February 19 2004
Doc Searls writes in today's newsletter:
In other words, Exchange is a competent product. There are lots of increasingly competent competitors that work with Linux ...but I don't see a huge market rush toward any of these solutions, even when the problem being solved is just getting off Exchange (which many customers want to do, in spite of its virtues). At least not yet. (And if I'm missing something, please tell me.)Searls lists ten different Linux mail servers in his story, but neither Lotus Domino (which runs on two flavors of Linux) or Lotus Workplace Messaging. Both of which have, in fact, made significant inroads into the Exchange migration market. One example is Netflix, who migrated from an always-crashing Exchange environment over to Domino on Linux (mentioned in this article).
The rest of Searls' article is pretty intriguing. It quotes an anonymous IT guy as saying that Outlook is "kick-ass", that Notes is "totally proprietary", and that Exchange is deeply entrenched.
I would argue that it's Outlook that is deeply entrenched, not Exchange. With 6.5.1, Lotus is releasing an updated Outlook connector that is pretty "kick-ass", too. And there are customers who migrate from that "kick-ass", entrenched Outlook client to Notes all the time. One of you is working on such a migration right now!
This is one of those cases where IT departments have to decide what is best for their business. Sometimes, that makes for change in the organization. Who amongst us hasn't worked on a migration project in IT (Reminder, I was in IT before I came to Lotus ten years ago...)? I know I'm talking to a lot of IT organizations that are ready for change, and just need to find the right silver bullet to sell the project. I think there is a whole holster-full of 'em coming from Lotus in 2004.
Update -- There is a discussion available connected to this article on the Linux Journal site.
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