Lotus Notes Application Conversion

The lack of Lotus Notes collaboration, relational data services and searchability has produced an “application sprawl” for many organizations of hundreds, even thousands of Notes applications that are unmanaged and unmonitored. Typically, Innovative Architects has found that most clients using Lotus Notes has an average inventory of more than 1000 Notes applications. Not only is this costly from a licensing perspective but also from a pure infrastructure perspective. The value in migrating from Lotus Notes to SharePoint, though, is best realized not through an infrastructure perspective but through an understanding of Microsoft’s collaborative ecosystem or what Innovative Architects terms the Enterprise Collaboration Framework (ECF).

Migrating to SharePoint

Innovative Architect’s approach to Lotus Notes conversions doesn’t stop when applications are converted but when administrators, developers and end-users alike have knowledge and adoption of SharePoint’s features and capabilities. Few realize for example that SharePoint includes:

  • Enterprise search features that can perform federated search against external content;
  • Dashboard and scorecard capabilities that drive collaborative decision making;
  • Collaborative information sharing and complex workflow solutions; and
  • Application development platform that is ideal developing distributed applications such as product lifecycle management, benefits enrollment and compliance policy management.

Transition Framework

Innovative Architects leverages what is termed as the Lotus Notes Transition Framework that provides a common framework for assessing complexity and risk of converting Lotus Notes applications to SharePoint. This framework also provides tools for safely automating the process of converting Notes applications, data and messaging services.

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