A new Notes management tool from Tivoli, a first look at a juiced-up version of the Weblicator client and the launch of the Notes.net Web site will be among the star offerings at Lotusphere '97 in Orlando, Florida, in two weeks.
Tivoli's plans to unveil its suite of Notes application management products based around the Tivoli Management Environment technology has put some systems-management competitors on edge. Tivoli, which like Lotus was recently acquired by IBM, hopes its software will become the de facto standard for managing Notes.
"We have a very focused effort to develop application management for Notes," says Frank Moss, president and chief executive officer of Tivoli, in Austin, Texas.
Lotus' Weblicator product will also take center stage. Lotus' Edge Research Group, which developed the offline browser client, is responding to feedback from some early beta-version user groups that weren't happy with the product's user interface. A new version that follows an online rather than a desktop interface metaphor will be posted for beta testing this month and demonstrated at Lotusphere.
Finally, Notes creator and Lotus division Iris Associates will launch its Notes.net Web site. The site will offer free trial versions of the Domino 4.5 server and Notes 4.5 client this month. This is the first time that full versions of the products have been available via the Web. Discussion forums via Notes Cafe and interviews with Iris developers will be offered in addition to the software downloads.
Lotus Development Corp., in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is at http://www.lotus.com.