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    Standards Compliance  
    Industry standards to which the product adheres.  
    Factor: Standard  
    Product Name OnTime
4.7
Outlook
2000
Corporate Time
4.0
Notes
R5
Meeting Maker
6.04
TimeCruiser
2.0
iPlanet Calendar Server
2.1
 
    Manufacturer Open Text Corp. Microsoft Corporation Corporate Software & Technologies Int. Inc. Lotus ON Technology Timecruiser Computing Corporation Sun-Netscape Alliance  
      Group Score:
60 out of 90
Total Score:
937 out of 1475
  Group Score:
48 out of 90
Total Score:
913 out of 1475
  Group Score:
48 out of 90
Total Score:
882 out of 1475
  Group Score:
50 out of 90
Total Score:
880 out of 1475
  Group Score:
44 out of 90
Total Score:
828 out of 1475
  Group Score:
14 out of 90
Total Score:
630 out of 1475
  Group Score:
40 out of 90
Total Score:
619 out of 1475
 
    Support for Standard Email Protocols  
    Weight: 3   Weighted Score:
16


  Weighted Score:
12


  Weighted Score:
12


  Weighted Score:
16


  Weighted Score:
8


  Weighted Score:
8


  Weighted Score:
8


 
      Supported email systems: SMTP, MHS, Lotus Notes, Microsoft Mail, and VINESmail.   SMTP/POP3, IMAP4, Message Disposition Notifications (read receipts) Dynamic HTML and S/MIME are supported.   SMTP for mail notification, MIME. IMAP4 supported with CorporateTime Outlook Connector product.   Notes: POP, IMAP, LDAP, NTTP, SMTP/MIME, X.509/SSL, S/MIME; Domino: POP, IMAP, LDAP, NNTP, SMTP/MIME, X.509/SSL, S/MIME, IIOP, COM.   MAPI and SMTP are supported.   SMTP is used for email event alert.   SMTP e-mail protocols are supported.  
    Integration with LDAP  
    Weight: 3   Weighted Score:
12


  Weighted Score:
12


  Weighted Score:
12


  Weighted Score:
12


  Weighted Score:
12


  Weighted Score:
0


  Weighted Score:
12


 
      Yes, OnTime supports directory services from Windows NT domain, NetWare Bindery, NetWare NDS, VINE Streettalk for NT, and LDAP.   Yes, LDAP v3 is supported.   LDAP is supported through CorporateConnect for ISOCOR Global Directory Server, CDS Global Directory Server, Netscape Directory Server.   Yes, Notes supports LDAP v3 for directory lookups; Domino R5 supports LDAP for directory lookups and referrals.   Yes, AE SLAPD enables connection to a global LDAP directory service for Meeting Maker v 5.5 and higher.   No. LDAP support is planned for 2nd Quarter 2000.   Supports LDAP and includes the LDAP Netscape Directory Server.  
    ODBC Support  
    Weight: 2   Weighted Score:
0


  Weighted Score:
0


  Weighted Score:
0


  Weighted Score:
6


  Weighted Score:
0


  Weighted Score:
6


  Weighted Score:
4


 
      No.   No.   No.   Yes, both directions; Notes can query other databases through ODBC, and Notes data can be queried through NotesSQL   No.   Supports standard JDBC drivers.   Berkeley database is bundled with the product. Users would need custom API for ODBC calls to another database.  
    Calendaring Standards  
    Weight: 4   Weighted Score:
32


  Weighted Score:
24


  Weighted Score:
24


  Weighted Score:
16


  Weighted Score:
24


  Weighted Score:
0


  Weighted Score:
16


 
      vCalendar and iCal. Also supports Vcal for Cut and paste between products. In the desktop tool, simply click a button will convert the appointment content to vCalendar format. In the web client, user can cut and paste.   The product currently supports vCard, vCalendar and iCalendar.   vCard, vCalendar and iCalendar are supported. CS&T is an active member of the IETF's CALSCH Work Group and is co-authoring emerging calendaring standards.   vCard available via web download; other calendar standards planned for next release pending ratification by the IETF.   The product is vCalendar compliant. When the IETF reaches an official agreement for the iCalendar standard, Meeting Maker Inc. will adopt and incorporate all iCalendar standards and functionality early on into the product.   None.   Supports standards such as iCalendar import/export, XML import/export, iTIP/iMIP support for PUBLISH and CANCEL of events and to-dos. Vendor states that next versions (iCS 5.x) will support all of iTIP/iMIP for events and to-dos.  
 

    Web Capabilities  
    The product's features that support World Wide Web functions.  
    Factor: Standard  
    Product Name OnTime
4.7
Outlook
2000
Corporate Time
4.0
Notes
R5
Meeting Maker
6.04
TimeCruiser
2.0
iPlanet Calendar Server
2.1
 
    Manufacturer Open Text Corp. Microsoft Corporation Corporate Software & Technologies Int. Inc. Lotus ON Technology Timecruiser Computing Corporation Sun-Netscape Alliance  
      Group Score:
42 out of 70
Total Score:
937 out of 1475
  Group Score:
40 out of 70
Total Score:
913 out of 1475
  Group Score:
42 out of 70
Total Score:
882 out of 1475
  Group Score:
6 out of 70
Total Score:
880 out of 1475
  Group Score:
42 out of 70
Total Score:
828 out of 1475
  Group Score:
44 out of 70
Total Score:
630 out of 1475
  Group Score:
18 out of 70
Total Score:
619 out of 1475
 
    Thin Client Capability  
    Weight: 3   Weighted Score:
12


  Weighted Score:
12


  Weighted Score:
12


  Weighted Score:
0


  Weighted Score:
12


  Weighted Score:
12


  Weighted Score:
12


 
      Yes, other than the 32 bit client, OnTime also has a Web Edition client that is a CGI application designed to run under any NT Web Server and support CGI v1.1 or greater.   Yes. Outlook Web Access (OWA), Active Server Page scripts, enables access to the Exchange Server from a frames-enabled browser.   Yes, with near parity to the features of CorporateTime native clients, CorporateTime for the Web can be used with most popular browsers.   None. iNotes will provide users with flexible Web-based access to critical applications. It will be available in the first half of 2000.   Yes, the Java client runs in a standard browser to offer interactive web-based scheduling.   Yes, the product is 100 Java web-based.   Calendaring Systems that support iTIP/iMIP (methods PUBLISH and CANCEL) can interoperate.  
    Web Servers Supported  
    Weight: 2   Weighted Score:
6


  Weighted Score:
4


  Weighted Score:
6


  Weighted Score:
6


  Weighted Score:
6


  Weighted Score:
8


  Weighted Score:
6


 
      Netscape Enterprise Server v3.51 and Microsoft IIS 4.0.   Microsoft IIS 4.0.   Netscape Enterprise/Fastrack, Microsoft IIS 4.0, Apache.   Netscape Enterprise Server v3.51 and Microsoft IIS 4.0.   Microsoft IIS 4.0., Apache, Netscape, Microsoft Peer Web Services.   Apache, Netscape and Microsoft IIS 4.0.   The Calendar Server is a web server. No additional web servers are supported or required.  
    Web Client Functionality  
    Weight: 4   Weighted Score:
24


  Weighted Score:
24


  Weighted Score:
24


  Weighted Score:
0


  Weighted Score:
24


  Weighted Score:
24


  Weighted Score:
0


 
      Power users should use the desktop tool. The web client 's interface and features are not as sophisticated as the desktop tool, but has all the important functions in place. The choice of printout is much more limited. User can not open multiple users calendars (only one by one) . The user must create public calendars through the desktop tool in order to view it from the web client.   OWA matches Outlook where possible providing users with the important features of the product from the internet; weekly/daily calendar views, schedule and respond to meeting requests, create appointments or all day events, manage contacts, lookup names in the address book, send email, access public folders on the server and set preferences. Where possible, the user interface is consistent with Outlook.   This version provides nearly all the functionality available on the client version. It is designed to be a supplemental option for users of full-function client software. Features include daily, weekly and monthly agenda pages; the ability to create, edit and delete meetings, day events, daily notes and tasks; access the agendas of other users; online help and preference settings. The user interface is icon based and consistent with the native client where possible.   None.   Users have an important subset of features that are available on the client; daily and monthly calendar views; create, change and view meetings; respond to meeting invitations; conflict resolution and auto-pick for scheduling. online help, to-do list and address list are missing. But the user interface is colorful and looks good; the application is easy to use and is a nice supplement to the full-function client.   There is no desktop client. The web-client is evaluated in the user functionality header section.   The product consists solely of a web-based product, thus there are not client-server features and separate distinct web-based features.  
 

    General  
    Basic information about the product.  
    Factor: Standard  
    Product Name OnTime
4.7
Outlook
2000
Corporate Time
4.0
Notes
R5
Meeting Maker
6.04
TimeCruiser
2.0
iPlanet Calendar Server
2.1
 
    Manufacturer Open Text Corp. Microsoft Corporation Corporate Software & Technologies Int. Inc. Lotus ON Technology Timecruiser Computing Corporation Sun-Netscape Alliance  
      Group Score:
170 out of 280
Total Score:
937 out of 1475
  Group Score:
162 out of 280
Total Score:
913 out of 1475
  Group Score:
163 out of 280
Total Score:
882 out of 1475
  Group Score:
182 out of 280
Total Score:
880 out of 1475
  Group Score:
149 out of 280
Total Score:
828 out of 1475
  Group Score:
146 out of 280
Total Score:
630 out of 1475
  Group Score:
152 out of 280
Total Score:
619 out of 1475
 
    General Product Architecture  
    Weight: 4   Weighted Score:
24


  Weighted Score:
32


  Weighted Score:
24


  Weighted Score:
24


  Weighted Score:
16


  Weighted Score:
24


  Weighted Score:
24


 
      OnTime is server-based rather than email-based. OnTime was designed to solve the enterprise group scheduling problem. Because group scheduling is all about time, a client-server architecture with real-time server-to-server communication and a distributed, non-replicated database was chosen. With the OnTime Enterprise architecture, each user's calendar is maintained by a specified server instead of on the desktop. Also, each server acts as the user's gateway to any other calendar across the organization.   The software provides email, group scheduling and task and contact management for 32-bit computers in a Microsoft Exchange Server (MAPI) environment. When not connected to a server, the configuration can be changed to Internet Mode for POP3/SMTP or IMAP4 email.   The product provides real-time client/server technology through a distributed server architecture. The real-time protocol allows users to share data across all servers with no replication. All client/server and server-to-server communication use TCP/IP.   Notes and Domino are designed around an object-oriented database (NSF) which stores all messages/documents, forms, views, agents, security, and design information for each application. The client and server communicate via a remote procedure call over TCP/IP or other protocols or via Internet standards running on those same network protocols.   Meeting Maker is a three-tier client/server software that supports independent protocols and cross-platform servers. The product uses a distributed, replicated database, storing some objects on the client. Hubs are used to interconnect multiple servers. In a cross-platform environment, the product runs on either TCP/IP or IPX protocol. In a single-platform environment, it runs on TCP/IP, IPX protocols. Macintosh, UNIX, and Windows NT platforms support AppleTalk.   Calendar server is a web server with Java servlet support and connected to a relational database as backend storage. Java Applet connects to calendar server via HTTP protocol. Java Web Edition is being evaluated, however HTML client with full functionality is also supported.   The calendar server is a web server for calendar information. On the front end, it interfaces to a browser client using the Web Calendar Access Protocol (WCAP), an open client server protocol, over HTTP. The Calendar Server also interfaces to a set of administrative tools, a directory service (LDAP by default), and a database which stores the calendar information. The database is bundled with the product. Core calendar services are insulated by a Calendar Server Application Program Interface (CSAPI) that enables application developers to add and change functionality to the Calendar Server or change how it performs certain operations.  
    Hardware for Server  
    Weight: 3   Weighted Score:
12


  Weighted Score:
12


  Weighted Score:
12


  Weighted Score:
12


  Weighted Score:
12


  Weighted Score:
12


  Weighted Score:
12


 
      64MB or more of available RAM. 32 free disk space. TCP/IP installed.   Intel Pentium 133-RISC-based System Alpha AXPTM processor. Server requires 32MB RAM, 500MB HD and CD-ROM.   Minimum 32MB RAM; 64MB or more recommended for computers handling a large number of users; 50MB HD for operation, plus extra space for log files; a browser for viewing online help; SMTP Messaging Server for mail notifications. Up to 150MB HD space may be necessary for installation.   128MB or more memory, 1G or more disk space and TCP/IP and X.PC supported.   UNIX: Sun Solaris Ultra 5/10 or Ultra 30/60 System; 64MB RAM and 20MB HD. Windows: 486 or higher with NT 4.0 or Win 95/98, 32MB RAM and 40MB HD. Macintosh: PPC System 7 or higher; minimum 16MB RAM, 20 MB HD; recommend PowerPC 7600 or greater.   Minimum: (WebServer) Pentium II class @ 350MHz w/ 128MB memory, 4GB disk space; (Database) Pentium II class @350MHz w/256MB memory, 6GB disk space. Recommended: (WebServer) Pentium III 500Mhz w/256MB memory, 4GB disk space; (Database) Pentium III class @500Mhz w/512MB, 12GB disk space.   According to the vendor, approximately 100MB free disk space, 2MB disk space for each user, and 64MB RAM is required. Optionally, RAID disk storage facilitates fast access.  
    Hardware for Client  
    Weight: 3   Weighted Score:
12


  Weighted Score:
12


  Weighted Score:
12


  Weighted Score:
12


  Weighted Score:
12


  Weighted Score:
12


  Weighted Score:
12


 
      48MB or more of RAM. 32 MB or more of free disk space. TCP/IP installed.   Pentium PC 75 MHz or higher. For Windows 95 or Windows 98:- 24MB RAM (16MB for OS and 8MB for Outlook). For Windows NT Workstation v4.0 or later:- 40MB RAM (32MB for OS and 8MB for Outlook). 153MB HD for typical installation; varies with configuration. CD-ROM. VGA or higher-resolution monitor; Super VGA recommended.   Windows 3.1, 95/98, NT; Intel x86, 5MB HD, 6MB RAM. Macintosh 68K or PowerPC; System 7.1 or later, 7MB HD, 10MB RAM.   32 MB or more of memory, 112 MB or more of disk space, TCP/IP and X.PC supported on all platforms.   Windows: 486 or higher with Win NT 3.51 or 4.0, Win 95/98 16MB RAM and 5MB HD. Macintosh: Plus with Sys 7 or higher, 8MB RAM and 6MB HD. UNIX: HP 9000 Series 700/800, SUN SPARC or Solaris; HP-UX 9.01, Solaris 2.5.1 or higher; X11R5/Motif 1.2 or OpenWindows 3.0 10MB HD and 8MB RAM.   Minimum: Pentium II class 200Mhz, 64MB RAM (Windows 95 or better) Recommended: Pentium II class 350Mhz, 128MB RAM.   The client is a web browser, Microsoft IE 4.0 or Netscape Communicator 4.61, so any platform that runs a browser will work.  
    Databases Supported  
    Weight: 2   Weighted Score:
4


  Weighted Score:
6


  Weighted Score:
6


  Weighted Score:
8


  Weighted Score:
6


  Weighted Score:
8


  Weighted Score:
4


 
      Btrieve on NT and NetWare, Soft Focus on Banyan Vines.   Exchange can use the NT user database as its user database.   The database is proprietary.   Lotus provides connectors to DB2, Sybase, Oracle, PeopleSoft, JD Edwards, SAP R/3, and many other databases and ERP systems.   The database is proprietary.   MSSql 6.5 or higher, Oracle 8/8i, Sybase Adaptive Server 5 or higher with JDBC support.   iPlanet Calendar Server uses the Berkeley database for the calendar, sessions, and statistics. It is bundled with the product and no other database is supported.  
    Product Scalability  
    Weight: 4   Weighted Score:
24


  Weighted Score:
24


  Weighted Score:
24


  Weighted Score:
24


  Weighted Score:
24


  Weighted Score:
24


  Weighted Score:
16


 
      The system is highly scalable. Multiple services work seamlessly together to scale to the desired size. According to the vendor, the largest client has over 45,000 calendars.   Vendor says each domain can support up to 10,000 users.   Vendor says scalable to accommodate 100,000 + users.   Range from 10-30,000+ mailboxes on a single server, depending on hardware and configuration. The largest installation has over 200,000 users.   Vendor says a single environment can support over 25,000 connected users.   According to the vendor, the largest install base is 8000 users.   Vertical scalability; the vendor has tested with 4 CPU's and over 1,000,000 users. Separating components, horizontal scalability, has not been tested by the vendor.  
    Documentation  
    Weight: 4   Weighted Score:
32


  Weighted Score:
8


  Weighted Score:
24


  Weighted Score:
32


  Weighted Score:
24


  Weighted Score:
8


  Weighted Score:
24


 
      Online documentation for administrator, desktop user and web user. The guides are thorough, organized, and well written.   A booklet comes with the product but is insufficient to learn this full-featured product. Product help provides more detail. Both the user and technical person must seek support on the Microsoft website or elsewhere.   A user and administrator guide in PDF format are available for downloading on the web.   Notes comes with complete documentation. Read Me file on disk, and most documentation on can be found on the company web site.   Documentation may be viewed online or downloaded in zip format. The admin, user and install manuals can either be printed or viewed in Acrobat Reader. The material is thorough and well organized.   There is an incomplete on-line User Guide, Installation Guide, and FAQ.   Installation, administration, and evaluation guides are available online in PDF format. Additional help files are available online. Documentation is sufficient, however, help files would benefit from the addition of an index and search capability. There is also a public newsgroup.  
    Language Availability  
    Weight: 2   Weighted Score:
6


  Weighted Score:
8


  Weighted Score:
6


  Weighted Score:
8


  Weighted Score:
4


  Weighted Score:
4


  Weighted Score:
4


 
      Supported languages are German and French.   Unicode text encoding standard is utilized. More than 80 languages are available.   Windows client supports English, French, Finnish, Swedish, German, Italian, Korean, Japanese, Brazilian-Portuguese, Dutch. Web client supports English, French, German, Japanese, Spanish, Korean. Server supports UTF-8 encoding for international character sets.   41 languages, including: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Spanish, and Chinese.   English only; double-byte and multi-byte characters are supported in the native client.   English only.   The product is available in English and will be available in French (March 2000), German (March 2000), Japanese (April 2000), and simplified Chinese (May 2000) according to the vendor.  
    Software Availability by Country  
    Weight: 2   Weighted Score:
8


  Weighted Score:
8


  Weighted Score:
6


  Weighted Score:
8


  Weighted Score:
6


  Weighted Score:
6


  Weighted Score:
8


 
      Support offices are worldwide.   With over 60 offices worldwide, the software is available all over the world. Two mirror sites of the microsoft.com servers - in London and Tokyo - provide international customers with fast access to downloads and technical support.   Products are available and supported worldwide and are also available through local reseller channels in Europe and Asia Pacific.   Support offices are worldwide   The vendor has a North American and West Coast US sales office along with sales and distribution offices in the UK and throughout Continental Europe.   Offices in England and North America.   Downloads and support are available worldwide.  
    Product Positioning  
    Weight: 4   Weighted Score:
24


  Weighted Score:
24


  Weighted Score:
24


  Weighted Score:
24


  Weighted Score:
24


  Weighted Score:
24


  Weighted Score:
24


 
      OnTime is web-based and cross-platform compatible. Anyone in the organization can view or update calendar information from the desktop, at home, or on the road and in real time.   Microsoft Outlook 2000 provides a single location for organizing and managing all your day-to-day information, from email and calendars to contacts and task lists.   CS&T/Lexacom is the world leader in calendaring technology for the corporate internet and wireless markets. Based in Montreal, Canada, the company markets its products and services worldwide to corporations, educational institutions, and service providers like Web Portals, ISPs, ASPs, Telcos and wireless operators.   Notes and Domino are the world's most popular messaging and collaborative infrastructures. With over 56 million users, Notes and Domino provide email, calendaring, collaborative applications, workflow, and enterprise integration through applications developed in a variety of languages including Basic, Java, COM, LotusScript, and more. There are over 20,000 Lotus business partners delivering solutions and services for Notes and Domino worldwide.   Meeting Maker is a leading real-time, cross-platform enterprise calendaring and scheduling solution installed on over 700,000 desktops at major corporations and academic institutions worldwide.   TimeCruiser offers a versatile web-based solution where users can post events, schedule facilities, coordinate schedules, collaborate on group events and share time-sensitive documents.   The calendar server is a web server for calendar information. On the front end, it interfaces to a browser client using the Web Calendar Access Protocol (WCAP), an open client server protocol, over HTTP. The Calendar Server also interfaces to a set of administrative tools, a directory service (LDAP by default), and a database which stores the calendar information. The database is bundled with the product. Core calendar services are insulated by a Calendar Server Application Program Interface (CSAPI) that enables application developers to add and change functionality to the Calendar Server or change how it performs certain operations.  
    Public or Private Company  
    Weight: 1   Weighted Score:
3


  Weighted Score:
3


  Weighted Score:
3


  Weighted Score:
3


  Weighted Score:
3


  Weighted Score:
3


  Weighted Score:
3


 
      Public.   Public.   Private.   Public - division of IBM.   Private.   Private.   iPlanet is a join venture of AOL and Sun Microsystems, both of which are publicly owned companies.  
    Vendor References in Primary Markets  
    Weight: 2   Weighted Score:
6


  Weighted Score:
6


  Weighted Score:
6


  Weighted Score:
6


  Weighted Score:
6


  Weighted Score:
6


  Weighted Score:
4


 
      OnTime customers include: The Hartford, Alcatel, Circuit City, CVS, US Postal Service, US Census Bureau.   Companies with major installations of Office 2000 are Nabisco, Boeing, Turner Broadcasting, Credit Suisse First Boston, JD Edwards, Wesleyan School. A customer list is maintained on the company Web site.   BT Cellnet, Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co., UC Berkeley, UC Santa Barbara. A customer list is maintained on the company Website.   GM, Baxter Healthcare, 3M, Prudential Insurance, State Street Bank. And most major consultancies, insurance companies, banks, healthcare companies, and more on a worldwide basis.   Apple Computer, Cisco Systems, Cadence Design, Synopsis, Bea Systems, amazon.com, Qualcomm, GTE Internetworking, NASA, University of Michigan. A customer list is maintained on the company Web site.   The US Army, US Navy, Ericsson, Tennessee Department of Transportation, Bell Canada, University of Alberta, Telecom Malaysia, National Equity Fund, Quantum, Compuware Austria and Eastern Europe, MCI WorldCom.   Information currently unavailable from vendor. They plan to announce references by the middle of March, 2000.  
    GroupWare Product  
    Weight: 1   Weighted Score:
3


  Weighted Score:
3


  Weighted Score:
0


  Weighted Score:
3


  Weighted Score:
0


  Weighted Score:
3


  Weighted Score:
3


 
      No.   Yes. Outlook is a GroupWare product that integrates email and personal information management over an intranet or the internet.   No.   Yes, according to Lotus, Notes/Domino invented the GroupWare category.   No.   No.   No. The product facilitates scheduling meetings and supports e-mail, but does not password protect documents or support telephone utilities, e-newsletters, or file distribution.  
    Third Party Product Support  
    Weight: 2   Weighted Score:
6


  Weighted Score:
6


  Weighted Score:
4


  Weighted Score:
6


  Weighted Score:
0


  Weighted Score:
0


  Weighted Score:
4


 
      Yes, it can integrate with other calendaring products, such as Microsoft Outlook, via the TrueSync functionality,   Yes. Exchange Server enables connectivity and directory replication of Microsoft Mail, Lotus cc:Mail, X.400, Lotus Notes, Lotus Domino v4.6, IBM OfficeVision/VM, Novell GroupWise, SNADS and Unix SendMail.   The product supports most email servers for notification; use of Outlook as a client is also supported.   Yes, connectors are available to Exchange and Outlook as well as a variety of mobile/CE devices.   No.   No.   Calendaring systems that support iTIP/iMIP (methods PUBLISH and CANCEL) can interoperate.  
    Consulting by Vendor  
    Weight: 2   Weighted Score:
6


  Weighted Score:
4


  Weighted Score:
6


  Weighted Score:
6


  Weighted Score:
6


  Weighted Score:
6


  Weighted Score:
6


 
      Open Text provides professional services to develop and deliver an entire application from start to finish. Cost is $1,500 per day plus expenses.   Yes. Authorized Premier Support jointly provides support services by Microsoft and their MCSC providers. The service includes offerings that meet the needs of small and medium-sized businesses and larger enterprise customers.   Yes, technical consulting ranges from deploying small work groups to enterprise-wide usage for major international corporations.   Lotus Profession Service can assist in such critical areas as knowledge management, value chain innovation, electronic communities, and process innovation. Other key consulting services include enterprise messaging, infrastructure planning, legacy and enterprise resource planning (ERP).   On-site consulting and upgrade assistance is available; project planning and management for deployments, upgrades and migrations.   TimeCruiser Computing Corporation's consulting services group provides high-level service for developing and implementing web applications.   Consulting service are available through Sun Professional Services.  
    Client Programming API  
    Weight: 2   Weighted Score:
0


  Weighted Score:
6


  Weighted Score:
6


  Weighted Score:
6


  Weighted Score:
6


  Weighted Score:
6


  Weighted Score:
4


 
      None.   Yes. Visual Basic, Microsoft C/C++ and any language that supports Microsoft Active X are supported.   Yes. CAPI can be used to customize the user experience on the client. It can be used to add, delete and modify calendar events.   C++, LotusScript, @functions, @commands and other Notes specific functions.   The product uses a set of C and C++ libraries that provide a standard API across platforms; scriptable commands in the Admin program may be called via the API, including: the addition, modification, and deletion of all account types.   Java.   According to the vendor, one can extend the functionality of the server through the use of the Calendar Server API or CSAPI. The Web Calendar Access Protocol (WCAP) may also be used to extend the functionality of the client. WCAP is the protocol that clients use to communicate with the Calendar Server.  
 

    Administrative Functions  
    The features and functionality that facilitate the management of the product.  
    Factor: Standard  
    Product Name OnTime
4.7
Outlook
2000
Corporate Time
4.0
Notes
R5
Meeting Maker
6.04
TimeCruiser
2.0
iPlanet Calendar Server
2.1
 
    Manufacturer Open Text Corp. Microsoft Corporation Corporate Software & Technologies Int. Inc. Lotus ON Technology Timecruiser Computing Corporation Sun-Netscape Alliance  
      Group Score:
172 out of 260
Total Score:
937 out of 1475
  Group Score:
180 out of 260
Total Score:
913 out of 1475
  Group Score:
150 out of 260
Total Score:
882 out of 1475
  Group Score:
188 out of 260
Total Score:
880 out of 1475
  Group Score:
140 out of 260
Total Score:
828 out of 1475
  Group Score:
98 out of 260
Total Score:
630 out of 1475
  Group Score:
114 out of 260
Total Score:
619 out of 1475
 
    Administrative Approach  
    Weight: 4   Weighted Score:
24


  Weighted Score:
32


  Weighted Score:
24


  Weighted Score:
32


  Weighted Score:
16


  Weighted Score:
16


  Weighted Score:
16


 
      It can be centralized or decentralized. Use a combination, where the majority of the services are administered locally but there are remote sites that do their own administration. The Admin Client can manage all services from anywhere. User can be assigned administration privileges on both service-by-service and user-by-user basis. Admin rights are determined by the NOS admin rights or by OnTime assigned Admin rights.   Administration depends on the Windows NT domain model implemented. The complete trust domain is a good model to distribute administration; the multiple master domain model is good for centralized administration; remote administration is possible with a RAS client.   For a network of servers, one central server is responsible for creating and deleting the connections among the servers and nodes. All other administration, such as user addition and node addition, can be done by anyone on the network provided they have the proper passwords; with NT, the NT Admin GUI can also be used to administer nodes.   Administration can be centralized or decentralized; most functions can be delegated to individuals or groups. Remote management via Domino Administrator or web-based UI. Domino Administrator can manage one or multiple Domino servers simultaneously. The interface is task-based, tabs represent logical grouping admin tasks.   The architecture of Meeting Maker requires a centralized approach to its administration. The vendor also recommends centralizing and standardizing the physical hardware.   Single Administration Center Java applet accessible via web browser. However, administrative function is limited. Administrator can maintain User, Calendars, Password and Site id. There is no help file or manual available.   The administrator can make changes to the Calendar Servers configuration. Another distinct administrator governs the associated Directory Server and all servers under it's control including the Calendar Server and Administration Server. The following tasks can be managed via command line utilities: starting/stopping the calendar server, back-up/restore the calendar server, create/modify/delete calendars, users, and components. Administrators can also view statistics and user session information. Create/modify/delete user commands are also available via the Netscape Console 4.1, however, the product would benefit by making all commands accessible from the console.  
    Access Control  
    Weight: 3   Weighted Score:
16


  Weighted Score:
12


  Weighted Score:
8


  Weighted Score:
16


  Weighted Score:
8


  Weighted Score:
8


  Weighted Score:
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      User password is protected by internal encryption. The Admin sets the Default access for all users, but this can be changed by the calendar owner. The Admin cannot keep the calendar owner from changing any of these settings. The Admin can select users to be added to OnTime from their existing directory service, be it Novell, Microsoft, Banyan or LDAP. The desktop client will query the source directory and validate the login and password using the network login. User has one less name and password to remember.   Exchange uses Windows NT security to authenticate users. Using RPC encryption or SSL over SMTP, data moving between the client and servers is encrypted. The type of encryption used depends on the client. NT user login can be disabled.   Access is by username and password. The disable login feature applies to all users and is used for database maintenance and backup.   Two-factor certificates are used for authentication and access control. Any data point - field, document, database, server - can be granted/denied access. Users can be locked out through groups or password validation.   Access is by username and password. User login is disabled by the operating system.   User password is protected by internal encryption. Calendars are protected with Access Control List.   Netscape Console 4.1 is used to enable and disable access to the administration server. Administrators can also control access by creating/editing/deleting user accounts.  
    User Management  
    Weight: 4   Weighted Score:
32


  Weighted Score:
32


  Weighted Score:
24


  Weighted Score:
32


  Weighted Score:
24


  Weighted Score:
16


  Weighted Score:
16


 
      Automatically create a user from existing Windows NT user directories. Resynchronize what was changed in the directory such as marital status. Administrator can disable the user login and a log out message will be sent to users.   Depending on whether the user has an NT account, users are added by the Windows NT User Manger or the Exchange Server Administrator Program; both accounts have the same name. User profile, groups, logon hours, password, dialing and account expiration information is entered and maintained from the User Manager for Domains application.   With CorporateTime Server Administrator program, users can be entered manually or imported from an existing LDAP server. Users can be updated or deleted through the program's GUI interface. User business and personal information, password and wireless notification information is maintained here.   User management is done through the Domino Administrator. Administrator can change user names and add/delete users. It has a unique capability to register users from other directory sources including Windows NT, LDIF, cc:Mail, Exchange, Netscape Mail, or GroupWise. ID format can be defined by customer. Ongoing sync with NT possible. Third party products provide sync with NDS.   Users are added from Meeting Maker Admin. User personal and business information, preferences for work days and hours, read/write or read-only delegation privileges are maintained here. Optionally the LDAP/Meeting Maker gateway is able to propagate most user specific information.   For each user, name, password and email address are maintained in the database. Administrator can add, update, remove users and create calendars for users.   The database can be restored or backed-up via command line utilities by the administrator. Command line utilities can be used to create, delete, enable or disable users. The Administrative Console can also be used to create and delete users.  
    Group and Proxy Management  
    Weight: 3   Weighted Score:
12


  Weighted Score:
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16


  Weighted Score:
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      Administrator can create and maintain public workgroup that can be used by users. Administrator can edit member list by select from the user list. It is very easy. The limitation per user for public/private group is 32,000.   Public groups are created by the Exchange Server administrator.   The administrator creates public groups.   Through Domino Administrator's user manager. Administrator can edit a group, delete a group and use the manage groups tool to add and remove group members. Can be delegated to anyone, with or without administrative access.   Public groups are created and managed from Meeting Maker Admin; delegation for each user can be assigned by the administrator.   Within each Site administrator can create public User Groups.   The current version of Calendar Server does not support LDAP groups. Group calendars are actually maintained as calendars with multiple owners. Groups will be supported in the next version of Calendar Server (iCS 5.0).  
    Resource Management  
    Weight: 3   Weighted Score:
16


  Weighted Score:
16


  Weighted Score:
12


  Weighted Score:
16


  Weighted Score:
12


  Weighted Score:
8


  Weighted Score:
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      Administrator can easily create/update/delete resources like a user with proper create resource role. There are two types of resources: Room and Others(a car, a PC, etc). Administrator can set owner option and enter available times on each day (ex. disable Saturday and Sunday) in the availability setting. Do not allow this resource to be double-booked and access rights can be set.   The Outlook resource administrator manages resources from within Outlook. Options to automate scheduling resources are auto accept requests and process cancellations; auto decline conflicting requests; auto decline recurring events.   Resources are managed in the CorporateTime Server Administrator program. Book rooms and resources on a first-come, first-served basis or manage by a designate.   Conference rooms and resources are managed in a separate database through the Domino administrator. They can have automatic processing, be managed by an individual, or be set so that certain users can automatically reserve and others have to be approved.   Resources are added and managed from Meeting Maker Admin. Resources can be rooms or equipment. Add as many resources as you have registered users. With a 10-user Meeting Maker network, 10 resources and 10 users are allowed. Assign a read/write proxy to a resource to access the resource s calendar and respond to meeting proposals on the resource's behalf or automate resource management via implementing first-come/first served option.   Administrator creates a calendar for the resource and assigns proper permission to people who will book the resource. User can do all the booking himself to the resource calendar on line. It lacks the integration with the meeting calendar and user can not choose required resources from a selection list.   It is possible to create a calendar for each resource to schedule resources and make that calendar read and write accessible to all users.  
    Time Zone Conversion  
    Weight: 3   Weighted Score:
12


  Weighted Score:
12


  Weighted Score:
12


  Weighted Score:
12


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12


  Weighted Score:
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      The time zone support is based on the timezone settings of the server on which the OnTime service resides. Administrator can override the default setting on a service by service basis. The original time is set according to the time zone of the meeting originator's service, the corresponding time in the other time zone will be set accordingly. Can be automatically adjusted to accommodate daylight savings time.   Yes. When scheduling meetings in other time zones, the meeting organizer's time zone is the reference point. When organizing a meeting and displaying free/busy time for invitees from other time zones, their busy times adjust to display correctly in your time zone.   Yes. Entries with users in other time zones are converted to each users local time.   Yes, can adjust times in Notes as user moves from time zone to time zone.   Servers are time-zone-specific. When servers with different time zones are attached to a hub, the hub translates the time data passing through it to match the time zone of the server receiving the data.   Java version automatically adapts to client's time zone. HTML version allows users to select time zone settings.   Calendar Server supports a pre-packaged list of 91 timezones included within the configuration files. Timezones can be modified or added, but it is not recommended by the vendor.  
    Posting Holidays  
    Weight: 3   Weighted Score:
12


  Weighted Score:
16


  Weighted Score:
12


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16


  Weighted Score:
12


  Weighted Score:
12


  Weighted Score:
8


 
      Standard Holidays come pre-defined by default. Admins and users can create more or remove the default Holidays. Administrator can create a model calendar which incorporates different sets of holidays (for different countries) as needed.   National and international holidays are easily imported by each Outlook client.   Each node has it's own holidays; they are entered manually through the client software; user must have authorization.   Lotus ships 16 standard holiday groups (such as French or United States). Administrator can create customized holiday group (such as one for part time users). Notes user needs to import the holiday group based on need (such as by country). Holidays automatically fill the appropriate dates in the user calendar.   Holidays are server specific and not reoccurring. A holiday must be defined, separately, for each server, for every instance. They may be generated as either flexible or not, blocking or enabling free time for each specific day.   Holidays are maintained by a separate calendar per country, etc.   Holidays can be scheduled on each individual calendar by each user. Or, an administrator can create a central holiday calendar to which users can subscribe and enter on top of their existing calendars.  
    Importing and Exporting Calendar Data  
    Weight: 2   Weighted Score:
6


  Weighted Score:
6


  Weighted Score:
6


  Weighted Score:
6


  Weighted Score:
6


  Weighted Score:
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  Weighted Score:
6


 
      OnTime provides batch utilities for Importing data from other calendar programs. There is no export for an entire database. The user interface provides for individual import and export.   Yes. The Outlook Import and Export Wizard helps move existing information between Outlook and over 20 popular programs, including all Office products, comma and tab delimited files, Lotus, Netscape and Eudora.   Yes. Calendar data may be exported in HP100LX Palmtop, HP200LX Palmtop, vCalendar, comma and tab delimited formats. Import is the same plus Schedule+1.x and 7.x.   Yes, Notes provides import and export utilities.   Yes. Calendar data may be exported to Casiolink, HP95LX, Newton, Psion 3a and text format. Additional device export is available via direct sync to any device that is compliant with the Palm Computing Platform. A text file may be imported into the notes area of any activity window.   None.   Calendars can be imported or exported in the following formats: XML, ICAL.  
    Move Users Between Servers  
    Weight: 3   Weighted Score:
12


  Weighted Score:
12


  Weighted Score:
12


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16


  Weighted Score:
12


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0


  Weighted Score:
12


 
      User can move one or all calendars to another OnTime Service, and can move users from supported platform to another. Moving users/resources/workgroups to different platforms/services is easy through drag-and-drop action. Admins also have the capability of changing a users validation source from one supported source to another. This ensures calendar data is preserved when a company changes directory source.   Exchange Server provides utilities to move a mailbox (user) between servers in the same site and to move a user to a new site.   A server utility is provided to move a user from one node to another.   Through the admin client, a simple drag-and-drop action moves user's mail, reconfigures directory down to user's Notes client automatically.   Yes. Import and Export can be used to move users between servers; or use the Move Users feature to move user accounts between servers that are connected to the same hub.   None.   An administrator can backup a user's calendar and restore it on another system.  
    Calendar Data Purge and Archiving Capabilities  
    Weight: 2   Weighted Score:
6


  Weighted Score:
6


  Weighted Score:
4


  Weighted Score:
6


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4


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      Yes, the OnTime administrator can purge an entire database. In addition, user can select a date range of data to be purged.   Yes. With Outlook items may be archived manually or automatically by the user. Items are considered old when they reach the age specified by the user. With AutoArchive, old items can either be deleted or moved.   Using a utility the administrator can remove old events and tasks from agendas in the database.   Yes, Notes R5 includes a built-in archiving facility, which is available to all databases. User can have Notes (or a Domino server) automatically move documents to a separate database based on criteria user establish. Archive/purge interval can be set by user or administrator on a per-user or per-server basis.   From Meeting Maker Admin, the administrator can purge items before a certain date.   None.   Using the command line utilities, existing databases can be deleted if they are not in use. Calendars can also be exported or backed-up for archival purposes. Events or to-dos can be selectively removed by an administrator. For example, remove all events more than 12 months old.  
    Administrative Tools  
    Weight: 3   Weighted Score:
12


  Weighted Score:
12


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12


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12


  Weighted Score:
12


  Weighted Score:
8


  Weighted Score:
12


 
      The product has full logging and tracing capabilities on the server and the client. It uses Windows NT performance monitor tool. OnTime provides statistics of current host session such as overall uptime, utilization, and response time. A log file is provided with a diagnostics dialog box.   Exchange Server includes the Server Monitor, the Link Monitor, the Message Tracker; NT's Performance Monitor tool can be used to chart or log the performance and activity of the server services; while NT's Event Viewer records any problems in running the application.   Over 40 utilities come with the server administrator program. Daily and monthly maintenance procedures are outlined in the administrator's guide. Log files are a useful starting point for troubleshooting problems related to operations or performance. For NT, NT's Performance Monitor and Event Viewer may be utilized.   Yes, the product has built-in system monitoring, network mapping, probing (such as File monitor, domino server probe, Mail probe), logging, and events reporting.   View messages created by the server by monitoring the server log file; scan database files and correct data errors with the MMRx utility. The administrator can also dynamically monitor active user account logging levels, server and hub attached status.   Administration Center can monitor errors/logs produced by the services. Performance is monitored via another applet which shows some statistical information of the services.   Command line utilities allow the administrator to monitor user sessions, log-out users, and list counter statistics including total concurrent connections, and number of database reads/writes/deletes. Administrators can also ping the calendar server or refresh the configuration. The administrative tools allow the administrator to list calendars, view contents of calendars, delete old events/to-dos in calendars, import and export calendar data from/to a file in iCAL or XML formats, create calendars, delete calendars, etc.  
    Backup and Restore  
    Weight: 2   Weighted Score:
6


  Weighted Score:
6


  Weighted Score:
6


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6


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6


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      Utilities are included with a recommended database maintenance schedule. Services automatically go into Standby mode and close down their databases at customer defined times to ensure clean backups of the files. By default, backup is made from a directory to tape but Administrators can configure the service to make a copy of the database in a different directory on the same server. OnTime provides easy to use utilities for rebuilding data files and indices.   Exchange Server uses Windows NT backup and restore tools.   Backup and restore utilities are part of the administrator toolset.   Notes implemented log-based transactive database updates. User will be able to back up all databases on-line incrementally or in full, without bringing the server down.   The product uses the operating system backup and restore utilities.   Normal database backup/restore procedures.   The database can be restored or backed-up via command line utilities by the administrator. Individual users and calendars can be backed-up or restored as well.  
    Index and Search Capabilities  
    Weight: 2   Weighted Score:
6


  Weighted Score:
6


  Weighted Score:
6


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6


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      Administrator can search users, content, resources, workgroup and services.   Exchange Server has sort by command for user mailboxes and other objects.   Search for users and resources is available.   Yes, it has a built-in full-text indexer, meta information per document, and domain search.   No search capabilities; user/resource list automatically displays all.   None.   Users can not index or search content. Users can create sets of calendars, which can be used for content themes. Users can also search for calendars. According to the vendor, in the next version users will be able to search for events within calendars.  
 

    Ease of Use  
    The product's straightforwardness in terms of intuitiveness, logic, and user interface.  
    Factor: Standard  
    Product Name OnTime
4.7
Outlook
2000
Corporate Time
4.0
Notes
R5
Meeting Maker
6.04
TimeCruiser
2.0
iPlanet Calendar Server
2.1
 
    Manufacturer Open Text Corp. Microsoft Corporation Corporate Software & Technologies Int. Inc. Lotus ON Technology Timecruiser Computing Corporation Sun-Netscape Alliance  
      Group Score:
86 out of 130
Total Score:
937 out of 1475
  Group Score:
70 out of 130
Total Score:
913 out of 1475
  Group Score:
86 out of 130
Total Score:
882 out of 1475
  Group Score:
76 out of 130
Total Score:
880 out of 1475
  Group Score:
86 out of 130
Total Score:
828 out of 1475
  Group Score:
74 out of 130
Total Score:
630 out of 1475
  Group Score:
60 out of 130
Total Score:
619 out of 1475
 
    Technical Support  
    Weight: 4   Weighted Score:
32


  Weighted Score:
24


  Weighted Score:
32


  Weighted Score:
24


  Weighted Score:
32


  Weighted Score:
24


  Weighted Score:
8


 
      Support is available 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM Eastern time Monday to Friday. In all help pages, users press support tab then info about how to get support from Open Text will display. Available are web, email, phone and fax. Phone/email support was prompt and professional.   Calls to Microsoft Certified Support Center can be made at additional cost. Web support includes a searchable knowledge base, downloads and FAQs. Email support was good.   Support packages are available; 8x5 or 24x7. Web support includes server and client FAQs; release notes updated regularly. Telephone and email support was timely and accommodating.   Online Customer Support Electronic Incident Submission system is available. Telephone support is available 8-6 Eastern time Monday to Friday. Technical support was average.   Online users may browse and search the technical support knowledge base or view the FAQ. Support is also available by email and by telephone Monday through Friday, 9:00am through 5:30pm EST. 7 X 24 access to support is also an option. Email support was adequate.   For 5x8 support service is 15 of the software purchase price. For 7x24 support service is 22 of the software purchase price. Email support was responsive and adequate.   Installation, administration, and evaluation guides are available online as PDF documents. Phone support is available Monday - Friday 7:00a.m. - 4:00 p.m. PST. Technical support is also available via the public newsgroup.  
    User Interface  
    Weight: 3   Weighted Score:
12


  Weighted Score:
16


  Weighted Score:
12


  Weighted Score:
12


  Weighted Score:
12


  Weighted Score:
12


  Weighted Score:
12


 
      OnTime has a very functional user interface. It displays meetings and tasks (by priority) and monthly views on one screen. This product can provide optimal organization.   The user interface is sharp and well designed; pull down menus and meaningful icons. An optional help tool is available through the office assistant; no balloon help is available.   The user interface is well designed and easy to navigate; pull down menus and easy to identify icons.   Notes provides one easy-to-use, consistent interface which is email-like. The user interface is pretty good.   The screen is easy to navigate with pull down menus and easy to identify icons.   The user interface is pleasant. Function bar is organized and clear.   Web based, the user interface is simple and intuitive. Balloon help is not available.  
    Ease of Installation  
    Weight: 2   Weighted Score:
6


  Weighted Score:
6


  Weighted Score:
6


  Weighted Score:
4


  Weighted Score:
6


  Weighted Score:
6


  Weighted Score:
6


 
      Installation through InstallShield(R) is smooth.   Complicated. NT, service packs, IIS, and Exchange Server must all be installed in the proper order. Then the Outlook startup wizard is used to install the product; it checks the system for existing email packages, then offers to import Net connection info, folders, existing mail, and contacts, whether switching from an older Outlook version, Eudora, Netscape Mail, or another major mail client. Very nice.   The installation of the client/server product is straight forward. The installation instructions, readme files and release notes would be more convenient if combined into one easy to reference installation guide. Interfaces to LDAP, mail and web servers add complexity.   There are more setup tasks for the Domino server installation. Using wizards to install.   Installation of server, client and Java client is straightforward and well documented in the installation guide. Interfaces to other servers add complexity.   Yes, it is easy to install using script and installer. Jrun is required before to install the product.   Installation is reasonably quick and simple. A Directory Server such as Netscape Directory needs to be installed first.  
    Tutorials and Training  
    Weight: 2   Weighted Score:
6


  Weighted Score:
4


  Weighted Score:
6


  Weighted Score:
8


  Weighted Score:
6


  Weighted Score:
2


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      There is a 91-page OnTime Enterprise Training Guide. Classroom training includes: User training, Train the trainer, and Administrator training, which take approximately 2-3 hours and cost US$1,500 plus expenses per day.   An online Outlook 2000 seminar can be found on the Microsoft website; FAQs for Office have good information too.   Formal classroom training for end user 1/2 day, instructor 1 day, server 2 day, custom classes also available.   There is a 5 minute online Guided tour for Domino administration and Notes. The Welcome Page includes a walk through tutorial for new users, as well as a guide for previous users of Notes. A Step by Step manual provides basic functional introduction.   Customized training available upon request; Quick Reference Cards are also available.   There are no tutorials. User Guide is helpful.   According to the vendor, the Sun Netscape Alliance Educational Training Group will provide training.  
    Product Learning Curve  
    Weight: 2   Weighted Score:
6


  Weighted Score:
4


  Weighted Score:
6


  Weighted Score:
4


  Weighted Score:
6


  Weighted Score:
6


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      This product has sophisticated and flexible calendaring functions. User manuals are helpful in getting familiar with the product.   It is easy to begin messaging and calendaring; but the product is robust and it could take time to learn to use all the product features.   It is easy to begin calendaring.   The learning curve is longer than the other evaluated products due to the administration tasks.   Easy to get started.   New user should be able to create an appointment within an hour.   The product is simple and intuitive. New users should learn it quickly  
    Ease of Use  
    Weight: 4   Weighted Score:
24


  Weighted Score:
16


  Weighted Score:
24


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24


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24


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24


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      The product is easy to use. There are features that enhance user experience, such as when users log in to the system, a summary of current changes to calendars will display. Keyboard short-cuts also make navigation easy.   With many rich features to learn, newcomers might take longer to be productive; help files will be open much of the time.   Yes, the product is easy to use.   It is easy to use, functional tabs are very clear, bookmark icon makes switch between different tasks such as calendar, address book, To Do list very easy.   Yes, the product is easy to use.   Due to its limited basic calendaring function, it is easy to use.   For the most part the product is easy to use, but unfortunately, manual entry of e-mail addresses is required for every meeting invitation. According to the vendor, the next version will feature personal address book integration.  
 

    User Functionality  
    Features on the application's client-facing side. The parts of an application that facilitate a user's work processes.  
    Factor: Standard  
    Product Name OnTime
4.7
Outlook
2000
Corporate Time
4.0
Notes
R5
Meeting Maker
6.04
TimeCruiser
2.0
iPlanet Calendar Server
2.1
 
    Manufacturer Open Text Corp. Microsoft Corporation Corporate Software & Technologies Int. Inc. Lotus ON Technology Timecruiser Computing Corporation Sun-Netscape Alliance  
      Group Score:
348 out of 550
Total Score:
937 out of 1475
  Group Score:
370 out of 550
Total Score:
913 out of 1475
  Group Score:
338 out of 550
Total Score:
882 out of 1475
  Group Score:
338 out of 550
Total Score:
880 out of 1475
  Group Score:
312 out of 550
Total Score:
828 out of 1475
  Group Score:
230 out of 550
Total Score:
630 out of 1475
  Group Score:
214 out of 550
Total Score:
619 out of 1475
 
    Create a Meeting  
    Weight: 3   Weighted Score:
12


  Weighted Score:
12


  Weighted Score:
12


  Weighted Score:
16


  Weighted Score:
12


  Weighted Score:
12


  Weighted Score:
8


 
      Meeting creation function is very comprehensive. User can easily drag a start/end time pointer for meeting. There are three appointment types: normal, critical, and holiday, each with a different color display. To create a meeting in OnTime is very efficient. User can book a time/date, then select attendees from list. If user just accepts it without checking each individual's day calendar, the system will display a warning before confirmation. User has to open every calendar for each individual in the meeting to see the free time which is not very efficient. Does not seem to have auto search free time capability.   Easy and flexible. Enter announcement, select attendees and resources from an address list, select day and time, quickly view and resolve availability and send.   Easy and flexible. Enter date and time, search for people and resources, add comments and attachments, link tasks and set reminder, check and resolve schedule conflicts.   Creating a meeting is like filling in an email form. Other than date, time, and description, all the attendees will add to the to. There are also cc and bcc options. User can easily reserves room and resources to a meeting. A unique feature is the ability to categorized appointment. User can also create a meeting by using the Copy Into utility for new calendar entry. The Pencil In option adds tentative reminder for appointment.   Proposer selects guests from a list of users, groups and contacts and enters the date and time. The program immediately displays schedule conflicts and Auto-Pick can be used to find a time when all guests can attend. Meeting agenda, options and comments are entered easily and from a single screen.   TimeCruiser has a basic creation function. User can have all day event or an appointment with start and end date. User can add description and location, but the day selection screen is not very easy to use. User can not invite attendee through this function.   The product does not supply a list of other users and requires manual input of the e-mail addresses for each meeting. It also does not allow users to check for time conflicts.  
    View a Meeting  
    Weight: 3   Weighted Score:
16


  Weighted Score:
12


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12


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12


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12


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12


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      There are a lot of icons for entry indication such as: notes attached, alarm set, recurring entries, originator, RSVP yes etc., which makes viewing the calendar very clear. There are day, week, month and select date views. The schedule can display appointments in collapsed mode so that they appear as a list. View Meeting shares the same screen as Creating a Meeting. The meeting description is also displayed on the screen at the time slot.   View a meeting by selecting it from a folder or any calendar view. Immediately view if a response is needed, see updates, who has accepted and declined, the organizer and invitees, subject, details and lastly RSVP if desired.   View a meeting by selecting it from a folder or any calendar view. Quickly see who proposed the meeting, how invited guests and resources replied, details and attachments, linked tasks, reminders and lastly view/modify your reply.   User can select Go to Today or a desired date to view a particular calendar. User can click on an event then click on the details link for event information.   View a meeting by selecting it from a folder or any calendar view. User can view meeting title and owner, attendees, date, location, agenda and optional notes. Meeting owner can view comments from attendees.   The most unique feature of TimeCruiser is user can merge all loaded calendars into one for easier viewing. Time and description of the appointment is displayed on the view window.   Users can click on an event then click on the details link for event information.  
    Update a Meeting  
    Weight: 3   Weighted Score:
12


  Weighted Score:
12


  Weighted Score:
12


  Weighted Score:
12


  Weighted Score:
16


  Weighted Score:
12


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      Click on an existing appointment to modify it. The tabs are very clear. All functions can be performed easily. User can delete a calendar entry or delete a range of calendar entries (but not the group entries) by selecting before/after/between a category date. User can drag-and-drop a meeting to different time slots. The most unique function gives the ability to convert an appointment to a task and vice versa. If someone else tries to modify a user's calendar, the user will be notified.   Easy and flexible. Open original invitation, enter changes and send. Optionally, the meeting owner can drop and drag a meeting to a new day and time then choose to send all invitees notification of the change.   Open a meeting and either delete it or modify any feature set when the meeting was created. Another way the owner can reschedule an entry is to drag and drop it to a new time or day. Either way, all invited users and resources will be notified of the change.   User can change a meeting by editing or dragging the entry. When rescheduling a meeting and invitations have already been sent out, Notes will send rescheduled documents to all invitees.   The meeting owner can drag and drop to change the meeting time or day or optionally open the meeting and update criteria. When changing the date, time, duration or frequency of a meeting, the product notifies each attendee of the change; changed items are underlined in the meeting proposal.   Use right click, user can view, new, edit and delete an entry. User can modify all the fields. When deleting an appointment, a confirmation warning will display.   Deleting a meeting is easy, but updates may require e-mails to reschedule on other users private calendars.  
    Repetitive Meetings and Tasks  
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      User can set weekly, monthly, every three months or every six months. User can also set end date, or no end date (that is till 2079). When modifying or deleting, user has options of modify/delete this occurrence , this and future occurrences and all occurrences .   Select start and end time; recurrence patterns are day, week, month or year; for range of recurrence enter start date and select end date using flexible options - no end date, end after x occurrences, end by x date.   Repetitive options are daily, weekly, monthly on a day or date, yearly; select time, start and end date, choose whether to include weekends and holidays; add additional dates; list all dates and selectively delete or keep all; ignore or resolve conflicts.   Other than the standard daily/weekly/monthly recurring selection, a unique feature is that the user can customize a recurring meeting. User can repeat to-do also.   Repetitive frequencies are daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, annually with flexible options for each; select days of week, ongoing or enter start date and end date.   The repeat calendar function is very good. User can repeat on every hour, day, week, and month. Expiration can be after a number of iterations or on an end date.   Repeating events can be scheduled daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly. There are a number of features which allow a user to create virtually and pattern of repeating events.  
    Respond to Meeting Invitation  
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      Pending RSVP will be displayed red on welcome page. User can reply Yes, No and Maybe to an invitation with comments and set up alarm.   RSVP response is accept, decline or tentative. User may decide whether or not to send a message with the response.   RSVP response is will attend, will not attend, will confirm later, prefer another time; sending an email with the reply is an option.   User has five options under the Respond button: accept, declined, delegate, propose new time, and tentatively accept. If user accepts an email meeting, it will automatically add to the calendar. Notes also supports autoprocess invitation which will automatically accept any invitation that is received if user is free at the time of the meeting.   The guest may include comments and either accept, decline or choose to respond later.   User can respond to an invitation (email) by select one of the following: undecided, accepted, declined, proposed, and confirmed. User can RSVP with a comment.   Invitations are sent via e-mail. Users can respond, but the functionality is not facilitated by the product.  
    Review RSVP Status  
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      It is very convenient to view the RSVP status for a meeting. The RSVP status for a group meeting is summary in one tab. User response can be Yes, No or Maybe. User can add a comment and alarm. On Time can display the summary status of RSVP, such as all attendees have RSVP'd Yes, at least one attendee has RSVP'd No...   Proposer opens meeting and immediately views number of invitees that accepted, declined or are tentative; detail status of each invitee quickly viewed on another screen. Attendee opens meeting and views date and time of response and whether he accepted, declined or is tentative.   Proposer can quickly view the in-tray to see whether a guest has accepted a meeting proposal. Attendee also views meeting response from the in-tray. Opening the meeting is another way to review RSVP status of each guest   Through View Participant Status , Notes will show user lists of who has accepted the invitation, who has declined, and who has delegated.   Proposer can open the meeting and quickly view the status of all guests and the comments of guests that have replied. Attendee opens meeting and views how he commented and responded. Changes since the last viewing are underlined.   When view sent invitation, user can see the status of the invitation.   Invitations are sent via e-mail. Users can review e-mail responses, but the functionality is not facilitated by the product.  
    Conflict Handling  
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      User can modify this/all (frequency) occurrence and delete this/all(frequency) occurrence. User can change every attribute of that appointment. When making changes to a group meeting, the RSVP will reset all to Not Seen , to make sure the attendees got the notification. Attendees can only change the following for a group meeting: 1. The comment, 2. The RSVP status, and 3. Add an alarm. If user just accepts it without checking each individual's day calendar, the system will display a warning before user confirms it: This appointment overlaps with other appointments and user has the option to ignore it.   After selecting attendees for an event, the invitee can immediately see availability/schedule conflicts in color graphic format. Owner may send invitation or resolve conflicts with Auto pick feature.   Proposer can quickly view the in-tray to see whether a guest has accepted a meeting proposal. Attendee also views meeting response from the in-tray. Opening the meeting is another way to review RSVP status of each guest.   Yes, Notes will display a warning if there is a time conflict from attendees.   After selecting attendees, the invitee can immediately see the availability of each attendee. Easily resolve conflict with the Auto-Pick feature or send invitation anyway.   Yes. But there is no warning when scheduling a meeting with a conflict. By default, overbooking is allowed. User needs to set the event as exclusive in order to avoid schedule conflict.   No conflict handling functionality is provided.  
    Free Time Search/Auto Schedule  
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      One of the best free time searches. User can specify the require duration for the meeting, the cursor will move through the available time for the attendee for user selection. OnTime can display at a glance time availability for every users and resources that user invite to the group meeting, the first line will be the combined time availability for meeting.   Auto pick looks forward or backward (but not in the past) from the proposed date for available free time for a subset or all attendees and resources. Free time is displayed in an easy to read graphical format.   The Suggest Date/Time dialog box suggests times at which all invited users and resources are available. User can set parameters (within extended hours or within normal hour) or take defaults. Select from a list of suggested times.   Notes will Check all schedules for availability. User can search for an available room with required capacity and resources at a specific time in address book which is very convenient. Notes will suggest a list of alternative times.   The program identifies conflicts as you are proposing a meeting. You can easily scroll a daily calendar to find a time when all guests are free or use Auto-Pick to automatically find free time forward of the proposed date.   The free time search is quite powerful. User can search free time among selected calendars (users) within specified date/time range. Then, it will display the first available time.   No free time search/auto schedule functionality is provided.  
    Send Meeting Invitation  
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      The entry will log into the invitee's calendar. OnTime will send email notification to attendees.   The same invitation may be sent to an Exchange mailbox and an internet mailbox.   The Agenda works with the email program to send messages when the user replies to invitations or creates, modifies or deletes entries.   This is an automatic process after click Save and Send. The invitation is sent to the mail router and is received in the inbox of the invitee's mail requesting them to attend and informing them of the meeting.   Windows users with MAPI-based email and all users with SMTP mail can invite external guests to meetings via email directly from the meeting proposal window.   When an invitation is sent via RSVP tab , the invitees will automatically receive items in their INBOX indicating a new/updated invitation arrived. The drawback of Invitation is that it does not integrate with Create Calendar. User has to go to a separate RSVP tab to new an invitation to the attendees. According to the vendor, in 2.1, the scheduled invitation will be automatically LINKED with all parties with a single event.   Requires manual entry of e-mail addresses for attendees for each meeting.  
    Block Personal Time  
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      Yes, user can check private for any calendar, other users will only see header appointment in that time slot. For task, if user selects private , then the task will not display when others view it.   Yes. Create an appointment and show time as either busy or out of office.   Yes. Create a meeting with the meeting proposer as the only attendee.   User can mark private for his appointment. User can also hide the time slot during the day when he/she is not booked.   Vacation and personal days are easily blocked and labeled.   When a user marks a meeting private, the event becomes private. But when view appointment, it is not blocked, description is still being displayed.   The user can block off time on his calendar and allow other users to view this information, but this does not impact when the events are scheduled. There is no conflict checking.  
    Address Book support  
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      None.   The contact list is the user's email address book; it is maintained by the user. Enter the contact name, general, detail and other business information. Address an email, send a task or meeting proposal to a contact.   Yes. The address book can be personal or published (shared with selected users on the server). Store contact information, dates, notes and more. Note that entries in the address book do not show on the list of users - when inviting guests to meetings.   Yes, user can create his own personal N & A Book. User can add contact and create groups, create mailing lists, personal groups.   The address book stores private groups created by the user. The contact list is maintained by the user and available from the meeting proposal screen when selecting guests. Enter the contact name, address, email and other business information.   No. Address Book will be supported in version 2.1.   No internal or external address book support is provided.  
    Calendar Viewing Options  
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      OnTime provides pleasant viewing function. User can view Daily, weekly, and monthly calendars. User can jump to a specific date to view also.   The Outlook Today page displays today's calendar and events, task list and number of items in inbox and outbox; the page can be customized. View one day, 5 days, 7 days or a month; view non-contiguous days side by side such as the next three Mondays (or totally unrelated days); see appointments, meetings and holidays for each day; day views include the task list. List all active appointments, all events, all recurring appointments, view by category; customize the view with filters, sorts, group by and more. A preview pane can be used with any calendar view to preview item content.   Known as the Agenda in this product: the day view displays the day's appointments, holidays, notes, day events, and tasks to be completed; the week view displays a five, six, or seven day week with notes and day events displayed under each day; the month view shows a snapshot of the month's activities; options for color coding scheduled events.   User can view the calendar one day at a time, two days at a time, one week at a time, two weeks at a time, and one month at a time, or use arrow button to go to previous/next page.   The daily calendar displays scheduled meetings, activities and banners with 5 or 1 day viewing options; the monthly calendar displays an overview of the entire month with meetings and activities listed on the days they occur; the master schedule provides a composite view of busy and free time for a group which has been defined by a user or administrator; view another user's calendar if proxy access has been given; use labels to color code scheduled events.   TimeCruiser permits four types of viewing layout: daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly.   Good calendar viewing functionality. Users may view calendars in daily, weekly, and monthly views or an overview.  
    Task Management  
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      The best part of Task Management is also create an Appointment (and vice versa). User can create a related appointment for a user task. Also, user can create tasks for an appointment. Task creation is easy; tasks will be sorted by priority. But user cannot assign due date. User can classify user tasks to 30 categories. In addition, user can set user task frequency to single or rollover. They will be removed until they are completed or deleted.   Features include start and end date, status, complete, priority, reminder, comments; select a contact or category and assign to another user. The To-do list displays in a single window or with the daily calendar; unfinished tasks move forward.   Features include start and end date, access level, priority, complete, attachments, comments and reminder; a task may be linked to a meeting; unfinished tasks move forward. To-Do list displays in a single window or with the daily calendar. The level of detail is suited to complex time management.   With the To-Do list, set a priority (high, medium, low, and no priority) and a status (not started, in progress, on hold, and completed). Change a personal to-do list to the group to-do list to include Assign To, Cc, and Bcc participant fields. Group To- Dos send invitations to invitees just as meeting invitations do. Unfinished tasks do forward to the next day.   Features include date, priority, notes, reminder and group items - select others to participate and the item appears on their to-do list; To-Do list displays in a single window; incomplete items are automatically pushed to the next day; completed items continue to appear until deleted.   None. Task will not be supported until version 2.1.   Tasks are listed in chronological order by due date, next to the calendar. They are not included on the calendar on the due date. Virtually every combination of repeating due dates can be scheduled. E-mail reminders can be scheduled for days, weeks, or minutes before the due date. E-mail notification of the tasks can be sent to a list of manually entered e-mail addresses.  
    Offline Access  
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      Off line access is only available with the desktop tool. User must first initiate a download of his calendar to get a copy.   With offline folders the user can store data and then work offline with calendar and email information. When the user connects back to the server, the offline folders are automatically synchronized with information stored on the Exchange Server.   The offline Agenda lets you create, edit and view entries and upload them to the online Agenda the next time you connect to the server. Setup the offline agenda with offline preferences.   One of the key strengths of the Notes client is the ability to replicate any Notes application from the Domino server, then when disconnected, make additions, edit, deletions, etc. to any of the documents in that application. Once reconnected, with one click of a button on the replicator page, all the changes made locally get sent back to the server, plus any new changes made on the server copy get replicated to that user's local copy. Notes supports selective replication, whereby a user can decide to only replicate certain data, if not all the data is necessary. Another key feature is field level replication. Meaning Notes only replicates fields that have changed, not entire documents.   A full datastore set is created and dynamically updated on each native client device. When disconnected from the network environment, any user can view a full set of all data, including calendar, proxy calendars, directories, groups, to-do's, and all user-defined preferences. Information proposed while offline is synchronized when the user reconnects to the network, either via remote dialup or WAN.   None.   As a web based product, Calendar Server can be configured to fully accommodate remote access by users.  
    Spell Check  
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      None.   Yes. Choose Microsoft Word for your email editor and get language AutoDetect spell checking and proofing support.   No.   Yes. Notes generic spell check function is used when checking a calendar entry.   No.   None.   No spell check functionality is included.  
    Search Capability  
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      The search function is very robust. User can do search through text search to the description (not notes), pending RSVP entries, decline RSVP and originated group entries. After OnTime finds it, user can click the button and bring user right into that appointment. User can also generate a list of pending RSVP with OnTime. User can select the find string from the 10 previously-used text strings.   The advanced find tool is very flexible and allows the user to search any field in all item types.   Search tools let you quickly create lists of attendees for meetings, find out what another user is doing at a given time and view times when users are available to attend meetings.   User can search for text strings within mail messages, To Do list entries, discussion topics, web pages, newsgroup topics, and anything else that can be represented as a document in Notes. The other alternative is find/replace text in the calendar document .   Search for text in calendar data by selecting fields to search and a forward or reverse search date.   Yes, search function provided for searching appointment entry.   Administrators can search for users, groups, or organizational units. However, users can not. Users can search for calendars.  
    Work Group  
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      Yes, OnTime supports private work groups. User can select from the meeting list of attendees. Only the attendees can view the description of the meeting.   Users can create distribution lists consisting of contacts from one or more contact folders and the Exchange Server Global Address List.   Any user can create private or members only groups. Administrative groups can only be created by users granted the authorization to do so by the system administrator.   Yes, user create work group through select members from the address book. User then can schedule meeting by invite workgroup (mailing list) to a meeting.   Yes, the user can create private groups; they are stored in the address book.   Create user groups allowed within each Site .   The user can not create groups. Only the administrator can create groups. Users can create groups of calendars. Users can also assign multiple owners to the calendar thereby creating a virtual group calendar. iCS does not support creating LDAP groups--that is a directory function.  
    Calendar Delegation  
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      When user assigns the Assistant access right, that person is delegate to manage user calendar. The only thing the person can not view is the description of a meeting user marked private .   One or more delegates can be named to read only, read and create, or read, create and modify a user's calendar, task list and email.   One or more delegates can be assigned access rights for meetings, day events and notes. Options are modify, read/write and view only.   User can assign three levels of delegation control to the calendar, so others can create and edit the calendar; they can not read the description if the meeting is marked private.   User can assign multiple proxies to arrange meetings, answer messages and schedule activities. Proxy can read or update calendar and view/not view descriptions of activities and to-do items.   None.   The user can block off time on his calendar and allow other users to view this information, but this does not impact when the events are scheduled. There is no conflict checking.  
    Reminder Management  
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      OnTime supports sound wave files (.wav). User can set personal alarm ring at certain minutes before the appointment, but has neither email nor other reminder devices. User can set alarm to the snooze mode to ring the alarm at a certain time.   Reminders can be from 5 minutes to two days before an event. Default reminder time is set in user preferences. Reminders are visual or sound; sounds can be customized.   Reminders can be any number of minutes, days or weeks prior to the event. Format is either a pop-up window or upcoming note.   Notes can set alarm either audible, visible or email, to notify user before meetings and to-do. User can add additional text reminder to an alarm. A nice feature is that others can be notified with a message box or email. There are five categories of reminder: vacation, holiday, project, client, and phone call.   Reminders can be set for minutes or days prior or a specific day and time can be specified; color coding is also an option.   Email notification serves as reminder tool. No alarm function is supported.   When users schedule meetings they can choose to send an e-mail reminder minutes, hours, or days before the event.  
    Internet Publisher  
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      Yes, public calendars can be viewed by anyone who has access to the URL that points to the OnTime Web login.   Yes. Publishing a personal or team calendar as HTML is easy.   Yes, with the CorporateTime Outlook Connector this is possible.   No. User can not publish calendar to the web browser.   Windows and Macintosh clients have the capability to publish calendars in HTML format. Calendars can be published manually or automatically.   Yes, user can publish events by entering them in public calendars.   Yes, a user can publish calendars that can be viewed by anyone with a web browser. Publicly readable calendars can be referenced by a static URL. No authentication is required. It works just like a web page.  
    Attachment  
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      Users can attach Notes to meetings that can be viewed by all attendees. The Notes can be up to 16K in size. Users can Cut and Paste into the Notes filed, or they can supply a valid URL.   Yes. Most popular file formats can be used as attachments to meetings, tasks and appointments.   Yes, a meeting or task may have an attachment.   Yes, user can attach a file in the calendar entry in the description field. It is a rich text field so it can support HTML, etc.   No, however a text file can be imported to the agenda of a meeting proposal.   TimeCruiser lets user attach multimedia files and Java applets to schedule events.   No attachment functionality is provided.  
    Discussion Group  
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      No.   Yes. Outlook with NetMeeting allows audio and video conferencing over the internet.   No.   The Notes discussion enables users to categorize topics, mark topics and responses as private, and include rich text. User can create forums to discuss technical issues. Notes has integration with instant messaging, Lotus Sametime. From an email, a user can click on the who is online button in the action bar and the Sametime applet will load allowing users to start a chat with any of the users included in the email to or cc field.   No.   None.   No chat functionality is included.  
    Customization  
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      User can change default viewing mode, welcome page, background image file and use a style sheet to customize the appearance of the font, color. User can specify whether name will appear as displayed name or login name on the screen and working hours, and whether to show declined entries, how many most recently modified records stored (0-100), as well as toolbars, such as displayed at the top or bottom, with/without text description.   Customize toolbars and the appearance of email, the calendar, tasks, notes, contacts and the Outlook Today page. See free/busy times in contrasting colors in the daily and weekly views. User can customize the workweek, add holidays, set spell check options, choose to auto accept requests, and process cancellations.   Color code your scheduled meetings according to their attendance status, importance or ownership. Decide what icons and other details to display.   Customize the welcome page to include email, calendar, to-do list, favorite web pages, database subscriptions, and quick links. Default calendar preferences are: basic tab, free time search tab, to do tab, autoprocess tab, alarm tab, and delegation tab. User can set preference values such as: duration of meeting, enable automatically check time conflicts when schedule meetings, and enable alarm to minutes advance.   User preferences include workdays and hours, name and personal information, password change, message and reminder notification, calendar views, color coded labels, master schedule display and email defaults.   Yes, user can customize interface and layout. Such as : colors, choose which views are available to the users and in what order certain international notation support, such as week numbers, and icon images.   Users can choose from pre-packaged options for color schemes, toolbar labels, and fonts.  
    Corporate Event  
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      Yes, a web client only feature, corporate event is created through wide client. First create a new private workgroup then add public calendars to it. When anyone access the URL to log into OnTime, they can click on the public calendar link and view any of the public calendars. Users do not need an OnTime ID to view the Public calendars.   Yes, create an all day event, show time as free and invite one or more users. Nice feature.   Yes, create a day event and publish to a group or all users. Very nice.   Using the import holiday capability, an administrator can create a custom event set that includes corporate events and users can use the same mechanism to add that holiday set to their calendar as with the default holiday sets.   Yes; use the flexible holiday option. The flexible check box makes a holiday appear on calendars, but does not block off the day as a non-work day. Users do not appear busy if the holiday is marked as flexible.   Events for public viewing can be entered in designated calendars. Those calendars are in turn set as site default so that when viewers browse into the site, those calendars will be shown automatically.   Any user or administrator can provide a corporate event feed or publish a corporate event calendar.  
    Calendar Access Control  
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      There are 7 access rights levels which is ample. The maintenance is very easy; user first selects the user or group of users, then selects the access right (plus notification access right).   The user can delegate read only or read, create, modify and delete permission on calendar and folder items.   The user can delegate modify, view/reply and view only for meetings, day events and notes.   User can assign three levels of access control to his/her calendar: everyone can read, only following people can read, and only following people can create and edit.   User can delegate read/write or read-only access for calendar items.   There are three levels of access control to calendar : Full access, no access and read only.   Users may select check boxes to either allow all other users to view or modify their calendar.  
    Integrated Internet Solution  
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      User can add URLs in the Notes field. This can be used to point to a specific Web page.   Yes. Display a web page in the Outlook window by clicking a shortcut, such as your favorite Web page, on the Outlook bar.   Yes, from within your Agenda a web browser can be opened.   Yes. The InterNotes Web Publisher converts Notes forms, documents, views, and databases to HTML for publication on the Web. Notes also provides WebPages access. User can include a favorite web page on the welcome page.   No.   Calendar can be published onto the web browser. Such as Corporate calendar.   Event and to-do content can be HTML. Thus, user content can link to web pages.  
    Open Other Users Calendars  
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      For web client, clicking on the user name will open his/her Calendar. In Wide client, press open tab then select(not log in) the users from the user list. It is very easy. Users can view multiple calendars' appointments. OnTime also maintains a Most Recently Used list. It remembers which calendars were open when the product is closed down, it will automatically open these calendars the next time the user starts OnTime.   Quickly access other users calendars by choosing from a list of recently used calendars; schedule entries based on mutually free time.   The Group Agenda: open several users day views side by side to view their meetings and schedule entries with them at a mutually convenient time.   Users can view other people's calendars, given the proper access. If user clicks a person name rather than a block of busy time, Notes will display that person's calendar. Notes also has support for a Group Calendar view.   The Master Schedule provides a composite view of busy and free time for a group which has been defined by a user or administrator. Propose meetings from the Master Schedule that include all members of the defined group.   Yes. User can only open other users' calendars if under the same Site Id (group). The opened other users calendars can be view jointly and do free time search.   Users can create and view numerous calendar sets including public calendars of other users.  
    Entry Types  
    Weight: 3   Weighted Score:
16


  Weighted Score:
16


  Weighted Score:
12


  Weighted Score:
16


  Weighted Score:
12


  Weighted Score:
8


  Weighted Score:
8


 
      Appointment(critical, holiday and normal), group meeting, and any category of tasks.   Meeting, appointment, contact, task, journal entry, note; manage entries from the in-box.   Meeting, daily note, day event and task; manage calendar entries from the in-tray view.   There are five types of entries: Appointment, Meeting, Event, Reminder and Anniversary.   Meeting, to-do item, activity, contact, banner; manage calendar entries from the message window.   All day event, and appointment.   Events and Tasks.  
 

    Communication  
    Additional supported communication types.  
    Factor: Standard  
    Product Name OnTime
4.7
Outlook
2000
Corporate Time
4.0
Notes
R5
Meeting Maker
6.04
TimeCruiser
2.0
iPlanet Calendar Server
2.1
 
    Manufacturer Open Text Corp. Microsoft Corporation Corporate Software & Technologies Int. Inc. Lotus ON Technology Timecruiser Computing Corporation Sun-Netscape Alliance  
      Group Score:
15 out of 25
Total Score:
937 out of 1475
  Group Score:
3 out of 25
Total Score:
913 out of 1475
  Group Score:
15 out of 25
Total Score:
882 out of 1475
  Group Score:
0 out of 25
Total Score:
880 out of 1475
  Group Score:
15 out of 25
Total Score:
828 out of 1475
  Group Score:
0 out of 25
Total Score:
630 out of 1475
  Group Score:
5 out of 25
Total Score:
619 out of 1475
 
    Support for PDAs  
    Weight: 1   Weighted Score:
3


  Weighted Score:
3


  Weighted Score:
3


  Weighted Score:
0


  Weighted Score:
3


  Weighted Score:
0


  Weighted Score:
1


 
      The 32 bit client was built to use Starfish's TrueSync to synchronize data between OnTime and other applications and/or devices. It also supports import/export functions.   Outlook synchronizes with all leading palmtop devices, including the new Pocket Outlook in all Windows CE devices, Palm Pilot, and the Timex DataLink watch.   Yes, synchronize the Agenda and address book with a PDA using CS&T's CorporateSync; Windows and Macintosh support for Palm, Windows support for Psion and Windows CE.   None. It will be available later in first quarter 2000.   Yes, synchronize Meeting Maker information with the Palm Address Book, Date Book, and To-Do List. Server requirements are Meeting Maker version 6.04, or higher running on Win 95, 98, NT or Macintosh PPC. Synchronize any PalmOS compliant device including, 3COM PalmPilot, Palm III, Palm V, Palm VII, Palm Desktop 2.0 or higher. Other devices include Handspring Visor, QUALCOMM pdqPhone, Symbol, TRG Pro and IBM WorkPad.   None. According to the vendor, Palm supported planned for 2.1.   No PDA support is provided directly by the product. But PDA support can be attained by using iPlanet Wireless Server in conjunction with Calendar Server.  
    Wireless Suppport  
    Weight: 3   Weighted Score:
12


  Weighted Score:
0


  Weighted Score:
12


  Weighted Score:
0


  Weighted Score:
12


  Weighted Score:
0


  Weighted Score:
4


 
      The web client supports HDML, coupled with AT&T PocketNet (or compatible) service and unwired Planet HDML browser, user can use a wireless device to access real time calendar data, but is read-only.   Not available.   Yes. Wireless Data Server sends calendar information from CorporateTime over PCS networks to mobile phones.   None. It will be available later in first quarter 2000.   Mobile phones that employ an internet-based email address can receive automatic notifications of meeting proposals and changes via SMTP external guest contacts.   None.   Wireless support can be attained by integration with iPlanet Wireless Server.  
 

    Reporting  
    Environment for retrieving and manipulating stored reports.  
    Factor: Standard  
    Product Name OnTime
4.7
Outlook
2000
Corporate Time
4.0
Notes
R5
Meeting Maker
6.04
TimeCruiser
2.0
iPlanet Calendar Server
2.1
 
    Manufacturer Open Text Corp. Microsoft Corporation Corporate Software & Technologies Int. Inc. Lotus ON Technology Timecruiser Computing Corporation Sun-Netscape Alliance  
      Group Score:
44 out of 70
Total Score:
937 out of 1475
  Group Score:
40 out of 70
Total Score:
913 out of 1475
  Group Score:
40 out of 70
Total Score:
882 out of 1475
  Group Score:
40 out of 70
Total Score:
880 out of 1475
  Group Score:
40 out of 70
Total Score:
828 out of 1475
  Group Score:
24 out of 70
Total Score:
630 out of 1475
  Group Score:
16 out of 70
Total Score:
619 out of 1475
 
    Administrator Reports  
    Weight: 3   Weighted Score:
12


  Weighted Score:
8


  Weighted Score:
8


  Weighted Score:
16


  Weighted Score:
12


  Weighted Score:
8


  Weighted Score:
8


 
      Reports are: User Dump report, Server Dump report, Home User Validation report, and Check Connectivity report. All/selected user reports.   No, monitoring and troubleshooting tools provide log files online and not in printed format.   No, monitoring and troubleshooting tools provide log files online and not in printed format.   Domino provides several types of log files, including complete server log, web server log, and transaction log. There are statistics reports on the Domino server. One is for Reservations and the other one is for Appointments.   The Analyze utility is a reporting mechanism that helps determine traffic patterns on a given server and/or user; output is to a text file.   Timecruiser only provides a basic log file for administrator.   Command line utilities allow the administrator to monitor user sessions, log-out users, and list counter statistics including total concurrent connections, and number of database reads/writes/deletes.  
    General Reporting Capabilities  
    Weight: 4   Weighted Score:
32


  Weighted Score:
32


  Weighted Score:
32


  Weighted Score:
24


  Weighted Score:
24


  Weighted Score:
16


  Weighted Score:
8


 
      There are eight standard reports: Day Planner, Weekly Grid, and Monthly Grid. User can enter a date range for user report. All the reports can be printed in 5-1/2x8-1/2 and 3-3/4x 6-3/4 and Franklin Day Planner, Day-Timer and DayRunner. User can print multiple user calendars. such as margin or number of columns. users do have the ability to create several different styles (such as margin or number of columns) of each report and save these settings within the product.   Print word-wrapped details of appointments in daily, weekly and monthly formats, hide appointments that are private; select items to print, print to a file are available. Paper types supported : Avery 41-206, 41-256, 41-307, 41-357, L7901, L7902, FiloFax No. 106, Custom. Page sizes: Letter, Letter Half, Billfold, Pocket, 1/2 1/4 1/8 sheet booklet Day-Timer Senior Desk, Pocket, Junior Desk, Junior Pocket Day Runner Entrepreneur, Classic, Running Mate Franklin Day Planner Monarch, Classic.   Many print options are available; print address books, in-tray and task list. Print agenda pages in daily, weekly, monthly or multiweek format with over 100 options from which to choose. Print layout options include Franklin Day Planner, Avery, Day-Timer.   Yes. User can print individual Calendar Event documents. There are daily, weekly, monthly, and calendar list reports. Notes supports a trifold style and support for paper sizes like Franklin Planner. User can change some settings, such as font size or whether to include weekends.   Standard reports include daily, monthly, weekly and yearly plus several variations of the to-do list. Page layout options include Avery, Day-Timer, Franklin Quest, Filofax, Dynodex.   User can print daily, weekly, and monthly calendar either in summary or detail format. Additionally, user can add title and sub-title to his reports.   No printing functionality is included, however, users can print through their browsers or with screen shots.  
    User Defined Reports  
    Weight: 2   Weighted Score:
0


  Weighted Score:
0


  Weighted Score:
0


  Weighted Score:
0


  Weighted Score:
4


  Weighted Score:
0


  Weighted Score:
0


 
      No. User cannot create custom report.   No.   No. However developing reporting applications through CAPI is possible.   No.   The Meeting Maker Print Layout Designer program is a standalone Windows application that enables the user to create custom forms and calendar layouts. Currently it is available only as a 16-bit Windows application.   No.   No custom reports functionality is included.  
 

  2000 Intraware, Inc.