As the world moves to the Cloud, Lotus Notes differentiates itself with project collaboration capabilities with more options

31 August 2012
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Many people do not realize that the purely cloud-based social media tools that have become part of today’s social fabric can trace its origins 20 years back when the first commercial Groupware applications entered the market introducing a new way for remote users to communicate and create their own collaboration networks.  In fact, it is no secret that one of the major pioneers of this first wave of tools was Lotus Notes that was developed as a leading-edge collaboration platform that encouraged the exchange of business information among a network of stakeholders.  Obviously, in those early years the connectivity to the Web as we know it today were non-existent and Client-Server technology was the predominant platform leveraged to connect information workers with their colleagues.  Eventually connectivity to Web technologies matured leading to the eventual emergence of social media tools achieving  the status as the de facto collaboration tools of choice.

So, what does this mean for Lotus Notes users? In a world where cutting one’s connectivity to the internet is the equivalent to a power outage, Lotus Notes is probably one of the only collaboration tools left in the marketplace that allows for offline capabilities allowing end users to connect at a later time to other users or servers (via replication).  In addition to delivering a robust email and calendaring system, Lotus Notes delivers a platform in which a host of both Cloud and Client-Server enterprise applications, such as CRM and PPM systems, can deliver flexible deployment models allowing for SaaS, hosted-on premise and Lotus Notes client options with both online and offline capabilities.  Especially for certain industries that have stringent security requirements and/or conduct business in remote locations where connectivity is limited, Lotus Notes users can continue collaborating with their teams without being shackled to the internet to access their tools and information.

For project-centric organizations that run their business on the Lotus Notes collaboration platform, portfolio and project management activities can be highly optimized by leveraging a Lotus Notes based composite PPM application that will take full advantage of its flexible technology.  For a Lotus Notes shop seeking to improve project collaboration, you can expect the following benefits from a composite application built on the Lotus Notes platform:

•    A comprehensive PPM solution with SaaS, Internal Cloud and Client-Server options
•    Powerful document management and workflow capabilities centralizing all project information
•    Flexible Web or Client- Server reporting and dashboards accessible at any time
•    Remote and offline capabilities allowing access to your project data regardless of location

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