Now that Microsoft has released the Application Analyzer 2006 for Notes, Paul Mooney has reprised his examination of the beta code, code-named "Red Bull".  No longer can Microsoft claim that this is beta...so here are the results of Paul's sought-after test drive.

In part 1, Paul examines the premise and documentation around the now-released Analyzer.  Not much has changed, but there is a new XML-based configuration file.  Some challenges:

  • First, the tool stops analyzing if it finds a template with a standard out-of-the-box name and filename.  Hope you haven't been modifying the standard templates...
  • Second, "Theoretically I could customise the XML file to say that even if the database is nothing like the template and has lots of additional fields, class it as a Quad1 or Quad2. "  Which means that a practitioner in the field could put their finger on the scale, so to speak, and and make a lot of applications look more simple than they are.  Of course, we're not exactly in the realm of airtight ethics, so let's watch out for configuration file hacking.
  • Third, the tool can't be run on a Notes 7 client, but does require the mysterious "Notes 5.16" or higher.
In part 2, Paul reports on the released Application Analyzer's results.  He even has some fun faking out the tool -- taking the out-of-the-box MS Office Document Library in Notes and adding a single field.  All of a sudden, that application is in "quadrant 4" --"Further analysis is required to identify possible solutions from the MS collaboration platform".  

In summary, Paul finds
[The Microsoft Application Analyser] lists the majority of production databases as QUAD3 or QUAD4 (not easy to migrate) and once any QUAD1 or QUAD2 template based application strays off the beaten track, MS knows that Sharepoint is in trouble and lists the database as QUAD3/4.  That's because its not easy to migrate the apps.  We all know it.  On one box, the domino server can easily provide services that multiple MS packages cannot.  And that is accepted by many people... For all its flaws, the tool is honest.  There is no easy migration to MS products... if you read the reports from this tool on your production databases, it tells you that.  Of course, the FUD doesn't tell you that.  We should almost encourage our customers to run this tool.  It tells them

a: Their easy RAD applications in Domino are considered complex in MS land
b: When an MS sales guy comes in and says we can easily migrate your apps (and they do... I have seen it), show him the door.
Sounds like a plan to me.  I wonder if that applies to the bounty-seeking partners, too?

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