I’ve tried several of the online calendars now and I still (to qoute U2) haven’t found what I’m looking for. 30 Boxes looks nice and has had some great write ups.
But I’m still missing a key function for me, sync with Lotus Notes.
The Lotus Notes Calendar is my hard landscape; it’s where I’ve got to be and what I’ve got to be doing at that time. I enter all my meetings and calls into it, my assistant enters information into it too.
I’m sure I won’t be alone in having more than one calendar tool, ie. a work one and a private one, but one will always be trusted more than the other, so one will always be a ‘hub’ calendar, So Notes is my ‘hub’ calendar.
My smartphone then uses mNotes to sync the calendar, so I’ve got my calendar with me wherever I go, it’s a simple and as straight forward as that and it works very well.
But the problem arises when I want to collaborate with someone outside of Lotus Notes, e.g. outside of IBM, which is why online calendars such as 30 boxes could provide the solution. I want to be able to allow friends and family to see my hard landscape and be able to make decisions knowing that all the information is there.
So I need 30 boxes to allow synchronization from Lotus Notes, but I don’t want it to sync all of the information. I don’t want people to see the conf call details including password for my calls. So what I need it to be able to do is adjust the information that is synced across, maybe I can see some details but other people just see it grayed out with the words ‘work meeting’.
Therefore until 30 boxes can sync from Lotus Notes, I’m going to be staying with Notes as my Hub Calendar. So you 30 boxes guys, importing from Lotus Notes and you’ve got a killer on your hands.
Update: I missed out probably the main reason why Notes is so important, because it handles meeting invites so well. You get an invite via a mail, you accept, it goes into your calendar. I couldn’t cope with manual entry or the stress of having to manually update an entry if the time or date of a meeting changed.