Question: When moving from on-premises Notes to Verse, how good is the fidelity for mail, calendar and contacts/personal distribution lists?
Response: It's at 100% fidelity. It's one of the primary factors as to why our existing customer base is moving to IBM Verse. Email (both encrypted and unencrypted), calendars (single and repeats), tasks, personal contacts, and unread marks can all move the the cloud in a seamless fashion. Our cloud competitors can't do that. What's more our customers' investments in Domino applications can continue to function as they do today.
Question: Can you provide an estimate of how long it takes to move mail from an on-premises Notes environment supporting 10,000 employees to IBM Verse?
Response: Assuming the customer has all of the prerequisites done, we can move at a very fast rate; we target 2500 mailboxes per weeks as the average, but we've seen much, much higher. For a 10000 mailbox company, we are looking at 8-10 weeks. This includes the configuration of the hybrid environment and some up front planning. I caution, however, if the customer needs to perform some on-premises maintenance on their environment prior to the move -- such as a client or server upgrade, or deployment or local replicas/MMR's -- then obviously, they need to perform those steps before the move. For more information, review the detailed list of requirements.
Question: What is the impact of customization? Is the best approach to remove the customization prior to migrating?
Response: We typically see two types of customization that are part of the cloud migration: Mail templates and Directories (names.nsf). As part of our SmartCloud Upgrade Factory migration services, we review mail template customizations that customers provide. In the case of custom Domino directories, most directories, if customized, can sync with SmartCloud Notes without the need for remediation.
Global Leader, Cloud Migrations
Stuart leads our Worldwide cloud migrations services teams and migration offerings for IBM SmartCloud Notes and IBM Verse. His expertise includes Social Business, Middleware, and Softlayer Cloud. Based in Toronto, Canada, Stuart has been with IBM for over 15 years and held various leadership roles in professional services and sales. You can follow him on twitter: @stumckay