Silicon.com has a collaboration "special report".  Quite funnily, this particular page says it is published "in association with SharePoint Portal Server 2003", yet then goes on to comment negatively on MS's product. Funny.
Here's a both-sides-of-the-story analyst quote:

"Collaboration applications are not Microsoft's game, but they have not provided the ability for users to enable it in their own environment," says Meta Group's [Ashim] Pal. "For example, Microsoft lacks the rapid application development of [IBM's] Lotus Domino Designer." This is evident in Lotus' share of the market - about 50 per cent - with the remainder divided between Microsoft, Novell and Oracle, although Pal says Microsoft is gaining more mindshare than any.
Lotus' onward march shows no sign of slowing, with Notes and Domino 7.0 Beta 1 released in April this year, but according to Pal, it's partly because users have no clear path to replace it with Microsoft technology.
"They'd like to turn off Domino and Notes but because Microsoft is not providing a counterpart, they can't," he explains. This is reflected in the wider picture as enterprises consider investing in collaboration capabilities as they sunset old Microsoft gear.
"Our clients are pondering whether they [should invest] now or later and they're mostly opting to go now because of uncertainty about [Microsoft release] dates and because they can't ride what they have any longer," says Pal. For example, many users have Exchange 5.5 running on NT4 Server, a set-up that is effectively out of warranty, and are also thinking of upgrading to XP.
So the growth in the Lotus Notes/Domino business is a result of MS not providing a credible alternative, or is it the result of renewed emphasis within IBM software?
Link: silicon.com: Microsoft still a collaboration lightweight > (via shared-spaces.com)

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