IBM Residency: Migrating from Microsoft Exchange2000/2003 to Lotus Notes and Domino 7, LO-D605-R01

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IBM are advertising a residency to create a Red Book for Exchange to Domino and Notes.

This intrigues me at a number of levels.

IBM complain regularly and bitterly about all of the ammunition that Microsoft throw their way on Notes/Domino to Outlook/Exchange migration and yet they are only now seeking to update a Red Book that deals with Exchange 5.5 migrations. Migrations from Exchange 5.5 might be their best target, but it leaves all of those users who are already on Exchange 2000/2003 with no assistance. Has this really been a wise investment of their efforts.

Also, though, why a residency. Surely IBM should already know how the migration should happen, haven’t they already done it? Now don’t get me wrong here, I applaud them for listening to expertise outside IBM. My concern is that they haven’t already got a proven approach to this problem that they could just spit out. Or perhaps I’m missing the monumental change in Notes/Domino 7 that made such a radical change to this problem when compared to Notes/Domino 6.5.

Are the gloves really off?

When I speak to IBM they tell me they have a reasonable stream of users making the switch away from Exchange, but all I get are customers switching the other way, or at least considering it.

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