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Features of IBM® Lotus Notes® Traveler 8.5.3 and Upgrade Pack 1

By now, most Lotus Notes and Domino users have heard about and are using Lotus Notes Traveler to empower their mobile users in ways similar to the Blackberry Enterprise Server (BES) with Blackberry. If you’re not one of them, then you should be. Mobile devices have changed the world in ways only dreamt about years ago, and the impetus is only increasing. You only need to look around when you are on the go to see that mobile devices have invaded our culture. Like anything else, it can be good, bad, and sometimes ugly.

Lotus Notes Traveler not only enables true push email, calendar, and contacts to mobile devices such as iPhones, iPads, Android, Nokia, and Windows Mobile, but it also allows you to control these devices via policies. The feature set of this “Mobile Device Management” is almost on par with that of the BES. A great feature which is often overlooked, is the ability for end users to wipe their own device if it’s lost or stolen without contacting support! All they have to do is get to a web browser and login to their Lotus Notes Traveler web site! It is impressive, and the capabilities increase with every release. Here’s a brief list of features:

  • Provides a full, cross-platform release that includes capabilities for these supported mobile device platforms – Apple iOS, Google Android 2.x and 3.x, Nokia Symbian and Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.x.
  • Supports Lotus Notes mobile users, both through on-premises IBM Lotus Domino® or Lotus Domino Express deployments, and in the IBM cloud with IBM SmartCloud Notes.
  • Read and compose Lotus Domino encrypted email.
  • Search your corporate directory to find individuals and/or groups by name that you want to email.
  • Single point of control to monitor the Traveler user community by username, device type and operating system version, and to allow or deny access based on company security policies.
  • Scheduled synchronization and data filtering policies to optimize network throughput/load.
  • Support for remote wipe for lost or stolen devices – select either full wipe of a device, or partial wipe of just Lotus Notes Traveler data.
  • Security policies that control password length/strength specification, option to deny access to unencrypted devices, and to prohibit camera usage.
  • Automated client updates.
  • Data in transit is synchronized over secure HTTPS/SSL connection.
  • Data at rest (on device) is encrypted on Apple iOS, Google Android devices and Nokian Symbian 3 devices.
  • Supports both Linux and Microsoft Windows servers.

Impressive! Even better, chances are that you are already entitled to this software if you are current with your Lotus Domino software licensing!

One of the big issues with Lotus Notes Traveler was the lack of (HA) high availability and fail over. IBM has rectified that with the 8.5.3 Upgrade Pack 1. It does require a separate database server such as DB2 or SQL. When running in HA, it must be installed on a Domino Enterprise server. Here are the highlights:

  • Provides on premises high availability and failover capabilities to support IBM
  • Lotus Notes Traveler users in the event of an unplanned server outage
  • Allows you to deliver a failover strategy to your mobile users in case a server fails so they can remain connected and productive from any location and without interruption.
  • This high availability service can be easily administered using new web-based tools.

It Includes many enhancements to the user interface (UI) and security capabilities for the Android platform including:

  • A calendar month view
  • Enhanced mail and calendar experience that utilizes the larger screen layout
  • for Android tablet devices and displays multiple data elements simultaneously
  • New security policies to set application level passwords and to prevent export of attachments, copy to clipboard, and camera use on Android

As you can see, Lotus Notes Traveler is an Enterprise level mobile solution with many benefits for any size company. What are you waiting for?

Here are some links for more information:

Traveler Product Notes

What’s New in Traveler

System Requirements