We have extensive experience of manufacturing, business, operational and engineering environments and use that and our technical expertise to work with our clients to provide the right solution for them. Through customer feedback we have been able to build on our strengths and underpin our core principles.
In addition to providing products or repeatable solutions we also offer the following services.
We are very happy to deliver this service as we recognise that what is best for out customers is best for us in the longer term.
You may not need a dedicated architect but you do need to make sure that someone is taking the time to step back and ensure that the solution you are about to build is based on a solid foundation, will cope with 5 years worth of use and is using the most appropriate platform and methods.You can seldom make up for a rocky foundation with extra code, resources or money.
One of FoCul’s core strengths is in helping you to determine the best architecture for your applications. We are happy to lead user specification workshops or to work with your IT team to understand the resources that you have available and how these can be best used to deliver applications.
We can provide this support on an ad-hoc basis or against fixed deliverables and are very happy to work alongside your existing teams.
We develop these applications in a modular fashion re-using proven code where possible so that we can deliver robust solutions faster and at the best cost.
XPage applications can be run as web applications or from within IBM Lotus Notes – even in disconnected mode. XPage applications can also be mobilised.
FoCul is a leading developer of XPage applications.
The second method is to use software to take your data off-line on your device so that it can be accessed, modified or created whilst you are disconnected. This approach is usually more expensive but may be necessary if users cannot reliably get good data connections – e.g. on chemical plants.
New features in these modernised applications include dashboards, improved user interface, improved searching and mobilisation.
System health checks and security audits
Domino and / or Notes installations upgrades
Notes Traveler installation – this is a free add-on to IBM Domino that allows smart phones or tablets to integrate into your Notes / Domino mail system for work emails and calendaring.
Migrations to and from Notes
Review of your use of collaborative tools and your existing platforms to identify opportunities where collaboration could generate more business value.
Linux – One of the real strengths of the Domino Server and XPages is that they can be run on many different platforms. Linux is an efficient and robust platform that can be more cost effective than Windows Server depending on the hardware and circumstances. If you would like more help understanding or managing Domino / XPages on Linux please Contact us.
There are a wide range of IBM licensing models that you can choose from. This page is much too short to address them fully but you should be aware of the following points :
IBM XWorks Server : If you only need to run XPage applications rather than mail then the XWorks server can be a very attractive option.
IBM Express Licences : If you have less than 1,000 employees you will benefit from the Express Licence. For example there is no charge for servers if the users have an express Notes licence.
IBM Utility Licences : These licences allow unlimited users to access browser based applications and are priced according to the power of your server using “PVUs”.
If you are licensing servers be very aware that increasing the number of cores or CPUs will increase your licence costs very significantly – over-specifying a server is very expensive
Some software vendors such as ourselves, are able to include IBM Licences as part of the product. This can be very cost effective.
IBM Resellers, such as ourselves, can often add more value at renewal time than IBM