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IBM Lotus Software's "Move2Lotus" Program Surpasses 200-Customer Milestone And Expands To Include New Platforms

Migration Program From Lotus Software Helps Customers Move To Lotus Domino From Competing Platforms; Now Includes Sun

CAMBRIDGE, MA - 19 Dec 2002: IBM Corporation today announced the "Move2Lotus" program has helped over 200 customers move to Lotus Domino from competitive messaging and collaboration products, and has been expanded to include tools and technology to help customers migrate to IBM Lotus Domino on Sun Microsystems Solaris-based platforms.

IBM's Move2Lotus program is designed to help provide customer using competitive messaging and collaboration products, including Microsoft Exchange and Novell Groupwise, the tools and services they need to migrate to Lotus Domino, and the Move2Lotus for Sun offering includes additional benefits for customers looking to move off of their current operating system.

IBM has designed tools and solutions for over 500 business partners that have joined the Move2Lotus program in the last year. Expanding Move2Lotus to include migration to the Sun platform can help provide additional business value for partners and customers in search of higher end-user productivity, lower cost of ownership and enhanced security features.

"Moving to Lotus was the best thing I've done for my information technology environment in the last five years. It was easier than I ever knew to stop the excessive downtime, virus attacks and other problems from the previous product, and lower the day-to-day cost of delivering full-featured e-mail and calendaring to my user population," said James Hayes, Systems Analyst at Greif, an industrial packaging products and services company based in Ohio, USA. "Now we are well positioned to flexibly exploit all of the new collaboration models, without another 'rip and replace' upgrade or a commitment to one vendor's entire software portfolio."

Many companies today are placing increased focus on total cost of ownership (TCO) in information systems, and an increased interest in world class software and hardware solutions. For an increasing number of enterprises, the high administration costs, painful upgrade cycles and increasing infrastructure dependencies associated with competing platforms are seeking to solve with Lotus Domino on high-performance platforms. According to industry experts and published reports, its estimated that 40% of Microsoft Exchange customers will have migrated to Microsoft Exchange 2000 by the end of this year.* IBM's Move2Lotus program is designed to help streamline the migration process for customers looking to migrate to Lotus Domino.

"As companies of all sizes evaluate their messaging and collaboration infrastructure, more and more customers are looking for clear, long-term strategies and platforms designed to lower overall cost of ownership," said Ken Bisconti, Vice President, Messaging Solutions, IBM Lotus Software. "The Move2Lotus for Sun offer, along with our competitive licensing models and the recently launched Lotus Notes and Domino 6, continue to make our flagship product ideal for small and midmarket organizations, as well as large enterprises demanding secure and reliable collaboration platforms beyond traditional e-mail."

Move2Lotus for Sun is available directly through IBM, Sun Microsystems, over 500 IBM business partners and via IBM Software Services for Lotus. The total migration solution offers customers who are currently using competitive messaging and collaborative products, including Microsoft Exchange and Novell Groupwise, on Wintel hardware competitive discounts for migrating to Lotus Domino. This joins the existing Move2Lotus for IBM eServer offer which rewards customers moving to Lotus Domino on eServer hardware.

For more information, please call 1-800-GO-LOTUS or visit www.lotus.com/migration.

Contact(s) information

Michael Shamrell
IBM Media Relations
(617) 693-1264
michael_shamrell@us.ibm.com

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