Shaw Industries sunsets IBM Lotus Notes with the help of CIMtrek migration services.

Shaw Industries was founded in 1946 as a small area rug company, today it is one of the world’s largest carpet manufacturer and a leading floor covering provider. The company employs around 25,000 associates across 200 locations worldwide. It is headquartered in Dalton, Georgia, and is a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway. 

In 2012, Shaw made a strategic decision to move to Google Apps for Business (Google G Suite). With the help of it’s Google Partner, Cloud Sherpas, Shaw moved over 30,000 mailboxes from Lotus Notes to Google. While the migration of email and calendars was a fairly simple process, Shaw’s knew that migrating it’s business-critical Lotus Notes applications and databases would be a far more complex and challenging task.

If Shaw was to realize the benefits of migrating from IBM Lotus Notes over to Google they also had to migrate many business-critical applications from the IBM platform. Cloud Sherpas approached the only partner they knew that would be up to such a difficult task, CIMtrek. Shaw wanted to keep all their Notes based data and workflows so decided to host their revamped Notes applications to a cloud-based Java platform. CIMtrek were asked to undertake the migration taking several very complex applications and databases from Lotus Notes and converting them over to the new platform.

Jeff Patterson, Shaw’s IT Infrastructure Planning Manager, commented, “CIMtrek delivered what they said they would deliver, when they would deliver it, meeting our expectations throughout the project”.

CIMtrek was able to quickly migrate all data, metadata and documents from Lotus Notes over to the new platform, allowing Shaw to develop a Java-based front end and within 12 months Shaw Industries was able to fully sunset its IBM Lotus platform. 

CIMtrek allowed Shaw Industries to take its historical data from the IBM Lotus Notes platform, and migrate it over to a new and agile environment within the Google Cloud Platform. CIMtrek is the only solution within the industry that is able to migrate legacy Lotus Notes data directly into Java, Microsoft SQL, MySQL and many other platforms reducing the amount of time needed when it comes to decommissioning your IBM Lotus Notes servers.

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