Ironically, even IBM itself with its development of CloudBurst has got the bug. However, companies using Lotus Notes and looking to switch are not staying with IBM but moving to Google.
Now, you could be forgiven for thinking why are they moving away from a system they’ve been using for years to another company offering something different. I think the answer to that lies in the basic problem with Lotus Notes.
The latter still needs to be hosted on a normal computer. Documents created in the software are still stored on the business’s computers. Google Apps, on the other hand, are stored remotely on Google’s own servers. Moreover, each application is integrated with all the other applications, ensuring easy access and switching.
From what I gather, Lotus Notes lacks this integration facility; or if it has it, then it is seemingly inefficient. This means, in a highly competitive business environment, this can cause major problems.
To be fair to Lotus Notes though, the product itself has stood the test of time adding new features as and when needed. However, I don’t think the creators of the software really realised the impact that cloud would have in such a short space of time.
Even Microsoft was late getting off the starting blocks with its Office 365, and while I generally prefer using Microsoft products offline, the cost of both is huge.