I work in SMB company ( 70 computers in one LAN and 15 in 2 remote remote offices, 5 very mobile users, all using Microsoft Windows), until now we didn't need any groupware solution, so we used free one's like postfix, apache, firebird etc.
I'm doing research what groupware soultion to choose.
Except all the groupware goodies like calendar sharing, task lists, etc.
I need a possibility to "easily" create or buy database applications on the chosen platform,
like DMS systems, integration with some legacy systems, custom forms.
I'd like everything to be accessible from one application,
so I think I narrowed my research to two solutions I've heard about :
Lotus Domino with Lotus Client and Microsoft Exchange with MS Outlook .
I there is anything else please let me know.
ASAIK I know that all of my requirements are supported by Lotus Domino, but I have never used one from administrative perespective, neither as advanced user.
On the other hand is MS - correct me if I'm wrong - the prefered way of integrating solutions with MS is Sharepoint ? Or like in Lotus databases can I access data using advanced custom forms directly from MS Outlook.
And the question about the future - I've been reading some forums, talked to people and what I can see that people that has been using Lotus Domino are moving to MS Exchange solutions, I don't know anyone that does the opposite. Why is that happening?
Another question is licencing, but I think it's too complicated for now to start a discusion about it, so let's just forget about licences for now.
I'd like to hear Domino and Exchange(and MOSS) experts,but also regular users, so maybe I can clear my mind and make a right choice.