The One-Stop-Shop for Data Synchronizer Connectors
Written by Ken Baker
To make it easier for you to take advantage of the real-time synchronization capabilities that Novell Data Synchronizer provides between different applications and mobile devices, the Data Synchronizer Marketplace Web site is now available at www.novell.com/marketplace. The Marketplace provides a place for customers to get the latest information on available Data Synchronizer connectors, find out what connectors will be available soon and request connectors that they need. Developers and vendors can use the Marketplace to promote their connectors, make them more accessible, learn what connectors their customers want them to develop and download the connector SDK.
The Featured Connectors section of the Marketplace promotes and facilitates access to currently available connectors for Novell Data Synchronizer.
(See Figure 1.) As of this writing, the available connectors include the Microsoft SharePoint, Mobility, Novell GroupWise, Salesforce.com, and Sugar CRM connectors developed by Novell, which have been described in detail in past articles. (See Higher Levels of Collaboration).
The Featured Connectors page also presents the recently released Notify Mobile Device Management (NotifyMDM) solution. Developed by Notify Technology, the NotifyMDM connector simplifies the centralized management and control of an array of wireless device platforms, such as iPhone, iPad, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, Windows Phone 7, HP/Pal WebOS and some Symbain wireless devices. The connector helps you address your security, visibility and manageability needs for these devices. It also provides a self-service portal that enables your users to manage certain aspects of their devices.
The Marketplace provides a place for customers to get the latest information on available Data Synchronizer connectors, find out what connectors will be available soon and request connectors they need.
On the Featured Connectors page you can click on any connector to bring up a page with more information about its features, system requirements and access or purchase details. This comprehensive repository makes it easy for organizations to get the information on the connectors they need. It also provides a powerful venue for vendors to promote and distribute the connectors they develop.
For example, if you click on the NotifyMDM connector, you will see a connector-specific page that contains information you need to know about that connector. This page indicates, for example, that the NotifyMDM connector supports 5,000 users per server and that the server requires a L5520 Intel Xeon Processor (2.26GHz TurboHT), 4 GB of RAM, 3 X 73 GB Drives, W2k3 or W2k8 Standard, and SQL 2k8. When you click the Get the connector button on the page, it takes you to a Notify Technology Web page where you can get a free trial version of the connector or purchase a license/subscription for the connector.
The Coming Soon section of the Marketplace lists all of the known connectors to which Novell and its partners are currently contributing. (See Figure 2.) These upcoming connectors include the following:
- Twitter – Developed by Novacoast, the Twitter connector allows Novell GroupWise and Novell Data Synchronizer users to connect to their Twitter account and configure a variety of their e-mail settings from within GroupWise. As a result, you can tweet from your GroupWise mailbox without having to launch a browser.
- Novell Vibe OnPrem – Developed by Novell, this connector enables synchronization with the Novell Vibe OnPrem (formerly Novell Teaming) team collaboration application.
- OpenText – Developed by Mainainet, this connector synchronizes e-mail between GroupWise and the OpenText enterprise content management solution.
- Easy Enterprise.x and Easy Enterprise.i – Developed by Maintainet, these connectors synchronize information with the Easy Enterprise.x and Easy Enterprise.i document management archive solutions from Easy Software.
- d.velop – Developed by Maintainet, this connector synchronizes information with the d.velop e-mail management solution from d.velop AG.
- Microsoft Exchange – Developed by Maintainet, this connector synchronizes e-mail between Novell GroupWise and Microsoft Exchange.
If you can't find the Novell Data Synchronizer connector you’re looking for, the Marketplace lets you submit a request, which lets Novell and its partners know the level of demand for that connector. For example, as of this writing, in the Most Requested section of the Marketplace it shows that the connectors for SAP ERP and Google Apps have received the most requests. Likewise, you can indicate whether you “like” some of the connectors that others have requested.
(See Figure 3.) Similar to requesting connectors, “like” votes for certain connectors can influence Novell and its partners to prioritize the development of those connectors.
On the Featured Connectors page you can click on any connector to bring up a page with more information about its features, system requirements, and access or purchase details.
Developing and Submitting Connectors
From the Marketplace, you can also download the free software development kit (SDK) for Novell Data Synchronizer connectors. The SDK helps you take advantage of the product’s open API for creating your own connectors. In addition to the SDK, the Novell Data Synchronizer Mobility Pack provides tools that help developers take advantage of Novell Data Synchronizer, including a generic SOAP connector that can be used as a sample connector and a flat file connector that provides a semi-technical programming interface for extending the capabilities of Data Synchronizer. (See Always in Sync)
If you’ve developed a connector and want to promote it for free on the Novell Data Synchronizer Connector Marketplace, you simply click the Submit a connector button in the Marketplace. (See Figure 4.) The system will prompt you to enter your name, e-mail address and the product or application that the connector supports. Once you provide that information, the Data Synchronizer team will contact you with instructions on the next steps for making your connector available through the Marketplace.
If you’ve developed a connector and want to promote it for free on the Novell Data Synchronizer Connector Marketplace, you simply click the Submit a connector button in the Marketplace.
Visit the Marketplace
The driving force behind the Marketplace parallels that of Novell Data Synchronizer itself—to make it easier than ever to synchronize applications, mobile devices and collaboration systems so users can update and access the data they need, when and where they need it. So whether you want to see the latest information on available connectors, develop your own connectors, or influence the development of the connectors that your organization needs, visit the Novell Data Synchronizer Connector Marketplace—soon and often!