10 Ways SharePoint 2010 Will Affect Your Notes Migration - Slide 4

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For the last 15 years, Notes developers and third-party product companies around the world have been trying to achieve good integration with Microsoft Office. These solutions were often expensive to develop, and the results were often unsatisfying, clunky and fragile.

As part of the Office family, SharePoint has always had excellent Office integration, but with SharePoint 2010, things are getting even better. On the top of almost everyone’s list of desired SharePoint 2010 features is collaborative editing of Office documents. For instance, multiple users can open the same Word document and edit it at the same time. Users can see the changes being made by other users almost instantly thanks to a sophisticated change-tracking interface. Behind the scenes, SharePoint is coordinating this interaction between the various users as well as managing the revisions.

Another impressive new feature is the new Office Web Apps. These are completely browser-based versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and other applications that allow users to view and edit documents in SharePoint without having to install Office clients. While these Web editors do not have all the capabilities of their fat-client counterparts, they do cover the needs of most users and allow for many new compelling use cases.

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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