If you thought Microsoft was just going to sit around and hope people would migrate to Office 365 all by themselves, think again. To help move Lotus Notes/Domino users across to Office 365 it has licensed Binary Tree’s (BT) migration solution. Let's have a look.
Microsoft’s Office 365
The agreement between the two companies means that Microsoft will be able to offer BT’s technology to speed up the migration of content, as well as simplify a process that is fraught with difficulties.
It’s not clear how many users have already made use of BT’s technologies to do this, but Microsoft claims that it is in the millions:
Binary Tree’s software has been used to migrate millions of users from Lotus Notes to Microsoft Office 365 and has proven instrumental in the onboarding process,” Kevin Allison, general manager of Office 365 for Microsoft said.
BT says it is delighted to be involved in such a deal. It would though, wouldn’t it? While no one really knows as yet how many people have moved to Office 365, or how many are interested in it, or again, how many people want to move from Lotus Notes is not known for certain.
Even still, one of the issues that has been cited around Office 365 has been the complications around migration. If BT can make that easier, even if it’s only for Lotus Notes users, then there is likely to be quite an amount of interest in it.
Migration From Lotus Notes/Domino
Microsoft has not announced when this technology is likely to be available in conjunction with Office 365, but until that time users can still buy migration and coexistence software directly from Binary Tree.
Under the terms of the non-exclusive agreement, Microsoft is licensed to offer:
- CMT for Exchange: This takes email, calendar and contact data from Lotus Notes and places it in Office 365
- CMT for Coexistence (excluding ZApp): Ensures interoperability between Exchange and Domino during migration
- CMT for SharePoint: Takes Lotus Notes data and places it in SharePoint
- CMT Inspector for Lotus Notes: Analyzes suitability of platforms for a migration.
On top of that users that need the application coexistence component known as Zero-Touch Application Remediation (ZApp), will be able to buy it directly from BT.
BT will also continue to sell its entire suite of products directly to partners, or clients that need the products. This includes its E2E Complete software for Exchange migrations.