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Don't forget, we have an upcoming Webinar: Migrate from Office 365 or Exchange to GroupWise 18

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Re: Don't forget, we have an upcoming Webinar: Migrate from Office 365 or Exchange to GroupWise 18

I hope a lot of people will join this webinar.

Take the point - how to migrate from Office 365 to GroupWise. Usually we have to fight the other way around.


Maybe you do not need it but take the message. So let's hope you need it.


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Re: Don't forget, we have an upcoming Webinar: Migrate from Office 365 or Exchange to GroupWise 18

Technically it has always been possible to migrate from other systems to GroupWise.  There are two questions however that must be asked and answered:

  1. Why did we migrate away from GroupWise in the first place?
  2. Why must we migrate to GroupWise?

Answer to Question 1

I can categorically state that 99% of decisions that customers made in migrating away from GroupWise was made on FALSE INFORMATION and blatant lies peddled by Microsoft and Google in particular.  Unfortunately, we live in a world that whoever tends to peddle the most false facts most of the time tend to get believed.  These vendors do not want you to be critical when you analyse their so-called "facts".  They create the same approaches to acceptance of these facts that religious organisations are using to promote their version of the "truth": 

  • How dare you question us? 
  • Everyone is using us and believes us. 
  • This is what everyone will be doing in 2 years. 
  • Novell will be dead in 2 years (pushed by Microsoft in 1995 and subsequent years).
  • If you do not join us, there is really something wrong with your IT management.

Sounds familiar?  Yet it decimated the ICT management of many major organisations, it allowed ignorant business people to dictate the ICT futures of their organisations, wasting billions if not trillions of US$ in the process, as well as the killing of major innovations that may have been far better for our society today than what we have at the moment.  This all for the enrichment of a very few and millions of collaborators that earned commissions for doing absolutely nothing but merely changing the narrative.

Unfortunately, Novell/Attachmate/Micro Focus is not innocent in contributing to this narrative.  The lack of providing clear future direction of their product development failed roadmaps, limited futures with new releases and just sheer arrogance contributed significantly.  Far more important was the lack of listening to their exceptionally loyal customer base - which probably shrunk with over 70% in the past 10 years due to this embedded arrogance.  And this arrogance just became worse with the Attachmate acquisition, and far worse when Micro Focus acquired Attachmate.

It must be stated that Micro Focus added to GroupWise/Vibe/Filr/Messenger/Open Enterprise Server development FAR MORE in the past 4 years than what Novell and Attachmate did in the past 15 years.  GroupWise has seen a significant rebirth of its development cycles.  It may, however, be just too late, as the marketing efforts from Micro Focus is really non-existent.

When you keep on marketing to the already converted there eventually will be no benefit.

Answer to Question 2

Migrating to GroupWise needs to be targeted to three different communities:

  • Those who have migrated away from GroupWise
  • Those who have NEVER used GroupWise
  • Those that ARE now on GroupWise

If you have migrated away from GroupWise, you need to ask the detailed questions of your organisation on WHY this has been done, and WHY your organisation choose to do this at a cost of millions of US$ yet post-migration you still had the same functionality, yet at a much higher annual cost?  I can guarantee you you will not get a proper answer.  Unfortunately on the African Continent this has always been involved with corruption, hence Microsoft's and Google's extensive footprint on this continent, as well as people even disappearing when they start asking these questions.  I guess a similar situation can be detected on other geo's.

If you have never used GroupWise, but needs a solution that is secure, and Cloud Safe - meaning there is no possibility of someone hacking into your data - you really need to consider migrating to GroupWise.  Not even a system administrator can get unauthorised access to your mailbox.  This is not the same for MS Exchange, MIMECAST, etc.

If you are running GroupWise at the moment, make sure that you are up to date, and that you have implemented all the add on functions of GroupWise, else you are doing your GroupWise users a disservice.  Also, make sure that your GroupWise users are trained on each and every feature of GroupWise.  We have found that where end-users are properly trained on GroupWise, the chances of them migrating is reduced by over 80%.   These users know what they want, and what they use, and any of the possible features.  If the destination system cannot offer these, the migration just will not happen.

We have found that in 99% of cases where customers have migrated away from GroupWise, the following is true:

  • Senior Management is completely ignorant - have no understanding of GroupWise and its related costs versus costs to alternative systems
  • Training is not a principle - Users only use GroupWise for E-Mail - none of the advanced features is in use - Once users know how to use GroupWise as a business tool it really changes the landscape
  • ICT Transparency lacking - Various stakeholders are never consulted - ICT merely forces their decisions and the true reasons are never disclosed
  • Security emphasis is weak - The customer relies on the vendor without questioning the security and that has ALWAYS proven to be the case.
  • So-called "Business Case Studies" - I have even been offered "fake" business case studies by customers which were a mere whitewash of their actual reasons for spending millions on the migration project, where we said there is actually no case.

The fact of the matter is, that there is NO COMPELLING argument to migrate away from GroupWise UNLESS you want to base it on false or fake facts.  When you do so, you must also realise the responsibility that comes with your job performance when you may be held liable for millions because you did not do a proper assessment of migrating your organisation's e-mail system.

Migrating to GroupWise will ONLY save you costs.  That should be the most compelling argument in any discussion around the migration of an e-mail system.

In addition to this, we will add security, as GroupWise security is unparalleled by each and every competing vendor.

It is also a fact that Cloud Computing is decimating the On-Premise hosted e-mail environment.  It makes sense for many organisation.

Yet, if you find yourself in the following categories, there is absolutely NO WAY you can risk placing your core communications into the cloud:

  • Governments: Federal, Regional and Local
  • Any business creating Patents
  • Security Management
  • Records Management
  • Any business creating new platforms that will challenge market leaders, Etc.

Any type of system or systems that may be included in the above platforms can never ever be exposed to the cloud.



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