Get the Facts: Domino 8.5 vs Exchange 2010 (English)

Last year I created a series of articles for this blog in which I compared Lotus Domino 8.5 with Microsoft Exchange 2010. As this blog is written for the Dutch market and therefore in Dutch, all these articles were written in Dutch too. We noticed however that these articles received a lot of attention from visitors from all over the world.

Though Google translate does a reasonably job in creating an English translation which gives you an idea of what I’m trying to say, this translation isn’t something you would like to give to your superiors to help them in their decision making. Therefore I promised when the first articles started appearing to translate them in English and publish these English versions on my personal blog. However, making the time to do so has been an issue. Last year I presented at the Dutch Lotus User Group conference (NLLUG) on this subject during a well attended and well received session. For this conference, we aggregated the blog articles into a paper, which we handed out to some visitors and which is available for download at this site. At the 31st of March I will present this subject again during the BeLux User Group Conference (BLUG) in Antwerp. As this session will be in English, there was suddenly an urgency for translating these articles (so if you were looking forward to this translation, thank Theo Heselmans for accepting my BLUG abstract 🙂 ).

When I started these translations, I soon realised this was not the way to go. The blog articles can be understood through Google Translate and you don’t hand blog articles to your superiors. So instead of translating the blog articles, I’ve decided to translate the paper. As the paper consisted of 42 pages, this was a lot of work. It takes about 30 minutes to properly translate one page. However, I did manage to finish it in time for conference, so here it finally is. In English:


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7 comments on “Get the Facts: Domino 8.5 vs Exchange 2010 (English)
  1. Jon schreef:

    This is exactly what I’ve been looking for, for the last few weeks. Thanks!!

  2. Kanundra schreef:

    What a biased paper. It appears you just slanted advertising info from Microsoft against real world info on Lotus. This is not a “factual” comparison as you stated it is and I hope anyone that reads it takes it with a grain of salt.

  3. Sander Zwart schreef:

    @Kanundra…strange you make this comment as martijn mentioned that this information is based on a marketing page. But I am glad that you agree that Microsoft is using the wrong information in its marketing material and that they are making false comparisons. This is basically what Martijn tried to tell.

  4. Kanundra schreef:

    @Sander Whether their material is true or not negates the fact that he claimed: “This document provides a comparison between Lotus Domino 8.5 and Microsoft Exchange 2010 based on factual and verifiable information.”. It reads as more of a rebuttal against Microsoft claims rather than a comparison. A comparison wouldn’t have anywhere near the amount slant that he provided.
    Now when he states “This document will look at how the arguments they use compare to the truth” that is more how the document should be titled. This would avoid the confusion that this is an unbiased review.

  5. Ben schreef:

    @Kanundra What you actually say is that Microsoft can use title like this on a commercial company website. But if Martijn use similar words on a blog it is a bad thing….strange

  6. Alex Kassabov schreef:

    So the document starts off by saying that “specialists on one platform usually have (almost) no knowledge of the other platform”. Then it goes on to introduce the author as “… well known for his technical articles… on IBM Lotus Software….”. 2 pages into it and the credibility of the document goes right out of the window.
    One of the last sections, talking about popularity of MacOS, completely overlooks Outlook 2011 for Mac and the nearly seamless integration of Mac’s native Mail and iCal apps with Exchange. This Microsoft got right, while IBM still forces you to install their client.
    The whole thing reads like yet another plea, “Domino isn’t that bad. Don’t migrate.” It’s not a comparison, it’s an attempt at rebuttal.

  7. Martijn schreef:

    @6 I think @5 actually worded it rather well. The original blog articles that this paper is based on, were written as a direct response to Microsoft’s Domino vs Exchange page. As such you can expect a bias towards Lotus Domino. I think I made this clear in the introduction. Nevertheless, where Microsoft’s information on their website is on many points incorrect or, on purpose, completely missing the point, I actually did proper research into Exchange 2010 and tried to write a proper comparison. As there’s very little information available on the Internet with comparisons between Domino 8.5 and Exchange 2010 I believe that even with its bias, this paper is one of most factual and certainly most extensive comparisons between these two platforms currently available and therefore definitely worth a read for any person who’s trying to decide between these two platforms.
    Regarding your remarks on MacOS. What I’m saying there is that Microsoft’s position in the Enterprise market is in many aspects the result of their monopoly on the desktop. This monopoly is under fire. That Microsoft now provides Outlook for MacOS is actually more proof of than an argument against that view. They have to start taking MacOS seriously as it’s making its way into the Enterprise. If Microsoft loses its monopoly on the desktop, they lose a big argument for many companies to choose Microsoft: a single vendor strategy,

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