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Great New Moves

The Time has Come for GroupWise 8 and ZENworks 10 Configuration Management

Written by Ken Baker

An old proverb states that all good things must come to an end. That might be true, but sometimes when one good thing ends, something great takes its place. Such is the case for general support for older versions of Novell ZENworks and Novell GroupWise. General support for GroupWise 7 has ended and moved into the extended support phase, and general support for ZENworks 7 will end in June of next year. (See Lifecycle Support Terms.) However, these endings signal even greater features, functionality and integration in the forms of GroupWise 8 and ZENworks 10 Configuration Management.

Opening the door to the GroupWise and third-party application integration you’ve been waiting for, Novell will soon release Novell Data Synchronizer and the Novell Data Synchronizer Mobility Pack.

Collaboration Moves

Now that general support for GroupWise 7 has ended, and it’s moved into extended support, the time has come to move to the latest version of GroupWise if you haven’t already. But beyond support lifecycle considerations, there are a number of compelling reasons to upgrade to GroupWise 8. From the personal productivity dashboard to enhancements in time, task and contact management, the array of new features that GroupWise 8 delivers over its predecessors has been widely chronicled over the past two years. (See GroupWise Resource Library Untapped Power, and Personal Overdrive) And upcoming product releases—including Novell Data Synchronizer, new BlackBerry Enterprise Server support, and a GroupWise update that brings additional integrations with Novell Conferencing and Novell Teaming—offer additional reasons to make the move.

Opening the door to the GroupWise and third-party application integration you’ve been waiting for, Novell will soon release Novell Data Synchronizer and the Novell Data Synchronizer Mobility Pack (See Higher Levels of Collaboration.). Novell Data Synchronizer provides bi-directional synchronization of e-mail, calendar data, tasks and contacts between Novell GroupWise and other connected applications, such as SharePoint, SugarCRM and salesforce.com. And the Novell Data Synchronizer Mobility Pack gives you bi-directional synchronization of e-mail, calendar data and contacts between connected applications and a wide variety of mobile devices that use the iPhone, Android, Symbian, Palm and Windows Mobile operating systems. For your mobile users in the BlackBerry world, Research In Motion is soon set to release BlackBerry Enterprise Server 5.0.1, which will include support for GroupWise 8.

And with GroupWise 8.0.2 right around the corner, you can take advantage of a number of powerful new integrations between Novell collaboration products. One of these is integration with Novell Conferencing, the new, inexpensive and easy-to-use Web conferencing service from Novell. (See It’s Hot.) This integration enables you to instantly transform a GroupWise appointment that you’re scheduling into a Novell Conferencing Web event. You’ll have a tab option where you can set Novell Conferencing event details, such as the meeting room URL, audio/video settings, chat options and more. (See Figure 1.) Those whom you invite to the Web event will be able to jump directly to the Novell Conferencing meeting room URL right from their GroupWise appointment.

GroupWise 8.0.2 also includes new drag-and-drop capabilities with Novell Teaming. For example, it lets you drop an e-mail into a Teaming blog folder, automatically posting the contents of that e-mail, including its attachments. (See Figure 2.) If you drag a GroupWise contact to a Teaming folder, the contact is saved as a vCard in Teaming. If you drag a GroupWise item into your Teaming calendar folder, it gets posted as a Teaming appointment. These GroupWise and Teaming integrations make it even easier for you to keep all the project information you need in the right Novell Teaming workspaces. In addition to drag and drop, you can simultaneously search GroupWise and Teaming content from a GroupWise search dialog.

The good news is that if you’re current on your GroupWise maintenance or you moved to GroupWise 8 in May or June, you can take advantage of all the powerful new features and integrations of GroupWise 8.0.2 at no additional cost. Even if that’s not the case for you, what GroupWise 8 delivers in terms of enhanced productivity and collaboration more than justifies moving up.

Also, if you’re not already running on Linux, your upgrade to GroupWise 8 is the perfect time to make the move to GroupWise on Linux. This will make it easier for you to transition to the next major release of GroupWise (See Novell GroupWise Futures.), which will only run on Linux 64-bit and Windows 64-bit platforms. To help you make the move to GroupWise on Linux, Novell provides a variety of helps and resources. (See Get Comfortable.) For more information on moving to Linux, or simply moving to the newest version of GroupWise, visit www.novell.com/products/groupwise/.

When you make the move to ZENworks 10 Configuration Management, you’ll be able to take advantage of its Web-based architecture, tighter suite component integration, Windows 7 support and much more.

IT Management Moves

The policy-driven automation in Novell ZENworks Configuration Management helps you automate and enforce business and IT management processes across the lifecycle of your endpoints, including desktops, notebooks, servers, handhelds and removable storage devices. While support for ZENworks 7 Desktop Management and ZENworks 7 Suite has been extended until June 2011, now is the perfect time to start planning your move to ZENworks 10 Configuration Management (See ZENworks Product Editions.) When you make the move to ZENworks 10 Configuration Management, you’ll be able to take advantage of its Web-based architecture, tighter suite component integration, Windows 7 support and much more.

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