As you might recall we at IntraVision some time back quit running Lotus Sametime on-premises and switched to LotusLive. This wasn't without issues and I also blogged about the apparent lack of public groups in my "Using LotusLive for Sametime - 2 months in" post a couple of months ago. After experiencing this issue I talked to Erik Vos from RealConnections in the Netherlands at NLLUG. Erik was also having the same problem for his SaaS customers so we worked together to develop a proof-of-concept Notes sidebar plugin called Stommunity to work around the issue. The name Stommunity plays on the words Sametime (ST) and (LotusLive) Community.
So what does the plugin do?
The plugin synchronizes your LotusLive communities with your Lotus Sametime client and creates private groups based on the LotusLive communities you are a member of (and that you select for synchronization). This mimics the missing public group feature of LotusLive Sametime. The below screenshot shows a Sametime client with 4 communities synchronized from LotusLive.
So how does the plugin work?
The plugin sits as a sidebar plugin in your Lotus Notes client and monitors your Sametime client for when it logs into LotusLive Sametime. Once a login is detected it reads the communities the active user is a member of using the LotusLive REST API and shows a list of the communities. The user may then select the communities to synchronize with Sametime. The below screenshot shows the Stommunity plugin waiting for the user to log into Sametime.
Once logged in the communities is read from LotusLive. In the below screenshot you can see that the user is a member of a couple of communities but only one is synchronized with Sametime.
After selecting an additional community and clicking Apply the community is synchronized to Sametime and a private group is created. The below screenshot shows the Sametime client after synchronizing the BlueExtend community with the Sametime client.
So why only a proof-of-concept and not a ready-to-roll plugin?
While developing the plugin we discussed the license implications of a plugin like this. When you sign up for LotusLive Engage you receive a Sametime Entry license which means you may not use the Sametime API which again means that a plugin like this cannot work (from a licensing standpoint). That alone made the project a dead-end and after working a bit with IBM on this it became clear that changing the licensing agreement wasn't in the books. Due to this we are releasing the plugin as a proof-of-concept with open source on OpenNTF hoping that it may inspire someone.
Looking at the plugin as it is now I see a lot of potential. Of course the selection of communities needs to be pushed into the preferences but as a LotusLive customer it would be really cool to have. I imagine an auto-sync option being added as well as an option to just sync all and change (or remove) the prefix I automatically add now ("LL Community:"). Think of having a policy option to automatically make certain, company wide, communities be synchronized to all users (or a set of users). Maybe even controlled from within LotusLive. Now that would be cool and bridge the gap between the products. One could even argue that a plugin like this should be a standard component that should come bundled with LotusLive Notes.
Anyways - I hope it may inspire the LotusLive teams.
The Stommunity plugin may be found on OpenNTF.org and the code may be downloaded from the SVN repository. See below for links to each.
Mac Yosemite, Java, IBM Notes and OnTime Group Calendar
Fri, Oct 17th 2014 1:51a Mikkel Heisterberg After upgrading my Mac to OS X Yosemite (10.10) I had to reinstall Java to make IBM Notes startup just like Rene describes. To install go to the download page for Java on apple.com, download and install. It takes around 5 minutes and you are ready to go. Once installed the Java runtime makes IBM Notes fly again and I can confirm that the OnTime Group Calendar UI's run just fine on OS X Yosemite. [read] Keywords: ibm
WebSphere Application Server Liberty Profile webcast replay
Wed, Aug 6th 2014 10:47p Mikkel Heisterberg In case you haven't heard about WebSphere Application Server Liberty Profile and you are doing any work with J(2)EE servers you really should do your self the favour and read up on it. In essence it's the best thing since sliced bread for application developers that target WebSphere Application Server and here's why:
It downloads and installs in less that 5 minutes
It's binary compatible with the full WebSphere Application Server so you can be certain that code that runs on Liberty Profile [read] Keywords: ibm
Mon, May 12th 2014 12:38p Mikkel Heisterberg I'm deeply saddened by the news that Tim Tripcony has passed. There are very few people that I as a programmer / coder look up to, who inspire and impress me and who I admire. Tim was one of those and now I'll never get to admit it to his face.
R.I.P. Tim. [read] Keywords:
Installing TDI v. 7.1 on Windows Server 2012
Wed, May 7th 2014 4:00a Mikkel Heisterberg Trying to install IBM Tivoli Directory Integrator (TDI) v. 7.1 for IBM Connections on Windows Server 2012 I got the following error:
ZeroGu2: Windows DLL failed to load
at sun.reflect.NativeMethodAccessorImpl.invoke0(Native Method)
at sun.reflect.NativeMethodAccessorImpl.inv [read] Keywords: connections
It's been a while!
Fri, May 2nd 2014 11:51a Mikkel Heisterberg Wow! Blogging hasn't really been my thing for a while. Actually I realize that I've flow a bit below the radar for the last couple of months. November saw the birth of our second child (a son, Matheo) and we're still adjusting a bit to the life as a two-kids family though it's getting easier. I sure enjoyed going to Summer Time this year as it means that he wakes up at 6am instead of 5am. Besides that 2013 ended in work, work and preparations for Connect 2014.
IBM Connect 2014 is still kin [read] Keywords: connections