10 Ways SharePoint 2010 Will Affect Your Notes Migration - Slide 2

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It is not unusual for Notes databases in large enterprises to contain tens of thousands of documents. Organizations attempting to move this content to SharePoint 2007 ran into some pretty severe size limitations on SharePoint lists and libraries. The most painful one was that only 2,000 documents could be displayed in any one view or folder; if you had 10,000 documents, you had to split them into multiple folders or find another way to balance the load. These workarounds not only slowed down the migration process, but sometimes resulted in a structure that was unusable. Ignoring the limits, on the other hand, as many did, meant risking poor SharePoint performance.

With SharePoint 2010, however, the recommended maximums for many items have more than doubled. Even better, the penalty for exceeding the limits is far less severe: Performance does not drop off dramatically once you exceed the recommended limits, and SharePoint will now automatically throttle certain operations that previously would have brought your servers to their knees.

A more subtle aspect of scalability is the improvements in SharePoint 2010 search technologies. It is now a lot easier to build great search solutions for your users without putting everything in one huge view. This makes it feasible to start separating your content management decisions (how to organize your sites, lists and libraries) from your user interface decisions (how users will navigate the results).

Over the past five years, many organizations have decided to abandon their legacy Lotus Notes/Domino environments and transition to a platform based on Microsoft collaboration technologies (Exchange Server, SharePoint and Office). Many of these organizations, though, have hesitated in tackling the most difficult part of this transition: migrating their applications from Notes to SharePoint. Some hesitate due to concerns about the cost of rebuilding their applications on SharePoint, while others worry whether SharePoint has all the capabilities that their applications would need.

Quest Software contends that the release of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 and SharePoint Foundation 2010 has changed the situation dramatically, for two reasons. First, Microsoft added a great deal of functionality that directly targets the needs of enterprises migrating from Lotus Notes. Second, Microsoft significantly improved the tools for developing custom applications in SharePoint, thus reducing the time and cost required to rebuild applications.

This slideshow highlights 10 aspects of SharePoint 2010 identified by Quest Software that will change the game for enterprises of all sizes who want to use SharePoint to replace or enhance their Notes environments. The first six items are major platform and functionality improvements that Notes people should especially appreciate and that will change their thinking about how applications might be rebuilt. The last four items address improvements of particular interest to developers who want to rebuild the functionality of their Notes applications on SharePoint.

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