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Quickr Than You Thought Possible

An explanation and product highlights of the new IBM Lotus Quickr product

An explanation and product highlights of the new IBM Lotus

As you may have read in my previous article, "Take Collaboration to a Whole New Level," IBM* Lotus* Quickr* debuted at Lotusphere* 2007. This new product is the follow-on to QuickPlace*. For those who've used QuickPlace, you know its efficiency capabilities - it allows users to collaborate on projects internally with fellow employees or externally with customers, business partners and other colleagues.

Quickr is a Web 2.0-based, team-collaboration software product that builds on the QuickPlace product base. The product runs on Lotus Domino* 7 and 8. It's targeted to become generally available mid-year, which is fast approaching! Quickr aims to let people of different ages work together in the ways they choose, whether it's team blogs, wikis, project dashboards - you name it.

Quickr will be available in two flavors: standard edition and personal edition. The standard edition will be the first version of the product to ship and will include full Quickr functionality. Every QuickPlace customer on active maintenance will automatically receive Quickr. The personal edition will provide basic personal-document library services, which is a subset of the function in the standard edition. Quickr personal edition will be available later this year and will be free to all Lotus Notes* customers on active maintenance.

Product Highlights

Among Quickr's many functions are content libraries, team places, connectors, business templates and more. Let's delve into these in more detail.

  • Content libraries provide document management. They let users organize and share files. Content libraries allow check-in, check-out, version control and more.
  • Team places are online sites for team collaboration. Current QuickPlace customers are familiar with team places and understand the significant business value they offer by fostering internal and external collaboration, regardless of location. Team places include team calendars, discussion forums, blogs, wikis and more.
  • Lotus Connectors are powerful plug-ins that allow users to access Quickr functions within their current working applications. The connectors include Lotus Notes, Lotus Sametime*, Windows* Explorer, IBM Productivity Editors and Microsoft* Office.
  • Business templates provide pre-built team places that allow users to get started with projects very quickly. These templates contain the building blocks of core functionality associated with specific types of projects.

Quickr will support two document repositories: Lotus Domino and IBM Java* Content Repository (JCR). QuickPlace is based on the Domino repository and will continue to be supported within Quickr. Additionally, JCR will be supported as an alternative. The JCR repository allows content management interfacing through a variety of application-development environments, such as Lotus Notes and Domino, .NET, HTML, Java, Java 2 Enterprise Edition, IBM WebSphere* and more. Future repositories with include IBM FileNet and Microsoft SharePoint. The document repository employed is transparent to the end user.

Kim Greene is the owner of Kim Greene Consulting Inc. and an IBM Systems Magazine, Power Systems—IBM i edition technical editor. Kim can be reached at kim@kimgreene.com.


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