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Can't Find Superman?
The typical job description that is out there for a Lotus Notes to Exchange migration contractor is looking for a truly unique individual. They appear to want a super consultant. They want an Exchange guru with several years of experience. Wrapped up in this package they want someone with extensive experience with Lotus Notes/Domino AND with migrating mail from Notes mail to Exchange.

Since, Lotus/IBM people blend with Microsoft people like oil and water, the possibility of finding one person that embodies both is extremely rare (and costly).

To put this an other way. If I were looking for a Ford mechanic. I would think to myself "there are several Ford dealerships in my town, shouldn't be too hard". Now if I want a Mercedes mechanic. I'd say to myself "this could be a little bit harder, but there is one Mercedes dealership in my town". But if I am looking for an experienced Ford AND Mercedes mechanic, that is like looking for a needle in a haystack.

Let's step back and consider what the organization will need following the email migration.

Exchange - the organization will continue to need a strong Exchange Administrator. I would suggest that a full time employee would be beneficial. That way the organization will have control of the resource. With the growing popularity of Exchange the resource should be available at a reasonable cost.

Lotus Notes/Domino - once the email is migrated the need for these skills will diminish or even disappear.

Migration Software - once the email is migrated then the need for this skill will disappear.

ROLES
Hire the Exchange Admin and rent the Lotus Notes/Domino and migration experts.

It is possible to hire someone with limited skills and save some money. The experienced person will probably save time and the migration will be completed sooner.

However, the real benefit is for the end-user. The experienced person will know that some types of contacts will have an unusual display. He will know what needs to be done to correct the display before the migration. If a user has 2,000 contacts in Notes and when they arrive in Outlook the canonical name is displayed. CN=John Vanderhoff/O=V&M. This user will spend hours reformatting their contacts to remove the "CN=" and the "/O=V&M".

The other thing that an inexperienced person might miss is the different ways that both programs handle recurring meetings. If they do not come across correctly, then the end-user does not trust their new calendar.

The experienced migrator will know which mail files will take a long time to initialize on a Blackberry and what might help to shorten the time.

CONCLUSION
Hire the Exchange/Office 365 guy because you will need him in an ongoing basis.
Rent the Domino experience and the Migration experience. You might want to rent me.


Author's Background
I am a Notes/Consultant with twenty five years of experience (almost exclusively with Lotus Notes / Domino). My experience with Notes began when I worked as a Senior Computer Consultant for Price Waterhouse. In 1993, I went to work for Lotus Development Corporation as a Senior Notes / Domino Instructor. I started teaching Application Development and System Administration with Version 3. Helped to develop the course materials for Version 4.x and Release 5.x When LotusScript, Javascript and Java were added to Notes/Domino I started teaching these programming languages.

In 1995, IBM acquired Lotus. For several years we were left alone and the culture did not change. It was a lot of fun to work for Lotus. In 1999 the handwriting was on the wall and I decided it was time for me to leave. So I established V&M to do Lotus Notes/Domino Application Development, System Administration and Training. I've been at it ever since. The life of the consultant is constantly changing. It has given me the chance to travel across Canada and the United States, Scotland, England, Bermuda, Jamaica, Barbados and Hawaii. No travel to the Far East yet. Anyone?

For the last six years I have been helping companies move their data from Lotus Notes to the Microsoft platform.

Some thoughts on Notes to Exchange Migrations
Migrating from Lotus Notes to Microsoft - Very easy and very hard
Pre- Migration Report that I use
Different roles in an email migrations
What to do with Profile Docs during a Migration
One Approach to Mail Rules
Microsoft's "Secret" Mail Migration Tool
NME Migrations from a secondary Domino Directory
How to remove encryption from a Notes database
NME and Secondary Address Book
Multi File Selector for Binary Tree CMTe
Problem Mail Files for NME (Notes Migrator for Exchange)
Using a Staging Server for Notes to Exchange migrations
Remove Encryption Button
SmartCloud to Office 365
Notes2SharePoint Part 1

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