Martin LaMonica at CNET:
IBM upped the stakes in an ongoing contest over corporate e-mail software with a program that offers business partners up to $20,000 to dump Microsoft’s Exchange in favor of IBM’s Lotus software on Linux.
Dubbed “Migrate to the Penguin,” the latest IBM incentive plan, to be announced later on Thursday, is an expansion of its Move2Lotus program, which is aimed at winning over third-party consultants and software resellers that work with Microsoft’s Exchange.
IBM is offering a limited-time rebate for IBM partners that move customers from Microsoft Exchange to Lotus Notes and Domino on Linux. The offer gives $20 per licensed Exchange user, or “seat,” maxing out at $20,000.
In addition, IBM is offering a service to have customers’ Domino servers hosted on a trial basis rather than have the software installed on in-office servers.
Since Domino runs perfectly well on Windows server operating systems, I guess they are really fired up. Perhaps it was Steve Ballmer’s comments after announcing the “People-Ready” campaign?