Feed 'em a Line or Teach 'em to Fish?

As the product manager for Coexistence Manager for Notes, I am frequently involved in discussions about the need for coexistence and the specific solutions & configuration required for each environment. In many of these discussions, the customer or partner sounds almost apologetic as they ask whether or not a coexistence solution is needed to meet their objectives. Well, there is definitely no need to be apologetic, because we do not want to sell or install anything that is not required to meet the needs of each organization.

 

To that end, I thought it may be beneficial to outline some of the key considerations when determining the level of coexistence and specific solutions required for an environment. I apologize, in advance, if this starts to sound like a certain, well-known comedian's routine:

 

  1. If you plan to migrate batches of users over a period of weeks or months, you might need Coexistence Manager for Notes.
  2. If you expect consolidated/complete directories in both systems, you might need Coexistence Manager for Notes.
  3. If you expect free/busy functionality between systems, you might need Coexistence Manager for Notes.
  4. If you will maintain the Resource Reservation Database during or after the user migration, you might need Coexistence Manager for Notes.
  5. If you want to convert/standardize document, database, and view links sent to Exchange users; you might need Coexistence Manager for Notes.
  6. If you have applications that will remain in Notes during or after the user migration, you might need Coexistence Manager for Notes.
  7. If you have Notes applications leveraging hotspots, buttons, stored forms, tabbed tables, or any other proprietary formatting; you might need Coexistence Manager for Notes.

 

Hopefully, these questions provoke discussion around the key coexistence considerations for each organization. The answers should also help determine whether or not Coexistence Manager for Notes should be considered as the coexistence architecture is defined.

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