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How to Prioritize IBM Notes Application Requirements

BY Teamstudio  /  0 RESPONSES

March 27, 2015

Once the initial IBM Notes application requirements have been gathered and aligned, it’s necessary to prioritize them and authorize the design and development work.

As with the other requirements management activities, this is a collaborative process. The main focus in this phase is the trade-off between business need and time and cost of development. This means that while others can advise and inform, the key players are the application owner on the customer side, and a representative of the development team.

The requirements prioritization process will have the widest impact when compared with other requirements management activities, as any bugs in the application will have to be prioritized alongside the requirements and user enhancement requests.

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A Guide to IBM Notes Tools from Teamstudio

BY Teamstudio  /  0 RESPONSES

March 25, 2015

Teamstudio NotesTools help IBM Notes and Domino developers and administrators develop and manage their Notes applications faster, better, and more easily. Our products are designed to help developers manage their IBM Notes source code, gain insight to their databases, improve the quality of applications delivered in their projects, and much more. We continue to offer and actively improve our suite of 10 tools for IBM Notes and Domino professionals.

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Everything You Need to Know About XFoundations

BY Teamstudio  /  0 RESPONSES

March 20, 2015

The XFoundations Model

Application designers and developers face many challenges. Indeed, nowadays, web and mobile applications must be responsive to support screens of different sizes and orientations. On the other hand, after being authenticated in a secure way, it’s also essential that users create, read, update, and delete sensitive data over public networks in a protected way. This also means that even though data can come from various servers running different operating systems, users must be able to access the data in a transparent way. These are just few of the challenges facing application designers and developers.

To solve these issues, application designers and developers use conceptual models to define and standardize the internal functions of an application by partitioning it into abstraction layers.

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IBM Notes User Management: Part Two

BY Teamstudio  /  0 RESPONSES

March 18, 2015

In our previous blog post we covered the first phase of a user’s existence as an entity within your environment: user creation. Here, we’ll break down the other two phases: user management and user deletion.

User Management

During an IBM Notes user’s lifecycle, the user may move between business units, locations or job functions. They may also experience a name change. The business must deal with the following events in a methodical and secure manner.

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IBM Notes User Management: Part One

BY Teamstudio  /  0 RESPONSES

March 13, 2015

User management addresses application access and access levels by multiple classes of users. Classes include end-users, managers, administrators, testers, and developers. A robust user management policy will address adding and removing users, maintaining distribution lists and granting or denying rights to users.

The purpose of this blog post is to outline user management practices in the IBM Notes and Domino environment. These procedures will help you to better support the overall business objectives by increasing efficiencies and managing risk. Adherence to the user management practices outlined below will serve as a basis for internal compliance requirements and regulatory compliance requirements. 

This blog post covers the first of three phases of a user’s existence as an entity within your environment: user creation.

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Our Top 5 Blog Posts about the IBM Notes Design Phase

BY Teamstudio  /  0 RESPONSES

March 11, 2015

Designing how you implement your requirements is an important consideration for any IT governance initiative. Design phase policies are used to ensure that the design of the application is built using the most appropriate technology for the solution, is in line with business needs, and has been agreed to and is accepted by the people who requested them. The following blog posts offer guidance on taking requirements through the design phase and into development.

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6 Ways to Benefit from Teamstudio Configurator

BY Teamstudio  /  0 RESPONSES

March 6, 2015

Teamstudio Configurator, an automated global search and replace tool for IBM Notes and Domino, gives your IT team time to focus on more important things than menial searching, selecting, and replacing strings in designs and documents manually. This simple program can show how all the pieces of your code are connected. Here are six ways you can use Teamstudio Configurator.

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Branching, Build Processes, and Other IBM Notes Version Management Tips

BY Teamstudio  /  0 RESPONSES

March 4, 2015 

A strong version management policy will address two of the biggest challenges in IBM Notes development: how to properly manage concurrent development, and how to promote design changes into other environments such as test or production. 

In most Notes development environments, concurrent development entails maintaining two or more different iterations of an application design within a single template. As new changes are added, only the elements where the changes have been applied are copied into production through a manual process. If the application is small enough, this may be tenable for the short term, but will quickly become a problem as the application grows in complexity.

Problems like this are easily solved by implementing simple rules that govern how concurrent development should be managed using branches, version numbers, and build processes. Organizational guidelines are also a must in the form of server directory structures so that everyone knows where to work. Proper version management ensures that development efforts are organized and understandable. As people come and go from development or administration teams, it will be much easier to ensure that everyone is working on the correct versions of applications, and they know where to go to find the previous versions.

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The Who and What of IBM Notes Design Authorization

BY Teamstudio  /  0 RESPONSES

February 27, 2015

IBM Notes design authorization ensures that the appropriate parties have reviewed and signed off on the application deliverables, and that the project sponsor is in agreement with costs, risks, and business direction. In our previous blog post, we talked about the importance of authorizing the IBM Notes application design. Here, we’ll talk in detail about who should be involved in this process, the importance of determining cost and assigning timelines, and the accessibility and communication of documents to stakeholders.

Like any major decision process in business, the responsibility for making approvals and gathering them should be assigned to specific individuals. Approvals, and rejections, should be tracked in a formal manner.

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The Importance of Authorizing the IBM Notes Application Design

BY Teamstudio  /  0 RESPONSES

February 25, 2015

All IBM Notes development projects should have a clear and auditable design authorization process. This process should include approval of initial requests, evidence of reevaluation, and approval to proceed at major milestones in the development lifecycle. Organizations that don’t have a clear authorization process will have a hard time keeping in line with the overall technology strategy of the business.

Thoroughly defined processes, and documentation of approvals and authorizations required to continue projects, help an organization to evaluate and update their processes. This, in turn, leads to improved quality over time.

From a compliance perspective, design authorization provides not only auditability of process but also an essential opportunity to identify risks or liabilities at a point in the IBM Notes application lifecycle where it’s less expensive to redesign functionality.

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