Schneider Electric is the global specialist in energy management and automation. With revenues of ~€27 billion in FY2015, Schneider’s 160,000+ employees serve customers in over 100 countries, helping them to manage their energy and process in ways that are safe, reliable, efficient and sustainable. From the simplest of switches to complex operational systems, Schneider’s technology, software and services improve the way its customers manage and automate their operations. Schneider’s connected technologies reshape industries, transform cities and enrich lives. At Schneider Electric, they call this Life Is On.
Historically, Schneider Electric’s IT environment has been structured around heavy, on-premises legacy systems, making collaboration across the enterprise and connectivity from remote sites quite difficult. One of the widely used application development platforms at Schneider was IBM Lotus Notes; 65,000 Lotus Notes applications hosted worldwide over 190 servers was used to facilitate some of Schneider’s key business processes.
In 2014, Schneider decided to retire Lotus Notes as its application development and mailing platform. Another component of Schneider’s IT strategy was the introduction of several modern platforms, including Box for cloud-based content management. But getting content out of its on-premises systems, including IBM Lotus Notes as well as nearly 900 IBM QuickR sites, proved to be challenging.
“We needed to move the files out of Lotus Notes and our QuickR-based Document Libraries and into Box while maintaining the security and structure that our users are used to,” said Tushar Joshi, Global Project Manager for Schneider’s migration project. “None of the migration tools that we had discovered were able to support Lotus Notes. We needed to have a specific connector for that system and it was not available anywhere.”