More and more organizations are moving away from IBM Lotus Notes in favor of the Microsoft platform. Most start by migrating email from Notes to Microsoft Exchange. Next, they consider migrating the applications that they’ve developed in Notes to SharePoint — and they often find that this step involves more work, cost, risk and complexity than migrating email.
The challenge of migrating Notes forms and workflows
Organizations often struggle with migrating custom Notes applications, such as those including complex forms and workflows. In the past, many chose to convert their Notes forms to Microsoft InfoPath forms. However, Microsoft’s recent deprecation plans for InfoPath have made many organizations reluctant to consider using it. Microsoft says it will support InfoPath until 2023 but will not develop any new features. As a result, many organizations have kept their forms and workflows on Notes even as they migrate other content to the Microsoft platform.
Complex logic and workflows in Notes applications further complicate the traditional migration. Scripting and custom Java need to be replaced with SharePoint Designer workflows or custom .Net code, and since SharePoint Designer does not offer many complex actions, many Notes applications require custom development effort after the content has been moved into SharePoint. Furthermore, Microsoft has announced that SharePoint Designer will not be shipped with SharePoint 2016.
A better way to migrate Notes forms to SharePoint
With Quest and Nintex, organizations now have a powerful alternative to these limited and soon-to-be-deprecated Microsoft tools.
Dell Migrator for Notes to SharePoint enables you to easily transform a Notes form into a Nintex form. Nintex forms are supported in both SharePoint and Office 365, and Nintex also provides a powerful workflow solution that integrates with its forms, giving customers a complete solution on their target Microsoft platform. With Migrator for Notes to SharePoint and its integration with Nintex, you can finally get your applications off of IBM Notes and onto a platform that will meet your business needs now and in the future.
Read our new tech brief to learn how you can transform Notes forms to Nintex forms in just a few easy steps.