10 Ways SharePoint 2010 Will Affect Your Notes Migration - Slide 6

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While Exchange Online has been a very popular choice for replacing Notes mail/calendar environments, movement to SharePoint Online has been much slower, for two reasons:

  • The capabilities for customizing SharePoint Online Standard were very limited because there was no way for the hosting service to ensure that customized code did not cause problems.
  • SharePoint Online Standard did not provide any means for migrating legacy content to the hosted servers.

SharePoint 2010 addresses these issues with new capabilities and interfaces for external tools. In fact, SharePoint 2010 offers many improvements specifically designed to make life easier for hosting companies and their customers, particularly in the areas of customization and development. To reduce the limits on customization, SharePoint 2010 offers a “sandbox,” which provides a safe way for the server to safely run code written and uploaded by other people.

More important, SharePoint Online now includes a set of Web services that is adequate for doing serious content migration. Now a migration tool can directly provision sites and lists, migrate schema and design, migrate content with high fidelity, map user names, preserve document links, set permissions, and do all the other things necessary for a quality application migration.

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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