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How to cut your biggest
Domino projects down to size!

What’s the quickest way to come to grips with modernization or migration challenges?

Build your project on a foundation of facts

Firms like yours have been using Notes/Domino for years. During that time, 1000’s of applications will have been developed to address 1000’s of different needs. Some of those applications will be business critical. Some will be complex and sophisticated, others will be simple, but still effective, popular tools. Some will have died a death long ago, but they’re still out there, floating around in your environment, unloved and unused.

It’s no wonder the first big challenge everyone faces when starting migration and modernization projects is also the most important one to get right. You must know the true size of the task ahead!

How can you accurately scope a project if you don’t know which applications are relevant? How widely is used and by whom? Are they used at all? Can you easily modernize or migrate them to the cloud, or do they require lots of programming resources?

From the start, it’s essential you have accurate answers for all these questions. Without this knowledge:

  • resources cannot be correctly allocated,
  • accurate timelines cannot be estimated,
  • efficiency will be lower than it should be,
  • and costs will be higher.

Getting your answer quick and easy – The Scope Focus Funnel

iDNA Applications reveals the true scope of your project. It starts by automatically identifying databases to exclude from the project: e.g. – system databases, user mail files, directories, etc.

What remains is analyzed by usage, design and similarity to other applications. Duplications are eliminated. For the first time, the core of your project lays before you.

Get more from your programming resources with Remediation Overview

What remains is what we call “Focus DBs” or “Focus Replica Sets”. These are the applications your project will evolve around. They are further analyzed for usage and complexity and iDNA Applications will divide them into different categories:

  • Consolidation Potential:
    Unused applications that can be archived
  • Quick Win Candidates:
    Applications with high user activity and low projected development effort
  • Business Critical:
    The core of your many of your business processes and who uses them

Applications appearing in the lower left of the Remediation Overview dashboard have low usage rates and are simply written. These are your Consolidation Potential. These are candidates for archiving. Your Quick-Wins Candidates are found in the lower right. These are popular with simpler coding. These can be handled with a minimum of effort. You can get these out of the way quickly.

Application in the top right have complex code and are highly popular. These are your Business Critical applications. Be sure you allocate plenty of time and resources to these!

You stay focused on what’s important. Your planning is easier and more accurate. Your resources are properly allocated to get the most efficient use out of them.

2 screens with 1 big impact

We’ve only discussed a little of what can be done with the information displayed in just 2 of the dashboards available to you in iDNA. Getting quick access to accurate information that reveals the true scope of your project gets you off to the best possible start. Your resource allocation will improve. Your efficiency will increase. Your cost will be reduced. Your deadlines will be easier to meet.

Want more information? Take a look in our Knowledge Base for more technical details.

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