Migrating your platform to the Microsoft world: GBS presents services for modernising applications at CeBIT

Karlsruhe / Paderborn, Germany

GROUP Business Software Europa GmbH (GBS) will present comprehensive modernisation services at CeBIT, helping customers ready their application landscape for web, cloud and mobile use. Hall 2, Stand A30 is where the collaboration experts will focus on two solutions: GBS Retirement Manager and GBS SharePoint Integrator.

IBM Domino is the platform used by many businesses today. IT managers are challenged by the need for periodic maintenance or actually converting to a new platform. However, financial considerations and limited personnel resources often restrict such developments. Efficient and cost-conscious migration from IBM Domino to other platforms also fails due to a lack of effective solutions or unrealistic time and budget expectations. “In these situations, we are able to support our customers in modernizing or retiring their IBM Domino applications. The underlying methodology is reliable and efficient, as proven in complex scenarios such as those found in the financial sector at major banks”, says Herbert Reder, EVP Operations at GBS.

The process is based on centralized operations and the use of standards. Neither complex and time-consuming assessments nor the manual transfer of existing contents are required. GBS collaboration experts rely on the core competencies of the GBS Retirement Manager and the GBS SharePoint Integrator instead: While the GBS Retirement Manager closes down IBM Domino databanks and transfers existing data to PDF format, the GBS SharePoint Integrator integrates the exported data into Microsoft SharePoint.

An economically sound and future-proof process

To ensure that all information is available in the future as well, existing contents are converted to PDF format with the GBS Retirement Manager and additional information is stored in XML files. For customers with special compliance requirements or the need for traceability, the GBS solution allows conversion to PDF/A format as well.

“It is important to us that the entire process is automated, so that migrations can be executed as smoothly and uneventfully as possible. Especially enterprise customers profit from our services and underlying solutions. Vast amounts of data can be converted easily and made available for future use”, says Constanze Zarth, Managing Director at GBS confidently. Parallelization enables the GBS Retirement Manager to handle millions of data sets.

More and more companies are choosing Microsoft SharePoint as their collaboration platform and fortunately, the contents of retired IBM Domino applications can still be used in SharePoint. The GBS SharePoint Integrator comes into play here by automatically importing converted contents into Microsoft SharePoint. PDF files created by GBS Retirement Manager can be quickly and efficiently imported into SharePoint. Consequently, users can access data in SharePoint Lists or sort and search contents.

BULPROS experts support modernisation

Expect valuable impulses from the experts from BULPROS at the GBS stand when implementing SharePoint and integrating both on premises and cloud infrastructures. The expertise gained in IBM and Microsoft collaboration technologies has given them the knowhow and comprehensive service portfolio necessary to support customers in realizing their modernisation projects.

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