Built on eclipse.org open standards, Lotus Notes 8 supports businesses' existing applications and extends their life by combining them through mashups with newer applications, resulting in composite applications that can help provide deeper insight into key business functions. For example, on a single screen, developers could link a Domino-based Sales application with a supported Human Resources system running on another platform.
"Notes 8 delivers now what many consider only a future prospect: A composite application model for effective creation and use of best-of- breed software components and standard plug-ins," Professor Ludwig W. Nastansky, Chief Executive Officer, Groupware Competence Center, University of Paderborn, Germany.
Building on its leadership in the business social networking, IBM is enabling Notes and Domino customers to add the Activities component of Lotus Connections directly into Notes. Licensed separately, the Activities option enables the worker to share collaborative content such as documents, email, instant messaging and other items related to a project into one logical unit.
"I strongly believe Activities have the potential to revolutionize the way people organize their work and collaborate with their team," added Ingo Erdmann of the University of Paderborn.
Inspired by IBM Research Labs and developed by Lotus, the Activities feature of the Lotus Notes 8 release uses Web 2.0 technologies such as Backpack, Atom, Tagging, REST, Ajax and JSON to deliver a lightweight, web-based collaboration offering.