JumpStart 205 – Integration of IBM Lotus Notes and Lotus Domino with Microsoft Office, .NET, and IBM Lotus Symphony

Welcome to the real world, where Lotus Notes and Lotus Domino are just part of your corporate toolset. This session will introduce you to integration of Lotus Notes and Domino 8 and 8.5 with Microsoft Office, .NET technologies, OpenOffice.org, and Lotus Symphony. We’ll start with the basics and gradually build up to advanced integration. Mail Merge, exporting to a spreadsheet, charting, presentation building, and integration on the Web will all be covered. Advanced topics such as Visual Studio Tools for Office and integration with Lotus Domino Web Services will round out the session. All new samples including integration with XPages will provide samples you can use as soon as you get home.

John Head & Alex Kassabov

Dolphin Americas Seminar : Sunday, 1/18/2009 : 8 AM to 9:30 AM
Swan : Sunday, 1/18/2009 : 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM

Note: The first run of this session is only 90 minutes. The second run is 120 minutes. We will have more content in the afternoon session.

And the complete demo database can be downloaded here.  

Oh yeah, and thank you everyone for getting up to see us speak at 8 am on Sunday.

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Lotus User Group Virtual User Group Meeting – Real World Integration – Slides and Demo database

This was a great webinar.  Thank you all who took time from their busy schedules to listen to me and John Head.

My first experience doing a webinar.  It was a little strange to be speaking to a group of about 150 people and not being able to see anyone, their reactions.

Here, as promised are the slides from the webinar.

Just in case the embedded viewer doesn’t work for you, here’s a link to SlideShare.

And the demo database can be downloaded here.

There will be a replay available sometime tomorrow.  John and I will answer the questions we could not get to in the LotusUserGroup.org moderated forum.

Once again, thank you all for attending!

On lack of Lotus Notes integration

When talking to customers, one of the arguments against Lotus Notes that comes up time and time again is the lack of integration options.  There are many examples.  Book a flight on-line or buy tickets to an event and there’s likely to be a link on the page to add this event or this flight to your Outlook calendar.  There is never a link to add this to your Lotus Notes calendar.  Go to your contacts in GMail and you can import existing contacts using a CSV file.  “For best results”, GMail suggests “please use a CSV file produced by Outlook, Outlook Express, Yahoo!, or Hotmail”. Again, strangely enough, there is no mention of Lotus Notes.

Ask a software vendor if their product has email integration and they will tell you how well they integrate with Outlook.  Mention to them that your company uses Lotus Notes and, in the ensuingcomplete silence, you will be able to hear the gears in salesperson’s head turning to come up with a plausible answer.

I was reminded of the sad state afairs last week while listening to an IBM webinar on social networking strategies for small business.  The presenter, Cheryl Contee, tried to educate attendees on benefits of social networking sites such as Facebook and LinkedIn.  She mentioned several times how great these sites are and how well they integrate with Microsoft Outlook address book.  And this is on a webinar for IBM Business Partners.  Pardon my sarcasm, but someone had obviously forgotten to tell Ms. Contee that IBM and presumable a lot of IBM’s Business Partners use something called “Lotus Notes” to manage their email and address books.

So what is going on here?  According to the IBM website:

  • “Lotus Notes and Domino software has 20 years of leadership in the collaboration space.”
  • “Over 46,000 companies around the world use Lotus Notes and Domino software.”
  • “Over 140 million licenses of Lotus Notes and Domino software have been sold worldwide”.

Yet, the rest of the world acts as if all these millions of users don’t exist.  Is this a giant conspiracy to eradicate Lotus Notes?  Or is it lack of effort on the part of IBM towards securing 3rd party support for their product?  I certainly don’t know.  But if I were IBM execs, I would spend a little less effort on trying to rebuild Microsoft Visual Web Developer in the form of XPages and spend a little more on making it easier to add an appointment to my calendar from without of my trusted but neglected by the rest of world Lotus Notes client.