Deja Office for Lotus Notes

Saturday, January 4th, 2014
apple-iphone-5c-1.jpgOur company recently purchased several iPhone 5c's for testing purposes and I spent a good portion of the day setting up my  phone and testing various productivity solutions to see how well they integrate with eProductivity.  I set up Lotus Traveler to synchronize my email, contacts, and calendar. Next, I set up the IBM Traveler Tasks application and the IBM Traveler Companion App I was disappointed to learn that IBM Traveler does not provide a solution for the IBM Notes Notebook as this is a key element in any personal information management (PIM) system.  I use my Notes Notebook as my go to Reference Database.  The Reference Database is a key tool in my toolbox and I find myself using it on my smartphone on a regular basis.

We have an important product evaluation coming up for an enterprise client and I need to know what will or will not work between Notes and iPhone and what solutions we can reliably recommend to our customers.  After talking to our CEO, I decided to evaluate two products, Notesbook and CompanionLink, and blog through my experience.  The first product I will be reviewing is CompanionLink.

CompanionLink is a standalone application that allows you to sync your Lotus Notes Contacts, Calendar, Categories, To-Dos, Priorities, and Notebook (or Journal) to your phone, while avoiding the need to configure a Domino Server.  You can choose to sync your data via Wi-Fi or a Secure Hosted Wireless Sync in the cloud.  For my evaluation, I chose to sync via Wi-Fi.  This requires you to download and install a desktop application which will sync with both your Notes and mobile phone.

I recommend downloading the DejaOffice app from the AppStore first, and then downloading the desktop application.  For now, I set the software to sync manually.  The installation of the software went very smoothly, although I had some small glitches syncing with my iPhone at first.  I believe this is because in the initial setup wizard, I allowed DejaOffice to access My Apple Contacts and Calendar.  Once I disabled them, my data seemed  to sync correctly.  It is interesting to note that your Lotus Notes Journal database appears under "DejaMemos" rather than under the "DejaJournal".

So far, I was relatively pleased with the setup process and am satisfied that I can access the information in my Reference Database.  I would love to discover a way to sync multiple Reference Databases in the future.  CompanionLink offers a free 14-day trial, and over the next two weeks I plan to thoroughly test the Lotus Notes compatibility and determine whether or not CompanionLink is a viable solution for syncing the Reference Database and possibly replacing IBM Traveler.

UPDATE:  Here is a helpful resource designed to give specific directions regarding synchronizing eProductivity with DejaOffice.

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