Inexika Reveals Prototype of Notes Mail App for iOS
June 4, 2013 Alex Woodie
Inexika is working on a new mobile app that will allow users to access the IBM Notes-Domino database from an Android or iOS phone. The app, which has a working title iWorkplace, is in the prototype phase, and will deliver functionality that IBM provides with its Traveler software, but without Traveler’s limitations.
When it’s available, iWorkplace is expected to provide mobile access to several Notes modules, including Notes email, contacts, calendar, and tasks, as well as the discussion and team room collaborative functions.
You may notice that these are some of the same capabilities that IBM provides with Lotus Notes Traveler. However, there will be some differences between the future iWorkplace and Traveler, according to Inexika.
For starters, Traveler requires software to be installed on the server. This was the big roadblock that had prevented IBM i shops from using Traveler without adopting additional Windows, AIX, or Linux server environments to support Traveler. In December, IBM added IBM i support to Traveler, allowing Notes-Domino users to run Traveler’s server component natively on the IBM i platform.
The other advantage that iWorkplace will have is the capability to work with Notes Domino environments as far back as version 6.5. Traveler, we’re told, only works with version 8.0. (The current 9.0 release, dubbed Notes/Domino 9.0 Social Edition, no longer carries the Lotus brand.)
Inexika says iWorkplace will display on a mobile device everything a Notes mail user gets on his desktop, and update it in real time. The company has a video of iWorkplace working and presenting Notes emails in real time on an iPhone, as well as the unique product download and configuration process, which involves using the iPhone’s camera to scan a QR from the user’s desktop screen. An Android version is in the works.
“Our main goal is to provide the most convenient and seamless experience for users who have to leave their desk with enterprise Lotus Notes applications and continue their work with iPhones or Androids in their hands on the go,” says Inexika CEO Sergey Temnikov in a press release. “We want to help our users to get connected easily and literally instantly, without a need to read lengthy instructions and pass a number of exhausting configuration screens.”