Why another Domino add-on ?

The idea of Sms4Domino came up in 2011.  One of our customers was looking for a better way to monitor the Domino server.  What was the best way to gain the attention of the Domino administrator during his holiday ?

We looked for a SMS based solution.  We could find many but none of them satisfied our expectations.  They were either too generalistic, too expensive or required the installation of non-Domino-friendly software tools.   What we really needed was a SMS server that was sitting in the middle of our Domino environment.  Think of it as the Domino router that would not only speak NRPC and SMTP but also SMS.

In the end we decided to write a solution ourselves.  But we did not like to reinvent the wheel.  We started looking into the world of open source software and found some very interesting components: SmsLib for the low level communication with the modems, Log4j for logging and jAddin for building a Domino server add-in.

The customer been using Sms4Domino since a couple of months.  We strongly believe many Domino sites may benefit of our developments.  So we decided to launch Sms4Domino version 1.  New versions are expected in the coming months.  We look forward for your comments and suggestions.