Lotus Notes and Domino 8 include a number of important new features. Be sure to consider these features as part of your upgrade planning:
Productivity tools: Lotus Notes 8 includes a set of office productivity tools which support the Open Document Format (ODF) standard. These include IBM Lotus Documents (create, edit, and share word processing documents), IBM Lotus Presentations (create and deliver presentations), and IBM Lotus Spreadsheets (create spreadsheets and analyze numerical data).
LOB: Lotus Notes/Domino 8 also makes it easier to integrate line-of business (LOB) solutions and data into new types of applications, called composite applications. Composite applications, which are manifested in the front end of a Service Oriented Architecture (SOA).
Mail recall: This is a "planned" option of Domino 8. Work with your administrator to determine if you can use this feature and what options are available.
Improved "out of office" capabilities: This includes an option to specify special hours in addition to specific dates. Now notifications can be sent almost immediately if a person has enabled the "out of office" agent.
Central management: Domino 8 offers the option to centrally managing initial deployment and upgrades of Lotus Notes 8 client software and composite applications. Using server-managed provisioning, you can even deploy different Lotus Notes 8 client features to different users. This new capability will support the existing Lotus Notes SmartUpgrade feature.
DB2: Domino 7 introduced an option to use IBM DB2 as an alternative to the traditional Lotus Notes storage facility (NSF) for storing Lotus Domino databases. Domino 8 will now support DB2 as part of a standard install.
Tutorial: Upgrading to Lotus Notes Domino 8
Part 1: The Lotus Notes Domino upgrade process
Part 2: Reviewing the current Lotus Notes Domino infrastructure
Part 3: The Lotus Notes Domino 8 upgrade path
Part 4: Special feature considerations for upgrading to Lotus Notes Domino 8
Part 5: Lotus Notes Domino 8 upgrade use case document example
|This chapter excerpt from Lotus Notes Domino 8: Upgrader's Guide, is published with permission from Packt Publishing.
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