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Adobe Connect

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Score 8.9 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Adobe Connect

For larger corporations vetting the scenarios out with your IT prior to purchasing or using a product like Adobe Connect is essential. RVIBE prides itself for successfully bridging the gap between you and your IT department. Does our distributed workforce have access to the microphone and webcams in their laptops or tablets. Are we forced to be on VPN? Is our Network large enough to handle holding a meeting with everyone at their desk? Do we need an HD broadcast because this is a VP and they need to look good?For smaller companies do you need breakout rooms? How many participants will really be on each call? Adobe Connect might be too much technology for the cost. It all comes down to the requirements. RVIBE takes the requirements and guides you down the right path.
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Polycom RealPresence Group Series

Polycom RealPresence Group Series has been the best system I've worked with thus far. I would highly recommend it for colleges/universities, hospital or wellness administrative areas, executive/corporate companies, and businesses that employ more than 25 people. I would recommend it if a group uses the phone frequently, and plans meetings and conferences on a regular basis. It would be less ideal in a work setting with few staff or one in which a staff does not interact frequently.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Performance & Compatibility of Online Events Software

Adobe Connect
6.9
Polycom RealPresence Group Series
High quality audio
Adobe Connect
8.1
Polycom RealPresence Group Series
High quality video
Adobe Connect
7.6
Polycom RealPresence Group Series
Low bandwidth requirements
Adobe Connect
5.9
Polycom RealPresence Group Series
Mobile support
Adobe Connect
6.1
Polycom RealPresence Group Series

Screen Sharing

Adobe Connect
8.8
Polycom RealPresence Group Series
Desktop sharing
Adobe Connect
8.8
Polycom RealPresence Group Series
Whiteboards
Adobe Connect
8.7
Polycom RealPresence Group Series

Online Meetings / Events

Adobe Connect
8.3
Polycom RealPresence Group Series
Calendar integration
Adobe Connect
8.2
Polycom RealPresence Group Series
Meeting initiation
Adobe Connect
8.0
Polycom RealPresence Group Series
Integrates with social media
Adobe Connect
7.7
Polycom RealPresence Group Series
Record meetings / events
Adobe Connect
8.8
Polycom RealPresence Group Series
Slideshows
Adobe Connect
8.9
Polycom RealPresence Group Series

Online Events Collaboration

Adobe Connect
8.9
Polycom RealPresence Group Series
Live chat
Adobe Connect
9.0
Polycom RealPresence Group Series
Audience polling
Adobe Connect
9.2
Polycom RealPresence Group Series
Q&A
Adobe Connect
8.5
Polycom RealPresence Group Series

Online Events Security

Adobe Connect
8.6
Polycom RealPresence Group Series
User authentication
Adobe Connect
8.4
Polycom RealPresence Group Series
Participant roles & permissions
Adobe Connect
8.5
Polycom RealPresence Group Series
Confidential attendee list
Adobe Connect
9.0
Polycom RealPresence Group Series

Pros

  • The main reason we chose Adobe Connect over other platforms is the robust Breakout Room option. Using Breakout Rooms in a class of 20-30 participants really drives interactivity in a virtual session. Participants love the design of small group activities RVIBE brings to a meeting and Adobe Connect is the tool of choice.
  • Polling is another great feature. The addition of Short answer polls let's our clients gain real insight into what their participants want. To be able to use polls in the event and not have to email them out our clients receive instant feedback and higher participation rating.
  • Custom pods. Adobe allows company's like RVIBE to create custom pods. RVIBE has created a GameShow Pod that helps drive gamification within an event. All RVIBE clients get to use this Pod free of charge and we have received great feedback . Its a simple pod that amplifies interactivity past what you can do in a live non virtual setting. RVIBE also has what we call our Vusion Pod. This brings HD quality video to the Adobe Connect environment. RVIBE is able to run multiple Adobe Connect sessions at the same time and with the Vusion Pod we can broadcast a live unified message to all sessions simultaneously. Think of a conference Town Hall then everyone goes to their small breakout sessions. With Adobe Connect and RVIBE Vusion you can conduct a Virtual Conference with a unified Town Hall!
  • The ability to Bridge TC systems and still conduct Breakout sessions is a great add for clients that are afraid to move to VoIP or just prefer TC over VoIP.
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  • Polycom RealPresence Group Series allows for seamless online to phone interactions. Staff are able to listen to voicemail on their phone or through their email, which is especially important when they are out of the office.
  • Polycom RealPresence Group Series allows us to determine the availability of our staff, by syncing calendars and showing availability through the online messaging feature and the screen on the phone itself.
  • Polycom RealPresence Group Series allows us to easily set up and conduct phone and video based conference calls, with minimal interference or dropped calls.
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Cons

  • Recordings default to Flash which can't be viewed on many mobile devices. They offer the ability to export recordings as MP4s, but it would be nice if you could set this as the default.
  • Some useful features are not provided with the hosted model, such as Adobe Presenter, which allows you to upload content directly from PowerPoint, preserving settings and fonts.
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  • The only issue that we have experienced with Polycom RealPresence Group Series is the speed dial functionality. When attempting to use the speed dial buttons, the system occasionally sends a call through the computer system, not the phone. While the computer call option is valuable, not everyone can answer calls that way and we have had to do a manual lookup of an extension and call back when that happens.
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Likelihood to Renew

Adobe Connect10.0
Based on 27 answers
While we are always open to an alternative that meets our needs, we plan to stick with Adobe Connect for the foreseeable future. The product continues to evolve as Adobe rolls out new versions and updates on a fairly frequent basis, and as a hosted customer we receive those updates automatically
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Polycom RealPresence Group Series7.3
Based on 1 answer
We love the product and is totally integrated in our company.
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Usability

Adobe Connect9.0
Based on 5 answers
As sophisticated a product as Adobe Connect, the ease of use is outstanding. In my experience, even a user with very little knowledge of Adobe Connect can begin using and even leading sessions with very little training to get started with the basic features. Additional training is needed to become comfortable with the number of available features, but learning curve even for those is no steeper than would normally be expected from similar software.
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Support

Adobe Connect7.0
Based on 2 answers
No isues and any issues seems to get resolved.
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Polycom RealPresence Group Series8.2
Based on 1 answer
They are responsive and very knowledgeable.
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Online Training

Adobe Connect7.5
Based on 2 answers
The ability to have most of the functionality of a full LMS at a fraction of the cost is huge. I can create manage and deploy both synchronous and asynchronous training based on the situation and all of my training is tracked through a series of easily created reports
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Implementation

Adobe Connect7.9
Based on 4 answers
Prices do not seem to vary much among resellers of the Adobe Connect hosted license; the only price variation you're likely to find are among the audio providers. When implementing, you may also wish to look into expanding the amount of storage you are allowed on the server to avoid any problems later on as your library of files starts to build up
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Alternatives Considered

Features and ease-of-use. Once you have used Adobe's platform with its ability to put any type of content in to the platform and have it be reflected exactly to any viewer, you know you have a winner.
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As a previous AV installer, the Polycom line of product always superseded other hard codecs due to the reliability. Other expensive codec's don't supply the same features for the price of Polycom.
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Return on Investment

  • Flexibility - Every client's needs are different. When you are faced with a meeting that is as simple as slide sharing with audio, or as complex as a major general session with breakout rooms and the ability to view and interact on a wide range of devices, Connect has you covered.
  • Ease-Of-Use - With a simple interface that is easy to learn as well as easy to teach, it offers anyone with a wide variety of technological experience the ability to hold a meeting any time or anywhere.
  • Bottom Line - The gear required to actually host Adobe Connect can be as simple as a laptop or an iPad. You most likely already have everything you need to host a meeting at your home with very little setup required.
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  • We have been able to increase productivity by spending less time navigating through a phone directory to call someone, and to find out if and when they are available.
  • We can determine if someone is available through the notifications on the phone screen itself or use the instant messaging function, which are both linked to our Outlook calendars.
  • We are able to more quickly connect our students to resources and other professionals on campus by being able to anticipate who is available to meet with them or speak with them over the phone, before even having to make a call.
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Pricing Details

Adobe Connect

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

Polycom RealPresence Group Series

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