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Likelihood to Recommend

Adobe Connect

It is nice for projects where you don’t need a lot of bells and whistles. If you are doing a basic live training with a small number of participants, it is easy to manage. I also enjoyed having the ability to brand a classroom and create different setups. I would not recommend if you plan to reuse trainings because of the issue with downloading recordings. I also had issues figuring out how to set up access to live recordings beyond sending a link. I wanted to create a unique login for users but I did not find it easy to do. Also if you want users to view additional videos within the classroom and/or access other third-party features, it is hit or miss. I found it to be incompatible with devices beyond desktop/laptop computers. In addition, the price is a bit expensive for a product that is not as flexible as other products on the market that are cheaper.
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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
6.6
Polycom RealPresence Group Series
High quality audio
Adobe Connect
7.7
Polycom RealPresence Group Series
High quality video
Adobe Connect
7.5
Polycom RealPresence Group Series
Low bandwidth requirements
Adobe Connect
5.6
Polycom RealPresence Group Series
Mobile support
Adobe Connect
5.5
Polycom RealPresence Group Series

Screen Sharing

Adobe Connect
8.2
Polycom RealPresence Group Series
Desktop sharing
Adobe Connect
8.1
Polycom RealPresence Group Series
Whiteboards
Adobe Connect
8.3
Polycom RealPresence Group Series

Online Meetings / Events

Adobe Connect
7.7
Polycom RealPresence Group Series
Calendar integration
Adobe Connect
7.6
Polycom RealPresence Group Series
Meeting initiation
Adobe Connect
7.5
Polycom RealPresence Group Series
Integrates with social media
Adobe Connect
6.8
Polycom RealPresence Group Series
Record meetings / events
Adobe Connect
8.3
Polycom RealPresence Group Series
Slideshows
Adobe Connect
8.2
Polycom RealPresence Group Series

Online Events Collaboration

Adobe Connect
8.4
Polycom RealPresence Group Series
Live chat
Adobe Connect
8.5
Polycom RealPresence Group Series
Audience polling
Adobe Connect
8.6
Polycom RealPresence Group Series
Q&A
Adobe Connect
8.1
Polycom RealPresence Group Series

Online Events Security

Adobe Connect
8.1
Polycom RealPresence Group Series
User authentication
Adobe Connect
7.9
Polycom RealPresence Group Series
Participant roles & permissions
Adobe Connect
8.0
Polycom RealPresence Group Series
Confidential attendee list
Adobe Connect
8.5
Polycom RealPresence Group Series

Pros

Adobe Connect

  • All of my Adobe presentations look extremely professional. The ability to import files that I've created in other programs allows me to utilize different design tools and bring their best elements with me.
  • Breakout rooms are excellent for taking a large class and separating them into smaller groups where they can collaborate and then come back to the large group experience. This is vital for us in building a virtual learning space that people are actively engaged in.
  • Simple interface for starting cameras and microphones. We've used some other products that needed their own manual for turning on a webcam. This is a simple click and even provides a preview before anything goes live. This is in addition to a splash screen when you enter a meeting that will walk all new users through the process, saving the presenters time.
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Polycom RealPresence Group Series

  • Amazing audio
  • Simple setup
  • Easy for users to understand
  • Many options for room sizing
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Cons

Adobe Connect

  • Our biggest complaint is always the lag in VoIP conferencing. It seems to fluctuate, but we can have as much as 5-7 seconds of delay at times. This can be a quick way to stifle any discussion that might be taking place. This ends up with a lot of people talking over one another.
  • First-time users sometimes have issues getting the program to open. There is an initial download to get the meeting rooms open and if it doesn't happen automatically, we need to instruct users to try and rejoin the meeting. This isn't a difficult step, but it can prove to be annoying when working with 30-50 new users at one time.
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Polycom RealPresence Group Series

  • The ability to share camera feed and content simultaneously
  • More layout options
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Likelihood to Renew

Adobe Connect

Adobe Connect 10.0
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 Series

Polycom RealPresence Group Series 7.3
Based on 1 answer
We love the product and is totally integrated in our company.
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Usability

Adobe Connect

Adobe Connect 9.0
Based on 5 answers
It allows me to do my job remotely w/o having to
visit clients Face to Face
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Polycom RealPresence Group Series

No score
No answers yet
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Support

Adobe Connect

Adobe Connect 7.0
Based on 2 answers
No isues and any issues seems to get resolved.
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Polycom RealPresence Group Series

Polycom RealPresence Group Series 8.2
Based on 1 answer
They are responsive and very knowledgeable.
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Online Training

Adobe Connect

Adobe Connect 7.5
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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Polycom RealPresence Group Series

No score
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Implementation

Adobe Connect

Adobe Connect 7.9
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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Polycom RealPresence Group Series

No score
No answers yet
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Alternatives Considered

Adobe Connect

RVIBE is platform agnostic so we know and use any and all virtual platforms depending on our clients requirements. Platforms like WebEx, GoToMeeting, Zoom, Blue Jeans, On24, Skype, Google Hangouts, Lync, Wiggio, ect all have similar options and their own niches in the virtual platform space but if you are serious about Virtual Instructor Led Training or highly engaging webinars Adobe Connect is RVIBE's choice.
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Polycom RealPresence Group Series

With our investment in the RealPresence infrastructure it just makes sense to use a RealPresence endpoint. The other endpoints integrate with additional work, but the group series just work.
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Return on Investment

Adobe Connect

  • We turned what was formerly an annual mini-conference into a series of webinars, allowing us and our members to save on meeting and travel expenses.
  • We have added value to our members' experience, because we can now offer many virtual opportunities year-round as opposed to only during live events throughout the year. The visual and interactive elements of a webinar make them more attractive as a learning experience than a simple teleconference. And because the webinars are recorded, members can view them at their leisure.
  • We've been able to expand what we offer to our chapters in terms of support from the national office, and we've given them an additional means of delivering professional development opportunities to their local members.
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Polycom RealPresence Group Series

  • Not much in terms of ROI, but we have replaced aging lifesize solutions
  • Works great with BlueJeans
  • Has a wide variety of options to standardize on a single set of hardware for all types of video rooms
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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

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