[ngw] next release of GW

Aldo Zanoni Aldo at omni-ts.com
Tue Apr 13 16:47:30 UTC 2010

Hello, Tom.
What's interesting in the "Exchange" interoperability space is that the Outlook plug-ins are free, right?  And that makes the CRM or application integration free with Exchange, right?
For people looking to move from GroupWise to Exchange, that sounds like a really good thing.  
Now, if the free plug-ins were any good, why would our company have a LOT more interest in Riva for Exchange than we do for Riva for GroupWise?  
The reality is Exchange customers tell us "Outlook plug-ins suck!"  Thank you for creating a server-side solution for Exchange.  I can now get rid of those !@#$ plug-ins.  I can get rid of the separate applications for the BlackBerry, iPhone and other ActiveSync devices.  I can now get synchronisation without having to be logged into Windows Outlook and clicking on the buttons to cause integration to occur.  
So, companies can buy Riva for GroupWise now and save GroupWise or buy it for Exchange after they discover the reality of the huge cost of installing, managing, supporting Outlook plug-ins and dealing with frustrated Outlook plug-in users.
Check out this article for some other comments on the costs of Free Plug-ins:
Best regards,
Aldo Zanoni
CEO, Managing Director
Omni Technology Solutions Inc.
The Integration Company
aldo at omni-ts.com 
"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication."  Leonardo da Vinci    

>>> "Tom Miller" <TMiller at hnncsb.org> 2010/04/13 8:09 AM >>>
Very nice.  By that time I'll have GW running on Windows servers here anyway.   The Active Directory authentication is much needed.  I assume this means no more reliance on eDirectory, so I can retire that as well.  
What we really need though is some sort of module/component that can imitate Exchange.  For example we are implementing Great Plains here and there is pressure to move to Exchange, as there is Exchange "interoperability".  The manuals are vague, as I don't know if that means mapi or Exchange database.  I know Riva makes integration products, but that's just another argument to move to Exchange (as in why pay for integration when Exchange is already there?)
Tom Miller
Engineer, Information Technology
Hampton-Newport News Community Services Board

>>> Joseph Marton <jmmarton at gmail.com> 4/13/2010 5:45 AM >>>
Dean posted information yesterday on the upcoming release of GW,
Ascot, due out before the end of the year.


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