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-- by Joseph C. Panettieri
For Lotus Notes shops, an enterprise Web search engine is just an upgrade away. Lotus Domino 4.5, which is powered by Notes, offers an object store that can contain text, rich text, numerical text, electronic mail, structured data, images, graphics, sound, video, file attachments and embedded objects, as well as Java and ActiveX applets.
Whenever a Web browser requests an object stored in Domino's database, Domino renders the object into HTML. The object store also lets your Domino applications present information dynamically based on such variables as user identity, user preferences, user input and time. Its integrated search engine also lets you index and search documents.
Perhaps best of all, Domino runs on virtually every major server operating system, including Windows NT, UNIX (IBM AIX, HP-UX and Sun Solaris for SPARC and Intel), NetWare and OS/2. Regardless of which platform you choose, Domino's administration and end-user features are remarkably similar, though you'll find Domino does offer platform-specific integration, such as support for Windows NT's Performance Monitor and Event Log.
Considering how serious IBM and Lotus are about cornering the NT market (see NT Newstrends, this issue), Domino could very well be your company's next combination Web server/index server and groupware platform.