From the IBM viral marketing department

by Volker Weber

Imagine you have produced a flash demo of a free enhancement to your product. You want customers to see it. What do you do?

Here is what IBM does.

This URL takes you to the following pages and dialogs:

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IBM viral marketing department

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Interesting hosting solution. You put your HTML files on an open FTP server, and create some "secure" obstacles for your customers. Here is what you are looking for:

ftp://ftp.software.ibm.com/software/lotus/lotusweb/sap/notessapdemo.html.

You don't need that much imagination to go here, don't you?

ftp://ftp.software.ibm.com/software/lotus/lotusweb/

How long does it take you to do this?

ftp ftp.software.ibm.com
Connected to dispsd-40-www3.boulder.ibm.com.
220 peak1 FTP server (Version wu-2.6.2(5) Custom Fri May 27 13:45:39 MDT 2005) ready.
Name (ftp.software.ibm.com:vowe): anonymous
331 Guest login ok, send any password.
Password:
230 Guest login ok, access restrictions apply.
Remote system type is UNIX.
Using binary mode to transfer files.
ftp> cd software/lotus/lotusweb
250 CWD command successful.
ftp> ls -la
...

The rest is left as an exercise. There is some interesting stuff there from the olden days. Like this document describing the technology behind the new offering as it was available four years ago. Who can spot the Radicati report? ;-)

With ncftp "bgget -r *" is your friend.

Comments

Shouldn't a demo be "easy?"

*sigh*

Gregg Eldred, 2006-08-08

ROTFLMAO. Seriously. My butt was right here a second ago, now it's gone. Ye Gods and Little Fishes!

Love all the K-Station stuff...

Rob McDonagh, 2006-08-08

Thanks for the link!

Has IBM integrated it's premium SAP connector into Notes/Domino now so that a developer can customize/extend that integration or is this SAP integration in 7.x limited to specific SAP API calls?

marc egart, 2006-08-08

As I understand the premium SAP connector has to be installed in addition to Notes and can be used as you please.

Volker Weber, 2006-08-08

from comments on Ed Brill's Rocky Oliver on Notes access for SAP Solutions

5) Rocky Oliver on Notes access for SAP Solutions
Kerr on 5/24/2006 4:24:40 AM - email

>>The best of all, it is ( now ) for free.

Do you still need to buy the Lotus Connector for SAP @ GBP12k a pop though?
6) Rocky Oliver on Notes access for SAP Solutions
jwylie on 5/24/2006 5:22:32 AM - email

@5) Rocky said "It is simply a connector and a bunch of LotusScript - and Domino Developers know how to work with LotusScript". So it seems the connector is included.

7) Rocky Oliver on Notes access for SAP Solutions
Rock on 5/24/2006 8:26:49 AM - email http://www.LotusGeek.com

@Kerr (5) - jwylie (6) is right, there is a special client version of the SAP connector included with Notes access for SAP solutions, at no additional charge.

I promise that when we say it is free, it really is free. Honest. :)

Kerr Rainey, 2006-08-08

My advice to corporations regarding Internet-based "marketing" strategies: don't let the marketing and PR people in your company anywhere near those projects, better yet, uninstall the browser on their machines ;-)

Moritz Schroeder, 2006-08-08

@Kerr: Ok, now I'm confused :). When "there is a special client version of the SAP connector", then what could a developer expect from the script API?

From what I've seen in the demo, I asume that the functionality of SAP interaction is on a high level ( SAP reporting via scheduled agents, live update access to SAP data etc.)....we will see...

marc egart, 2006-08-08

My guess is that it's mostly a licencing thing. The SAP connector included with Notes access for SAP solutions is probably the same as the full blown connector, you just can't using it in your own stuff, at least not directly.

Kerr Rainey, 2006-08-08

As for the demo, the registration is all gone now.

Ed Brill, 2006-08-24

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