Lotus Notes got dumped because employees didn’t have smartphones?

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In the wake of yesterday's blog posting on Microsoft licensing BinaryTree for Office 365 migrations I was sent a link from a few weeks ago.  Bang & Olufsen were not quiet about their move from Lotus Notes to Office 365.  This ComputerWekly article did bring out a bizarre reason though:
The company had issues with accessibility with its previous system. About 75% of employees work remotely but, Lotus Notes was only accessible to the 150 employees who had company-provided smartphones. The other 1,350 had no access when working remotely.

So the lack of knowledge about:
  • Lotus Traveler
  • BYOD support
  • managed replicas
stop you and somehow force you into migrating to a whole new platform?

Straight from Ole Damsgaard, senior director of IT & shared service centre at Bang & Olufsen he states:
“It was easy to integrate Office 365 into our existing work environment and for our employees to start using it right away because they already know tools like Outlook and other Microsoft products,” he said.

How can it be easy to integrate something that was not in use at your organization? How are employees using Outlook when they use Lotus Notes daily (since you are migrating them)?

It sounds more like IBM lost in trying to sell them on hosted offerings compared to Microsoft. Thoughts?