Lotus has won a major coup with the announcement that Ernst and Young has chosen Lotus Notes release 4 as the messaging and groupware platform for its 66,000 employees worldwide.
Ernst and Young New Zealand's 600 staff will be given Notes in a gradual rollout from now until December 1997. The multinational organisation is migrating to Notes release 4 from a variety of local area network-based electronic mail products. Ernst and Young New Zealand planning and development manager Charles Fraser welcomes the ability to share databases, information and applications with other offices around the world. "Training will be a major consideration with the rollout", he says. "We want to make sure people have an understanding of what Notes can do and we don't want to give it out without serious consideration to users". "Staff have to put forward a good business case in which the ultimate benefit is to the client.”
John Whyte, chief information officer for Ernst and Young International, says the organisation chose Lotus Notes for its tight integration of electronic mail, groupware, workflow and scheduling services as well as the support it provides for remote and mobile professionals.