One of my co-workers sent me a link to this article earlier today, asking if I had a comment on the following quote:

The cost of running Lotus Notes is killing a lot of companies. Companies like Virgin Atlantic are still going ahead with Notes-to-Exchange migrations because it's seen as worthwhile
Pretty hard to react to when the article itself doesn't substantiate it, so I tried to find more context.  The article is written by Mike Altendorf.  There's no biography of him that I can find on, so I googled around a bit, and discovered that he is likely to be the founder of Conchango, a firm that...wait for it...
Conchango has a focus on delivering migrations of e-Mail systems from Novell GroupWise and Lotus Notes to Microsoft Exchange.
...and can you believe it, Virgin Atlanic is one of their clients.

A little full disclosure normally would go a long way.

Meanwhile, is Altendorf right?  Absolutely not.  I was in an analyst meeting today where we reviewed the framework of a discussion happening with customers lately, whereby we examine the potential savings in operating Notes/Domino as a result of improvements in releases 7, 8, and 8.5.  Our assertion is that companies can achieve cost savings of 30% or more by implementing some of the improvements in scalability, compression, new features like DAOS and ID vault, and several other bits of tuning and fine tuning.  I referred to this discussion last week, and we are moving closer to having this analysis ready for at least the IBM sales force, and eventually to be included in content at Lotusphere and other events.

It is certainly Microsoft's will that companies not examine their costs and just simply believe they are too high, but an analytical view can show great benefits to rationalization rather than migration.  And then there's the upside of actually having a reliable, open, flexible application platform that has changed with the times for 19 years and will continue to roll for many more.

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