If you're reading this book, you're probably already familiar with Lotus Notes/Domino. You know about all the powerful productivity features offered by this product (actually multiple products, although most of us in the Notes/Domino universe still think of it as one). You know how much your company relies on it to communicate, collaborate, and manage its collective store of corporate knowledge. (An industry analyst once described Notes as something you can't quite define, but within 15 minutes of using it you realize you can't live without it.) And you realize (perhaps all too well) that upgrading from one major release to the next can be a significant undertaking, especially if you maintain a 'mixed' environment that includes multiple versions of Notes and/or is integrated with other third-party products.
This book is intended to help you with that task. It is specifically intended for upgrading to Notes/Domino 7, the latest release of the product. But much of the information we provide is also applicable to any Notes/Domino version, and can be used as a general guide whenever it comes time to upgrade to the next major release.
This book has been written by Notes/Domino 'insiders'. Collectively, we possess decades of Notes/Domino experience; we've been with the product since Notes 1.0, and since then have worked directly with customers to help them with their Notes/Domino upgrade and deployment issues. This book represents a compendium of what we've learned during that time. It addresses all the major issues that we've seen customers wrestle with during their upgrades. Our goal is to help you avoid these issues when possible, and work around them when it's not. At the same time, we identify considerations that are unique to Notes/Domino 7, to help you understand and prepare for all the exciting new capabilities offered in this release.