"Lotus Notes At The Crossroads"... Try again, Microsoft!
Through a friend, I received a PDF copy of a presentation made by Microsoft to business partners titled Lotus Notes At The Crossroads. This is the type of material they're putting out there to try and get customers to migrate. Just a couple of slide examples:
Tips And Tricks On Migration
- Don’t recommend “rip and replace”
- Messaging and applications can (and are) often migrated separately
- Application analysis is a great tool
- Don't shortcut - build full requirements
- Watch out for Notes quirks
- Test data migration carefully
- Keep the faith
- Let’s move them!
- Notes customers are at a transition point…and they are starting to move
- The opportunity is both real and significant
- Establish the value of the Microsoft solution and then help customers get their heads around the transition
Besides quoting Radicati studies that are dubious and a Converting From Notes To .Net report they pulled from their own website, there's another thing that stood out to me... The whole thing is about how much opportunity there is for Microsoft and their partners, and not much (if anything) about how this will benefit the customer. At one point, they talk about how you should aim for replicating the functionality of the current environment.
And the payback on that to the customer is what?
Just another example of a schizophrenic company that has a number of messages going out at once, and quite honestly can't be trusted to play well with others...