List of products and links to consider

A Byte review from June of '94, Scheduling across the enterprise. local copy, Byte server


Yahoo's PIM index

Yahoo's Groupware index

Calendar.com's event publishing service

From The Network Buyer's Guide Network Applications: Schduling

UC Davis C&S comparison table and recommended scheduling software and their Office Productivity Tools Pilot Evaluation Report from March - September 1995


Quick Comparision
Product and CompanyUnixMacMSWebotherC/S or emailTCP/IP find free timethird party databaseresource managmentproxiessecurity user viewsadministrative costcontacted?
Meeting Maker yesyesyes?NewtonC/Syes yesnoyesyespoor ?very highyes
Synchronize from Crosswind Technologies manyyes(new)yesyesyesc/syes yesnoyesyeseffectively none some investigating furtheryes
Russel Information Systems Calendar Manager pooryesyessoon?yesc/syes yesnoyesyespoor ??yes
Up-to-Date, by Now Software noyesyesyesyes?? ?yes??? many?no
On time novia web? yes yes ?c/s noyes no yes ? insufficient yes high no
Claris Organizer no yes no ? ? no
Organizer from Lotus nono?yes??emailnot native nono?possiblepoor 4?highno
LotusNotes some yes yes yes yes no
Novell Groupwise?yesyes??emailnot native ?noyesyesNetware based ?highno
Day Timer ? no
Web Calendar: via webvia webvia webYESvia webc/syes ??yes?? some?no
MS Schedule+ / Exchange nosomeday?yesyesnoemailyes ?noyesyesMS based yeshighno
Meeting Room Database
Corporate Events Calendar

Schedule+ from Microsoft, Gartner recently (April, 1996) modified their position on MS Exchange.


Up-to-Date, by Now Software

UP-TO-DATE does not meet several of our requirements for a campus wide C&S system.


On time

Campbell Services

This is a client server based product. However, the server platforms are NT, Netware and VINES. There are native clients for DOS and Windows. Mac and UNIX support is only available via a Web interface.

The company stresses the ease of use of their Windows based administration tool. This strongly implies that it is unsuitable for our needs since a GUI interface would preclude the ability to import data from our central directory on an ongoing basis.


Contact, from Now ?


Claris According to the current price list this is a Mac only product. We don't need to look at any further requirements to eliminate this product from contention. (9/17/97)


Organizer from Lotus

Office Server for LotusOrganizer and cc:Mail, which links scheduling systems across LANs to IBM PROFS and OfficeVision, Attachmate ((416) 979-1380).

LotusNotes

Organizer has traditionally used CC Mail as its proprietary email based transport system. This eliminates it from our consideration. The scheduling features of Lotus Notes are functionally equivalent. In our view the disadvantage is the requirement of the rest of the Lotus Notes infrastructure as a requirement to use the scheduling features.


Novell Groupwise

This is an email solution and not a true client server implementation. This eliminates from our consideration.


Synchronize from Crosswind Technologies

This is our current leading contender for a campus wide solution. The company has been very cooperative. We are presently reviewing licensing terms. We have several issues to still investigate sufficiently.

The company appears willing to provide us with source code access so that we can add security to meet our requirements.

The web interface looks pretty good but also needs to have SSL and client side certificate support added.

The native clients are not as good as many of the competing products however they are functional. They offer some important capabilites for mobile users that the web interface lacks. E.g. the ability to create a local store and update it while disconnected from the network, synchronizing it with the central server when reconnected.

The server has an interface that should enable us to manage the system effectively, unlike Meeting Maker. However, we still need to investigate the propagation of names and groups from our central directory into the Synchronize server. Will this affect the performance of the UI? What additional configuration will be needed? What tools are available to migrate existing Meeting Maker users to this product? ...


Meeting Maker

Meeting Maker is one of the stronger products that we examined. Many users are satisfied with its user interface. The product is based on a client server architecture. Although the product appears to work well as a departmental solution we found several problems when considering it as an campus wide solution.

An academic user population is more dynamic than the population in most businesses. Each year MIT has to add approximately 3,000 users at once. We also need to remove approximately the same number in one operation. A GUI administrative interface is not suitable at this scale of operation. When we examined the product there were no tools to automate a job of this size. Since then some of these capabilities have been added but informal conversations lead us to belive that the current administrative implementation falls far short of our needs.

We also are not satisfied with the tools available to modify the database or recover from database corruption. There also appears to be problems with the database if you wish to perform load balancing across servers or have a requirement to move users between servers. This problem may also be encountered when performing hardware maintenance when the service must remain available.

Meeting Maker clients are not availble for all IS supported hardware. An example is the lack of support SGI platforms.

Meeting Maker does not currently meet our security requirements. On Technology has stated that they are not interested in modifying their implementation to meet our security requirements at this time. They expect to address these issues when the IETF calsched working group specifies a security mechanism in an RFC.

On Technology Corp. Cambridge, Mass. (617) 374-1400; fax: (617) 374-1433 World Wide Web: www.on.com


Day Timer


CaLANdar from Microsystems Software

Lack of UNIX support. Uses email as the Internet transport, although there is a web interface. It appears that the product does meet many of our requirements.

Byte comparative review


Day Maker (obsolete?)


Russel Information Systems Calendar Manager 5.0, Russell Information Sciences (Laguna Hills, CA), lets you more easily schedule meetings and send messages to meeting schedulers; create to-do lists; and view and select Calendar Manager users, resources, and facilities across all enterprise servers. It also includes a Windows client GUI and has an optional Executive Desktop that lets you use the software as a personal appointment book and scheduler in diary format. $60 to $300 per seat; first server, $995; subsequent servers discounted. Phone: (714) 362-4000. MIT's account rep Katie Leary

When RIS found out we were talking to Crosswind and On Technology for evaluation as well, they stopped answering our email. It looks like they decided they couldn't take on that competition given our requirements.


Reserve Brings Scheduling to the Web: This system does not provide support for a personal calender nor does it support scheduling meetings. It is amied at facilities management.


Web Calendar: version 1.0B copyright 1995,1996. Susan Barfield Wright from College of Medicine at the University of Florida. A demo and the live version is available by taking a look at this link.

Version 1.0 may be freely used so long as no profit is derived from it. More information about this software and the calendar data format it uses can be found in the help file.

Web Calendar must be viewed with a browser that supports tables. It uses Michael C. Wright's socket code. It also uses an enhanced version of the 1994 Conlon-Wright calendar data specification.


Office-Logic for Windows (from $495) is fully integrated groupware with WAN capabilities. The software's intuitive user interface provides access to seamlessly integrated E-mail, group and personal scheduling, a database, and a phone-messaging center. The customizable software from LAN-Aces (Houston, TX) requires no programming. Phone: (713) 890-9787.


CalScan, a groupware meeting manager for Windows (from $36 per user), gives you the capability to plan for the short term, provide scheduling for groups and individuals, resolve meeting conflicts, and schedule recurring events. From RBC (Arlington, VA), the cross-platform scheduling software supports Ethernet, LocalTalk, and PhoneNet PC. Phone: (703) 243-9550.


A Unix-based, multifunctional, network-ready package, OnContact Enterprise 3.53 adds enhanced security, new scheduling methods, setup features, fax integration, upgraded merging capabilities, and advanced printing functionality. $1095 per user. Contact: Software Development Group, Cedarburg, WI, (800) 886-0866 or (414) 375-6555.


Byte Magazine, July 1994

PIMs Are Not So Personal Anymore
Alexis Tannenbaum

Recognizing that few people in today's workplace work alone, software developers are adding group-collaboration features to PIMs (personal information managers.

Even companies that have released PIMs for the first-time PC user say their strategic goal is to enable users on a network to share information. Officials at Polaris Software ((619) 592-7400), developer of PackRat and Advantage, a new PIM for novice users, say both will be network capable within the next 12 to 18 months.

Arabesque Software ((206) 869-9600) officials say Ecco Professional 2.0 and Ecco Simplicity support the sharing of schedules, phone books, and outlines over MAPI-, VIM-, or MHS-based E-mail systems.

Barbara Baird, director of product marketing for Lotus Organizer, says that modern PIMs must address the fact that one person's schedule can impact other people in the office. "You need the 'PIMness' for yourself," she says. "But a lot of your workday involves a lot of other people."

From Computerworld 18 March, '96

Calendaring and scheduling application to ride Web wave Tim Ouellette 03/18/96

Let your Daytimers gather dust.

Vendors of calendaring and scheduling software, like many other segments of the software market, seek to leverage the Internet and cheap World Wide Web browsers to simplify on-line scheduling for users.

Campbell Services, Inc. in Southfield, Mich., is beta-testing two versions of its OnTime calendaring and scheduling software. One version will allow access to schedules from Web browsers. The other will provide access to other companies' OnTime servers that are connected to the Internet. The products are expected to ship by midyear.

"We are hoping to eventually use it to open up calendaring across the Internet with other organizations and departments in other universities," said Ed Vasquez, a systems administrator at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

Users wouldn't have to play telephone tag, compare schedules and rework travel plans because the information would be immediately available on-line.

Vasquez plans a pilot test of Campbell's OnTime Web Server and server-to-server software.

The OnTime Web Server will let remote users view their OnTime schedules with Web browsers. The server acts as a client to a Novell, Inc. NetWare or Banyan Systems, Inc. Vines LAN. It communicates with the OnTime software that runs on a separate LAN server.

Campbell's server-to-server software will let organizations that use OnTime schedule meetings with one another over the Internet. The software can be combined with the OnTime Web Server, and users don't even need regular OnTime client software; instead, they can use their Web browsers to schedule meetings.

For instance, an OnTime user at a legal firm could set up a meeting with an OnTime user at aclient company, and neither firm would have to build any extra network infrastructure.

Novell plans for midyear GroupWise Web Access, which will let users access their GroupWise calendars and messages via a Web browser. But smaller vendors such as Campbell have a better opportunity to take advantage of user interest in Internet scheduling than larger groupware vendors, which must focus on improving more than just their calendaring and scheduling features, said Bill Nicklin, an analyst at Gartner Group, Inc. in Stamford, Conn.

OnTime is already used in large group installations. Vasquez said about 1,000users at the University of Michigan schedule everything from vehicles to visual equipment with OnTime over a Vines network. "The only things we don't schedule with OnTime are the bathrooms," he said.


Meeting Room Database


Corporate Events Calendar


Meeting Place Conference Server from Latitude is not really a Calendaring and Scheduling solution. It manages conference calls along with the agendas and meeting notes associated with them.


Microsoft's NetMeeting is not a C&S system but this page has a reference to Microsoft's User Location Server and some related information.