So the university at which I work uses Novell’s suite of applications for e-mail, calendaring, systems management, and storage. For a while now, I have been contemplating how to stop using the GroupWise (e-mail and calendar) client, which is terrible on a Mac, and move to a different set of tools. At the same time, I have been seeking a bit more freedom with my choice of phones…
GroupWise is not very integration friendly. Yes, I can IMAP into the mail server, but that’s just mail. If I want calendars, the ability to propose meetings, etc, then the best solution on campus is to use a blackberry connected via the Blackberry Enterprise Server IT has hooked into GroupWise. This is a very nice integration – e-mails come very fast, calendar changes are pretty smooth (though sometimes I run into problems with recurring meetings) and the address book synchronization is great.
However, I won’t lie and say that I wouldn’t mind a phone that gave me a big touch screen rather than the traditional thumb-punching keyboard (and no, I am not interested in a Storm). So I have been looking at Android smart phones (ATT coverage is very bad here, so I have not seriously considered the iPhone).
So, how do I get GroupWise e-mail, calendar, tasks, and contacts all into an Android phone? Well, that’s why this is called the “GroupWise to Google Experiment.”