This enhanced integration is designed to make things easier for developers who wish to use three distinct classes of technology in a single application environment. The integration will enable enterprises to seamlessly blend market-leading collaboration, data management, and transaction management capabilities into their software solutions, according to Lotus.
With the integration of Lotus Domino Rnext with other products in IBM''s software portfolio developers can link applications and reduce the costs associated with IT resources and coding. Current integration points between Lotus Domino and WebSphere include single sign-on and support for Java server pages (JSPs), which features a new JSP tag library to deliver Lotus Domino collaboration to WebSphere developers.
Lotus Domino Rnext also combines the collaborative capabilities of Lotus Domino with the data storage and management functionality of DB2 to provide customers with a solid foundation for e-business applications that manage such functions as supply-chain management, sales force automation, and customer relationship management.
Lotus Domino Rnext with Lotus Enterprise Integrator can use DB2 as the primary data source, allowing it to operate in a multi-tier application architecture that will extend the flexibility and scalability of Lotus Domino applications.
"As competitors scramble to enter the enterprise market, all of them lack IBM''s ability to deliver a complete set of offerings, as well as IBM''s proven track record in running the back-end systems of world-class enterprises," said Scott Hebner, Director of Marketing, WebSphere Software in a prepared statement.
"IBM''s greatest differentiator is its commitment to open standards and customer choice. Our customers can choose their hardware platform, operating system, and programming languages according to their application infrastructure requirements," Hebner added.
The beta versions of Lotus Notes and Lotus Domino Rnext are available for download at notes.net/rnext.
The Lotus Domino server beta is compatible with Microsoft Windows NT and Windows 2000, IBM AIX, Sun Solaris/SPARC, and Linux (IA-32) server platforms. The Lotus Notes client beta is available for Windows 32-bit operating systems and Macintosh clients. The Lotus Domino Designer beta is available for Windows 32-bit operating systems. Additional Lotus Domino server platform support, including IBM OS/400 and IBM OS/390 will be added in future beta updates.
Final pricing and availability of Lotus Notes and Lotus Domino Rnext not yet been announced