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From Catalog to App Store? Submitting to catalog.lotus.com
07/12/2010 10:59 AM by Chris Toohey
I submitted the Controller API Utility - my MVC app for IBM Lotus Notes Domino - to the IBM Lotus and Websphere Portal Business Solutions Catalog. With my submission currently pending approval, I have to wonder if the Catalog could very well evolve into the App Store we all say the platform needs.
The My Submissions -- as each submitted application, widget, or
portal plug-in requires review and approval -- lists your specific
submissions... and quite frankly doesn't need to be restricted to high-cost
apps. In fact, I think that
flooding adding more niche
applications will not only help to solidify the catalog as the
go-to market for all IBM Lotus Notes and Domino applications, but will also
give our solutions a wider audience.
Each submission is given a card which provides details about the specific product:
Not only are your submissions entered into the greater solutions catalog, but you - as a submitter - are given your own solutions page. The dominoGuru.com solutions page can be found at https://greenhouse.lotus.com/plugins/plugincatalog.nsf/home_full.xsp?fP rovider=dominoGuru.com&fProviderId=EE2E2E1CDD872A158525775E001B9E50.
... yeah, I need to clean that up a bit.
And you don't need to be an IBM Employee or even an IBM Business Partner to submit a solution to the catalog:
If you are an IBM Business Partner, you can login via your Partnerworld ID. For this exercise, I submitted the app under dominoGuru.com vs. Clearframe, going the Individual Contributor route.
This means that you - wielder of Domino Designer - can create and submit your own solutions to the catalog today. All you need is an IBM Site Login ID and you're all set!
See, I think if we populate the catalog with low-cost, consumer-focused (where in this case consumer == IBM Lotus professional) solutions, it will not only act to bring new talent to the platform, but overall strengthen it thru user adoption and the platform's use to address real-world business needs.
So what're you waiting for? Write a simple app to address a business need. Set the download URL of the Catalog entry to a Paypal Buy Now URL, and you're good to go!