How to Move from Google Mail to IBM Verse

by Volker Weber

Recently, I helped a company move from Google Apps to the IBM Connections Cloud. They were attracted by IBM Verse and were heavy users of Google Mail and they needed a new way to manage the flood of email that was coming in and impacting their productivity. They did their migration in mid-March.

What follows is a manual process for each mail file, via a mail client, leaving behind all contacts and calendars. You can't make this up.

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Thomas Duff, 2015-04-22

Now that was an easy one... ;)

Ingo Seifert, 2015-04-22

'Then I created the 10 accounts'. I guess, scaling might be the issue here 😇

Hubert Stettner, 2015-04-22

"If you want help with this process, I would recommend engaging one of our expert consultants in this area."

Matthias Lorz, 2015-04-22


Torben Vendelev, 2015-04-23

That means, that the annouced migration tools are:
A Mac and Apple Mail.
That is BYOT (T=tools) migration.
The expert consultant probably brings his own Mac.

Christian Tillmanns, 2015-04-23

I recommend you all read Luis' original post. The quoted part gives a wrong impression.
"Things were made easy because this company only used the Google Mail portion of Google Apps."
So this was a very easy case where the manual process was the most efficient one. To take this as "the announced migration tools" is laughable.
Do I really have to point out that of course you can use your existing directory for user management? There is also a tool available to do an automated migration of user data.

Arnd Layer, 2015-04-23

The manual process may have been the most efficient, but it still left behind all contacts and calendars. If there is a tool, why not use it?

Volker Weber, 2015-04-23

He didn't read my blog where the code is published to automate that :-)
Google, offering Google Takeout (nope, doesn't come with soya sauce), is a model citizen when you want to get your data OUT. Putting them into something NSF based is an exercise that is a set of clicks with a Notes client - if you stare down the manual rabbit hole - since Google nicely does vcard and ical. Or use the IBM experts who have scripts that the service people use.

Of course, if you don't (temporary) entertain a Notes client.....

Stephan H. Wissel, 2015-04-24

Original article appears to be missing, was it withdrawn?

Ben Rose, 2015-04-30

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