This Lotus Notes "assessment" offer from INS looks like a predetermined outcome...
I ran across a press release for a firm called INS that is offering an assessment of your Notes/Domino environment. Here's their Lotus Notes Assessment and Migration pitch:
INS’ Lotus Notes Assessment and Migration solutions help you reduce the total cost of ownership involved in managing and maintaining your collaborative environment, while ensuring that your employees have intuitive, highly functional applications.
Many organizations are relying more and more on the efficiency and usability of their collaboration environments to improve productivity and time-to-market. Using efficient, scalable, collaborative application platforms that have the ability to integrate with a variety of applications is a high priority for many forward-thinking organizations today. Many companies have found that their Lotus Notes/Domino–based environments are constrained by technical complexities and limitations, resulting in high management and maintenance costs, non-intuitive user interfaces and challenges that deter enterprise integration.
Now, right off it sounds like a bundled Microsoft offering from a business partner. And if you had any doubts about how their assessment will turn out, just look at the "benefits" in their PDF attachment:
Realize the Results
• Save money by finding and purging unused and duplicate Notes applications, eliminating IBM Lotus annual maintenance renewal costs and fully utilizing Microsoft licenses that you may already own
• Enable compliance by consolidating directory services for easy validation of applications
• Enhance security by placing security administration in a single directory service
• Reduce ongoing training costs by migrating users to a more intuitive, familiar environment for messaging and collaborative applications
• Move toward modular enterprise application development using standards-based development products like the Microsoft .NET Framework
• Increase administrative efficiency by consolidating the network directory infrastructures of Notes and Active Directory
• Improving systems accountability and support by working with a single vendor on a single platform throughout your organization
Don't you just love when the consultants already know the answer before they talk about your problem? Especially when statements like "standards-based development products like .NET" mean that you're locked into their standards, not open standards?