As many have mentioned and we have observed, integrating products with GroupWise is a recurring theme and an area in which Product Management and Engineering continue to look for options, solutions and direction.
Having a robust API set is key to this strategy. We understand and continue to provide some solutions, but as mentioned several times – this is still an area of focus.
I want to discuss a few topics/integrations and request input on a few others. There are several areas in which our partners are beginning to provide some very compelling solutions. I want to discuss a few of these…
Omni-TS – RIVA. We spoke this week with Aldo Zanoni at Omni-TS and they demonstrated for us their latest product called Riva. Omni-TS has demonstrated this solution for CRM/ERP integration with GroupWise several times in the last year at GWAVACon, BrainShare and then this past week, we received a personalized demonstration. Their approach and solution is innovative and insightful. Omni believes that this technology can also be expanded and exploited for several other applications and integrations. Check it out! It is very cool!
iPhone – Apple. As you know, this is a very hot topic right now and many are looking to Novell to provide a solution in this space. We have been very hesitant to discuss publicly what our plans and discussions have been. As I said, this is a sensitive topic. I will say a few things. Novell is working with Apple. Apple’s integration with Exchange was done by Apple using internal proprietary Apple interfaces and by licensing ActiveSync. The integration was NOT done by Microsoft. There are at least two GroupWise partners, NotifyLink and Toffa, who have announced solutions in this space. Novell is continuing to evaluate and work on solutions. See a post by Alex Evans in the NGWList for other information.
Novell Teaming + Conferencing We will have integrations between GroupWise and T+C when Bonsai ships. Teaming Calendars in GW, Browse your team spaces from the GroupWise folder tree, and access a contact’s personal workspace directly from GW.
Now for a survey…
What are the five to ten 3rd-Party products or Novell Products that you absolutely need in your organization to be integrated with GroupWise? Follow up question – what is the best solution for that integration? Data, Client, Web, etc?
Here is a list to get you started…. Rank these, add to the list, modify the list, create a brand new list…
Documentum OR DMS
ERP – what?
CRM – what?
What say you???