IBM is offering resellers up to £11,500 for converting Microsoft Exchange e-mail customers to Lotus Domino and Notes systems running on Linux.
The £11-per-licensed-seat bounty is an expansion of IBM’s Move2Lotus programme.
The new programme, called “Migrate to the Penguin”, allows resellers and consultants to get up to a total of £11,500 from the per-seat bounty programme.
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As part of the effort, IBM is also offering a service that will allow customers to have their Domino servers hosted on a trial basis, rather than have the Domino and Notes software installed on company servers.
Microsoft and IBM are the market leading providers of e-mail and desktop productivity suites, and Microsoft is not taking IBM’s customer poaching attempts lying down.
Earlier this year, Microsoft released a set of software tools designed to allow Domino and Notes users to more easily transfer their data to an Exchange platform.