As a Domino Administrator for over 13 years now, I bleed yellow through and through. Since working with Domino since release 4.1, I've seen the product mature and expand into a vast array of capabilities. During that time, however, the number of people working in Domino Administration seems to be fading. I often wonder, "where are all of these people today and what has happened to them?" In order to answer my question, I started to look into what the market is doing. I've watched a Beacon Award winning LAEC Center close business, I've watched good friends and colleagues phased out of jobs, and I've watched as job opportunities dwindle and customers of old moving their Domino messaging to Microsoft Exchange.
With an increasing number of organizations making the move away from Domino to Microsoft, what options are available for displaced Domino Administrators? It's quite obvious that with the increasing move from Domino to Microsoft, existing Domino Administrators need to get themselves up to speed on Microsoft Exchange. I'm personally in the process of starting to investigate Exchange mail retraining. Having worked both as a Developer and Administrator under Domino since 1993, I see that this particular portfolio asset is an abating opportunity. Working in the realm of messaging migrations, I get to see a lot of what corporations are doing in terms of messaging platform utilization, and, today, I see the majority migrating to Exchange.
So what can Domino Administrators do? There are a number of steps that can be taken. Here are my suggestions:
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