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Top 5 Challenges to Notes/Exchange Coexistence

If the needs of your organisation dictate that coexistence between Lotus Notes and Microsoft Exchange is necessary, many problems can arise. Appropriate planning and implementation is required; if not, the users will fail to have consistent access to directory information and some mail or calendar items will translate incorrectly. Overall, their workflow and productivity will be decreased. Whether it’s Notes to Exchange migration or vice versa, in this article we’ll take a look at the top five challenges associated with Notes and Exchange coexistence.

Focusing on the user experience

When planning for coexistence between Notes and Exchange, the experience of the user should be the IT department’s key concern. Users will need to collaborate, on occasion, with users on a different platform, and lack of interoperability can cause damage to the efficiency and productivity of the project.

It’s also true that differing organisations will require different levels of coexistence. Some companies, for example, may only require coexistence during a period of quick migration in order to minimise downtime. Others still — particularly larger organisations — may divest portions of their business between platforms, meaning the management of coexistence will turn into an ongoing issue.

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