IBM Domino

The groupware server

IBMs groupware package offers a built in web server. The server component is commonly refered to as Lotus Domino. This part of the software communicates with your installed

  1. IBM Notes Client using the NRPC protocol over tcp port 1352 and/or
  2. Web browser using the http protocol over tcp port 80 or the secure 443

A common use these days is to have your mobile device (iPhone, iPad, Android, Nokia S60, Windows Mobile) connected to the server part.

IBM Notes

IBM Notes/Domino is like a good wine: getting better over time

Version 1.0 of Notes was first available on December, 7th 1989. The most recent version is currently available as version number 9.
There are not many software titles available these days that are still in the market since their first appearance. You can still open your 1989 version 1.0 databases using the most recent version 9.

IBM Notes is the software client

Big Blue is selling the client server groupware platform in two parts:

  1. IBM Notes is the client software available for Windows, Linux and the Mac
  2. IBM Domino is the server component with the built in web part

IBM Notes/Domino – what can I do with it?

There are quite a few definitions out there. A good source is Wikipedia. Please refer to their article about the software to find out more.

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There are many platforms out there that claim to implement groupware these days.

One of first systems on the market was Lotus Notes/Domino. It’s still available and it has defined the category for this kind of software.

If you decided to use that system in the past, you did it right: It’s still there, fully supported by IBM. All your investments in this platform are save. The system platform is even now evolving as a rapid prototyping framework for the Web 2.0 world. if you need something not build in, you can develop custom applications or get others do that for you.

New features get implemented in new releases all the time. This adds value for your business. Automatically. Your people do not need to change the way they work. Notes Applications will adopt to what you need. They evolve into something fitting better into your business.

There is even a new paradigm available to use it in new projects: XPages gives Notes Domino developers a new way to be highly productive using the Notes/Domino system.

Besides the standard built in features like mail, calendar, contacts and to do’s, new ways of working together can be implemented.

Even if you do not have the time to develop anything new from scratch, there is an open source repository that delivers Apps for free: OpenNTF.