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Domino beats MS Exchange on application development platform

Lotus Domino R5 has outperformed Microsoft Exchange in a study to test suitability for application developmentrating as faster, more cost effective and providing more functionality.

Lotus Domino R5 has outperformed Microsoft Exchange in a study to test suitability for application development. The study, commissioned by Lotus and conducted by analyst company Creative Networks Inc (CNI) found that Notes and Domino provided a faster, more cost effective and more functional development environment for collaborative applications. Costs were up to 44% less, and development times were up to 42% less than using Exchange.

Michael D Osterman, vice president of market research at CNI, said "Our analysis showed that in this application, the Lotus platform retained a clear advantage in cost, speed and functionality. Furthermore, it will be more difficult for Microsoft to close the gap in light of the recent announcement that its Local Web Storage System and Office Designer – two technologies that were supposed to add Notes-like functionality at the desktop - will not be delivered as part of Office XP later this year."

The CNI study was conceived as a resource for developers and business managers, by measuring and analyzing the actual time and investment required to develop a typical business application on both Notes/Domino R5 and Outlook/Exchange 2000. The application, a role-based project management system with dual Web and dedicated client interfaces, was specified in collaboration between Lotus, CNI, and InfoKinetics, the developer contracted to do the work. Design goals were to create a realistic and useful collaborative application, and to filter out any inconsistencies that would prevent an "apples to apples" comparison.

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