The Notes Migration Blog has been running for eighteen months, documenting a real-world migration from Lotus Notes to Microsoft SharePoint.  Yesterday, the author posted what appears to be his/her ultimate chapter.  In the final episode, after a year and a half of actually doing what a lot of the hype has been talking about, they conclude the following:

  • "Don't use SharePoint. Sorry, but the cost of implementation and support is high, and I think even a perfect implementation would offer a poor ROI. "
  • "...[M]uch of corporate IT doesn't need superstars. But SharePoint does. At least as of today -- I have hopes that in 3-5 years, the platform will mature into something more friendly, stable, and robust. But for now, it is plagued with problems."
  • "Don't buy into the marketing. SharePoint is an effective collaboration tool. But nothing more. Use its strengths, but don't expect it to transform your business in any way."
  • "If you've got a Notes/Domino platform running, stick with it. If you don't like it for some reason, fix the problems with your implementation of Notes. Don't throw it out, expecting a new platform to be better. "
  • "1) SharePoint isn't fun. "
  • "SharePoint pays well. You earn every penny. Don't go into it for the money. Be a fan of the Microsoft Kool-Aid or it will slowly inceinerate [sic] you from the inside out. "

Now, to be clear, the author has completed 90% of their migration to SharePoint and says "it's not rocket science".  But they also can't conclude at the end of 18 months that they are better off, and the last chapter makes the case that none of it was worth it.  User training, patch management, bad advice, etc. all seem to have had a hand in this project.  All of those can affect any product -- including Lotus Notes -- but taken as a whole, they complete a picture that says that perhaps migrating to SharePoint didn't solve all those problems as was promised, and didn't deliver the kind of ROI that was expected -- or perhaps none at all.  Too bad for this customer, but it seems like a lot of others can save their energy by learning from them.

Link: Notes Migration Blog: "If you've got a Notes/Domino platform running, stick with it" >

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