Microsoft Makes It Easier for Organizations to Transition to Its Unified Communications and Collaboration Platform

New resources personalize platform and simplify transition from Lotus

Notes/Domino.



22 Jan, 2007, 00:00 ET from Microsoft Corp.

    REDMOND, Wash., Jan. 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- More than ever,
 organizations worldwide are investing in Microsoft Corp.'s (Nasdaq:   MSFT)
 platform for unified communications and collaboration, and they now have an
 easier way to make the transition with a new set of tools and resources for
 their IT administrators and employees.
     (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000822/MSFTLOGO )
     Today, Microsoft announced new tools that will help IBM Lotus
 Notes/Domino customers take advantage of the new unified communication and
 collaboration innovations that are being delivered as part of the recently
 released Microsoft(R) Exchange Server 2007, the 2007 Microsoft Office
 system and Microsoft Office SharePoint(R) Server 2007 technologies. These
 resources include a new suite of tools for managing transitions of IBM's
 directory, messaging and application solutions, as well as new templates
 for SharePoint Products and Technologies, which make it even easier for IT
 professionals to roll out customized applications for common business
 scenarios. Together these tools are making it easier for IBM customers to
 manage transitions to and start experiencing the benefits of, Microsoft's
 modern, integrated platform, which increases organizational productivity,
 streamlines business processes, and reduces IT cost and complexity.
     "With the release of Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, the 2007 Office
 system with SharePoint Server 2007, and solutions such as the next
 generation of Microsoft Office Live Communications Server in the pipeline,
 I'm convinced we will continue to see strong adoption of our comprehensive
 platform in the coming year," said Jeff Raikes, president of the Microsoft
 Business Division at Microsoft. "Our clear road map and product innovation
 are helping customers say yes to Microsoft."
     Customers Make the Move to Microsoft
     More and more companies worldwide are making the strategic business
 decision to move to Microsoft's unified communication and collaboration
 platform because of its integrated set of capabilities as well as new
 innovations including support for wikis, Really Simple Syndication (RSS)
 feeds, blogs, social networking tools, unified messaging and voice over
 Internet Protocol (VoIP) integration. Microsoft represented 52 percent of
 the integrated collaborative environments market revenue in 2005, and
 experienced double-digit growth year over year the two years before
 (indicating 2004 and 2003), according to analyst firm IDC.
     Customers such as Community Bank, Foley Equipment Co. and Lee
 Enterprises have made Microsoft their platform of choice because of its
 ability to enable people to work together more productively and
 effectively, and strengthen business processes.
     "Over the last several years our mobile work force has grown
 significantly and with that we needed a communication and collaboration
 platform that could adapt to our unique needs," said Karen Pollock,
 information technology manager at Foley Equipment Company, a leading
 Midwest Caterpillar dealership servicing the construction, agriculture,
 truck engine, and power generation fields since 1942. "We decided to move
 from IBM Lotus Notes/Domino to the Microsoft platform due to its ability to
 allow our employees to collaborate without walls while also reducing the
 administration burden to our IT staff."
     New Suite of Tools and Templates Ease Transition
     Microsoft continues its commitment to help customers transition from
 Lotus Notes/Domino in a manageable fashion to Microsoft's unified
 communications and collaboration platform. This year's release of tools and
 templates focuses on providing a simpler user experience and increased
 automation for IT administrators. These tools and templates include the
 following:
     -- Microsoft Transporter Suite for Lotus Notes. This new suite leverages a
        simple, unified interface, allowing customers to plan, prepare and
        transition their messaging and directory services as well analyze their
        Notes application infrastructure, determine the best course of action
        for applications, and move data from template-based applications to
        Windows(R) SharePoint Services 3.0. These tools ease the migration
        process, even for applications, and provide a great opportunity for
        partners to extend the tools for advanced migration needs of customers.
     -- Role-Based Templates for SharePoint My Sites. Drawing on SharePoint
        Server's rich personalization capabilities and integration with
        line-of-business data, a set of new Role-Based Templates for SharePoint
        My Sites provide a quick and cost-effective starting point to create
        customized portals where different employees can go to find the
        information and tools they need to do their jobs. They include
        templates for the following roles: sales account manager, financial
        analyst, staffing specialist, administrative assistant, customer
        services representative, IT engineer and marketing manager.
     -- Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 Application Templates. To provide
        organizations with a starting point for creating their own custom
        applications, Microsoft has developed a set of 40 templates for Windows
        SharePoint Services 3.0. The templates make it easier for IT personnel
        to roll out customized applications for common business workgroup
        processes, allowing them to focus on more mission-critical tasks. The
        templates include scenarios for sales and marketing tasks, HR and
        finance processes, business and IT operations, project management
        needs, and vertical applications for education, healthcare,
        professional services, retail and financial organizations. In addition,
        organizations can use the Microsoft Transporter Suite to migrate data
        from template-based Notes applications to these Windows SharePoint
        Services application templates.
     In the next 30 days, customers will be able to download these tools and
 templates at no charge from
 http://www.microsoft.com/technet/interopmigration/collaboration/default.msp
 x . Customers are also encouraged to visit Channel 9 for demonstrations of
 the transporter suite at http://channel9.msdn.com/go/mscolab/transporter
 and the templates at http://channel9.msdn.com/go/mscolab/rolebased .
     Increased Opportunities for Partners
     Industry partners, including formerly exclusive IBM partners such as
 Relavis Corp., are now building new practices based on Microsoft's
 platform. Partners such as Avtex, Berbee, BlackBox Network Services,
 BRESSNER Technology GmbH, EMC Global Services, Enabling Technologies Corp.,
 Fujitsu Consulting, Gold Systems Inc., Guidance Solutions Inc., Horizons
 Consulting Inc., PointBridge, POST CTI, Quest Software Inc., The VIA Group
 and Wipro Technologies are also experiencing new opportunities helping
 customers who wish to transition to Microsoft's new platform.
     "I think today is a great time to switch to Microsoft's collaboration
 platform," said Jay Lendl, Microsoft Practice vice president for Fujitsu
 Consulting, the consulting and services arm of the $40.6 billion Fujitsu
 Group and a Microsoft Strategic Global System Integrator. "We believe that
 whether you are a large or small company, this platform will deliver
 unprecedented predictability, rich features, and cost-effective solutions
 for customers."
     More information on Microsoft's unified communication and collaboration
 platform can be found at
 http://www.microsoft.com/business/collaboration/default.mspx .
     About Microsoft
     Founded in 1975, Microsoft is the worldwide leader in software,
 services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full
 potential.
     NOTE: Microsoft, SharePoint and Windows are either registered
 trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corp. in the United States and/or
 other countries.
     The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the
 trademarks of their respective owners.
 
 

SOURCE Microsoft Corp.
    REDMOND, Wash., Jan. 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- More than ever,
 organizations worldwide are investing in Microsoft Corp.'s (Nasdaq:   MSFT)
 platform for unified communications and collaboration, and they now have an
 easier way to make the transition with a new set of tools and resources for
 their IT administrators and employees.
     (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000822/MSFTLOGO )
     Today, Microsoft announced new tools that will help IBM Lotus
 Notes/Domino customers take advantage of the new unified communication and
 collaboration innovations that are being delivered as part of the recently
 released Microsoft(R) Exchange Server 2007, the 2007 Microsoft Office
 system and Microsoft Office SharePoint(R) Server 2007 technologies. These
 resources include a new suite of tools for managing transitions of IBM's
 directory, messaging and application solutions, as well as new templates
 for SharePoint Products and Technologies, which make it even easier for IT
 professionals to roll out customized applications for common business
 scenarios. Together these tools are making it easier for IBM customers to
 manage transitions to and start experiencing the benefits of, Microsoft's
 modern, integrated platform, which increases organizational productivity,
 streamlines business processes, and reduces IT cost and complexity.
     "With the release of Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, the 2007 Office
 system with SharePoint Server 2007, and solutions such as the next
 generation of Microsoft Office Live Communications Server in the pipeline,
 I'm convinced we will continue to see strong adoption of our comprehensive
 platform in the coming year," said Jeff Raikes, president of the Microsoft
 Business Division at Microsoft. "Our clear road map and product innovation
 are helping customers say yes to Microsoft."
     Customers Make the Move to Microsoft
     More and more companies worldwide are making the strategic business
 decision to move to Microsoft's unified communication and collaboration
 platform because of its integrated set of capabilities as well as new
 innovations including support for wikis, Really Simple Syndication (RSS)
 feeds, blogs, social networking tools, unified messaging and voice over
 Internet Protocol (VoIP) integration. Microsoft represented 52 percent of
 the integrated collaborative environments market revenue in 2005, and
 experienced double-digit growth year over year the two years before
 (indicating 2004 and 2003), according to analyst firm IDC.
     Customers such as Community Bank, Foley Equipment Co. and Lee
 Enterprises have made Microsoft their platform of choice because of its
 ability to enable people to work together more productively and
 effectively, and strengthen business processes.
     "Over the last several years our mobile work force has grown
 significantly and with that we needed a communication and collaboration
 platform that could adapt to our unique needs," said Karen Pollock,
 information technology manager at Foley Equipment Company, a leading
 Midwest Caterpillar dealership servicing the construction, agriculture,
 truck engine, and power generation fields since 1942. "We decided to move
 from IBM Lotus Notes/Domino to the Microsoft platform due to its ability to
 allow our employees to collaborate without walls while also reducing the
 administration burden to our IT staff."
     New Suite of Tools and Templates Ease Transition
     Microsoft continues its commitment to help customers transition from
 Lotus Notes/Domino in a manageable fashion to Microsoft's unified
 communications and collaboration platform. This year's release of tools and
 templates focuses on providing a simpler user experience and increased
 automation for IT administrators. These tools and templates include the
 following:
     -- Microsoft Transporter Suite for Lotus Notes. This new suite leverages a
        simple, unified interface, allowing customers to plan, prepare and
        transition their messaging and directory services as well analyze their
        Notes application infrastructure, determine the best course of action
        for applications, and move data from template-based applications to
        Windows(R) SharePoint Services 3.0. These tools ease the migration
        process, even for applications, and provide a great opportunity for
        partners to extend the tools for advanced migration needs of customers.
     -- Role-Based Templates for SharePoint My Sites. Drawing on SharePoint
        Server's rich personalization capabilities and integration with
        line-of-business data, a set of new Role-Based Templates for SharePoint
        My Sites provide a quick and cost-effective starting point to create
        customized portals where different employees can go to find the
        information and tools they need to do their jobs. They include
        templates for the following roles: sales account manager, financial
        analyst, staffing specialist, administrative assistant, customer
        services representative, IT engineer and marketing manager.
     -- Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 Application Templates. To provide
        organizations with a starting point for creating their own custom
        applications, Microsoft has developed a set of 40 templates for Windows
        SharePoint Services 3.0. The templates make it easier for IT personnel
        to roll out customized applications for common business workgroup
        processes, allowing them to focus on more mission-critical tasks. The
        templates include scenarios for sales and marketing tasks, HR and
        finance processes, business and IT operations, project management
        needs, and vertical applications for education, healthcare,
        professional services, retail and financial organizations. In addition,
        organizations can use the Microsoft Transporter Suite to migrate data
        from template-based Notes applications to these Windows SharePoint
        Services application templates.
     In the next 30 days, customers will be able to download these tools and
 templates at no charge from
 http://www.microsoft.com/technet/interopmigration/collaboration/default.msp
 x . Customers are also encouraged to visit Channel 9 for demonstrations of
 the transporter suite at http://channel9.msdn.com/go/mscolab/transporter
 and the templates at http://channel9.msdn.com/go/mscolab/rolebased .
     Increased Opportunities for Partners
     Industry partners, including formerly exclusive IBM partners such as
 Relavis Corp., are now building new practices based on Microsoft's
 platform. Partners such as Avtex, Berbee, BlackBox Network Services,
 BRESSNER Technology GmbH, EMC Global Services, Enabling Technologies Corp.,
 Fujitsu Consulting, Gold Systems Inc., Guidance Solutions Inc., Horizons
 Consulting Inc., PointBridge, POST CTI, Quest Software Inc., The VIA Group
 and Wipro Technologies are also experiencing new opportunities helping
 customers who wish to transition to Microsoft's new platform.
     "I think today is a great time to switch to Microsoft's collaboration
 platform," said Jay Lendl, Microsoft Practice vice president for Fujitsu
 Consulting, the consulting and services arm of the $40.6 billion Fujitsu
 Group and a Microsoft Strategic Global System Integrator. "We believe that
 whether you are a large or small company, this platform will deliver
 unprecedented predictability, rich features, and cost-effective solutions
 for customers."
     More information on Microsoft's unified communication and collaboration
 platform can be found at
 http://www.microsoft.com/business/collaboration/default.mspx .
     About Microsoft
     Founded in 1975, Microsoft is the worldwide leader in software,
 services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full
 potential.
     NOTE: Microsoft, SharePoint and Windows are either registered
 trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corp. in the United States and/or
 other countries.
     The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the
 trademarks of their respective owners.
 
 SOURCE Microsoft Corp.

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