What triggered my few nostalgic thoughts about Lotus Notes this evening was a blog post published in Nevermind.dk “Lotus Notes and Domino have been able to survive for 20 years, how?”.
Once well known as Lotus Notes, a widely popular collaboration and email platform has been experiencing tough times during the past few years. It seems that IBM has given up on Notes as an email platform while the entire world is going totally Microsoft. Perhaps Microsoft Outlook is not as bad as it has been portrayed by anti-Microsoft followers (I have got to admit once I was in that camp). I really hoped that LotusLive, a new alternative to Microsoft Cloud will gain a momentum as greatly advanced social collaboration email cloud platform . But again, the lack of marketing to the small and medium size businesses makes this great product invisible to the most of the world.
Most of the small business companies have never even tried to discover Lotus Notes as an email platform even when Notes was extremely hot in 1995-1999. However many corporate clients have adapted Lotus Notes as a collaboration and an email system at that time. That was the best time for Lotus Notes and Lotus Notes specialists. Nothing lasts forever and Notes was not an exception. In fact, in the beginning of 2000 the process of migration off Notes email system to Exchange/Outlook has slowly started.
I have been personally working with Notes and Domino since 1991 which is about 20 years. I just realized that’s 2 decades I have been developing and managing application development on the Notes and Domino platform. Based on my experience 4 out of 5 companies I have worked with had already migrated off Notes email system. What’s next for Notes?