I’ve heard that there are now moves to make Lotus Notes more cloud-friendly. However, is this too little too late?
It seems OrangeScape has forged a partnership to offer Lotus Notes users the chance to use cloud so that they are not stuck in the office. Furthermore, it seems that the aim of the new application is to minimise the risk of using older and outdated Lotus Notes applications.
This new innovation may just stem some of the momentum that’s been generated with companies reluctantly moving away from what effectively has become an old friend. Not just that, many companies that do use Lotus Notes are often reluctant to move because moving large amounts of data could be problematic.
In other words, in some cases it is better the devil you know than the one you don’t.
However, if this view is accepted wisdom, I can see many businesses struggling to keep up in an increasingly competitive world. Whatever the benefits of Lotus Notes, the reality is, the software is fast being superseded by cloud-based systems such as Google Apps.
Of course, IBM itself has recognised that cloud computing is the future and I suppose the new application is a step in the right direction. However, is IBM’s, or specifically Lotus Notes, fight back too late?
I think it might be. Time will tell.