Around 1.75 million businesses have now switched from Lotus Notes

A record 1.75 million businesses have so far switched from Lotus Notes to Google Apps.

As such, experts believe if your own business is still using this excellent, yet outdated system then it is likely you will have trouble in future years when competing.

Lotus Notes, like Microsoft Office, is said, I believe, to have one major drawback.  It is still a desktop office program that requires continual updating.  Invariably if you use this type of product you will be constantly shelling out good money in order to catch up with the latest innovations.

In today’s economic climate where cost is a major factor, it doesn’t seem sensible anymore to be using something that will incur further expense.  While keeping everything in-house used to be cost effective, this is no longer the case.  Outsourcing reduces costs in all sorts of ways from reducing the amount of time and money on maintaining and updating infrastructure to using products that are no longer fit for purpose.

But why is Google perfectly placed to take over?

Quite simply because Google’s technology is perfectly placed to help businesses grow without the worry and expense of installing modern infrastructure.  Furthermore, Google’s technology is cloud based, which allows members of staff to share, collaborate and exchange information quickly and more efficiently than Lotus Notes and other desktop software.  In other words, there is nothing to download, which ultimately takes up space.

I have never used Lotus Notes; I still use Microsoft Office – but I can see the attraction of moving to Google Apps.


  1. Alexandre Minoru says:

    I used Notes for a year in a big french hypermarket and I can tell you: Notes sucks. Beyound the fact of needing modern infrastructures, IBM’s platform is not so flexible as they say. For example, to access your e-mail you must have a VPN connection to the infrastructure. Or use Web Notes – but the licensing is too expensive. In the other hand, if you use mobile phones you must pay for licensing client and server for mobile devices, and it doesn’t happen with Google. So that’s why I think Google as a major alternative to Notes – you can access the content from anywhere, anytime, low cost.

    • Lotus Notes itself does not need VPN to connect to the infrastructure. Your administrator might want to set up a VPN infrastructure to secure the content.
      The Lotus Traveler (for mobile devices) does not cost anything extra.
      Your problem is due to your administrators choices, NOT Lotus Notes

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