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Seven Critical Steps to Migrate Legacy Lotus Notes Applications

Published: 08 August 2011

ID: G00214989

Analyst(s): Gavin Tay , Tom Austin


After discontinuing use of Lotus Domino/Notes email, organizations must make a decision about what to do with the remaining Notes applications. We offer a seven-step course of action for IT architects faced with this challenge, and six options for dealing with these legacy systems.

Table Of Contents
  • Overview

What You Need to Know


  • Step 1. Inventory and Classification of the Lotus Notes Applications in the Organization
  • Step 2. Identify the Migration's Technical Complexities
  • Step 3. Select One, or a Combination, of the Six Options Gartner Recommends for Application Transition
    • Option A. Prohibit Further Enhancements
    • Option B. Webify
    • Option C. Automatic Code Conversion
    • Option D. Business Process Management (BPM) Suites
    • Option E. Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) Solution
    • Option F. Rebuild on Third-Generation Environments
  • Step 4. Determine Viability of Existing Enterprise Platforms/Systems as Replacements for Notes
  • Step 5. Ascertain the Organization's Migration Success Criteria
  • Step 6. Prioritize the Phases in Which These Applications Will Be Migrated
  • Step 7. Implement a Decommissioning and Archival Strategy

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