Boo Hiss

As if there isn’t enough FUD around the future of Notes and Domino and the supposed flood of customers toward Microsoft platforms, two of Lotus’ key ISVs get in on the act:

Binary Tree and CASAHL Technology Partner to Provide High-Fidelity Application Migration and Coexistence between Lotus Notes and the Microsoft Platform

NEWARK, N.J. and SAN RAMON, Calif., Jan. 29 /PRNewswire/ — Binary Tree, the leading provider of cross-platform messaging migration and coexistence software, and CASAHL Technology, a leading provider of middleware products for integrating or migrating data and collaborative applications between IBM Lotus, Microsoft, and enterprise data sources, announced a partnership agreement today. Based on the terms of the agreement, the companies will resell each other’s products, which will result in a combined offering that will enhance the ability of their customers to integrate or migrate their collaborative applications between IBM Lotus Notes and the Microsoft platform.

Binary Tree’s CMT suite of software products are the preferred solutions of Microsoft and IBM for the analysis of Notes applications and for the coexistence of email-enabled Notes applications between IBM Lotus Notes and the Microsoft platform.

“CASAHL’s expertise around application migration and coexistence is very complementary to our expertise with messaging migration and coexistence,” stated Steven Pivnik, Co-CEO of Binary Tree. “Customers will see great value in working with the complementary suite of solutions that our two firms offer.”

Yes, I know that both companies offer assistance migrating data into Lotus environments, but to my mind there is no doubt that this will be seen and marketed as a partnership designed to assist customers to move away from Lotus.  Also, I realise that these companies must do the right thing for themselves commercially, but I’m not impressed at them being exhibitors/sponsors one week at Lotusphere then releasing a pro-Microsoft announcement the next week.

Stuart McIntyre is a Senior Strategist at Fostering Community Limited. He curates a number of product-focused news sites, is a lapsed podcaster, founded the Social Connections user group and regularly speaks at conferences and events. This blog represents his own slightly-eccentric and usually-controversial opinions!