I like this argument: “We’d only be trying to make SharePoint do what we can already do with the Notes platform.”

I currently don’t read many of those news, that’s why I (and many others) think it is worth blogging this itnews.com article.

Bureau of Statistics retains Notes in IT transformation

Commits to IBM’s collaboration platform.

 The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has committed itself to its legacy IBM Lotus platform as it pushes forward with its seven-year transformation program to 2017.

The so-called ABS 2017 program (pdf) aimed to update statistical business processes and information management infrastructure, some of which had been in place since the 1970s.

It aimed to reduce the cost of doing business and “industrialise” ABS processes, including rationalising disparate survey systems and some 400 applications, many of which rely on Notes and associated software products.

ABS may be the last major federal agency to retain Notes as central to its applications development but chief information officer Patrick Hadley described the platform as a strong ally in the department’s transformation quest.

“We have Notes programming skills in our team. They are very smart and very technologically literate,” he said. “We are a happy Notes camper.”

The bureau adopted Lotus Notes and Domino for its workflow, messaging, knowledge repositories, subscription business intelligence services integration, records management and web content management in the 1990s.

It added IBM’s enterprise social computing platform, Connections, to its portfolio in 2008 with extended Knowledge Management functions now supported across Connections and Notes/Domino.

The IBM suite integrates with ABS‘ core statistical and support business functions, and can be deployed remotely by staff in mobile computing.

Last year, the ABS issued a request for tender seeking a secure email systemthat would be compatible with its Lotus Notes/Domino applications and other systems and infrastructure.

ABS uses Microsoft’s Windows 7 desktop software. But Hadley said there were huge collaborative pay-offs in using Lotus Notes, Sametime (for unified communications) and Connections.

“A lot of people are hooked on the Microsoft office suite. But then what does that do for your collaboration, knowledge management and records management?” Hadley said.

“We’d only be trying to make SharePoint do what we can already do with the Notes platform.”

Read more: http://www.itnews.com.au/News/316955,bureau-of-statistics-retains-notes-in-it-transformation.aspx

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