Converting From Notes to .NET, According To Microsoft
I'm probably jumping the gun here (sorry, Libby!), but e-Pro has the September issue of the e-ProWire: Lotus Developer Tips newsletter posted online already. Fellow blogger Christopher Byrne makes his debut appearance by asking if you're ready for the ACID test. I do a follow-up on the migration observations from R5 to ND6.5.
And then there's this one: Converting From Notes to .NET, According To Microsoft. This article was prompted by Microsoft's "vanishing" paper (all 169 pages of it) on how "easy" it is to convert Notes applications to a .NET platform. After a number of bloggers covered it and the outrageously introduction claiming Lotus had no plans after R6 (this was written in AUGUST 2004!), the paper disappeared from their website. Too bad... we already had copies. :-)
Although you can't download it any more from their site, I have no doubt that it's still being used by Microsoft sales people. And if your exec or senior staff read the intro and the first couple of chapters, they'll be left with the impression that getting rid of Lotus Notes is a great strategic and technical decision. Rather than analyze the software, I did an analysis of the paper from a sales and marketing position, noting where assumptions were made and manipulated to obscure the facts. I think this is an important article if your organization is being sold on migrating from Notes to .NET. These are the arguments that are being made to your bosses, and this should give you some insight on how to level the playing field.
I'd like to thank Libby and Penton for allowing me the freedom to publish this material and share it with a wide audience, and I definitely encourage your feedback.