Migration projects in general are challenging, regardless of the technologies involved. Notes app migration projects are especially tough to deliver, which is why many customers have migrated their Notes based email systems but still have the Domino platform running to support their Notes business applications.

When planning a Notes application migration project, a topic that always comes up is rich text.  Many Notes applications use rich text fields to capture rich content like images, doclinks, and formatted text with attributes like font size, color, bold and italics. Moving that text to an application running on a different platform can be a challenge. Maintaining the data fidelity during migration is paramount.

DOCOVA was originally released as a Domino application and was ported to SQL soon after due to market conditions. Since we understood the nuances of rich text in Notes applications, we were able to build a migrator that moves the data and design from Domino to SQL.  Our migrator is extremely robust and knows how to handle Notes rich text fields.

If your goal is to eliminate the Notes client and browser enable your Notes apps, then you can continue to run DOCOVA on Domino.  In this case the rich text is taken care of by the Domino server for viewing via a browser client.   Here is a clip (3 min 58 sec) that describes the process.

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If you are running DOCOVA on SQL the rich text conversion is taken care of by the DOCOVA SE Migrator. The fidelity is very good,  and for organizations moving off of the Notes/Domino platform it is a huge time saver.

Below is a video clip (2 min 36 sec) showing the process of migrating rich text to DOCOVA on Microsoft SQL Server.  The process to migrate the design of the application is the same, but the migration of the data and the conversion of rich text is different.

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Doclinks in rich text fields can be particularly challenging.

Obviously when you migrate from Notes and Domino to SQL the address for any doclinks need to be updated.  Notes had database links, document links, view links and even links within an document.  Stay tuned for the next installment of the “Devil is in the Details” where we talk about how DOCOVA migrates rich text content with doclinks.