It appears that Avanade has decided to try to counter some comments from my blog entry last week about their parent company, Accenture.  The bio-less "KevinB", whose blog does not allow comments, writes:

Accenture is, and remains in my opinion, one of the best examples of a well executed, enterprise scale Lotus Notes migration which is publically referenced. Does the intimation that they are still running some applications offshore detract from the quality of the credential which highlights the complexities of undertaking a platform switch and discusses how Avanade/Accenture dealt with these complexities to successfully execute the migration? ...

So they are charging an application owner to host any legacy applications or databases that were left at the end of the migration should they not want it to be re-platformed (for instance for compliance reasons), the cost of re-platforming it turns out to be prohibitive, or they were willing to incur the cost of maintaining the application directly. So where is the problem with this exactly? - it's a business decision that has been made and clearly called out in the case study.
I suggest to KevinB that he look beyond the case study and into Accenture itself, where he'd find a story that is a bit more than "some applications offshore".  Ask your favorite Accenture consultant to show you their Notes workspace of July, 2008...and compare that to the published case study.  Actually, the end-state doesn't matter to my point tonight.  Still, if Accenture is still gaining value from their Notes applications, I'm glad that Notes continues to prove valuable to an organization whose use of Notes started with version 1.

KevinB then goes on to try to suggest that the Accenture job postings for Notes 6 have to do with their consulting practice.  I suppose this is possible, and yes, just as possible as IBM Global Services implementing Microsoft Exchange (which chafes me as a business owner, but I understand as a shareholder).  But I have other examples from Accenture's website as to how Notes is still core to their business, today.

KevinB's response is exactly my point.  Microsoft and its partners are very, very good at telling the story-as-told-by-Redmond.  The truth, however, often is more gray than the black-and-white "well executed...migration".

Maybe there's a reason Scully and Mulder are back in theatres.  The truth is out there.

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