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Your organization keeps data on numerous servers: Windows file servers, NAS/SAN devices, SQL Server, Exchange and SharePoint.
Unfortunately, permissions are stored directly on each resource, making it nearly impossible to manage access control consistently and effectively.
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Remember the first time you used IBM Lotus Notes, or an application built on top of Notes? It’s kind of a quaint memory, isn’t it? Like the first time you used the World Wide Web or installed an app on your phone.
Maybe you could see the potential in the platform and started thinking about how Notes apps could replace the hodgepodge of spreadsheets and documents floating around your work group. Notes has indeed shown promise over the years, but businesses now discover that same potential and promise in SharePoint rather than in Notes. If they are just embarking on collaboration and enterprise app development, they are starting with SharePoint, not with Notes. And if they have Notes, they are migrating away from it toward SharePoint.
In our last post, we outlined the first three business benefits of transitioning from Notes to SharePoint. In this post we’ll pick up where we left off and outline the last two arguments in favor of migration: long-term business strategy, and mergers and acquisitions.
Long-term business strategy
The trend toward moving business applications into a web portal means easier access for users (tighter integration, common look and feel) and easier management for administrators (security, compliance). Notes does not fit well in this picture, and more organizations are struggling to keep their legacy Notes deployment on par with a forward-looking technology strategy that needs to support several business goals:
Mergers and acquisitions
With Microsoft’s dominance in the enterprise, companies expect to see its software running on the desktops and servers of other companies. When the goal of a merger or acquisition is to reduce costs, the ease of consolidating on Microsoft products is a no-brainer. What company would be pleased to tell its IT group that it was absorbing a Lotus Notes implementation as part of a merger?
Is a migration from IBM Lotus Notes to SharePoint in your future? You’ll probably find that legacy users and legacy applications are the two biggest hurdles to overcome. Despite some inertia around learning a new interface, most users embrace the productivity gains in short order. And even a large application portfolio can be migrated from Notes to SharePoint with the right tools.
Have a look at our recent blog post, “Learn what @DellSoftware customers have to say about Dell Lotus Notes migration solutions” and read our entire paper, “Business Benefits of Transitioning from Lotus Notes to SharePoint” for ways to get the conversation started in your organization.
But really, what do you think about SharePoint, Notes and migration? Let me know in the comments below.
“Mobile is just a fad.”
“Cloud is too risky. We’re staying pure-play client-server.”
“To align IT with business, we’re going to migrate from SharePoint to IBM Notes.”
We don’t usually give career advice on this blog, but I’d say that if you’re hearing any of those pronouncements around your company lately, you should probably start looking for another job. Especially that last one. You’d have to look long and hard to find many organizations pivoting toward Notes – from anything, really.
Companies are, however, migrating from Notes to SharePoint for several business reasons, and Jean-Pierre Siebel and Randy Rempel have outlined those reasons in a paper called “Business Benefits of Transitioning from Lotus Notes to SharePoint.” In this post we’ll summarize the first three arguments in the paper:
Next time, we will cover the last two arguments in the paper.
1. Business transformation
Business transformation is a lot like root canal: you know you’ll be better off afterwards, but you’d always rather have it in your past than in your future. KPMG found that 60 percent of 910 U.S.-based multinationals surveyed had started or completed at least one major transformation initiative, with 30 percent citing “coping with change in technology” as the top reason ("Business Transformation and the Corporate Agenda," KPMG, 2013). Many of the customers we talk to point out that technology transitions such as the one from Notes to SharePoint also represent an opportunity to transform their business and become more agile and productive.
In fact, technology now nurtures transformation instead of hampering it. Back when business units like HR, Accounting and Sales were locked into separate vendors or Notes applications for their software direction, the organization stood little chance of transforming as a whole. Now, consolidating on a computing platform is easier because of the almost universal family of Microsoft enterprise applications like SharePoint.
2. Cost reduction
Saving money is a good reason to migrate, and the Notes-to-SharePoint migration offers lower costs in two areas:
3. Capability enhancement
As more organizations recognize that SharePoint represents the future and Notes represents the past, the functionality gap between them becomes wider and deeper, particularly in three areas:
Watch for our follow-up post shortly. Meanwhile, you can read the entire paper, “Business Benefits of Transitioning from Lotus Notes to SharePoint.”
Or, if you’re ready to roll up your sleeves and begin planning your own transition, have a look at Randy Rempel's post, “Grouping Notes Databases into Migration Categories for Migration Planning”. Or you can download a trial of Migrator for Notes to SharePoint and use the free discovery tool to perform inventory and assessment on your Notes databases.
What do you think about IBM Notes, SharePoint and migration? Let us know in the comments below.
On Thursday, August 21, see a better way, one that is simpler and more secure. In this 20-minute tech demo, you’ll see how Security Explorer makes it easy to:
We speak with customers and partners involved in Notes to SharePoint migrations almost daily. One common challenge we see across all projects is that organizations that focus on migrating the most complex Notes applications first often struggle to get the project started. The majority of standard databases and applications are simple and easy to move with the right resources, but are left untouched while rationalization of complex applications delays the project.
Does this sound familiar?
In addition, users will often delay SharePoint adoption until their existing content has been migrated. But as the heavenly voice from the "Field of Dreams" movie might say, "Move their content to SharePoint and they will come." This enables users to become productive in the new SharePoint environment before the project is completed.
Dell's new Appceleration Service helps jump start your migration by transitioning standard Notes application templates such as discussions, document libraries, team rooms, etc., to SharePoint quickly and affordably. The Appceleration Service comes at a fixed price per database, enabling you to better plan your budget and also eliminate excessive estimates that can quickly stall a project.
The migration service is performed remotely by a team of experts using Notes Migrator for SharePoint to migrate IBM Notes, QuickPlace/Quickr and Domino.Doc applications to SharePoint 2010/2013, Office 365® and other hosted SharePoint environments, with high data fidelity, minimal downtime and fewer development resources than you thought possible. Dell Quick Apps for SharePoint Starter Edition is also included at no extra charge to enable the rapid rebuilding of standard Notes applications that are user-friendly, code-free and easily supported, maintained and upgraded to ensure their long-term impact and return on investment.
With the Dell Notes Appceleration service, you can free up your IT resources to focus on high-priority custom applications.
How to get started?
Customers: To learn more about this fixed-price offering, contact a Dell expert on our web site. Just ask about the "Notes to SharePoint Appceleration Service".
Dell Partners/Consultants: We'd love to work with you on developing your own program just like this. Contact us on our web site and let's work together!
Check out our new Notes migration case study!
To enable effective collaboration in its global business, Coats needed to migrate 7,500 users in 70 countries from IBM Notes to Microsoft Office 365. The migration had to be complete in just five months, without disrupting the business. Coats engaged InfraScience to help with the migration, who chose Dell Notes Migrator for Exchange and Coexistence Manager for Notes. The migration was completed on time with virtually zero impact on users, delivering solid return on investment.
In summary, here were a few of the business benefits Coats achieved with the help from InfraScience and Dell Software.
Again, you can read the new case study here: http://software.dell.com/documents/coats-casestudy-29971.pdf.
If you're more of a visual learner, we also have a video case study on this Coats migration project.
(Note: if you cannot view the embedded video, please click here to watch: http://www.dell.com/learn/ed/en/edbsdt1/videos~en/documents~2014-coats-10012825-email-migration.aspx)
Do you ever wish there was a faster/simpler way to manage permissions across your Windows server environment?
Common complaints using native tools include:
You deserve a better way to streamline permissions management, all from a single, easy-to-use console.
Watch this 7-minute YouTube video as Alexey Korotich, product manager, explains how Dell Software can help.
Managing the security and uptime of a Windows network requires you to master your Active Directory — the brain and heart of your network — with maximum efficiency.
To effectively manage Active Directory, you have to overcome four key challenges:
Attend this 20-minute webcast and see how the all-new Active Administrator 7.0 enhances security, improves IT efficiency and maintains business continuity. You'll see how to overcome these common Active Directory challenges:
See for yourself why the new Active Administrator 7.0 is the most powerful and complete Active Directory management solution available today!
We're thrilled to announce the release of Coexistence Manager for Notes 3.6.
Coexistence Manager for Notes ensures seamless collaboration between IBM Notes and Exchange in order to maintain business productivity throughout the coexistence period. You’ll be able to ensure the accuracy of your email and calendar data, including recurring meetings and active mail in order to mitigate the risk of lost or delayed operations. The tool also lets you sync Notes and Exchange directories (users, groups and resources) to preserve user collaboration while also enabling free/busy queries between platforms.
In addition to rebranding to Dell standards, this release also includes:
A copy of the Release Notes is attached to this blog post.
Download version 3.6 here.
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