Neill Laney describes his experiences working on a migration project, moving a Notes application to one based upon DB2 and WebSphere. An interesting read. Essentially the project takes a three-phase approach. (1) moving the data (2) delivering the reporting framework and (3) application functionality and workflow. Seems like a lot of work, albeit interesting. Neill’s observation:

… if the same resources were put into improving the Notes application that are being put into this project, then the Notes application would have met customer expectations, as well as provide a data store for building reports in a web application. In this case, as in every case, customer preference rules, and the application is going to be migrated…

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  1. Any idea the cost compared to improving the Notes app? 1:10? 1:20? Just a wondered.Tony C#
  2. A lot I reckon - 1:20 probably.

    But anyway, you M$ people should know that cost is never an issue with these things Tony ;-)

    Besides, costs can always be deferred by outsourcing everything…Ben Poole#
  3. The cost is going to be substantially higher to migrate the app versus improving it in Notes. The prevailing opinion is that Notes doesn't provide a good reporting framework, but then, what data source does?
    So, if the cost of delivering reports is a constant, then the cost of migrating the data is the additional cost, which may add 15% in terms of time and resources.
    My initial recommendation was to use IIOP in a WAS or Portal application to provide a reporting solution, but the powers that be have an agenda, and Domino/WAS/Portal integration isn't one of them. Once the decision was made, it wasn't my job to question, only impliment.Neill Laney#
  4. I was just intregued. :) Yes the cost can be outsourced but they still don't go away…it still has to be paid for.Tony C#

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