One-Step Migration Path for Lotus Notes/Domino-Based Applications

Quality On-Line announces alternative development and deployment environment

San Diego, CA - Many corporate IT departments are grappling with the dilemma of what to do with their applications that have evolved around proprietary Lotus Notes mechanisms. Quality On-Line offers a straightforward replacement option and "one-step" migration path. This makes it a much more viable option than overlay approaches or multi-step, multi-year initiatives such as IBM Workplace.

According to Peer Reinhard, president and CEO of Quality On-Line, "We started with a clean sheet of paper, taking the best features from the Lotus Notes environment and building in features Lotus should have created many years before such as support for relational databases, roles and responsibilities, and support for reusable components.

"It meets real-world needs of Notes dependent IT departments and their users by providing a supportable and highly scalable platform that addresses both development and deployment of enterprise applications. We evolved our architecture and applications to embrace the flexibility of open standards, with a J2EE-based implementation and support for cost-efficient application servers such as WebSphere, and Tomcat."

A number of large organizations are already seeing the benefits of migrating beyond the constraints of Lotus-based applications. For example, Royal Dutch Telecom (KPN) has migrated documentation applications from a Lotus-based environment to Quality On-Line's Application Platform and has significantly improved performance, scalability, and Total Cost of Ownership. Using Quality On-Line, KPN manages tens of thousands of documents across more than 200 business units, with over 16,000 users sharing a single server.

Another example is Syngenta, a global Agribusiness with 19,000 employees in 90 countries, which converted from custom built Lotus Notes applications to the new Quality On-Line Application Platform in their Seeds division. Syngenta has standardized on the centrally managed Quality On-Line enterprise system to handle compliance for document management, complaints, non-conformity handling, and improvement management.

From a development and support standpoint, Quality On-Line overcomes the well-documented shortcomings in Lotus and provides a modern architecture.

Major improvements include:

  • Based on open standards and built natively in Java (J2EE) to provide a future proof solution

  • A structured programming environment to improve consistency between different applications %%Reusable code to assemble high value customer solutions

  • Integrated workflow and process control engine

  • Vendor-independent relational database support

  • In- and outgoing email integration

  • An updated file system to make it easier to retrieve information %%LDAP and Active Directory support to provide secured user access and single sign on mechanism

Quality On-Line's inherent flexibility gives IT managers the capability to incrementally migrate their existing Lotus-based applications according to specific business needs. This enables efficient re-purposing of IT staff and resources to be more effective and to address higher priority issues. Decoupling of the applications development and deployment from the messaging platform also gives IT departments significantly more deployment flexibility than can be achieved with today's Lotus-based implementations.

About Quality On-Line

Founded in 1993, Quality On-Line is a leading developer of enterprise-wide applications for corporate environments, with over 100 organizations worldwide and more than 100,000 users of its technologies. Detailed information regarding Quality On-Line's products, technology and capabilities can be found on the Web at