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How does an ideal Notes Client deployment look like?

QuickImage In recent customer discussions the question popped up: "How does the ideal Notes Client deployment look like". The intention of the question was less around the technical aspects, but the user experience. Technically you would have a shared install, a good widget catalog, some sensible policies, automatic login and continious defragmentation in place.
The question is: what should the user see?
There are components in Greenhouse and on OpenNTF. You also can roll your own from mobile websites or Java Code. You want to understand some RegEx. Don't expect your users to do that.
Chris Miller published his top 10, here comes mine. I distinguish between "official IBM", "community supported" and "custom stuff around LiveText". Here you go:
  • Official IBM Plug-ins

    • The build in Sametime client. While I have little use for the Buddy list, it provides the presence awareness for all Notes applications
    • The build in Activity plug-in. It allows me to keep my IBM Connections Activities offline, make sure to install them
    • The Connections Files plug-in: Seamlessly work with your files from connections, drag & drop files and links to files
    • The Notes learning widget: Have learning information at your fingertips
  • Community provided

    • Wildfire: Update all your status information in Connections, Twitter, Facebook, Sametime etc... from one convenient location
    • Bob Balfe's Attachment viewer: Preview attachments in the sidebar
    • The file navigator: Provides access to the file system, drag and drop like the Connections plug-in, but with local files
    • Discussion Add-on: One of my favorite "hidden gems". Copy any document (presumably eMails) with one click into a discussion database. Mini tool to enable sharing information with a team
    • Sender analytics: Find out more about an eMail sender (right click action)
    • Snippets: Single store for text snippets, attachments etc. Invaluable tool if you repeat with repeated information to different people
    • Connections alerts plugin: Stay in touch with the happenings on Connections while working in your Notes client
    • IBM community newsletter generator plug-in for IBM Connections: Generates newsletters and other interactions for your IBM Connections communities. Inbox still rules for notifications
    Not mentioned here: Sametime SUT, Softphone or Headset management - useful but vendor specific. Add them if you have them!
  • Custom configuration & 3rd Party

    The challenge here: find identifiable patterns that allow you to link text to external actions. Here are some examples:
    • \#([A-Za-z0-9_-]+)(?![A-Za-z0-9_\]-]): identifies Hashtags and provides the value with and without hashtag to search bookmarks or twitter or [insert-whatever-here]
    • \b([A-Z]{3}) ([0-9.,]+)\b: Match a currency (3 letter currency code, number behind)
    • /\b(1Z ?[0-9A-Z]{3} ?[0-9A-Z]{3} ?[0-9A-Z]{2} ?[0-9A-Z]{4} ?[0-9A-Z]{3} ?[0-9A-Z]|[\dT]\d\d\d ?\d\d\d\d ?\d\d\d)\b/i: Tracks UPS shipping numbers
    • TripIt: for the frequent traveller (add it as url based widget with authentication)
What am I missing here?
Is is quite some work to configure all of this, but is is worth the effort.
As usual YMMY

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a verry good plugin Emoticon

bye anett

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