Allow me to rephrase:
Notes/Domino is an enterprise solution
The term ‘enterprise’ seems to provoke a hostile response probably because it implies ERP packages like Siebel, SAP, JP Morgan etc. Notes/Domino is better described by the quaint old term ‘Groupware’.
There is a misconception that Notes/Domino is only used in the corporate world
Notes/Domino is not confined to the corporate back-office but is cross-functional and can co-exist with ERP, CRM and front of house systems. It is deployed in small, medium an large organisations in every sector. I have seen effective Notes deployments in pockets within wider organisations. The N/D brand does not aim for household recognition, yet the unsuspecting public use it every day in online ordering, information repositories, blogs and so on.
Notes was originally designed for a distributed topology with small servers deployed beyond the clean room to outlying offices connected by modest dialup links. Server admin, user registration ect. was often carried out by a local power user. For many years database replication was a major and unique selling point of Lotus Notes, it was key to the distributed archictecture. Even application development was very accessible, the Notes formula language oringally derived from 123 ‘macros’. Non-programmers could with relative ease, develop cheeky labour-saving apps under the radar of IT managers. That fragmented, almost anarchaic topology has resonances of a brief time around 1999 when I heard IBM managers try to describe their sprawled company structure in terms of business ‘cells’ - however the terminology was soonafter applied to terrorist organisations and was quickly erased from the business lexicon.
Sadly, the distributed model is somewhat obsolete in today’s world of always-on broadband and servers capable of 15,000 Notes sessions (Linux server) or 18,000 (iSeries). Also since R5 the increasingly-complex apps development IDE is deployed as a separate client to the annointed few. These days fascist organisations host Domino on gargantuan monoliths and impose it upon users by a central IT dictatorship. But the original architecture is still intact and organisations can still, if they wish, deploy Notes in the ad-hoc, organic manner that it was originally intended.