Category Archives: SWING Software

A solution for Quickr clients who just want to keep working…

keep-calm-and-keep-working-32As mentioned below, IBM Lotus Quickr was discontinued in 2013 and its end of support date is now set at September 30, 2016. Anyone renewing maintenance from this month on will have a decision to make in the near term about whether it’s worth the investment, what is next, and what solution fits your situation(s) as a replacement for the longest-lived web-based document management solution out there. That’s marketing speak for good, but long in the tooth.

Here are my general thoughts on your replacement options. A full analysis is always recommended, of course, before you dive into any of these. Here you go:

  • If you have customization or applications, they will need to be rebuilt in a target system of your choosing. The smoothest path is Domino, but if you’re not a Domino shop it’s time to start planning the development effort.
  • If you’re ready to retire your Quickr places but need the data, SNAPPS has a solution to export places to the file system. (info@snapps.com)
  • If you are a Connections customer and using Connections Content Manager (CCM), IBM has a migration tool to move Libraries. It takes significant expertise to run and only brings over limited content, but it’s a start.
  • If you are a Connections customer and not using CCM, or would rather use Files and Activities, a custom solution for migration is the way to go. Contact SNAPPS for information.
  • If you are not a Connections customer, or are and don’t like the limitations in CCM, and either do or don’t have Domino, DOCOVA has a new offering for you. DOCOVA is a fully featured document management system with migration paths from Quickr, and even a path to a non-Domino version. This path lets you keep working with your content at a high level of security, customization and robust management. I’ve included their announcement video below for reference. Enjoy!

All good things must come to a late middle: Quickr End of Support Update

QuickrLogoTinyAs prognosticated in a previous post (yay for alliteration!) IBM has announced the withdrawal of support for Quickr:

Effective September 30, 2016, IBM® will withdraw support for the following part numbers licensed under the IBM International Program License Agreement:

Program number Program release name
5724-S31 IBM LOTUS QUICKR FOR DOMINO
5724-Z67 IBM LOTUS QUICKR FOR WEBSPHERE
5725-A17 IBM LOTUS QUICKR CONNECTORS

So, start your clocks (if you hadn’t already in April 2013 when marketing was withdrawn)! A year for hundreds of companies with hundreds of thousands of users to plan and execute on a migration strategy, if you worry about such things as supported software. In some cases (such as regulated companies, SarBox, etc.) you have to, and will have quite a bit of planning ahead. High level, you will have to concern yourself with:

  1. Analysis of your current environment and usage patterns
  2. Quantification of customization, task and calendar patterns, and priority level
  3. Assessment of other in-house document solutions, or extranets if that is your use case
  4. Evaluation of available options from third parties – Microsoft, IBM, DOCOVA, custom
  5. Retirement / attrition planning and communications
  6. Development of a migration plan and communications
  7. Acquisition of licenses for a replacement platform / solution
  8. Technical services for migration of maximum available data
  9. Training and user adoption strategies on the new platform

Just another year in the life of a CIO!

IBM Partners SNAPPS and SWING Software Join Forces

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May 17, 2013, Overland Park, KS: Strategic Net Applications, Inc. (SNAPPS) has inked both reseller and OEM partner agreements with Croatia-based SWING Software to bring greater reach and integration expertise to SWING’s success in the document integration and publishing field. Both firms are long-time IBM Business Partners. SNAPPS has joined a handful of resale partners and is one of two OEM partners worldwide, according to SWING. With its first OEM product offering, SnappArchive™, SNAPPS has integrated SWING’s PDF Convertor engine into IBM’s Lotus Quickr as a permanent archiving solution.

According to SNAPPS president and CEO Rob Novak, “The partnership with SWING Software strengthens our commitment to IBM customers by bringing them best of breed solutions, great integration and customization. Our business is all about productivity in the collaboration space, and working with SWING allows us to offer customers more ways to be productive.”

SWING’s PDF Convertor is designed for users, administrators and developers to enhance IBM’s Notes and Domino with PDF export capabilities. For end users, it adds a simple point-and-click interface. Administrators can schedule server based exports, while developers have access to a rich API to create integrated solutions. The flagship product is used for archiving, sharing outside the firewall, discovery, and records management and retention policy purposes. SNAPPS now resells PDF Convertor and will build custom solutions for customers using the APIs.

“We are very excited to partner with SNAPPS, a leading solution provider for IBM collaboration platforms,” says David Jakelic, CEO of SWING Software. “As the areas of expertise and portfolios of our two companies complement each other perfectly, we believe this partnership will result in top-class solutions for our customers.”

Both SNAPPS and SWING Software have been long time IBM Business Partners, recognized for their contributions to the market through products, consulting and education. Combined their solutions and services have reached more than 2,000 companies worldwide, and the partnership enhances their ability to service those customers as well as new ones.

About SWING Software. SWING Software delivers document integration and publishing software to over 1,000 organizations worldwide. Its solutions uniquely combine key collaborative platforms and standard document formats, making document production, publishing, and distribution processes more efficient.

About SNAPPS. Strategic Net Applications, Inc (SNAPPS) has been an IBM Business Partner since 1997, serving customers worldwide. Known for its work with IBM’s Domino, Sametime, Quickr, and Connections, SNAPPS offers deep integration and customization services, collaboration strategy consulting, and technical education to its clients and conference attendees. CEO Rob Novak, an IBM Champion since 2011, has published several articles, co-authored numerous books and white papers, and serves as principal consultant to global organizations.

SNAPPS can be reached at www.snapps.com, +1-913-440-0000, or info@snapps.com.

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