs. Check it out at the link below.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014 :: Creating nginx configurations for Domino SSL:

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Wow, read the write up by Andrew. People think Domino L3 and development suck. They are wrong of course. L3 and Development no longer exists!
IBM ruffles feathers in push to re-educate veteran employees for cloud, data, mobile — Tech News and Analysis:

The next big "Resource Action" is around the corner. Why do people still buy IBM services?


Some IBM Global Technology Services employees have been told they keep their jobs (and 90 percent of their pay) as long as they retrain on hot new technologies.
It’s a glass-half-full type of thing: some IBM Global Technology Services people have been told they have to retrain for the new era of cloud, big data and mobile.
A Gigaom reader posted the IBM email detailing the plan in the comments to this story and an IBM spokeswoman verified the authenticity of the email. The spokeswoman said a small percentage of total U.S. IBM GTS employees were affected; she would not provide hard numbers.
Those affected will be paid 90 percent of their salaries to go through the retraining. The optimists among them might say: “I still have my job and I’m learning new things.” The pessimists likely see this as a 10 percent pay cut, plain and simple.
Per the IBM memo:
A recent assessment revealed that some GTS US [Strategic Outsourcing] executives, managers and employees have not kept pace with acquiring the skills and expertise needed to address changing client needs, technology and market requirements.
The retraining process will take place between October 16, 2014 and March 31, 2015, during which time the employee must spend a day a week — up to 23 days overall —  on learning and development. Employee benefits will remain in place but 401k contributions and Employee Stock Option Plan deductions will be based on the new, adjusted salary.
In a climate where legacy tech providers are in near continual downsizing and rightsizing mode, at least these were not outright layoffs. One reason could be that IBM needs people with these skills sets. Another could be that IBM has taken a lot of heat forcutting its way to achieve $20 earnings per share goal set nearly 5 years ago. Or both.
IBM CEO Ginni Rometty
IBM CEO Ginni Rometty
IBM, HP, Dell and other older hardware-oriented tech providers are all negotiating a tricky path to cloud and mobile. They’re all dragging a lot of legacy systems with them while competing with lower cost and more nimble (and younger) competitors. IBM CEO Ginni Rometty has promised the company will focus on the potentially huge opportunities in cloud computing, big data and associated analytics and mobile.
Gigaom’s anonymous commenter, who wrote that he (or she) is a 25-year veteran with the company, said the wording of the email “implies I can fill these so-called skill gaps (which don’t exist) or else. My guess is it’s a conjured up way of getting people to leave the business.”

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

[Webinar] IBM Mail Next and Notes Domino Roadmap - YouTube:
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I have listened to Kramer Reeves in the UK and was very underwhelmed. He has great ideas but how that fits into Lotus Notes is dubious. It seems the strategy is to deploy every single IBM product behind the scenes to deliver IBM Lotus Mail Next. The only way to deliver this beast is via the IBM cloud. The message is move to IBM SmartCloud or leave. Prepare to be assimilated!

The mail server Kramer is now talking about is called the "Smartcloud Notes Service". The real Notes Client and Domino server is as dead as a dodo even though it still has amazing features but in the same sentence, annoyances and uniqueness that gives new meaning to the word frustration.

I am sorry, I feel strongly about this. IBM has killed thousands of jobs and companies with the way they managed Lotus Notes. They could have been in the forefront of IoT.

Being a big fish in a small pond is was great but when the pond loses lost water...

OMG, I am listening to this now. All I hear is Apple this, Apple that, blah blah blah, "delight our customers" (SIC).

Lotus Notes is now an "anchor" (weighing things down?) in the portfolio. Protect their investment - Huh? Bring your own client strategy? BYOC?


Mail Next - 2 points - evolve, enjoy working, make it elegant. "Delightful experience" (SIC) - Seriously! Point 2 - The system should work for me?

Job done. Everyone relax, IBM has fixed the world. email is the next big thing. Huh, I thought email was dead?


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Saturday, 13 September 2014

Gartner names Microsoft a leader in social software in the workplace:

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Karl Tyler shared this on Facebook with this comment:- "It's official, IBM will now start using a different buzz phrase to "Social Software" as Microsoft now appears above them in the Gartner magic quadrant."

I have never seen a phrase that more accurately describe IBM marketing than this. IBM will always claim to adhere to standards but it will be standards that suits themselves and not the industry.  If they are not in a magic quadrant they will simply invent a "phrase" for a rehashed technology that will put them on a new slide. Well said Karl. However, that does not mean that Microsoft is any better.

Gartner names Microsoft a leader in social software in the workplace

Office in the workplace
Gartner is a technology research firm and one of their evaluation techniques are "Magic Quadrants." In a study evaluating Enterprise Social Software, they named Microsoft as a 'Leader.' You can see their quadrant for this study below.
Gartner Magic Quadrant
Microsoft, as a leader has shown the vision and execution in social enterprise software. The social software market for enterprise is defined by Gartner to focus on "virtual environments that engage participants across a while organization in creating organizing sharing information, as well as encourage them to find, connect and interact with each other."
Gartner favors Microsoft because of their integration of components of Office 365 and easy access to features of Exchange, SharePoint, Yammer, and Lync. Microsoft has also shown off a road map for products such as Office 365 which show deeper integration and enhancements. Lastly, viability - the interest and adoption of Microsoft products, such as Office 365, is very high.
Some cautions Gartner has about Microsoft is the change in architecture, which involve unanticipated migrations; a faster pace of innovation than some customers find easy to keep up with; and lastly, a complexity of product bundles that create confusion in choice.
Other leaders in the quadrant include IBM, Jive, Salesforce, and Tibco Software. However, Microsoft is no doubt pleased that they are the most upper-right in the quadrant. You can read the full study here.
This study shows how strong Microsoft remains in the enterprise market, and the potential for even more growth. Do you use Microsoft solutions in enterprise? How do you feel about the collaborative functionalities?