You really need to understand your business drivers clearly before even entertaining the thought of a migration to one other of these enterprise systems.. Drivers for migration include user preferences for one or other of the platforms, solving integration issues, lack of skills, consolidation to reduce operating costs and changes in IT strategy/technical architecture directions. However, once we entered into our evaluations/analysis, it was our view, that there are no unequivocal, platform-specific drivers for migrating from LND to MS Exc.
Both vendors are market leaders. Both application platforms are highly mature, have viable forward strategic paths, and are capable of meeting the complex functional needs of large enterprises. Both platforms have received huge investment and at the time of our investigation/analysis were due for significant functional enhancements in 2007.
Making sense of the issues around LND migration requires an understanding of the both vendors and their strategies, and their implications for the specific circumstances of within our organisation. The two platforms both offer comparable functions and features. The primary differentiators that might lead to seeing benefits in migration include the following:
· in favour of Microsoft is the benefit of moving closer towards a single vendor relationship and consolidating to a ‘pure Microsoft stack’ and .NET development environment … although the extent to which this is seen as a benefit depends very much on organisation-specific IT strategy, architecture and procurement policy drivers
· in favour of IBM is the relative strength of its platform as a collaboration environment, its stronger commitment to supporting heterogeneous environments, open standards and open source software, and its approach to evolutionary – rather than revolutionary – upgrade strategies.
Evaluating the benefits of migration required an in-depth analysis of the current application portfolio in the context of strategic thinking about the shape of both our IT organisation, IT architecture strategy and the application portfolio of the future.
A head-to-head comparison between the two platforms is a complex exercise due to the large number of different software products involved. What we had found in our costs, benefits, et al project in 2007 was that we could continue to leverage the excellent features, functions, and benefits we had already invested in LND.
We have used LND since 1996. Currently on 8.5 also using Quickr and Sametime. The 2007 cost comparison of Exchange/Outlook/Sharepoint vs. LND found that the difference in costs were hugely vast with an MS migration being far more expensive – note that both hard and soft costs were considered.
Since we go far beyond the classic mail and C&S, all components required from MS to replace LND had to be considered. The project would have been multi-year with a huge tech transfer process required. And, for example, “ripping and replacing” the core end user systems is unlikely to be justifiable on a technology architecture driver alone.
At the end of the day, it’s really the Senior Executives that will make the decisions. Some are often based on their predilection for Outlook, since the desktop is really the only thing they see/use. IBM’s Lotus Domino Access for Microsoft Outlook software enables an Outlook UI to be used while still running the Notes/Domino back end. It works great and saves us this from this constant LND vs Exchange issue. This is something that can’t be offered with MS Exchange.
We use Exchange 2007.
We use Exchange 2007. We migrated from Lotus 5 years ago. The decision was made due to the greater flexibility and scalability of Exchange plus the performance improvement was dramatic. We have over 12,000 mailboxes and Exchange is definitely better for our organization.
We use Exchange 2003 currently with a project in place to migrate to Exchange 2007. Exchange overall has been more scalable and integrates very well with other things we have in our environment like SharePoint. In my previous career on the consulting side, I have migrated companies from Notes to Exchange since those companies saw the price savings with a better return on investments (ROI).
We use Domino. In 2000 we migrated from Exchange to Domino as part of incorporating numerous LAN’s into a WAN. We started with Version 5.0.1 and now are running 7.0.3 with plans to go to 8.5. We like Domino because it allows us to incorporate internally developed Lotus databasesapplications with email and BPCSMAPICS environments. Domino fits well in our company since we are an AS400 shop and we run Domino on an AS400.
I guess I should have put my response here.
I don’t want to get into a Domion vs. Exchange thing here but if you’re just looking for email and C&S, the go with Exchange. However, if you’re looking for something much more robust, with email, C&S, and collaboration and tied in tightly along with the ability to easily develop your own apps, then go wtih Notes/Domino.
The first post mentioned migrating to Exchange 5 years ago. So I am assuming he/she is comparing EXchange 07 with what, Domino 6.x at best, maybe version 5? Neither a good nor fair comparison.
The second post mentioed a bette ROI with Exchange. How can that be when you need more hardware to run Exchange coupled with the fact that Exchange HAS to run on Windows (the cost of more licensing) where Domino is OS agnostic. Plus, with Notes 8.x you get Symphony FREE !!! Eliminating the cost of licenses for MS Office.
I dunno, you be the judge.