Looks like it's another week, another Google competitive document strewn with inaccuracies....

This one starts with the premise that Google is the next generation, and gives readers ten steps to evaluate Google Apps.  Too bad so many of them are based on false dichotomies.  For example, someone at Google dug deep to come up with this comparison:

Software Acquisition Costs: Lotus Domino plus Lotus SmartSuite costs $450 per user based on published pricing. Google Apps costs $50 per user, per year, with no upfront capital outlay.
SmartSuite?  Really?  Besides, LotusLive would be perhaps the right comparison, or maybe a three-year cost comparison of Google's $50 annual charge vs. software license + maintenance costs.

This one is also pretty funny:
Backup -- Backup is not free. According to a popular vendor website, the core backup product costs $995 to purchase, plus $595 for the special agent that is able to backup Lotus Domino servers. Performing backups of the mail system requires staff time to setup, execute and secure the process.
Google doesn't backup GMail in their base service at all.  You have to pay for Google Message Discovery (Postini) in order to have access to historical mail.  In the cloud, this is an approach that makes sense.  But attacking backups as expensive seems to be a misdirection.

Being able to access documents and email anytime, anywhere, from many devices without having to log into the corporate VPN or remote access saves time, enhances internal security and allows your end users to get more done in less time--while saving money.
No problem with putting a Domino server outside a firewall, so again, a misdirection.

Google then asserts that the IT staff ratio for Notes/Domino is 1:150 users, and for Google is 1:500.  I have met with 1000, 2000 employee companies who have one Domino guy/gal, not sure how they came up with 150.  It certainly feels very 10+ years ago, like, uh, SmartSuite.

At least by the time you get to page 9, the truth patrol has come out.
Notes/Domino organizations enjoy certain benefits over other messaging and application platforms.
Including, as it seems from the table that follows this sentence, Google.  You betcha.

Link: Best Practices for Converting from Lotus Notes-Domino to Google Apps >

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