IBM Workplace Collaboration Services explained
I just came across a really good – long – but comprehensive description of IBM Workplace Collaboration Services. The article sets out to address the following challenge:
Long-time users of IBM Lotus Notes and Domino (especially those using them for more than just email) know full well the richness of functionality and the power of the platform for creating all kinds of collaborative applications. Many Notes/Domino fans are not, however, sure what benefits they can derive from combining the power of their Domino-based applications with IBM’s J2EE (Java 2, Enterprise Edition) frameworks and product offerings. Some people are still not sure what the real differences are among the three major J2EE products: IBM WebSphere Application Server, IBM WebSphere Portal, and IBM Workplace Collaboration Services. (There are many IBM product offerings under the Workplace umbrella; this article focuses on Workplace Collaboration Services and on the architecture on which it is built).
It addresses the following scope:
The purpose of this article is to explain how these three J2EE products are actually layered, one upon the other (Workplace Collaboration Services on WebSphere Portal on WebSphere Application Server) to form a coherent whole. We also present an overview of how Lotus Domino might integrate with each of these layers and what the different problems are that you might solve with each type of integration.