Lotus Domino -- Aging Gracefully?
From ServerWatch.com: Lotus Domino -- Aging Gracefully?
A nice article about Domino 7.0 and its continued strength and growth...
IBM/Lotus Domino Enterprise Server: Enterprise-level messaging and collaboration server with a host of Web-based features.
The Lotus Domino server and its companion Lotus Notes have been around for more than a decade. Those familiar with them probably know them very well. For these people, upgrading to version 7.0 and 7.0.2 is (or more likely was) an easy decision; there is much to like. For those who are less familiar and still in evaluation mode, the Domino server is the muscle behind the Notes user interface. Together, they form arguably the best known messaging and collaboration system, the prototypical groupware, and, from our tests and experience, the most flexible and best-supported software in this category.
Although I think this is my favorite part...
For products like Domino and Notes, which have years of development and documentation behind them, the issue is not the existence or breadth of support (which is available in online docs, forums, phone support, publications, FAQs, and user groups) but how well it is organized. Although individual experiences may vary, in general, users get more support mileage from IBM/Lotus than any other company in the industry. Much of this support is free, and the large and very active user/developer community is especially important. IBM claims a highly competitive total cost of ownership (TCO); support is a big part of that.
There was a time when there were doubts about IBM's commitment to Notes and the ability of Lotus to keep up with the Web-inspired changes in technology. That's history. IBM's roadmap for Domino/Notes includes further expansion into non-email capability and pursuit of Web 2.0 features. There are nimble competitors, such as Scalix, that have more freedom to float innovative UI features, but to make a comparison is akin to praising the elephant (the massive messaging and collaboration enterprise) for having a nice trunk, when what's important is the rest of pachyderm that keeps the whole thing moving.