Our DOCOVA Analyzer tool was not designed to help customers triage their inventory of Notes applications down to a final list, rather it was built to provide us with the information we need to provide budgetary estimates for the actual migration. We were well aware that there are several utilities on the market that provide this type of functionality, and we have chosen to partner with panagenda and their ApplicationInsights solution to bring our customers a ‘best of breed’ solution that encompasses both the planning and execution of their Notes/Domino migration project.
As part of the partnering process, we installed and configured the product to report on our own internal Domino servers. An ApplicationInsights setup guide is available, which I found helpful to read through prior to my meeting with a very knowledgeable technical resource from panagenda, who assisted me through the installation.
ApplicationInsights runs on a virtual appliance. The install is a virtual machine image file consisting of a pre-configured operating system environment and a single application. They chose a virtual appliance installation to simplify delivery and operation of the application.
The installation is pretty straightforward, however there are a number of steps involved. This is not a process for a non-IT person. You will need a Notes ID with full access to the server, a place to install the virtual appliance, etc.
Data collection….wait for it
Once ApplicationInsights is installed and configured, it will start collecting data. That means that, if you were hoping to load it up and see usage stats from the last year, you won’t. With this in mind, if you are considering using ApplicationInsights, you should get started sooner rather than later. Even if you are not sure you want to purchase ApplicationInsights, why not install the free trial now and start collecting data? If you then decide to purchase, you will already have data available
Once you have some data to work with, the presentation is second to none. The charts and graphs and general presentation is excellent. It may take you a little bit to get the hang of it, so that you can find out what you want, but you can be assured the data you want is there. Now you need a plan of what to do with it!
Find out how DOCOVA can help you plan your Lotus Notes migration.