Very nice...

When  automotive  manufacturer Continental AG acquired Siemens VDO, the new combined organization selected IBM  Lotus  Notes  and Domino software as their common messaging platform.

Over  a  four-month  period, 40,000 Microsoft Outlook and Exchange software users  were  moved  to  the IBM platform.  Continental also decided to deploy IBM Lotus Quickr and Sametime software as their collaboration and unified communications platform. The reasons for choosing IBM over Microsoft  included  lower licensing and operating costs as well as greater platform independence...

"Our strategy is focused on minimizing software interdependencies and, likewise, taking control over license related costs," says Dr. Bernhard Thomas, head of IT Infrastructure Strategy at Continental AG. "We didn't see major differences between Lotus Notes and Microsoft Outlook with regard to client functionality, but the IBM software was more open and flexible and it also had lower infrastructure costs. That's why we chose it."  ...

Paul Schwefer, Chief Information Officer at Continental, added, "IBM Lotus software fits in well within Continental's strategy of permanently optimizing the flexibility, productivity and cost of our IT." .
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Link: Automotive Manufacturer Continental Chooses IBM Lotus Software for Unified Messaging and Collaboration > (will be on ibm.com shortly)

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