I've invested more time/money/resources installing Lotus Notes Traveler then need be, considering I am a loyal i customer.
This is not to say Traveler isn't a great product. It is. In fact, it's probably 's best example of "doing more with less." Traveler is a small piece of software that packs a major punch to enable customers to do mobile by using smart devices to access mail. Many companies are going mobile with iPad, Android, iPhone, etc., not just for mail, but for the simplicity/size of these devices and the ability to access web services. Traveler can make mail access simple for these mobile users at companies using Linux and Windows servers on x86-64 hardware. It may be a "free" offering for those companies with a significant investment in x86-64, Windows or Linux, but it's certainly not free for companies who run big iron (Power Systems and System z).
The problem lies in the fundamental understanding of how an i (and predecessors System i, iSeries and AS/400) shop works. Many of these companies do not have Windows/Linux expertise in-house and are not comfortable running applications on anything other than i (nor do they want to or should need to.)
I work for a stereotypical IBM i customer. We have mostly IBM i-based applications. We do so little Windows/Linux that we have no relevant expertise in-house.
In order to install a Traveler server, I'd have to:
1. Hire a resource to install a Windows virtual machine. This resource will charge me probably 5-6 hours of labour in order to install the VM, download Windows updates and prepare it to be a fully functional Windows server on our domain. Of course, I don't have this resource on demand. I have to wait for the resource to become available. Tack on telephone time and email time with scheduling this resource.
2. Download the Lotus Domino server code to the Windows VM.
3. Download the Lotus Notes Traveler code to the Windows VM.
4. Install the Lotus Domino server.
5. Install the Lotus Notes Traveler server.
6. I'm sure there's a reboot somewhere in there...it's Windows.
Now, if I were able to have Traveler running on i, the process becomes much simpler.
1. Create a Lotus Domino server. I don't have to download/install any server code because I already run Domino 8.5.1, 8.5.2 and 8.5.3 servers on my single i partition so the code is pre-loaded. Creating the server is a single step and literally takes less than 2 minutes.
2. Download the Lotus Notes Traveler code to i.
3. Install the Lotus Notes Traveler server on i.
As a customer, I could save money because I wouldn't have to hire a consultant to do my Windows work.
And I'd have what I want faster.
And it's simpler.
And it's more effective.
And it's less messy without more Windows licensing.
And it's more powerful, stable, secure and scalable because it's running on i on Power Systems!
has four operating systems ( i, Power Linux, AIX and z/OS) across their two major hardware platforms (Power Systems and System z). None of these operating systems and hardware support Lotus Notes Traveler, which certainly alienates midrange and mainframe customers. It's discouraging to invest in big iron and then NEED x86-64 to do mobile. With mobile becoming a major part of all organizations, this is truly unacceptable.
IBM customers running midrange or mainframe could be touting the power of Lotus Notes Traveler IF they were actually allowed to run it on their preferred systems. In an age of social media promotion, customers can be flag waving, chest beating IBM supporters from their mobile devices if only given the opportunity.
If you give an i customer access to their Lotus Notes on an iPad, you instantly make their users more productive. You instantly make their investment in Lotus Notes more attractive to younger people.You instantly take any preconceived notion of what Lotus Notes was 15 years ago and throw it to the wind.
Notes is current.
Notes is modern.
Notes is on my mobile device.
This next generation of users could be so positively vocal about how much they love Lotus Notes on their mobile devices. IBM, please give your true bread and butter customers what they want: Lotus Notes Traveler on IBM i.
If you are interested in asking to support Lotus Notes Traveler for IBM i on Power Systems, please go to this website and let your voice be heard: