Microsoft’s marketshare increases in the collaboration and content management system markert.
More than 300 companies began the migration to Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Exchange and Sharepoint Server most of whom were former users of IBM’s Lotus Notes / Domino communication and collaboration software.
Microsoft offers a free suite of tools designed to help companies migrate from Notes/Domino to Outlook/Exchange/Sharepoint. The free migration tool is aimed at companies with hundreds of thousands of users.
About 101 million corporate mailboxes run Notes today. But 304 million e-mail boxes will run Outlook and Exchange by 2011.
The migration software, bundled as Microsoft Transporter Suite, focuses on moving Lotus Domino 6 and 7 users to a system based around Windows Server 2003, Exchange Server 2007 and Windows SharePoint Services 3.0. The software divides the migration into batches of users or applications and this division is seen as a real improvement among IT experts.
According to a white paper by Excipio Consulting LLC, the cost of migrating a 30,000 employee business would be $6.6 million for all software, developers and extra support staffers. But, by employing the Microsoft migration software, a company could expect to save up to $1.5 million per year by using Microsoft.
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