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Module 1: Introduction

  05/09/12 11:31 am, by , Categories: Administration, IBM, Lotus, article
Let's start this chapter explaining the IBM Lotus Notes and IBM Lotus Domino products. The screenshot below (1) shows the various components.

Domino/Notes components

IBM Lotus Notes is the client of a collaborative client-server platform. IBM Lotus Domino is the application server. Lotus Notes provides integrated collaboration functionality, including email, calendaring, contacts management, to do tracking, instant messaging, an office productivity suite (IBM Lotus Symphony), and access to other Lotus Domino applications and databases. Lotus Notes can also be integrated with additional collaboration capabilities including voice and video conferencing, online meetings, discussions, forums, blogs, file sharing, microblogs, and user directories. In addition to these standard applications the organization may use the IBM Lotus Domino Designer development environment and other tools to develop additional integrated applications such as request approval / workflow and document management.

Lotus Notes was originally created by Lotus Development Corp. in 1989. In 1995 Lotus was acquired by IBM and became known as the Lotus Development division of IBM and is now part of the IBM Software and Systems Group. IBM describes the software as "an easy-to-use, single point of access to everything you need to get your work done quickly, including business applications, email, calendars, feeds, and more".

Prior to release 4.5, the term Lotus Notes referred to both the client and server applications.

Whereas typical email applications are programmed to be an email client, Lotus Notes is an application that is part of an application development platform, where mail is just one of many possible applications. Lotus Notes and Lotus Domino have spawned a great deal of third-party software, including applications, add-ins, add-ons, widgets, plug-ins and more, such as document management systems, discussion forums, and numerous other business applications.

In 2008, IBM released XPages technology, allowing Lotus Notes data to be displayed to browser clients on any platform supporting standard web standards. (2) (3)

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