IBM™ gave Lotus Notes Client a general overhaul with version R8 and ported it to the Java based Lotus Expeditor platform. This is in turn based on the flexible Eclipse™ platform, familiar to many developers as a powerful framework for programming in Java.For customers, this new technical basis is an essential improvement of user interface and program functions, it provides clearly higher expandability through individual developments as well as benefits for software distribution in networks. The included productivity tools, an Open-Office-based office suite integrated in the client, also help save licensing costs.Composite applicationsComposite applications are application components (e.g. selection lists, visualization elements like graphs or web forms) loosely grouped in a joint interface intended to support users in their work. The concept of loose coupling and the related lower mutual dependency of components make every element of the composite application interchangeable without rearranging the entire application. It also facilitates the reusability of components.We will be happy to advise you on how to expand your existing Notes applications with composite application elements in a meaningful manner and will design new, flexible composite application architectures and components for you.