Is Lotus Notes Still Around? The short answer is, yes and no. IBM may have dropped the Lotus brand from its collaboration software products back in 2012, but IBM’s Notes and Domino product lines are definitely still around and stronger than ever. This despite the common reaction of office workers upon hearing about Notes and Domino could either be “Are those still around?” or “They’re such a critical component of our everyday business, can’t live without them”. The fact is, the product is far from abandoned or forgotten and IBM is firmly invested in its long-term viability and support.
First, let’s take a brief look of the history of this long-standing product. The original Lotus Notes was first released in 1989, with over 35,000 copies sold in its first year on the market. It was designed to include features such as on-line discussion function, email, phone book, document databases as well as a number of functionalities that were revolutionary at the time. Throughout the years, enhancements have been added to the software to make it bigger and better than the previous iterations – boosting workplace productivity by bringing organized communication and collaboration to departmental teams in all types of industries.
In July 1995, Lotus was purchased by IBM and the rest, as they say, is history. IBM Notes embraced the internet and a year later, Domino was born. Release 4.5 was the first version to include the HTTP server add-on which allowed users to view documents as web pages as well as the ability to rapidly develop a broad range of business solutions for the internet and for intranets. The acquisition by IBM meant the product had solid financial backing and access to world class technology to propel it into the future. As more and more programming, scripting and markup languages were added, developers had the ability to build more sophisticated applications with the platform.
IBM Notes and Domino have evolved over the years in tandem with the evolution of the computing industry itself. From the development and widespread adoption of personal computers, networks, graphical user interfaces (GUI), communication and collaboration programs, the web social business transformation and on to the cloud revolution, IBM Notes and Domino have been there every step of the way and have adapted to meet customers’ needs. Today, IBM continues to strengthen the platform and are set to release Notes and Domino 10 in 2018.
Organisations big and small that have chosen to tap the power of Notes and Domino to increase efficiencies and enhance information management are in it for the long term. The GCF International Christian School in Pasig, the Philippines, for example, has been using IBM Notes to improve its registration and enrolment system for over 10 years with marked improvement to operations. The implementation of the system has helped them to efficiently and reliably keep track of the registration and payment of various fees of over 400 students.
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