The development functionality (Lotus Script) inherent in Lotus Notes enables the quick and relatively simple development of applications and is surely one reason why Lotus Notes has been such a success story for over 20 years.
Unfortunately, there are also drawbacks to this functionality – at least when it comes to more comprehensive applications. For example, one soon encounters limitations when attempting to establish relations, as this can only be done in a roundabout way. In addition, everything from programming the functionality to designing individual forms can be very time consuming. Changes must furthermore be performed manually for each form, which can easily lead to errors.
OBJENTIS has always made it a goal to utilize the strengths of the Lotus Notes application, while minimizing the impact of its weaknesses. When it comes to our own products, the error-proneness and difficulty of adaptation associated with Lotus Script – both of which lead to high maintenance costs in use – were key reasons to seek a new, improved answer. With KENTUMI, OBJENTIS has developed a JAVA-based generator for creating Lotus Notes applications. Not only has KENTUMI been thoroughly tested, but we have also been using it with great success for our in-house product development since 2004.
Please take a look at the demonstration to get a good overview of Kentumi and its possibilities.
As a result, we have been able to reduce costs while accelerating the development process: For example, we now only need to create a basic form layout once, instead of having to define it anew for each different version.
The key advantage is ease of maintenance and testability, which also assures improved quality for the developed product.
The good news is that, starting in 2007, we are offering KENTUMI as a separate product – targeting software production houses that rely on Lotus Notes programming.
Depending on the application, KENTUMI can reduce programming time (and thus also costs) by as much as 60% for Lotus Notes-based development projects.