Lotus Notes, also known as IBM Domino or IBM Notes is an older form of database platform, once the leading product for maximizing development of various size business databases, and linking both customers and employees to one another in an effective, app-friendly manner.
While Lotus Notes had and still continues to develop many great perks and updates as a product, it is also considerably “outdated” in the sense that it remains comparably bulky in comparison to more modern, similar purpose applications, server database collection, hosting and email migration tools.
However, given the development, popularity, and much smaller size, yet convenience of application and wide range use capabilities of services like Joomla, WordPress, and other competing publishing services many have strayed away from Lotus Notes, are in the process of acquiring professionals through outsourcing to do so, or more than likely wish they could.
Likewise, those that wish to maximize their business and communications while building collaborative apps effectively more frequently rely on platform services like SharePoint, Salesforce, and other major database publishing, app development, and specialized tools and services – a place that perhaps Lotus Notes lack. That is, as today’s modern market has so many major companies with comparably faster services, more specialized support, design, tools, and resources that in a lot of ways IBM or Lotus Notes will inevitably become a thing of the past.
Many current customers and consumers alike would most likely agree that a big reason more companies have not shifted away from Lotus Notes is because of the required manpower, work, and costs associated with such – the larger the company the more the cost for such migration.
However, it is worth pointing out that thanks to Lotus Notes being run by IBM that Lotus Notes support does have a solid reputation, and may very well be a contributor to why customers stick around. This, and likely because so many (now major million dollars) company’s personnel and customers have grown used to the way their current systems work, how they sync apps for communications, and how their database is both maintained and developed along with a company’s growth.
In some ways, the Lotus Notes product – albeit a bit on the pricey end – is a combined way for businesses to keep all of their data, communications technology, and security in one place while being easily accessible by designated personnel and kept secure. Even in consideration of the price of comparable products, many major organizations and businesses that use Lotus Notes may continue using this product because outsourcing their database, financial, private data, and relying on a new company to do such is just not a risk they are willing to take as of yet – or until a more competitive product and reputable product that perhaps also offers free migration services comes along.