Like ordinary individuals, many companies and their management teams tend to stick with what they know and what they are used to. However, when applications such as Lotus Notes no longer fulfil what a company wants or needs, then this can cause a problem.
This is particularly the case when companies are now being forced to compete far harder than they ever did for business. Also, if software and/or hardware is no longer up to scratch, or is just too expensive to maintain, then the time comes to look for an alternative.
That’s where Google Apps, and cloud computing is starting to make an impact.
Google also has one advantage over companies such as Lotus, and even Microsoft, and that is the conglomerate decided to make use of an affiliate system to spread the word about its infrastructure system. One such company that decided to get involved with Google was Appirio. It became an affiliate in 2007 with the aim of helping other companies switch from Lotus to Google.
From what I gather, Appirio and companies like it aim to seamlessly help other businesses transfer to Google making use of Google’s infrastructure. Of course, there will be a cost to this, but many organisations including public sector organisations as well as businesses are finding the switch is not difficult.
That said, there are a lot of things that need to be taken into consideration including factors such as compatibility. In short, can a company who has used Lotus Notes for so long transfer its documents without having to start over?
The answer is yes.