Mat Newman August 8 2011 19:34:45There's a healthy discussion going on over on Linkedin regarding the future of Lotus Notes. A lot of the discussion revolves around email, which is a misguided and poor perception of the platform. I enclose my comment here because I wanted to share my thoughts with a wider audience:
"It's simple. If you have apps that are "Modern" (ie: Functional and NOT Ugly!), if you are on a version of Notes that is even partially current (less than 2 years old) you have a social platform, if your IT manager is NOT a Microsoft biggot who is not prepared to look at anything other than MS solutions, there is DEFINITELY room for Notes in your organisation. Today I demonstrated a stellar MODERN Lotus Notes implementation to a start-up that had already implemented Exchange and Sharepoint. They are dumping it (within 6 months of purchase and implementation) for Lotus Notes. Lotus Notes/Domino IS the superior technology. Given the right environment it will thrive, and your users love it. Put it in the "Email" category and restrict it's social capabilities and your IT managers will kill it in favour of other technology and your users not understand how powerful it is. Like I said ... It's that Simple. "
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Honestly, if it has to "compete", at least compare apples with apples, which means, Microsoft Active Directory + Microsoft Internet Information Server + Microsoft SQL Server + Microsoft Sharepoint Server + Microsoft Echange Server + Microsoft Project Server + Microsoft Lync Server + Microsoft Outlook + Microsoft One-Note + ... + ... + ... vs Notes/Domino. Hmmmm. TCO anyone?
Final note: If you look at Lotus Notes as "just" email, then the future of Notes is already sealed and other "Email" technologies will always be under consideration. Look at Lotus Notes/Domino as the powerful, integrated, replicated, available-anywhere with 99.99999999999% up-time platform that it IS, and it's future will never come into question. Visualise, Virtualise or Vaporise, IBM Lotus Notes and Domino is THE best platform for on-prem, hybrid or pure-cloud.