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Good Times for Partners Who Help Customers Move to Microsoft’s Unified Communication and Collaboration Platform

The ability to deploy a modern, integrated communication and collaboration platform with Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and the 2007 Microsoft Office system prompts companies to move from IBM LotusNotes/Domino to Microsoft’s platform.

As Microsoft continues to deliver innovations to its unified communication and collaboration platform – which includes Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, the 2007 Office system with Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, and has solutions in the pipeline such as the next generation of Microsoft Office Communications Server – Microsoft’s industry partners find that business is booming. An increasing number of customers report that their existing communication and collaboration solutions, built on older, non-Microsoft platforms, are not effectively evolving with business trends and practices, and they are turning to Microsoft and its partners for help.

IT managers in these companies face a dilemma: How can they gain the advantages of unified messaging, which allows employees to receive and manage e-mail, voice mail, and faxes through a single inbox? How can they enhance their employee’s productivity through workplace collaboration and better business insight – while reducing organizational IT costs – when the legacy messaging and collaboration platforms aren’t up to the challenge of supporting more advanced technology?

Conversations with a number of Microsoft partners who specialize in migration, system integration and management services reveal that for a growing number of their customers the answer is simple: It’s time to move, and, with these tools – which will be released as no-charge downloads for customers and partners over the next month – it will automate and simplify transitions to Microsoft’s platform more than ever before.

‘Great Time to Switch’

“I think today is a great time to switch to the Microsoft unified communication and collaboration platform,” says Jay Lendl, Microsoft Practice Vice President for Fujitsu Consulting, the U.S. consulting and services arm of the US$40.6 billion Fujitsu Group and a Microsoft Strategic Global Systems Integrator, based in Edison, N.J.

“I feel very confident that the new Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 platform and 2007 Office system including Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 can deliver all the messaging and collaboration services that our clients are demanding right now,” says Lendl. “I believe that whether you are a large or small company, this platform will deliver unprecedented predictability, rich features and cost-effective solutions for customers.”

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