Thursday, August 6, 2015

Top Reasons to Migrate From IBM Lotus Notes to Exchange Server

IBM Lotus Notes/Domino and Microsoft Exchange Server are the two widely used email client-server platforms in the world. But from last few years, Lotus Notes users are migrating to Exchange Server very rapidly than ever. So, why is this happening and what are the reasons which causing Lotus Notes being out of context?

So today I am outlining the top reasons which increased the acceptance of Exchange Server than Lotus Notes (Domino). Check the key factors below-

Supports Cloud Network

Cloud network support is the top reason why users are moving to Exchange Server. Exchange facilitates to move or create organization’s business on cloud. It reduces Exchange server infrastructure cost and allows the same features and functionality as on-premise Exchange Server.

Deploy and Maintain is Easier than Lotus Notes

The web-based Exchange Control Panel (ECP) and rich GUI based Exchange Management Console (EMC) make the usability & accessibility easier, and there is nothing to maintain or deploy. In addition, Power folders can be managed via EAC rather than separate Public Folder Management Condole. (In Exchange Server 2013)

Migration is Easy

For administrative point of view, migration process is much easier in Exchange Server rather than any other client-server email platform. For the convenient of Exchange administrators, Microsoft has extended Powershell commands with 187 new commands in newest version of Exchange Server for migration, recovery, repair etc... You can check here top 10 mostly used Exchange shell commands.

Easier Management and Control

Data Loss Prevention (DLP) and Role based access control are the two components which make Exchange management and task easier. 

. Apart the above Exchange Server features, the awesome compatibility with Windows systems are the biggest reason of the popularity of Exchange over Lotus Notes. Because the number of Windows users is much higher than any other OS, and users most probably prefer to practice on used to operating system for deploying another program.

. Built-in Enterprise Mobility, another strong feature which makes Exchange Server far better than Lotus Domino. Using inbox through mobile device, you can access emails, send SMS, create voicemails, and save IM conversations. Administrators have all the rights to manage and control each and every device. Mobile data security is also very advanced by implementing several data protection policies. However, Lotus Notes has very limited features which provide basic mobile experience to the end users.

. You can use voicemail in OWA by integrating voicemail services. 

. Exchange integrated some new capabilities which have improved its user experience, such as:
·                    Improved email discussion view
·                    Speech-to-text copy for voice mail

. Exchange has archiving, storing, and mailbox retention capabilities, whereas you will have to bear extra cost on Lotus Notes if you need to enhance the features. 

. Compare to Lotus Notes, there is also big market of third party vendors who provide software for troubleshooting any kind of issue with Exchange Server.

So, on the basis of the comparison one can easily judge which platform is competing with another. But of course, every email clients has own benefits, unique features, and limitations.  
I’m not denying Lotus Notes is a worth to deploy email client, but when I compare its functionality, usability, online support, and timely version upgradation; I found Exchange Server prior than Lotus Notes. Rest on users requirements!

However, if Exchange functionalities meet your requirements, you can avail Lotus Notes to Exchange Migration utility to migrate from Notes to Exchange.