Integra thought for the Week: No impact to your applications

March 17 2008

One of the features of Integra for Notes that seems to really impress people (including one of the major bloggers in the Lotus community last week) is the fact that Integra has no impact on your applications. What does this mean?

First, Integra is a single Notes application/database that gets installed on your server. You create that application/database from the supplied template. You setup the ACL and you are good to go. One the desktop, if desired, you can push out an icon that gets added to the toolbar. This is not a necessary feature, but many use it. No client install, but a process that sends a link to the users that they click. Next time the start Notes, the Integra Icon is added to their toolbar.


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Administrator function within Integra for Notes to send an email to users to install the Toolbar icon

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What the user sees when they click the URL link ...

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Integra Icon added to Notes 8.0.X toolbar


The other aspect of this is the entire Integra report, called a Profile, is self-contained in the Integra database. This starts with the logic for the report, such as the database, fields, selection criteria, and what to do with the report. It also includes the Excel or Word template if you are using one. All of the report logic, including the custom LotusScript code used with the Integra Custom LotusScript events, is also kept with the profile. You can even use a custom Script Library, with classes or calls to third-party tools (like Midas). Even this is kept with the Integra Profile in the Integra database.

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Integra Report Profile with Custom LotusScript Events and a custom Excel Template


All of this leads up to a solution that has very little impact on your Domino server and custom applications. It also isolates many of the issues of custom development and integration with Microsoft Office. More to come next week and I hope to have the White Paper I am writing out this week!.

As always, if you are interested in Integra for Notes, please call or email me to set up a web conference.