Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Gmail Priority Inbox

When Gmail launched Priority Inbox, I was initially not interested. That's why I did not enable the feature until today.

To know more about how Priority Inbox works, read here.

I just enabled it while having a lengthly meeting in a customer's site. I'm just impressed!

With Priority Inbox, there is this little section right at the top of your inbox (highlighted in RED). To me, it looks like a simple Executive Summary. So simple, so convenient. 


Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Blackberry Email & Calendar Sync with Sun Communications Suite

I just finished installing Sun Calendar Server to a customer's existing Sun Messaging Server infrastructure over the weekend in the Philippines.

Some of their directors use Blackberry. With the newly installed Calendar Server, they hope to sync their Blackberry devices.

I told them there are 2 approaches.

Approach 1: Blackberry sync with Outlook via USB

a. Install Sun Java System Connector for Microsoft Outlook
b. Sync Mail & Calendar from Sun Comms Suite 6u2 (Mail & Calendar) with Outlook
c. Sync Blackberry with Outlook via USB

Supported OS
Runs on Microsoft Windows 2000 (SP3 or higher), Windows XP (SP1 or higher), Windows 2003 Terminal Server, and Windows Vista

Supported Outlook
Supports Microsoft Outlook 2003 and 2007

Read here.

Approach 2: Blackberry sync over-the-air

a. Purchase NotifyLink Enterprise Server
b. Install and Configure to connect to Sun Comms Suite 6u2 (Mail & Calendar)
c. Blackberry sync with NotifyLink over-the-air

Read here.

Note: If users only want to "sync" email with Sun Messaging Server with Outlook, no connector is required. It works out-of-the-box via POP or IMAP protocol.


Wednesday, September 8, 2010

OpenSSO Identity Services

Besides Policy Agent that performs authentication and authorization, OpenSSO offers Identity Services to helps authenticate users who access protected applications.

The Identity Services are accessible via SOAP/WSDL and REST.

Basically, no difference from those offered by Policy Agent:

  • Authentication and Single Sign-on — Verification of user credentials
  • Authorization — Permission for authenticated users to access secured resources
  • Provisioning — Creation, deletion, search, and editing
  • Log — Ability to audit and record operations

The only difference is developers have to code by themselves to achieve the above 4 functionalities.
More flexibility if you look at it positively. Of course, more effort required.