If you still use Lotus Notes, then I think you will find you are a dying breed. Recent research has found that 1.75 million businesses have already made the move to using Google Apps.
Like Microsoft’s desktop office suite, Lotus Notes has been used for many years. However, unfortunately, while many business and other users have enjoyed the simplicity of the software, the company behind it has not really kept up to date by switching to using a cloud computing system. As such, the product is fast becoming obsolete.
What’s more, many people – employees in particular – who use Lotus Notes in work tend now to use Google products at home. Consequently, switching to Google is not a problem for most.
Lotus Notes also has one major drawback. As it is still a desktop office program it will require constant updating, which can invariably cost a business a lot of money. In an economic climate where costs are being looked at regularly, employing in-house tools is no longer economically viable. Outsourcing is now more cost effective.
Furthermore, as Google is a cloud-based technology, companies can more easily share files with other employees and staff over the internet. Of course, many businesses do possess intranet facilities, but here again this type of system still requires maintenance, which is probably costly.
All in all, switching from Lotus Notes to Google is probably a wise move in this increasingly competitive world.