It probably goes without saying that I'm an Exchange noob. I'm looking to bring email in-house, and I was curious what benefits I could expect to see from this. We have about 30 people, and security and bandwidth are NOT issues.
Thanks for the detailed response Royal. I just want to get the ball rolling with management; it'll take months to get anyway. I wouldn't think of implementing it before I was much more comfortable with the technology. I'm enjoying my studies so far. I can see why you find this so interesting.
How severe will the problems typically be after I get this up and running. I was thinking of making this my last hurrah before moving on to a new job, but I don't want to stick them with something that will be problematic or counterproductive for my own personal gain. Is it common for smaller organizations to run an Exchange server? That seems to be what the standard edition is geared towards.
Edit: Thanks for your response too, Turgon! That was very informative.
Also, you can get a Technet Library subscription and you have the software to test with as well as 2 free PSS calls to Mirosoft. I got mine my Technet subscription for $200 and have seen it as cheap as $100. Some Microsoft Licensing Agreements such as an Enterprise Agreements can come with free PSS calls as well.
If you're looking out for the best interests of your current company, you should also look into Hosted Exchange service from Microsoft or other companies such as Mailstreet.com.