Lotus Notes [an IBM product] is a very popular Email, Calendaring, and Applications Platform that assists organizations and workgroups collaborate, learn and work better together.
IBM is shifting its Notes/Domino architecture from its traditional Notes foundation to its IBM Lotus Workplace collaborative architecture centered on WebSphere, DB2 and Sun Microsystems Java standards. This move makes development, enhancement and maintenance of the Lotus Notes platform more expensive and needing different skills of the departments managing Lotus Notes. The J2EE platform needs an advanced understanding of Object Oriented paradigms that is not easily acquired.
On the other side, the Microsoft Outlook/Exchange, Active Directory, and SharePoint based infrastructure for email, directory services, application and collaboration architecture built on the Microsoft Office System, Windows® SharePoint™ Services, and the Microsoft .NET Framework have proven to be widely adopted and business user friendly with widespread adoption in the developer community and easy to use tools. Additionally, the Microsoft Office and .Net platform are easily extended and have proven to be more of a logical choice for Lotus Notes based organizations and developers given that the development of applications in the Microsoft Platform is so much more easier and the scripting languages of the current Lotus Notes Platform is very similar to the .Net scripting models.
These are compelling reasons for many organizations to migrate to the Microsoft platform.
Migration, however, is a daunting task. Optimus BT simplifies the migration process of Lotus Notes to a Microsoft Platform due to our know-how and the tools/web parts that we have in our repertoire to make this process easier on our customer.