As I mentioned after my visit to Holland a couple of weeks ago, Microsoft in the Netherlands scheduled a couple of seminars for Lotus customers and partners to give the MS take on collaboration.  Now that the seminars have been concluded, the presentations are posted on Microsoft's website.  Well, you can imagine this was like putting cheese out for the mice -- I downloaded and checked out the presentations right away.
Now, clearly there's a lot of effort going into Lotusphere 2005 right now.  This Microsoft presentation gives me some new things to talk about there for sure.  But why wait?

  • The Microsoft presentation cites a Network World article that is over 13 months old.  Is this still an accurate reflection of the market?
  • The Microsoft presentaiton cites a SearchDomino user poll that is over 13 months old.  A) Is this still an accurate reflection of the market?  B) A SearchDomino poll?  Last I checked, polls on media websites are anything but scientific.  How do we know that the 440 people who voted for that poll reflect the larger market?  Was something done with the poll to prevent multiple votes from the same IP address?  
  • The Microsoft presentation cites Accenture as a case study.  I find this intriguing.  I've been told by direct sources that Accenture has indeed migrated their mail away from Notes, but still have thousands of applications running on Notes/Domino today.  Since Microsoft's seminar was designed to talk about migrating to the MS vision of collaboration, I'm surprised they would try to assert a less-than-successful customer as a success story.  Perhaps that is the Microsoft way...
  • The partner's presentation talks about the Microsoft Application Analyzer for Notes, and shows a sample analysis output.  Count the number of moving parts required to migrate just a small handful of Notes apps -- and then multiply by the typical Notes shop.  There's no magic here - migration of applications is still something not to be undertaken lightly...no matter how many "wizards" are thrown at the problem.
I'm sure Peter de Haas will again thank me for giving his presentations much broader attention than they would otherwise receive.  As with previous times that I've highlighted messages from the competition, I do so because I believe it serves the entire market to know what exactly is -- and is not -- being said.

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