The One-Stop-Shop for Data Synchronizer Connectors
Written by Ken Baker
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!