Why is Force.com a good platform for modernizing my Lotus Notes apps?
Applications on Force.com are much faster to build, easier to use, and less expensive to manage than those built on Lotus Notes or other traditional development platforms like .NET, WebLogic, and WebSphere. A recent IDC report concluded that companies saved more than $500,000 per application deployed with Force.com.

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What makes application development so fast on Force.com?
With Force.com, you don’t have to provision hardware, assemble complex software stacks, or write a lot of code for common application components like user management, security, UI, workflow, reporting, collaboration, and mobile. We take care of all of that for you, so you can focus on innovation.

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How do I know I can trust our apps and data to Force.com?
Force.com handles more than 250 million transactions a day for 77,000+ customers around the world. We have three global, mirrored, professionally managed data centers connected with a dedicated, path-diverse network backbone. Our service is ISO 27001-, SAS 70 Type II-, and SysTrust-certified, and we are frequently audited by some of the most security-conscious companies, including financial services firms, medical organizations, and security tools vendors. We also offer unprecedented transparency by making current and historical system status information publicly available on trust.salesforce.com.

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What kinds of Lotus Notes applications are a good fit for Force.com?
While almost any application can be built on Force.com, the easiest are forms-based database applications with simple workflow and real-time reporting requirements (such as HR, vacation tracking, expense reporting, and project management apps). Since these types of apps require virtually no code, they can be built and deployed to production in a matter of days.  

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What does migrating a Lotus Notes application to Force.com involve?
After you’ve chosen your first application to migrate, there are four main steps to complete the migration. First, analyze the data model in your source application and then create the same data model in Force.com. Next, customize the user interface. Then, export the data from your Lotus Notes app and import it into Force.com. Finally, create any business logic, such as workflow, that will automate your processes. What’s great about Force.com is that these steps can often be completed without any code or developer support!

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What tools and resources are available to help me move my apps to Force.com?
There are a number of third-party tools, such as DetachIt, that can simplify the process of exporting your Lotus Notes application data. Once you have created the data model in your Force.com application, you can use the Apex Data Loader to transfer your exported data into the app. Tools like Cloud Converter from Model Metrics can even create the Force.com data model for you, based on your exported Lotus Notes database.

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What if I only want to migrate some of my Lotus Notes applications?
With the Force.com API, it is straightforward to integrate your Force.com applications with existing on-premises applications, including Lotus Notes apps. For example, you can easily generate a WSDL file that includes the custom objects in your Force.com data model, and then import it into the Lotus Notes Designer Client. For more detailed examples and sample code, search for “Lotus Notes” on Code Share.

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We mostly use Lotus Notes for email, calendar, and document management. Do you have a solution for replacing those capabilities?
Force.com includes an integrated content library with versioning, tagging, filters, and search to support your application’s document management requirements. We also offer Salesforce for Google Apps, which integrates Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Talk, and Google Docs with your Force.com applications. For more details, see http://www.salesforce.com/googleapps/.

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How can I get started?
To take advantage of a free 1:1 migration assessment, free online training, free Force.com licenses, and a business case calculator, sign up for the Lotus Notes Migration Kit.

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