10 Ways SharePoint 2010 Will Affect Your Notes Migration - Slide 7

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In SharePoint 2010, content pages have been greatly improved. In particular, wiki pages are now a very useful way to store rich content. Microsoft basically merged the concept of basic pages, wiki pages and Web part pages into a single construct that is much more powerful and easier to use. Now the rich text editor sizzles. End users can upload images and files and even embed Web parts in their rich content (similar to the way they used to embed OLE objects in their Windows applications).

If you have a Notes application that was intended to manage a bunch of rich text pages, consider migrating them to wiki pages in SharePoint 2010. QuickPlace and Quickr sites are often good candidates for migration to wiki pages. However, if you want to utilize the approval workflows and other features of some of the high-end publishing templates in SharePoint, then publishing pages are still a good choice.

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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