Surprised to see this document on Google's website.  While Google is getting a lot of attention with their Google Apps offering, I'm still not seeing a lot of current impact in customers actually migrating.  Sure there are some corporate customers moving, but where they are, they tend to be small organizations with email-only kind of requirements.  That seems to me to be a retro view of the market, not an innovative one as so many seem to want to ascribe to Google.

With that in mind, perhaps it is no surprise that the cleverly-named, weakly-written "Life after Notes" PDF is on the Google website.  It has holes like Swiss cheese, though, starting with the very first assertion, that the only way you access Lotus Notes is "from a dedicated computer behind a firewall" versus Google Gmail which you "[a]ccess mail securely via the Internet, from any computer, anywhere".

It's interesting to see their screenshots of the Lotus Notes interface are Lotus Notes V7.  Logically, a customer who has deployed the Notes 8.x environment is less-likely to consider migrating to something else, since Notes 8 is what Gartner called "the future of email" in describing the "Collaboration Console" last year.  So I guess Notes 7 is the target for Google; a dwindling opportunity for sure.

At least, unlike competitive collateral that I've seen come out of Redmond over the years, Google has made some effort to admit where their offering is different or weaker.  They have no in-line spell-checking, they admit that comes after finishing a mail.  But on the other hand, they seem to have a total blind spot to the full-text search engine in Notes, asserting that sort by sender and browsing folders are the only ways to "search" in Notes.

Bottom line, I don't think this document is a "sales tool" for Google as much as a deployment one.  But if I was an end user and had to read 16 pages of training material just to get used to a new email tool, how much time and money has that cost me -- and my company on a per-user basis -- as part of the migration?  There's always more to the story than hiring a moving truck.

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