I recently was reading Planet Lotus and saw a posting by David Hablewitz titled Binary Tree no longer does migrations to Lotus Notes. DAMN! I wish I knew this before I drove half way across Michigan to help a customer move their new acquisition from Exchange to Lotus Notes. And to think they paid my company to have me do it too.
While David’s presumption is just that, a presumption. Let me alleviate a lot of the confusion his posting may have led to. David points out that the vast majority of the Binary Tree web site is directed at Microsoft. David is right. But what is the market actually doing? For what ever reason, more organizations are making the move from Domino to Exchange, than there are organizations making the move from anything to Domino. Binary Tree has continued to build solutions in the Domino Realm and continues to market them as well as improve the existing ones.
In fact, Binary Tree has just released the latest version of CMT Inspector which is a product that is designed to analyze an entire Domino Infrastructure very quickly. Previous releases of this product were based largely in a Notes Database and made use of LotusScript to execute this. Unfortunately this took several days, in larger organizations, a few weeks. The entire product has been rebuilt from the ground up using C# and SQL to provide an analysis engine that allows the full review of 20,000 mail files in approximately 2-3 days.
This new method was just released on July 11th. See the press release here.
Binary Tree’s CMT for Coexistence is not just for Microsoft migrations. It is also being used on a regular basis for companies that are acquiring an Exchange shop and moving them to Domino as well.
Then there is also CMT Mobile, the solution to migrate those Microsoft Exchange based Blackberry devices between different BlackBerry Enterprise Servers, between the Lotus Notes, Microsoft Exchange and Novell GroupWise email platforms, and BlackBerry Enterprise Server management databases.
Then what about the product David mentions, CMT for Notes, as hard to find or that you have to know how to ask for it. I guess he didn’t click the Products link at the top of every page on the site did he. Oh and there is also the link to CMT for Public Folders to migrate those to Domino.
And look there is CMT for Domains. You could use that to migrate from an on premises instance of Lotus Notes to LotusLive as well, or consolidate multiple Domino Domains into one.
Does this means that Binary Tree has completely got out of the business of supporting Lotus Customers? You tell me.
As an individual who has lived and breathed Lotus Notes and Domino for over 14 years now, am I happy about migrations to Exchange on a personal level? No. I have seen a lot of good friends I know move to other things outside of Domino as the job opportunities have dwindled.
I enjoy seeing Thomas Duff‘s daily postings for jobs, the sad part, I used to see that many new jobs posted locally in Detroit on a daily basis. Now good luck finding one here at all. I have to do what needs to be done to keep my family, my home, and my bills taken care of. If this entails learning new skills outside of Domino, so be it.