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IBM Notes Test Planning Types Defined

 
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December 19, 2014

Test planning for IBM Notes and Domino includes designing the tests needed to verify that the functionality provided meets the overall set of requirements and the requesters’ needs. Test planning should be done for all required tests including unit, system, functional, and user acceptance. Testing activity should be directly traceable to the project requirements.

This blog post provides a list of possible test types with definitions for consideration in the overall IBM Notes testing plan.

How to Plan Tests for IBM Notes and Domino Applications

 
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December 17, 2014

The overall testing effort, including unit testing, system testing, functional testing, and acceptance testing, is the primary means of validation and verification for a project. Specifically, IBM Notes testing allows us to verify that the functionality provided meets the specification and works correctly, and validate that the IBM Notes application meets the overall set of requirements requested. Testing routines should be derived directly from the functional and non-functional specifications.

Testing allows an organization to monitor and improve its processes and evaluate individual projects. Effective testing also plays a significant role in meeting compliance objectives by keeping a record of test processes and test results. This demonstrates an attempt to ensure accuracy and correctness in systems that contain important business data.

Test planning should help in the translation of functional requirements into feature sets. Designing tests often provides insight about the accuracy of requirements and has implications on the IBM Notes application architecture.

Disasters Happen: Get a Disaster Recovery Plan

 
Disaster happen, so get a disaster recovery plan.

December 12, 2014

There's no avoiding it: disasters happen. Somewhere in the world each week disasters happen that affect communities, consumers, and businesses. A quick look at publicly available data from FEMA is pretty stark; it shows a doubling in the average number of disasters declared annually in the last 20 years compared to the previous 40. Whether you interpret this increase as the result of climate change, greater population density, or a random run of bad luck, the statistics are pretty hard to ignore. The same is true when examining IT security breaches. According to IBM Security Services 2014 Cyber Security Intelligence Index, there were 1.5 million cyber attacks monitored in the United States in 2013.

Decrease Reputational Risk with Social Media Monitoring [Infographic]

 
Decrease Reputational Risk with Social Media Monitoring

December 10, 2014

It's no secret that use of social media has increased over time. What was once a niche for professionals or students is now a global phenomenon and one of the most popular ways of gathering and sharing information.

A company's own messages now have to compete with highly visible alternative communications from social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. The cacophony of messages from freelance journalists, academics, professionals, and sometimes deceptive sources on these sites can send mixed signals to customers. Monitoring and responding thoughtfully to these messages is an important part of managing reputational risk. Steps to monitor and respond to these messages should be outlined in a company's business continuity plan. A thorough and well-executed business continuity plan presents a brand as responsible and trustworthy, and decreases the likelihood that the brand's reputation be damaged by neglect or misinformation.

We've put together an infographic that takes a look at a few key social media statistics and discusses these statistics' impact on the reputations of brands and products. Take a look below to learn why you should build social media monitoring into your business continuity plan.

Mobile Document Management Improves Workforce Productivity

 
Mobile Document Management

December 5, 2014

Mobile devices allow business people to work in ways never thought possible before. Technical support personnel can view support tickets while commuting. Field service personnel can draw up information on a customer’s history, last interaction, and contact information regardless of the time of day or their location. And with the advent of mobile document management systems that allow users to access documents from the cloud on their mobile device, companies are achieving a 24-hour business presence while increasing employee productivity.

Mobile document management provides an efficient way to secure, track, and audit business files, even when employees use their own devices. They offer security, online collaboration, file synchronization, and some even offer mobile offline access to documents.

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XControls v1.2: XPages Controls for IBM Domino Developers Released

 
XControls XPages Controls

December 3, 2014

A couple of weeks ago we released v1.2 of the XControls project on OpenNTF. We wanted to concentrate on two main areas: performance and new features. 

On the performance front, we’ve added support for the built in Domino XPages feature “Use Runtime Optimised JavaScript and CSS Resources.” What this will do, when enabled, is compile all of the CSS and JavaScript files that we need for XControls into a single file, thus reducing both the page size and the number of HTTP requests needed to load the page. In our Sampler application, this has resulted in a page size reduction of 40%. This is especially important on a mobile network.

During development, you can leave the feature disabled, as it makes debugging a lot easier, but it’s something that you should definitely remember to enable in the XSP Properties section of your application design.

Keeping Up with the Mobile App Revolution

 
Keeping Up with the Mobile App Revolution

November 28, 2014

With mobile devices, information is at consumers’ fingertips. An astonishing number of 18-29 year olds are dependent on the connections provided by their smartphones, with 90% of them sleeping next to their Android or iPhone. And according to Flurry’s five-year report on the mobile industry, apps dominate time spent on these devices over time spent on mobile Web browsers (86% to 14%). Businesses need to keep up with the mobile app revolution.

What is the “mobile app revolution”? It's the way communication, sharing information, and engagement are changing in the face of technology. This revolution is changing on a regular basis, coming in waves with advances in smartphone and tablet technology and the new needs of a customer base.

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Java Skills You Need as an XPages Developer

 
Java Skills You Need as an XPages Developer

November 26, 2014

XPages gives developers a powerful tool to develop Web and mobile applications. It incorporates many Web languages like Java to allow data from IBM Notes and Domino to be available on Web browsers and mobile devices. For backend development, database integration, and extending XPages functionality, developers require a set of Java skills for rapidly deploying applications.

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Questions to Consider Before You Develop a Mobile App

 
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November 21, 2014

The rise of the mobile device in modern times is in many ways a reflection of the way that businesses and computer scientists originally thought computer networks would work: many small client devices, themselves not overwhelmingly powerful, all utilizing the processing power of a central system designed to do complex tasks given to them by the clients. Now society has gone full circle and we find ourselves in the process of using cell phones and tablets to do work in on-the-go settings, while the complex task of database management is left to the computing power of the Cloud.

Mobile apps aren't just a trend, they have changed the way we work. According to Symantec, over 70 percent of enterprises are creating their own mobile apps. Should your business be one of them? Consider the following questions.

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Managing the IBM Notes App Requirements Gathering Process

 
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November 19, 2014

If you read our previous blog post on how to begin the IBM Notes app requirements gathering process, you know that the first step in this process is to identify the key stakeholders that make up the team driving the authorized business request. 

This blog post provides an overview of terms and best practices for managing the requirements gathering process. It also provides some proven techniques to manage a requirements collection process.

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