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IT Debate: The viability of Lotus Notes

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While many view Lotus Notes as a legacy product, it remains a feasible option for delivery of new applications. According to Gartner, many enterprises, particularly those with a historic investment in Notes, are dismissing it too readily. What do you think about the future of Lotus Notes? Does it have a future in your organization? If you?re planning to get rid of Notes, who makes the decision to do so? Did senior management decide it was outdated, or did your users complain? What do you think are the main motives for keeping it or discarding it?

You can read the related Gartner article, which will be posted 3 A.M. Wednesday, at
http://www.techrepublic.com/article.jhtml?id=r00620010207ggp01.htm

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by Izlu In reply to IT Debate: The viability ...

Since client hardware is getting fatter and fatter (more MHz, MBytes memory, GBytes disk), why should client software get thinner ?

Notes/Notes Domino/Domino.doc is perfectly positioned for the challenges of information management in the new century. Most of the critics have probably never used it, but just looked at it. For in-depth enterprise collaboration and information management with security levels, it is very likely not just the top choice, but the only choice. Notes is not dated until something better comes along.

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by OriDjinn In reply to IT Debate: The viability ...

I'm the Director of IT at a smaller company (close to 70 users) and we currently use Lotus notes and Domino. The first problem I see with dismissing this product is that migration to a new product isn't very cost effective for a company of our size. The second problem that we face is that all of our intranet applications and our documentation is handled through either our Lotus Domino Server or the Notes Client. The third issue is user training that would be involved in a new product since all of our users are use to using the Lotus Notes mail client and many have utilized the added benefits of discussion databases. I know that alot of companies are starting to discuss the option of dropping their current notes systems, and even our Lotus Notes consultants are having problems with their parent companies filling positions for them. Migrating from a Lotus Notes system, in my opinion would be more difficult and take alot more planning than migrating to a Windows 2000 AD structure, and companies should tred lightly. My final point, if a company should chose to migrate to a different system, maybe they should await the arrival of Lotus' new product "Raven" which promises to be alot more like and Exchange, IIS, etc. where the applications and server components are seperated functions.

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by Shedler In reply to IT Debate: The viability ...

Our company is currently on Lotus Notes version 4.6 and we are moving to R5 in the next couple of weeks. We have no plans to move off of Lotus Notes. As the article mentioned, we do have a great deal of time invested in database design and content. We use Lotus Notes databases on our website to list available properties and look forward to the R5 move to smooth the rough edges. Our Lotus Notes is reliable, safe and secure. Our only glitch is getting the new users to overcome their Outlook ways and learn the way Notes works.

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We are currently evaluating options to move from Notes R5 to Exchange. We have a hefty investment in Notes (Domino) databases and will have to migrate to web based solutions if we go to Exchange. Some of the workflow applications lend themselves to other solutions and the OS to e-mail integration borne from a Windows/Exchange/Outlook/Windows solution is attractive. Jury is still out...

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by rwales In reply to IT Debate: The viability ...

I once tried to offer Lotus suggestions for improvement on Notes. They directed me to a path on their Web site which didn't work. I tried email. I finally sent email to a person who replied to my inquiry, directing me to the Web site. I begged him to route my suggestions to someone who was interested.

My conclusion: Lotus is not interested in customer feedback! This is not true of Microsoft.

Does anyone know an email address or a place on their web where they welcome feedback on products and make is straightforward to provide it?

Thanks,

Roland Wales
rwales@csc.com

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