IBM?s Lotus unit has expanded its Smartmove initiative, which is intended to make it easier for users to migrate from their existing messaging systems to the firm?s own Notes and Domino.
The worldwide programme, which is targeted not only at users of competing mail systems, but also Lotus' cc:Mail and IBM Officevision users, will be broadened out to include vendors that IBM has a long-standing relationship with.
As a result, partners such as Hewlett-Packard (HP) with its Netserver offering will be encouraged to provide customers with third-party e-mail, calendar migration tools and services, and newly packaged messaging and migration software.
The new messaging and migration software includes messaging needs assessment applications and subscription, technical and financing support, education, upgrade tools, consulting services, and hardware.
Over the course of this year, Lotus will also provide packaged messaging migration solutions for organisations wanting to move from Microsoft?s Mail and Exchange, Novell?s Groupwise and HP?s Openmail.
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