[ngw] Managing GroupWise questions

Jeffrey Sessler Jeff at ScrippsCollege.edu
Tue Jul 22 17:53:37 UTC 2014

I say it was a good change from the standpoint of moving the product forward, but when your customer base is diminishing, and there aren't very many loyal GroupWise partners/developers left out there, you don't kick those people in the face.
Supporting the AdminAPI for 2014 and the next version would have been wise. It would have demonstrated that Novell was committed to preserving a customer's investment in GroupWise and supporting partner tools during the transition. Instead, it's just presents another barrier to keeping the product.
Making these sort of changes when you're a market leader is one thing, but when you're struggling to keep your product relevant, you should be doing everything possible to keep those loyal customers (and partners) happy.
>>> On Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 8:23 AM, in message <53CE9E280200009E0016F21D at gwia.fcp.at>, "Georg Fritsch FCP" <gf at fcp.at> wrote:

Hi Ken,

Your post made me smile.

As you are looking at things now from the partner side, i fully understand that partners are impacted by this change. But it is a good change, it should have happened years ago and it didn't come totally unexpected.

But you have good arguments, so Novell should at least support the legacy object api for at least one version (GW2014) after the release of the new REST api to give everyone enough time to adopt without blocking customers to upgrade or sticking with a mixed environment.

Unfortunately, Novell doesn't make a really good job at pushing the new api.
The page GroupWise for Developers
has a broken link to the GroupWise Administrative Service for GroupWise 2014
just points nowhere.


PS:  Yes, the api docs can be found in the GW2014 documentation: https://www.novell.com/documentation/groupwise2014/gwsdk_gwadminweb/data/bookinfo.html

>>> On 22.07.2014 at 16:53, in message <53CE269C0200007700047714 at provo1.gwava.com>,
"Ken Muir" <kmuir at gwava.com> wrote:
> GWAVA, Retain, Redline and Reload all support GroupWise 2014.  Novell removed 
> support for the AdminAPI in GroupWise 2014 which effectively makes all 
> partners that have written products to this API have to evaluate whether or 
> not to rewrite their product.  That's a very difficult decision that has been 
> pushed to Novell partners.  For us, it impacts Vertigo and Reveal.
> We are currently discussing with Novell what they can do to better support 
> their partners and customers impacted by this.  Their decision to not support 
> the AdminAPI is a barrier to upgrade for customers so Novell has a big 
> interest in resolving it.  
> Equally, we are assessing what we can do even if Novell isn't able to help 
> to get Vertigo and Reveal certified for GroupWise 2014.
> --Ken
>>>> "Alan Bens" <ABENS at go-metro.com> 7/22/2014 7:45 AM >>>
> I use Vertigo as well, but we're on 2012.  GWAVA (IMO) has not updated
> their web site with current support that I can find.  Under FAQ for
> Vertigo it says you have to have a GW 7 sp3 client installed.  
> As Joshua stated they usually monitor ngwlist so maybe someone will
> contact you.
> Al B
>>>> "Daniel Wells" <Daniel.Wells at mhtn.com> 7/21/2014 2:15 PM >>>
> We recently upgraded from GroupWise 8 to GroupWise 2014.  The
> transition has gone smoothly with one exception.  We were using Omni
> Riva to manage password reminders. address books, proxy access and
> signatures and are now wanting to manage a central calendar. 
> Unfortunately since GW 2014 has removed itself from eDirectory, and Omni
> has no plans to change their product we are unable to do many of the
> things we did in GroupWise 8.
> My questions are these:
> Is there a way to centrally manage proxy access in GroupWise 2014?
> While the managed signature still works with GroupWise 2014, I would
> rather have a fully functional product (that has a future) that does
> what we need.  Is there a way to manage signatures so that all
> signatures look the same? (see the signature below)
> Can we publish central address books to users other than the GroupWise
> address book?
> How about sending reminders that passwords are about to expire, is
> there a way to do this from GroupWise or eDirectory?
> Is there a way to have a central calendar to hold company information
> about holidays and project deadlines etc?
> Daniel Wells AIA, VCP
> Senior Associate | IT Coordinator
> MHTN Architects, Inc.
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