A set of migration tools from Microsoft Corp. lets Lotus Notes/Domino users move onto Exchange. These tools have already helped one organization make the switch. BC Biomedical, a diagnostic lab in Surrey, B.C., piloted Microsoft
IBM/Lotus aggressively galloped into its collaborative software future last month, promising not to avoid any fights and laying out plans to expand its Notes/Domino platform with an emphasis on a services architecture model.
Less than a week before rival IBM Corp.'s annual conference for Lotus Notes users and developers is set to kick off, Microsoft Corp. is introducing new resources to help customers migrate from Notes to its own collaboration platform.
IBM Corp. intends to forge stronger bonds between its messaging and collaboration tools with updated versions of Lotus Notes and Domino, which were launched last month at the Lotusphere user conference in Orlando, Fla.
Nearly a decade ago, e-mail was the killer app and vendors IBM/Lotus and Microsoft Corp. were locked in a battle to prove which was best at delivering messaging to a corporate world hungry for online communication. The winner? Both. Each scored victories that have set them up today as the kingpins of computer-based communication and collaboration.
While IBM Corp.'s Lotus software group blazes ahead with its Workplace vision, the company still has work to do to convince some of the Lotus faithful that the new architecture makes as much sense for them as it does for IBM.
Executives from IBM Corp.'s Lotus software unit used the opening presentations Monday at Lotus' annual user show in Orlando to sketch out the strategy behind IBM's year-old Lotus Workplace platform, and to reassure users that IBM won't abandon its core of Lotus users building on the Notes/Domino architecture.