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Likelihood to Recommend

Airtable

Airtable is a genius solution for the restrictions of spreadsheets when the data needs to be accessed across several layers and presented in a 2D report. Airtable does this naturally without the need to export and modify the data into a database. It is a solution for any team that can benefit from multi-dimensional access to various data.
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HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)

I believe you could find a way to utilize IBM Notes for really any scenario and any sized company whether it be a mom-and-pop SMB or a large corporate enterprise. There's a LOT of really nice and useful features for ALL audiences.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Project Management

Airtable
8.0
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
8.5
Task Management
Airtable
8.4
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
7.5
Resource Management
Airtable
8.6
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
Gantt Charts
Airtable
7.1
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
10.0
Scheduling
Airtable
8.0
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
7.0
Workflow Automation
Airtable
7.3
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
9.6
Team Collaboration
Airtable
9.1
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
Support for Agile Methodology
Airtable
7.2
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
Support for Waterfall Methodology
Airtable
7.2
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
Document Management
Airtable
8.0
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
Email integration
Airtable
7.6
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
Mobile Access
Airtable
8.2
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
8.0
Timesheet Tracking
Airtable
8.6
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
Change request and Case Management
Airtable
8.2
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
Budget and Expense Management
Airtable
8.7
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
Search
Airtable
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
7.3
Visual planning tools
Airtable
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
10.0

Communication

Airtable
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
8.3
Chat
Airtable
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
8.7
Notifications
Airtable
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
7.7
Discussions
Airtable
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
8.6
Surveys
Airtable
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
6.7
Internal knowledgebase
Airtable
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
5.4
Integrates with GoToMeeting
Airtable
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
10.0
Integrates with Gmail and Google Hangouts
Airtable
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
10.0
Integrates with Outlook
Airtable
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
9.4

File Sharing & Management

Airtable
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
7.5
Versioning
Airtable
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
6.4
Video files
Airtable
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
5.2
Audio files
Airtable
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
5.2
Document collaboration
Airtable
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
7.7
Access control
Airtable
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
8.5
Advanced security features
Airtable
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
8.5
Integrates with Google Drive
Airtable
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
10.0
Device sync
Airtable
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
8.2

Pros

Airtable

  • Great user experience and minimal learning curve. It wasn't until I became aware of Airtable that we found a solution that allows us to implement the best features of a collaborative RDBMS with our staff who don't have any training. I had previously used Zoho Creator and found that it was difficult to onboard new users because of a steeper learning curve.
  • Easy to share views and invite contributions via forms.
  • Blocks add significant functionality that would be hard to custom build.
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HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)

  • IBM Notes as a platform -- including the Domino server and administrative policies -- is relatively easy to manage, maintain, and secure once it is set up properly. This makes life easy for users; they just log into Notes and bam! they instantly have access to dozens of Notes applications.
  • Notes Mail is easy to extend to mobile devices via Traveler, a free add-on for Domino that lets just about any smartphone to sync mail, contacts and calendar data securely. Traveler can even be configured for HA (high availability).
  • The IBM Notes client for Windows & Mac maintains backwards compatibility with several (perhaps all) previous generations of Notes. This presents an amazing value proposition. Many of our custom Notes databases were written 15-20 years ago and are still in use -- often unmodified! -- today.
  • Custom Notes applications are relatively easy to develop, providing data storage, search and retrieval, and a solid server architecture for "no SQL" type use cases. For many uses, SQL databases are too costly and Notes is a great fit. We use Notes to produce and consume web services for interoperability with other systems both older and newer.
  • iNotes -- the web-based client -- is very similar to Notes and very easy to deploy to users. We use it internally to let users easily check Mail wherever they are.
  • Notes client upgrades are easily managed with a built-in SmartUpgrade feature. While not flawless, it automates updates even for users operating over very low bandwidth connections.
  • Virtually all Notes databases can be replicated locally for traveling users. Replication is "smart" and secure in that it only replicates data from a server that a user can use. E.g for a 20GB database a user might have a 1GB local replica. This is efficient and secure.
  • Notes security is quite good, giving us options for very strong encryption of data at rest as well as in transmission. Most of those options can be controlled and enforced from a centralized policy.
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Cons

Airtable

  • I'd really like to be able to link records or a view between bases within my workspace.
  • The form designer is not as featured as we're used to with Google Forms.
  • I'm using the Airtable Importer by Railsware to bring Airtable data into Google Sheets. Import from Google sheets would be a great feature.
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HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)

  • Marketing -- IBM needs to do more .. they just cant seem to do it better, far worse products are doing better... selling points for notes despite being strong, are overshadowed by the sheer marketing campaigns of others. Notes just doesn't glitter.
  • Front end need total re-engineering - the legacy out of the box templates need updating
  • More determination and commitment from IBM - seems they are abandoning a great product by lack of will
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Likelihood to Renew

Airtable

Airtable 9.1
Based on 1 answer
compared to other products it is just fabulous.
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HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)

HCL Notes (formerly from IBM) 1.7
Based on 5 answers
Notes became outmoded over time in our environment. We are moving on to more mainstream products.
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Usability

Airtable

Airtable 8.6
Based on 20 answers
It's not perfect but it is really easy to use and I think most slightly technical people will pick it up quite quickly.
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HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)

HCL Notes (formerly from IBM) 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Easy to use for the user, most of the apps we developed, there is not much need for user training. Most of the times, we just do a demo to the users group and they can pick up from there.
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Support

Airtable

Airtable 7.0
Based on 21 answers
I have not used Airtable support.
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HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)

HCL Notes (formerly from IBM) 10.0
Based on 1 answer
I've been using the production for a very long time and very happy with it. Also, all the online resources and forums for notes is very friendly and easy/quick for getting help. I found out that compared to Microsoft or Oracle or any other platforms, IBM Notes online forum is the best I have seen.
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Implementation

Airtable

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)

HCL Notes (formerly from IBM) 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Implementation is easy and smooth if the requirement is well gathered/documented. Notes is a RAD platform, all projects in Notes is simple in the implementation step.
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Alternatives Considered

Airtable

Excel and Microsoft 365 are good for what they do but don't fill the database niche the way that Airtable does. LiveImpact looks amazing but is currently out of our price range and better suited to medium-large nonprofits. Airtable is the perfect place to start our small org and I keep finding new capabilities in it to help us manage our infrastructure as we grow.
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HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)

I selected IBM Notes, because of its security features.
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Return on Investment

Airtable

  • Saved time providing updates on where tasks are up to. Anyone in the team can go in and look to see where things are up to.
  • Allowed the team to have access to the same information at the same time, saving time in people asking each other for data and information.
  • Before Airtable we had information stored in several places - Excel, Confluence, emails, on individuals' computers - now we've put it all in one place.
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HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)

  • Notes development environment will save a lot of time for any organization, especially for a small IT group with a lot of Applications and NO TIME/less resource.
  • Notes is the best in Workflow application development and Security.
  • The most disadvantage of Notes compared to other is the license/cost issue. Aslo, there is a need for lighter version of Notes/Domino for a lighter and faster internet pages/sites design.
  • Education/Advertisement/Sale and Sale is very much need to improve by IBM.
  • IBM needs to make a firm decision on which back end language to use in XPAGE (SSJS/Javabean/or JAVA)?.
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HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)

Pricing Details

Airtable

General

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

HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)

General

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

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