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Groupwise or Exchange ???

By LMcD ·
Hello!

I'm looking for some advice and opinions.

I currently look after a Netware 5 LAN for about 130 users. We are hoping to implement a new groupware solution within the next 9 months. However I am not sure whether I should pursue Groupwise or Exchange. All of our desktops currently run Windows95, Office 97, Pegasus mail for email and CaLANdar by the Learning Company for scheduling.

In the past I would have opted to go for Groupwise without thinking about it but after attending recent Microsoft Technet seminars and seeing Windows 2000 Server and Outlook 2000 I now fear for the future of Netware, Groupwise and maybe even Novell. I am not saying that Windows 2000 Server and Outlokk 2000 are better products than Netware 5.1 and Groupwise but it is only a matter of time before Microsoft get it right and I have a strong feeling they will do that within the next five years.

The introduction of a groupware product can mean introducing a whole new working culture to an organisation. I fear that if I

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by dmiles In reply to Groupwise or Exchange ???

Groupwise may be your first option considering the Operating System and Office
Suite in implementing, taking in consideration of the end users.On the other hand upgrading to Exchange will give you more versitility and stable platform, that will offer more.I think exchange will be a better choice for the upgrade.

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by werlin In reply to Groupwise or Exchange ???

I have did a few groupwise to exchange conversions. My clients have indicated once complete, that the versitality of exchange has been a better improvement. Also when it comes to support, there are more trained personnel on Exchange then groupwise.

Go for Exchange.

Mike Gonzales
MCSE, MCT,

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by muleboy9t9 In reply to Groupwise or Exchange ???

I currently administer a GroupWise system running at GW5.5 Enhancement Pack. We are also running Netware 5.1. So call that the beginning of my bias.

I believe that the choice between Exchange and GroupWise is a wash if you look at the big picture and are starting from square one (no NOS or e-mail). Where Exchange has the leg up in functionality, GroupWise makes up for in security and interoperability (Exchange only runs on NT/Win2K).

I know one area where my users have complained has been in the Contact Management functionality lacking in GroupWise so keep that in mind.

Another point will be that I believe that Outlook will eventually be the client that is used by both GroupWise and Exchange. Novell already has a plug-in for Outlook that connects it to GroupWise. Although does not have ALL of the functionality.

At least here at the <<undisclosed major City in the Pacific NW>>, GroupWise has been extremely reliable and easy to rollout to my users (ala ZENWorks). That along with the Netwar

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by jeff_hurst In reply to Groupwise or Exchange ???

I manage a Novell 5 network and use Groupwise 5.5 for the mail system. We chose GW over exchange for 2 reasons:

1. We run Novell NOT M$ for an OS

2. It seems like every virus ever written
will bring M$ to it knees.

TO prove my point - Wewere hit by the "I Love You" virus and I only had to fix the 2 computers directly hit with the virus NOT the entire network. The 2 computers DID NOT pass the virus to everyone in our address book. IF I had choosen M$ I would have lost the whole system and infected 1000's of computers

This instance made me thank God for GROUPWISE

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by jaley In reply to Groupwise or Exchange ???

I have seen both done. Here's the basics:

1. Since you are running NetWare, stick with a Novell product: GroupWise. It really has most of the features you are going to need. Plus, why not keep consistent in Novell, and have all your products be one big happy family? It works better that way in my opinion. Less hassle.

2. Outlook is a tropical haven for viruses! I know of a very large company that has been brought down numerous times by viruses. Guess what they use? Microsoft.3. And most importantly, most users that I have dealt with said that they find GroupWise easier to use, and more functional. After all the techno-talk is done, the bottom line is, what will be easier for your users?

Go with Groupwise.

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