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By Dennis Callaghan  |  Posted 2002-09-23 Print this article Print

: Furor Subsiding"> But much of that furor has subsided since parallel development tracks were announced in May that would allow customers to go on using Domino as they do now, while opening up the platform to Web services.

"That was actually the biggest fear that Domino developers had as a community—that Domino would devolve into IBM WebSphere Collaboration Components," said Stan Rogers, an analyst at CGI Information Systems and Management Consultants Inc., in Markham, Ontario.

"While I welcome the integration and the coming ability to natively expose Domino as Web services/J2EE components, losing Domino as a stand-alone platform—making the core collaboration features accessible only as components—would have nearly invalidated Domino for any purpose," Rogers said.

Chris Harvey, senior technical analyst at Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Co., in Fort Wayne, Ind., said his company is interested in delivering Notes mail, scheduling and workflow applications as Web services without having to leave the platform.

"Our future is ... WebSphere, but we dont plan to leave Notes behind," Harvey said. "We are interested in keeping the functionality we have today via Web services in the future, but we are a year or two away from needing this type of capability."

Many developers said they hope the opening up of Domino to Java, and of Domino rapid application development capabilities to Java programmers, will revitalize the platform and increase the demand for their skills.

Hitachis Johnson said the job market for Domino professionals has proved to be worse than that for other IT professionals during the economic slowdown, with many Domino professionals looking to expand their skills to other platforms.

"My abilities with Domino would never be ignored as long as opportunity exists, and Im sure others feel the same, but if companies are afraid, cynical or lacking the same confidence in Dominos importance or value, it presents a more crucial concern that IBM-Lotus needs to fortify against," Johnson said.

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