Lotus Notes

Posted on 03. Feb, 2012 by in Consult

I started working on Lotus Notes databases back in 1992, when it first came out. I’ve enjoyed the process of creating quick databases that are both easy to use and effective business process improvements.

I started working at AEP in May 1998 in their Lotus Notes group. We created many Notes databases for all lines of business — generation, transmission, customer service, IT & HR, legal, etc. We’re now working on a Notes assessment project to see if the platform is still giving us that competitive edge that is needed. It’s a “digital” organization project of sorts.

Our assessment is showing us that we have over 1100 Notes databases in production.  Of those, close to 400 are no longer used and can be retired. We have approximately 300 that can be easily transitioned to SharePoint, accessible via the browser and connects well to Outlook and Office products such as Word and Excel.  The remainders are harder to transition and replace and we’ll continue to look for alternative solutions for these.