Majority of the companies are moving away from IBM Notes email environment to Microsoft's Exchange suite. Research has proved that the progress, albeit slow, has been steady for the past few years. Need for Migration
- Major drivers for migration are size of data to migrated, total cost incurred with return on investment, project timescales, global presence of the company and criticality of business processes that may be affected after/during migration.
- Studies point out that total increase of mobile E-mail opens in 2013 was nearly 20%. Hence, companies need to maintain a collaboration system with robust mobility features
- Companies across globe are moving from Notes to Exchange due to its functionality and features. An internal Microsoft research study in 2011 shows that in US enterprises with over 500 PC's, an incredible 73% of organizations use Exchange as their primary E-mail system.ï¿½The next closest competitor was Lotus Notes with only 7%.
- Nearly 50% of the world's top 200 companies by turnover currently use Exchange, with Notes being used by less than 20%. Worldwide penetration of Microsoft Exchange server is expected to reach 68% by 2016.
- Various 3rd party private players help in migration, with their migrator products and expert support. Some examples are Dell, Binary Tree and Transcend.
Author: Arun Manoharan