This completes the bingo card -- every analyst, big or small, in the messaging business (bar one) is projecting growth and positive direction for Lotus Notes and Domino... even former doubters...

- Despite an upsurge in open-source and hosted competitors, IBM Corp.'s Lotus Notes corporate e-mail client software and Domino e-mail server is expected to maintain its second banana status behind Microsoft Outlook and Exchange through at least 2011.

According to data released Wednesday by Palo Alto, Calif.-based The Radicati Group Inc., Notes and Domino is in use by 101 million corporate e-mail accounts today.

That includes both conventional POP and Web mailboxes, according to Matt Anderson, an analyst at Radicati. That is expected to grow to 112 million corporate mailboxes worldwide by 2011. ...

According to a summary of the Radicati report, Notes/Domino is most popular among large and very large businesses, "as these larger organizations require the more collaborative features that the platform offers." It is also relatively more popular with big organizations in Asia and Europe. 95% of the mailboxes are managed by the company itself, rather than outsourced to a hosting or managed service provider. ...

Radicati said the "most exciting enhancements" are in the Notes 8 client, which uses IBM's Eclipse development platform.
Not all positive news, but quite a reversal...

Link: Computerworld: Analyst: 112 million corporate e-mail accounts to use Lotus Notes by 2011 > (Thanks, Dale)

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