Ben Langhinrichs

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Fri 28 Apr 2017, 10:59 AM
A new CoexLinks Migrate customer had an interesting observation about why they signed on. For several years, their users have forwarded documents from different databases as snapshots to be saved by their manager. No embedded form or anything, just a standard Notes feature, Actions - Forward. Since the manager had a Notes client, they thought nothing of it. But when they went to migrate all this mail out of Notes (meeting requirements for retention), they discovered that critical data was missing from these snapshots.

While I can't share their data, Below is a simple example using the Notes database I use to track orders and maintenance. It has some of the same elements they identified. Note that this same engine with some variants is used for CoexLinks FidelityCoexLinks Journal and CoexLinks Migrate.

But what the customer said last really stuck with me. I'm paraphrasing here, but he said that it was one thing to have something go out badly when it was a current email, but with a migration, it was your last chance. If the data was missing, it was gone forever. Or, as I put it, your one chance to make a good last impression.

1) Notes form open in Notes client

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2) The form forwarded via email, still in the Notes client

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3) The email received by Gmail, using the native Notes rendering

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4) The form received by Gmail, using CoexLinks rendering

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Thu 6 Apr 2017, 11:27 AM
There is an old saying that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. But a corollary i9n the tech world might be imitation is the surest form of interoperability.

A long-standing complaint among Notes users has been that many solutions build integrations for Microsoft Outlook/Exchange, but not for IBM Notes/Domino. While there are myriad reasons, it leaves an ISV supporting Notes/Domino with a challenge. Do we only support those solutions with native Notes/Domino integrations, or do we build out own solution/integration? Both choices are limiting. 

When we built CoexLinks Journal and CoexLinks Migrate, we faced this challenge again. Did we want to restrict our output to third-party platforms that support Notes/Domino, or did we want to build our own archival solution which would distract from our core business? We needed a third choice, which is where imitation comes in. If we could deliver emails in a format that sufficiently mimics Microsoft Exchange Journals, the data warehouses and email vaults that support Microsoft Exchange would automatically support IBM Notes/Domino (and IBM Verse, as a bonus).

So we did that. We render the emails with our exclusive high fidelity rendering engine, package them as EML files and wrap them in an envelope that looks just like a Microsoft Exchange Journal. Now, for our customers who need journaling for compliance, surveillance and analysis or legacy archiving for similar purposes, we can integrate with any of the myriad email vaults or data warehouses that accept Microsoft Exchange. Because the MIME format is standardized, even if the journal envelope isn't, those emails are preserved in a standards-based format that does not require a dedicated Domino storage. Of course, the envelope is just an option, as a customer can also archive or migrate using EML or MBOX format. Regardless of the specific goal, migration or coexistence or archiving or data warehousing, a standards-based solution is more likely to be readable and usablein the future, no matter what happens to the different email platforms.

Why not try CoexLinks Journal or CoexLinks Migrate for your company? Or contact us for further information.

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Tue 4 Apr 2017, 04:13 PM
Our newest product, CoexLinks Migrate is available and out there in the wild.. But since you haven't tried it yet (ok, a few of you might have), here is a very brief demo. Like, a minute long. Seriously, it's a back end product, so there's not a lot to see. Soon, I'll have some demos about the results, and why you should care, but if you've been paying attention to CoexLinks Fidelity, those won't come as much of a surprise. High fidelity email rendering to EML and MBOX. If that doesn't quicken the pulse...
Unlike the results of CoexLinks Migrate, this video is low fidelity. Sorry.

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