As I mentioned last week, Paul Robichaux from Microsoft partner 3Sharp attended IBM's "Exchange Alternatives" seminar in New York.  You can read Paul's review here.  I was happy to have Paul there, as we have nothing to hide, and after all, he has invited me to Microsoft's "Optimizing Communication and Collaboration" seminar.  I haven't registered for it as of yet -- there isn't even an e-mail address for registration, you have to use (yuck) the telephone.  Anyway, I assume they won't kick me out, since I know all the presenters, and unlike the last one of these, this one is truly free....

The presentations from Microsoft's seminar have been posted to the event website.  Here's the description of the seminar (emphasis mine):

Microsoft has developed a unique and comprehensive set of platforms, tools, applications, and solutions for today's communication and collaboration needs.  The Microsoft Collaboration platform, including the Microsoft(r) Office System, SharePoint(r) Portal Server 2003, Exchange and the .NET Framework, can deliver tremendous Information Worker solutions that improve the way your organization collaborates.

You can reap the benefits of these technologies even while you maintain your existing investments in Notes infrastructure and developer talent. Find out what is possible by attending this FREE EVENT, specially designed for Notes customers.
Having reviewed the presentations, especially the wrapup/summary deck, I find the bolded text above somewhat disingenuous.  Why?  Here are some of the "optimization opportunities" outlined:
  • "Retire unused and duplicate applications"
  • "Consolidate into company standard business applications"
  • "Re-engineer applications to use your company's DBMS standard"
  • "Re-host these documents in your company standard document management system"
  • "Transition to portal solutions"
  • "Use these products [Windows Sharepoint, Microsoft EA] where appropriate"

Consolidate, re-engineer, re-host, transition, and use [new] products -- none of these verbs sound like "maintain" to me.  The broader question is, why would a Notes customer take advice from Microsoft on how to "optimize" their Notes environment?  Seems like a wolf in sheep's clothing to me.

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