Microsoft Acquires The MESA Group

Microsoft Acquires The MESA Group

REDMOND, Wash., April 28, 1998 — Microsoft Corp. today announced it has acquired The MESA Group Inc., a Boston-based company that offers tools and services for customers who want to migrate existing Lotus Notes applications to Microsoft® Exchange Server. MESA also provides coexistence tools to ensure that all Notes and Exchange users have access to important information during migration. MESA also builds tools to migrate Lotus cc:Mail archives to Exchange.

“As customers continue to deploy Microsoft Exchange Server 5.5 in record numbers, they tell us they want to unify all messaging and collaboration functionality on a single infrastructure,”
said Rich Tong, vice president of marketing for the applications and tools group at Microsoft.
“The acquisition of MESA allows us to give customers what they want – a way to coexist while they migrate their Notes applications to Exchange.”

“We used the MESA JumpStart line of products to migrate our Notes applications over to Exchange,”
said John Douglas, director of information technology at The Baan Co.

“MESA’s ASAP provided a clear understanding of our Notes applications and its products shortened the migration cycle and dramatically reduced costs. We think this acquisition will further strengthen the MESA product line and help other customers benefit as we did.”

MESA’s JumpStart products provide a complete set of tools for migrating Notes business applications and cc:Mail archives to Exchange, as well as synchronizing Notes application data with Exchange. These tools include the following:

  • Application Assessment and Planning (ASAP). A tool for providing an inventory of Notes application data and providing recommendations for how to migrate applications to Exchange most effectively

  • Mailbox Converter (MBC). Moves existing Notes applications and cc:Mail archives to Exchange

  • Connection Agent (CXA). Provides seamless coexistence and synchronization, as well as rapid migration, between Notes applications and Exchange public folders

  • MESA Application Exchange (MAX). Automates the migration of Notes application data and business logic to Exchange, allowing customers to rapidly build business processes on Exchange

JumpStart complements the Notes Connector, currently available in Exchange 5.5, allowing Microsoft to offer a complete set of migration and coexistence tools to Notes customers. In addition, MESA’s utility for migrating cc:Mail archives to Exchange complements the cc:Mail Migration Wizard and cc:Mail Connector that are included in Exchange 5.5.

“We have helped over 100 JumpStart customers migrate their Notes applications to Exchange, evaluating over 10,000 Notes applications in the process, with 1,000 fully converted applications to date,”
said Eric Schultz, CEO of The MESA Group.
“We found that 95 percent of Notes applications can be migrated and hosted on Exchange with little to no additional work. We are looking forward to continuing to help Notes customers migrate to Exchange as part of a comprehensive Microsoft offering.”

Microsoft plans to integrate the MESA products into the Microsoft Exchange product line. It expects to continue to support current MESA products and contracts as well as provide a way for customers to upgrade to new product versions and programs as appropriate.

Founded in 1989, The MESA Group Inc. provides breakthrough technology for cross-platform, cross-enterprise collaboration, migration and coexistence of e-mail/groupware. MESA offers a full complement of products and services based on its industry-leading JumpStart methodology, which is widely used by major corporations for both migration and coexistence between information systems that include Lotus Notes, Microsoft Exchange and the Internet. The company’s portfolio of products is marketed and supported through strategic partners, resellers and service providers, as well as directly by MESA.

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