Blogger: Bill Pray
The podcast download I promised in the post on the Value of Exchange 2010 is now available:
Exchange 2010 is Microsoft’s initial rebuild Exchange for a hosted environment. In a blog post in August, Rosenberg’s Law and Exchange 2010, I point out that Microsoft has a challenge to justify upgrading on-premise Exchange implementations to Exchange 2010. For the enterprise, upgrades to e-mail platforms can be expensive and difficult to justify in the current economic climate.
In this podcast, I have the opportunity to ask Michael Atalla, Group Product Manager for Microsoft Exchange and Steve Schafer, Director of Global Information Systems for Global Crossing (an Exchange 2010 customer) about the value of upgrading to Exchange 2010.
I asked them two questions:
In the current economic climate, enterprises are navigating a new normal with tight controls on costs. Upgrading or changing the e-mail infrastructure can be costly and time consuming for the enterprise. Name the top three reasons you give to an enterprise wanting to realize hard ROI - quantifiable returns - on upgrading to Exchange 2010.
Exchange 2010 is not an in-place upgrade, it is a transition – meaning the customer has to stand-up a 2010 server and then migrate from older to versions of Exchange to 2010. Exchange 2007 was the same. Migrations can be complex, time consuming, and expensive for a large enterprise. Why isn’t Exchange 2010 an upgrade and how does Microsoft help customers with the migration?