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Score 7.5 out of 100
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Likelihood to Recommend

8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)

Any business that has workers in multiple locations or workers who are based out for the office for significant periods of time will really benefit from the 8x8 cloud-based system. Your direct line follows you around, but because of the Virtual Attendant, office hours and out of hours can be configured so that you only receive calls when you're "at work."
Andrew Steven | TrustRadius Reviewer

HCL Sametime (formerly from IBM)

Sametime is well suited for very quick conversations, where you know the person is an active Sametime user. It also serves as an easy way to reach out to someone you may not know when looking for an answer to a quick question, as they are likely to be a Sametime user. Do not, under any circumstances, attempt to use Sametime for Audio or Video chat. The quality and reliability are horrendous.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Cloud PBX

8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)
7.8
HCL Sametime (formerly from IBM)
8.3
Hosted PBX
8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)
7.9
HCL Sametime (formerly from IBM)
8.0
Multi-level Interactive Voice Response (IVR)
8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)
8.1
HCL Sametime (formerly from IBM)
8.0
User templates
8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)
7.1
HCL Sametime (formerly from IBM)
8.0
Call reports
8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)
7.5
HCL Sametime (formerly from IBM)
8.0
Directory of employee names
8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)
8.5
HCL Sametime (formerly from IBM)
9.5

Call Management

8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)
8.6
HCL Sametime (formerly from IBM)
8.2
Answering rules
8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)
8.4
HCL Sametime (formerly from IBM)
7.9
Call recording
8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)
8.7
HCL Sametime (formerly from IBM)
7.9
Call park
8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)
8.3
HCL Sametime (formerly from IBM)
8.0
Call screening
8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)
8.9
HCL Sametime (formerly from IBM)
9.0
Message alerts
8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)
8.9
HCL Sametime (formerly from IBM)
8.0

VoIP system collaboration

8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)
8.1
HCL Sametime (formerly from IBM)
3.0
Video conferencing
8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)
7.8
HCL Sametime (formerly from IBM)
3.0
Audio conferencing
8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)
8.4
HCL Sametime (formerly from IBM)
3.1

Mobile apps

8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)
7.5
HCL Sametime (formerly from IBM)
6.7
Mobile app for iOS
8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)
7.6
HCL Sametime (formerly from IBM)
6.8
Mobile app for Android
8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)
7.4
HCL Sametime (formerly from IBM)
6.6

Pros

8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)

  • Conference call feature is great. We have created multiple conference bridges, we even have one tied to our virtual attendant.
  • We like the flexibility of the auto attendant and being able to have more than one profile saved that we can change as needed
  • Having Virtual office was especially great when hurricane Irma came through last year and our office had no power, it allowed us to continue to operate from our cell phones without the customer realizing there was anything different.
Robbie Mancl | TrustRadius Reviewer

HCL Sametime (formerly from IBM)

  • Sametime's web-based interfaces are "zero load", requiring no plug-ins to be installed to join a meeting, launch a meeting, or use chat in a browser. A plugin is required only if you want to share your screen.
  • Integration with IBM Notes is very tight. Sametime's chat status can change according to your Notes calendar. You can easily see if someone who just emailed you is available to chat. Your chat History is right inside Notes as well.
  • IBM's mobile apps are top notch. We automated the apps for our users thanks to IBM's work with third party MDMs. This made it very simple for us to deploy the Sametime mobile apps -- Chat and Meetings -- and get new capabilities such as Audio & Video mobilized quickly.
  • No down time, ever. The rock solid WebSphere back-end of Sametime means the environment is always up. Period.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)

  • The iPhone app is powerful, but clunky.
  • The technical support (which was absolutely amazing when we first signed up with 8x8) is terrible now. The same goes for their customer service (that is, if there is a problem that tech support can't fix or doesn't handle well, and then you call customer service to complain, they'll just pat you on the head and tell you to go on your way).
  • The web interface is difficult to use, both from a user standpoint and an administrator standpoint.
Andy Taylor | TrustRadius Reviewer

HCL Sametime (formerly from IBM)

  • Not convenient for a large group meeting.
  • Very basic tool for internal communication only not available for third party communication
  • Very basic and limited mobile app features.
  • High speed connection is needed to connect to Sametime
Mogana Tashiani | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)

8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office) 8.4
Based on 7 answers
We've had an excellent experience with 8x8 Virtual Office. We have downtime very rarely and the service provided by all reps is excellent. The little quirks that I've mentioned as cons are minor inconveniences but I prefer working like that than hosting our own PBX.
Daniel Herrera | TrustRadius Reviewer

HCL Sametime (formerly from IBM)

HCL Sametime (formerly from IBM) 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Sametime is now an embedded experience for our users. They know it, they like it, they use it, and they expect it to be wherever they are. Because it is pretty easy to use and NEVER goes down, users know they can rely on it and won't be frustrated by it. Sametime is right up with there with Microsoft Office in terms of user adoption and appreciation.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)

8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office) 8.6
Based on 5 answers
The web interface is easy to navigate and the data that I need is only ever one or two clicks away. When running reports, I don't have to deal with convoluted filters or awkward logic implementations, it just works and it works well. If I had to fault it for something, I would say that the interface is not consistent all over the place; The account manager portal and the Virtual Office portal have two completely different styles.
Daniel Herrera | TrustRadius Reviewer

HCL Sametime (formerly from IBM)

HCL Sametime (formerly from IBM) 8.6
Based on 2 answers
Just about everything works the way you expect it would and it's relatively easy for users to figure out. Sametime was one of those things that we started with only a few people as a "test" and before the test period was done we discovered a few hundred people had figured out how to log in and most got it working all on their own. Many of our users want to use Sametime and do so regularly; we do not have to create policies enforcing its usage. Users find it practical to use Sametime to do things like chat, transfer files, share their screen, and so forth.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)

8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office) 7.7
Based on 2 answers
In the time I have used 8x8 Virtual Office, the core system has been up and running almost flawlessly though we do have a slight performance degradation from time to time as is expected of cloud software. The one recurring issue for us is that the fax connection is not always functional for outbound messages. We usually have to retry three or four times to get the fax to connect reliably to the destination machine. Once connected, it's smooth sailing.
Daniel Herrera | TrustRadius Reviewer

HCL Sametime (formerly from IBM)

HCL Sametime (formerly from IBM) 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Typically if Sametime is not available, it's because Windows Updates were done on the servers and they were not rebooted. However, that's not a problem with Sametime -- in fact, if you have Linux you could probably run Sametime for years without any hiccups whatsoever. We have no internal Linux expertise.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)

8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office) 7.7
Based on 2 answers
None of the features that are available slow down the application. The reports (even the ones with hundreds of records) complete very quickly and the web interface as well as the mobile application never struggle to load or complete a task. The analytics will sometimes take some time to reflect the online status of users but it is to be expected due to connection speeds.
Daniel Herrera | TrustRadius Reviewer

HCL Sametime (formerly from IBM)

HCL Sametime (formerly from IBM) 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Generally very good. Occasionally AV or screen-sharing will stutter and every now and then I hear of it dropping out altogether, but in all cases it was easy to re-establish
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)

8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office) 6.7
Based on 45 answers
They are fully functioning and easily manageable, crucial to our company as we have dispatch and office administration and are a medical facility. If our phone lines go down, people could be impacted by it in a very negative way.
Hallie Gonzales | TrustRadius Reviewer

HCL Sametime (formerly from IBM)

HCL Sametime (formerly from IBM) 8.5
Based on 4 answers
I have not needed to use the Sametime support team. Our local support team was able to configure it for me.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)

N/a. No in-person training.
Cindy Pierre | TrustRadius Reviewer

HCL Sametime (formerly from IBM)

No answers on this topic

Implementation Rating

8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)

8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office) 8.2
Based on 4 answers
I can only respond to this question with regards to transferring ownership of the account. that was easy and smooth.
Cindy Pierre | TrustRadius Reviewer

HCL Sametime (formerly from IBM)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)

We only did a web search for other companies and found this service to fit all our needs, especially being able to get a BAA to help our HIPPA and HITECH compliance. It was over three years ago so I do not recall what others we looked at, but we did a general web search.
Jeffrey Weist, MSW, LICSW | TrustRadius Reviewer

HCL Sametime (formerly from IBM)

We use Jabber globally in our company and Symphony (no relevant app in able list) in some of the teams as well. All these are instant messenger tools, but Sametime is the easiest one to be used and its chat history is easy to be searched. Sametime can be used to contact almost all internal staff as it’s included in default computer package. Symphony is used to chat with front end business while Jabber is used for call.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)

8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office) 7.3
Based on 2 answers
We've had periods where our organization has grown a considerable amount and we have had no issues in scaling our communications with 8x8. The number of possible extensions that we can use is far more than we expect to go through in a very long time. The only complaint that I have is a very minor inconvenience for me where I have to download activation codes for each phone. I would prefer to have the phones automatically activated as soon as they are plugged in.
Daniel Herrera | TrustRadius Reviewer

HCL Sametime (formerly from IBM)

HCL Sametime (formerly from IBM) 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Sametime is rock solid. It runs on WebSphere, DB2 and other related IBM technologies. This does mean the back-end is highly complex and very difficult to learn and get comfortable with, however.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)

  • When I am the only person covering the phone, I can get messages or calls anywhere and anytime and make sure that they are forwarded to the right person. This ensures that appointments are kept and employees don't waste time on appointments that get canceled.
  • When someone is out on leave, it is convenient to forward their calls to someone else to make sure customers get attention when needed.
  • Text capabilities allow our patients to contact us promptly for appointment cancellations. We are then able to fill those times with other patients who need to get in.
Renee Allard | TrustRadius Reviewer

HCL Sametime (formerly from IBM)

  • Sametime keeps many of our team members in contact throughout the day which leads to increased productivity which makes everyone happy.
  • We use the team chat room feature every day. This allows a team to stay focused on the task without any extra messages that are not on topic.
  • The split between IBM Sametime, Slack and Google Hangouts has caused some issues when team members are not checking for messages on a certain app.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

HCL Sametime (formerly from IBM)

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)
7.7
HCL Sametime (formerly from IBM)
7.5

Likelihood to Renew

8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)
8.4
HCL Sametime (formerly from IBM)
10.0

Usability

8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)
8.6
HCL Sametime (formerly from IBM)
8.6

Reliability and Availability

8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)
7.7
HCL Sametime (formerly from IBM)
10.0

Performance

8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)
7.7
HCL Sametime (formerly from IBM)
9.0

Support Rating

8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)
6.7
HCL Sametime (formerly from IBM)
8.5

Implementation Rating

8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)
8.2
HCL Sametime (formerly from IBM)

Scalability

8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)
7.3
HCL Sametime (formerly from IBM)
10.0

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