This is one bizarre press release... Quality On-Line
As part of my Google news monitoring, I look for anything related to Notes or Domino. This "gem" came in yesterday...
Quality On-Line Removes the Largest Hurdle to Lotus Notes Replacement
Gee... sounds like a new Microsoft tool! :-)
Quality On-Line is the first company to create and deliver a true alternative development & deployment environment for applications that are currently based on Lotus Notes & Domino.
OK... Everyone's trying to find their niche. To each their own.
Many corporate IT departments are grappling with the dilemma of what to do with their applications that have evolved around proprietary Lotus Notes mechanisms. Quality On-Line offers a straightforward replacement option and "one-step" migration path. This makes it a much more viable option than overlay approaches or multi-step, multi-year initiatives such as IBM Workplace.
Huh? This sounds like the old "Domino is dead... what are you going to do?" argument. So what am I migrating to?
According to Peer Reinhard, president and CEO of Quality On-Line, "As a provider of enterprise applications for over ten years, starting with an integrated suite of Lotus-based workflow and document management solutions, Quality On-Line has already confronted and solved the core issues facing 100 million Notes users worldwide today. We started with a clean sheet of paper, taking the best features from the Lotus Notes environment and building in features Lotus should have created many years before such as support for relational databases, roles and responsibilities, and support for reusable components.
Whoa! Someone's bearing a grudge and is drinking their own kool-aid. What this set of "core issues" I'm supposedly facing? I didn't know I had any. And, um... last time I checked, Notes/Domino supports interaction with relational databases, the ACL handles the roles in a workflow scenario, and design templates allow you to reuse design elements in multiple applications. And you've just mastered these?
"It meets real-world needs of Notes dependent IT departments and their users by providing a supportable and highly scalable platform that addresses both development and deployment of enterprise applications. We evolved our architecture and applications to embrace the flexibility of open standards, with a J2EE-based implementation and support for cost-efficient application servers such as WebSphere, and Tomcat."
Finally! You want to convert Notes applications to J2EE applications. That's fine if you need that. But in my book, ND is already supportable and highly scalable, and I do just fine with development and deployment of enterprise apps. Much easier in ND than it is with WAR and EAR files, let me tell you. And I'm really surprised you'd mention WebSphere next to Tomcat to make a case for "cost-efficient".
A number of large organizations are already seeing the benefits of migrating beyond the constraints of Lotus-based applications. For example, <insert case studies here... read the release for the details>.
OK... You've got some big customers. That's nice. But since I've never heard of you before, I automatically wonder about your long term viability, especially when you start talking about building applications on Quality On-Line's "Application Platform". Is it all open standards, or am I tied into your software somehow?
From a development and support standpoint, Quality On-Line overcomes the well- documented shortcomings in Lotus and provides a modern architecture. Major improvements include:
-- Based on open standards and built natively in Java (J2EE) to provide a future proof solution
-- A structured programming environment to improve consistency between different applications
-- Reusable code to assemble high value customer solutions
-- Integrated workflow and process control engine
-- Vendor independent Relational Database support
-- In and outgoing email integration
-- An updated file system to make it easier to retrieve information
-- LDAP and Active Directory support to provide secured user access and single sign on mechanism
-- Out of the Box vendor independent email integration
-- Integration with Windows applications
-- Improved, Windows like user interface
-- Three-tier architecture to optimize both scalability and deployment flexibility
Quality On-Line's inherent flexibility gives IT managers the capability to incrementally migrate their existing Lotus-based applications according to specific business needs. This enables efficient re-purposing of IT staff and resources to be more effective and to address higher priority issues. Decoupling of the applications development and deployment from the messaging platform also gives IT departments significantly more deployment flexibility than can be achieved with today's Lotus-based implementations.
"Well-documented shortcomings"? I must have missed that article or study. "Decoupling" the application from the messaging platform leads to more flexibility for deployment? Perhaps if you want to run multiple mail systems or mix and match vendor software, hoping that everything integrates. For me, I'd prefer the tight integration due to the power it gives me with application development. The deployment of those applications is mindless. "Future proof solutions". Right... Nothing is "future proof". And the rest of that list is either stuff that Lotus already does (like email integration) or supports (vendor independent Relational Database support).
This whole "press release" reads like an analyst report sponsored by "SOV" (some other vendor). Either this guy/company truly doesn't understand Notes (which they apparently do) or they are trying to master the FUD approach to marketing.
And as a side note... I attempted to go to their site this evening at http://www.qualityonline.com/. Guess what returned a "cannot find server" error? Yeah, *that* gives you a nice, warm fuzzy feeling...