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OK, please don't laugh, CRAK. My present employer's Company doesn't use Notes. I learned what little I know when working for a previous employer, which used Notes extensively.(Called ICI - look what happened to them since left 6 years ago! [See their share prices!]).

Anyway, my Company is small and doesn't have vast funds to spend on IT. We use a simple Windows server system, which has private and public drives. We use Outlook for E-mail. The server obviously doesn't have any Notes or Domino software on it.

I have a version of Notes 5 on my laptop computer that I downloaded from IBM's site-
http://www14.software.ibm.com/webapp/download/preconfig.jsp?id=2002-12-22+21%3A25%3A43.937216R&S_TACT=&S_CMP=&s=.

I'd like to create some Notes applications that can be used internally without costing us much (preferably any) money, at least until they get to see the benefits. I'm thinking that I can install this download on several or all user PCs, and the databases on the public part of the server, then people could use them.

I presume that only one person could address it at any one time due to the absense of Domino? just like say a document in Word kept on a server. Assuming I'm right, what's the easiest and cheapest way we can get a system running like the proper applications in ICI etc? I'd appreciate any general comments or help you can offer.

Regards,

Stuart
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Well... first of all: be aware that you're running software without a proper licence. I'm not sure what the conditions are, but using it in a commercial environment like you intend is probably not allowed. It IS a cost issue, since the company might get fined for illegal use of software.

Second (same condition however): the R5 and R6 servers are also available for download. Without having to install notes on every server, you COULD set up a web-enabled environment, where people access / share notes databases using their browser!

Another cost issue is the effort you put it to get something up and running. Don't neglect it: personnel usually is a company's largest expense!

To reduce your amount of effort: standard with notes comes a set of standard templates, like a discussion database; ready to run on both notes- and webclients! As soon as you start having more specific wishes, varying from changing the background color of the discussion database to creating your own workflow or knowledge management system, you'd either have to search notes.net, create your own database, hire a programmer or do some more shopping.

Assuming you intend to do some programming yourself, stay close to the designer help database (it contains quite good info and examples) and remember that you've got friends here at EE ready to help you.

What kind of applications did you have in mind?

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