Lotus today launched its European Mail Migration Program, which it outlined at its Lotusphere conference in the US earlier this year.
The program is aimed at helping companies to migrate to Lotus' Notes/Domino messaging platform, specifically those using earlier versions of messaging systems. It is also aimed at those using Lotus' cc:mail messaging product, as the company is planning to ditch it, but has not confirmed when.
At Lotusphere in January, Eileen Rudden, senior vice president of Lotus communications group, commented: "The only announcements we are making on this subject is that we'll continue to support cc:mail users through 20001."
According to Lotus, millions of end users are still using messaging systems based on environments that do not offer some of the benefits that Notes/Domino offers, such as Year 2000 compatibility, Internet standards and knowledge management applications.
The migration plan supports 14 of the most widely used platforms, including cc:mail, IBM Officevision, Microsoft Mail and Exchange and Novell Groupwise. It migrates users to Lotus/Domino Release 4.0 and will be made available for Release 5.0 shortly after it ships.
Francois Devoret, Emea director of messaging migration at Lotus, said the company is using a new pricing model for the program that allows customers to test and deploy the migration, without making a major investment.
"It is a rental pricing model, which means companies only pay as they are using it. We have found this keeps the costs down, speeds the migration process and lets us know how we're doing," he commented.
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