Recently, I had to endure a meeting
where I was "told" how "easy" it is to migrate from
Domino to MS Exchange… "Yes", I agreed, "but, ahem,
if you take into account that you lose a lot of security, fidelity, scalability
and functionality , there is one, other small problem. You have 50
applications. What do you want to do with them?"
Well guys, I’m wrong. Apparently,
its easy to migrate them aswell. Microsoft even supply you with a
tool to evaluate how difficult it would be to migrate your application
out of Lotus Notes to an MS platform. This has been tried before,
and never EVER worked (don’t even get me started on the Lotus Notes email
connector for Exchange, but that’s a different story). But, as I
have an open mind, I was willing to take a look at the Microsoft
Application Analyser for Lotus Notes.
First of all, what does it do?
"The MicrosoftÂ® Application
Analyser for Lotus Notes â€“ Data Collector Userâ€™s Guide describes
how to operate the Data Collector program. You can use the Data Collector
to collect data about IBM Lotus Notes applications. This data can be used
by Microsoft Consulting Services or a Microsoft Certified Partner to generate
in-depth reports about Notes applications and to develop migration strategy.
The Data Collector also generates an Executive Summary Report about the
selected Lotus Notes applications."
Ok, it gives me a summary report telling
me how difficult it would be to migrate my Lotus Notes application to the
MS platform. Fair enough? I decided to run it against a few
applications of my own…..