Enabling the Evolution of the Enterprise Messaging Market: The History of Binary Tree

IBM acquired Lotus, which solidified Lotus Notes and Domino as the enterprise messaging platformThe Lotus Notes Era
In the early days of our existence, Binary Tree ventured into the challenging and complex world of email migration by creating products that facilitated change. In the mid-1990s, we developed and marketed a number of separate tools for migrating mail, calendar, and contacts migrated from a source system to Lotus Notes.  
 
This approach initially satisfied the market need; however, it also proved challenging for customers who had multiple messaging environments in place, such as Outlook Express, MS Mail, and CC:Mail. In late 1998, while migrating a customer with a myriad of different email systems to Lotus Notes, we decided that the only rational solution was to create a comprehensive migration product. The migration challenges presented by our customers paved the way for us to create the Binary Tree Common Migration Toolkit (CMT). 
 
Over the next four years, we continued to advance the capabilities of CMT and the names Binary Tree and CMT became some of the most recognizable names in the world of messaging migration, as we became a key enabler to organizations that were transforming their messaging and collaboration capabilities.  Our list of customers was rapidly growing to include the “who’s who” of the corporate world.

Microsoft Exchange & Lotus Domino Merger IntegrationEvolving to Facilitate Merger & Acquisition Integrations  
 
In the early 2000s, we recognized that the migration trend was beginning to expand beyond just migrations to Lotus Notes. Corporate mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, re-branding, and other events created a need for an enterprise-grade migration solution within Lotus Notes.  So we developed the CMT for Domains product so that customers going through a merger, acquisition or divestiture could streamline how they migrated, consolidated, or separated diverse Domino domains.  While CMT for Domains focused on Domino-to-Domino merger integration, our product line would eventually evolve to support Domino-to-Exchange andExchange-to-Exchange merger integrations as well.
 
The Notes Exodus Era  

Microsoft Exchange Server 2000 and 2003 is the Standard for Enterprise MessagingAlso in the early 2000s, another trend was slowly emerging: migrations to Microsoft Exchange.  With IBM focusing less on Notes and Domino and diluting the Lotus brand and value, and Microsoft emphasizing Exchange and Outlook more as an enterprise messaging solution, some of our Notes migration customers approached us about a migration tool from Notes and Domino to Outlook and Exchange. 
 
In response to the market demand, we created CMT for Exchange, an enterprise-scale migration solution that met the needs and the requirements of end users and administrators alike.  The combination of fidelity, scalability, and manageability made CMT for Exchange the product of choice for the largest Domino to Exchange migration ever performed, for one the largest global financial firms, which had over 180,000 users worldwide.
 
As our experience with migrations to Exchange grew, we learned that as enterprises embarked on Domino-to-Exchange migrations, they required extensive interoperability (or “coexistence”) between the two diverse systems so that their end-users would experience a highly functional and seamless transition process.  While there were tools available for temporary coexistence between Domino and Exchange, we aimed our sights on creating an enterprise-class coexistence solution.  The result was CMT for Coexistence.  By the mid-2000s, the CMT product suite became a true enterprise messaging migration solution suite.  In recognition of that fact, the abbreviation CMT was changed to stand for Complete Migration Technology.
 
The Rise of the Microsoft Cloud  The Rise of Microsoft Cloud
 
In late 2007, Microsoft requested our assistance with the first migration of a Domino customer to the relatively new Microsoft Online Hosted Exchange environment. Over the following year, our two organizations teamed up to successfully migrate eight large customers from legacy Domino to Microsoft Online.  
 
The experience was so positive that the Microsoft team standardized its migration process on the Binary Tree technology.  In 2009, when Microsoft launched their Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS), our technology was part of the BPOS-D (dedicated) customer on-boarding process, and Microsoft encouraged us to build our own service offering to transition legacy Domino customers to BPOS-S (shared).  
 
As a result, we created Remote Hosted Migration (RHM), which allowed us to remotely execute migrations from customers’ legacy Domino environments to BPOS-S via a cloud-based approach with virtually no customer involvement.  RHM was the key component of major BPOS migrations worldwide.  In 2010, RHM was added to the Microsoft Rate Card, a recognition earned by a very few select vendor products and offerings.  
 
Given the success of RHM, we created a similar remote migration approach calledRemote Managed Migration (RMM).  RMM enables migration specialists to perform the migration remotely by leveraging an implementation of the migration infrastructure at the customer’s premises.  
 
With the introduction of Microsoft Office 365 in 2011, the Binary Tree RHM and RMM service offerings have been added to the standard solution suite provided byMicrosoft Consulting Services (MCS) as part of the Office 365 on-boarding process for legacy Domino customers.  
 
A New Era of Exchange Migrations Reason for Organizations to Upgrade to Microsoft Exchange 2013
 
Given the success of our existing migration solutions, we had long wanted to create our own Exchange migration product to address the needs of Exchange upgrades and Exchange-to-Exchange migrations.  The time was finally right in 2010 when we developed our E2E Complete software that combines the very latest in technology with the intellectual heritage of more than 15 years of messaging migration leadership.  
 
Built to support customers of any size, E2E Complete covers every facet of anExchange-to-Exchange migration: from legacy to the latest version, environment consolidations and separations, and from on-premises to a hosted deployment, including Office 365.  Within just six months of its release, several large customers had already chosen E2E Complete for their migration projects and the product has quickly gained praise and recognition from customers and the service provider community.  In addition, E2E Complete has been recognized with awards including being named the winner in the Best Exchange/Unified Communications product category of the “2011 Best of Connections Awards” by Penton Media’s Windows IT Pro, SQL Server Magazine, DevProConnections and SharePoint Pro.
 
A Look Ahead
 
Binary Tree will continue its focus on the messaging migration, transformation, evolution, and management space because we possess a unique combination of expertise and experience represented in our technology, products, and solutions. Thousands of person-years of messaging experience have gone into the creation and continuous refinement of our products, and we look forward to future innovations for helping organizations evolve with the enterprise messaging market.