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The Church of Lotus? Bringing the Anglican Church of Australia back into the IBM fold!

Chatted with Nigel Grant last night, and he informed me of this major win that seemingly slipped by the collective radar. Apparently the The Sydney Diocese of The Anglican Church of Australia had left the IBM flock in favor of seemingly greener Microsoft pastures. However, like the prodigal son, they've returned to IBM and Lotus technologies (including Lotus and Domino, Sametime, and Quickr) to achieve their collaborative technologies goal: a Unified Communications Strategy that will enable them to better collaborate within their community.

"Many of the people we reach out to in our community, such as the young people who participate in our youth programmes, use a mobile phone as the primary way to communicate. If we want to attract and retain these young people in the Anglican Church we need to communicate with them in the ways they understand and respond to."
- George Lymbers, CIO of SDS

Here are the details, but there's no mention of Microsoft at all in this document - can anyone confirm/deny the failed migration to Microsoft technologies? I was told that they just couldn't get Sharepoint to do the things that Lotus Notes and Domino were already doing...

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