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The release of IBM Notes and Domino 9 Social Edition underscores IBM's committment to ongoing leadership and investment in IBM Notes and Domino. The product roadmap includes new feature releases and support for the IBM Notes and Domino Social Edition for years to come. In short, IBM is the right choice for your strategic business collaboration platform, and will continue to deliver significant enhancements and support, both in the cloud with IBM SmartCloud for Social Business and on premises.

Leadership proof points. IBM:

Energize life's work with the leading social software platform from IBM and create value across every level of your organization:

In a social-, mobile- and cloud-enabled workplace, IBM continues to innovate, with the new IBM Notes and Domino 9.0.1 Social Edition. Move from email to social email experiences. Create a more effective workforce. Speed adoption of newer tools. Reduce costs.

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With over 20 years of experience with innovating and delivering game-changing solutions to our customers, see how IBM compares to the competition.

IBM vs Microsoft

 Microsoft IBM
Company Strategy
..Falsely accuses IBM of adding complexity to user choice through software acquisition, but they buy Yammer because SharePoint doesn't provide the right features after years of development
Company Strategy
..Is committed to ongoing leadership and longterm investment in IBM Notes and Domino and the IBM Social Business platform
Integration
..Reacts to its competitor’s growth by copying rather than innovating. Microsoft pieces together technologies like Yammer, SharePoint 2013, and Office 365 for a similar solution, adding expense and complexity to the infrastructure.
Integration
..Provides a seamlessly integrated solution for mail, social capabilities, mobile and application development that allows for functional growth
Social business software
..Doesn't "get" social. SharePoint is still document / team site centric and playing catchup and integration bingo with their Yammer acquisition.
Social business software
..Is the lead provider of social software and delivers capabilities that can take your business infrastructure and employee productivity to the next level, leading to better business results
Applications
..States incorrectly that Domino applications easily migrate to SharePoint.  Not true. They must be rebuilt, adding unexpected cost and lesser function.  Customers have returned to IBM for this reason.
Applications
..Provides an integrated application development environment that allows for rapid development and deployment of scalable and security-rich business applications. New apps can be built and existing apps easily modernized with XPages, for web and mobile use!
Cloud
..Doesn't say that moving moving to Microsoft's cloud requires expensive migration services, remediation to your directory, 3rd party products and potential upgrades to Windows, your browser and your version of Microsoft Office
Cloud
.. Provides customers services that allow them to either manage and perform a transition to SmartCloud with self-help guidance or with assistance from IBM

IBM vs Google

 Google IBM
Leadership
..Has 5 years experience with consumer based, advertising driven email; less that 2 years enterprise with enterprise email;  less than 1 year experience with enterprise collaboration and Google is brand new to Enterprise cloud!
Leadership
... Has over 20 Years of leadership & innovation experience in enterprise email and collaboration
Strategy
...Provides no clarity on their long term commitment to Collaboration technology and no clear product roadmap for enterprise Email. Enterprise is only ~3% - 5% of Google's business
Strategy
...Is committed to ongoing leadership and longterm investment in IBM Notes and Domino and the IBM Social Business platform.
Security
... Leaves many unanswered questions around their security, data storage, intellectual property, privacy regulations, compliance capabilities and about the data ownership, mainly around who owns them.
Security
...Provides Enterprise support, Security & Compliance capabilities across all products including mobile which is viewed as a mission critical capability.
Integration
...Has a weak integration story. How sure are you that their solution would seamlessly integrate with your existing infrastructure, application and processes on and off premise? Google offers limited offline capabilities (Chrome only, for example) and Offline spreadsheets are available in view-only mode.
Integration
...Provides out-of-the-box integration with 3rd party products like Microsoft Office, Google Gadgets and which allows customers to leverage their existing investments in non-IBM products.
Flexibility
..Provides only a collection of light weight web based services (Cloud only). A one size fits all solution that is overpriced email and under effective in its collaboration capabilities.
Flexibility
...Delivers segmented capabilities and pricing for different user populations (Task workers, Knowledge Workers, Mobile Executives, External Users etc) and offers on premise, appliances, cloud and hybrid with tight deployment options.

[Google] 55% see Google's tendency to "fail fast," quickly shutting down projects that don't perform as desired, as a major concern (38%) or deal breaker (17%) when considering it as a business applications provider.

[Microsoft] 7 Ways that SharePoint 2013's New Mobile Features Fall Short (CMSWire)

[Microsoft] SharePoint causing info management problems. (Computing)

Read about the exciting ways in which our customers and partners unleash the power of IBM solutions within their organization and experience tremendous business gains.

  • Celina Insurance For Celina, being a social business has allowed our team to engage clients and agents so we can build better insurance products. IBM has been at the center of our social transformation. By integrating messaging into our overall social business offering we have access to powerful new capabilities that let us tap into the collective wisdom of our team and ensure our ability to deliver customers the level of service they demand." Rob Shoenfelt, senior vice president and CIO, Celina Insurance
  • Czarnowski "We’re very excited about IBM’s new social offering. The ability to integrate our critical business processes directly into our email platform can allow users to be more productive in the one tool where they spend a majority of their day. Today our customers do not think email is dead. In fact it’s still their preferred way for communicating with us. Now by bridging email with social applications our team can be more connected and productive than ever." John Roling, Director of IT at Czarnowski

Customers rediscovering IBM Notes and Domino:

Take a closer look at how IBM Notes and Domino brings together world class business messaging, applications and social collaboration. It delivers social capabilities whenever and wherever users are working at the moment, helping to accelerate business operations, improve decision making, and enhance productivity. Learn more about why IBM is a leader in social business solutions!

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