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Airtable

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Likelihood to Recommend

Airtable

I'd say if you're looking to consolidate project details across a number of functions where there's a lot of overlap, Airtable is a great choice. We've got a relatively small team of content creators and project managers, but we are often involved in a wide variety of media, content types and deliverables. So it helps to be able to put every activity on one master spreadsheet, but then be able to pull out views that pull out only select pieces of info for specific projects or strategies. The ability to search across fields means you can also use hashtags for folks who want to be able to locate their work using person-specific queues that don't need to be agreed-upon as part of the overall design of the table. I wouldn't recommend it if you're looking for a content repository specifically or a DAM. It could do that in a very limited sense, but not if you're wanting to store large graphic or video assets. Also, as far as I can tell, you can't publish directly to social accounts from Airtable. So you'll still need to port your content directly to your social accounts or a platform manager like Social Studio.
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IBM Connections

IBM Connections is well suited for larger organizations that need an internal social networking tool and are willing to deal with IBM and the complexity of the software. It is less appropriate for smaller organizations and those who don't want to deal with the complexity, or IBM's awful customer service and prices.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Project Management

Airtable
8.0
IBM Connections
7.5
Task Management
Airtable
8.2
IBM Connections
5.8
Resource Management
Airtable
9.0
IBM Connections
Gantt Charts
Airtable
7.4
IBM Connections
Scheduling
Airtable
8.2
IBM Connections
7.8
Workflow Automation
Airtable
7.7
IBM Connections
8.0
Team Collaboration
Airtable
8.8
IBM Connections
Support for Agile Methodology
Airtable
7.9
IBM Connections
Support for Waterfall Methodology
Airtable
7.7
IBM Connections
Document Management
Airtable
7.6
IBM Connections
Email integration
Airtable
7.2
IBM Connections
Mobile Access
Airtable
7.7
IBM Connections
7.7
Timesheet Tracking
Airtable
8.0
IBM Connections
Change request and Case Management
Airtable
8.0
IBM Connections
Budget and Expense Management
Airtable
8.2
IBM Connections
Search
Airtable
IBM Connections
6.5
Visual planning tools
Airtable
IBM Connections
8.9

Communication

Airtable
IBM Connections
7.8
Chat
Airtable
IBM Connections
7.4
Notifications
Airtable
IBM Connections
8.1
Discussions
Airtable
IBM Connections
8.4
Surveys
Airtable
IBM Connections
6.8
Internal knowledgebase
Airtable
IBM Connections
8.0
Integrates with GoToMeeting
Airtable
IBM Connections
9.5
Integrates with Gmail and Google Hangouts
Airtable
IBM Connections
10.0
Integrates with Outlook
Airtable
IBM Connections
4.0

File Sharing & Management

Airtable
IBM Connections
8.3
Versioning
Airtable
IBM Connections
8.6
Video files
Airtable
IBM Connections
8.5
Audio files
Airtable
IBM Connections
8.5
Document collaboration
Airtable
IBM Connections
7.9
Access control
Airtable
IBM Connections
8.8
Advanced security features
Airtable
IBM Connections
5.7
Integrates with Google Drive
Airtable
IBM Connections
10.0
Device sync
Airtable
IBM Connections
8.2

Pros

  • It's very easy to use. I was able to start from scratch and get a pretty complex workflow set up in just a couple hours.
  • The ability to create one "master table" with every piece of possible information is good for the "deep dive" members of the team, but then it's easy to create views and calendars based on just a few pieces of data that are better for one specific use or person.
  • Being able to store draft content on the system as attachments means that the review copy/image can be included in the workflow rather than as a separate email or in another tracking system.
  • The ability to quickly group, sort and filter on the master table make it easy for the power-users to work with the full set of information, but still find a specific project quickly.
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  • User profiles - finding and connecting users, and showing where they fit in the organization
  • Communities - providing places for user groups and departments to collect and share information
  • Wikis - Makes it easy to edit and add information in various places
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Cons

  • It would be great to have multi-tiered selection options. So if I check a box-like, "Does this need social support?" I could then pick from a multi-select drop-down based on the choice.
  • It would be good if we could have a kanban view built off a selection from a multi-select since some projects might be part of multiple strategic initiatives.
  • It would be cool if forms could have some basic if/then functionality. As it is, we need to create different forms for different media requests that share 75% of the same data.
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  • Navigating Connections is tedious and time-consuming. More times than not I find it easier to simply search for what I'm looking for rather than trying to find what I need through other means
  • While file uploading and sharing files is useful enough, the browser lacks the seamless nature of Google Docs and the plugin can't hold a candle to Sharepoint. It works, but I find it clunky
  • We sorely miss our one-stop homepage (The Hub) that has been replaced by IBM Connections. There is no "jump-off" page to provide ease of navigation. It would really nice to be able to provide bookmarks and/or some form of directory in the side tabs of the newsfeed.
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Likelihood to Renew

Airtable9.1
Based on 1 answer
compared to other products it is just fabulous.
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IBM Connections7.7
Based on 7 answers
Overall, IBM Connections is a big asset to our company. As more people learn how to use it, the communication through divisions has increased dramatically. The ability to share information and access it anywhere (opposed to a shared drive, which we can only access while on the network) has been a huge improvement for us. Using wiki for common problems has freed up the IT department to focus on more important tasks.
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Usability

Airtable9.0
Based on 5 answers
Just so easy to learn/use. Very intuitive in its application logic.
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IBM Connections9.0
Based on 3 answers
Connections combines all the most useful abilities from various social networks. This makes it useful of course, but it also reduces user adoption time initially by allowing users to get comfortable with basic features. Once they are comfortable, it's easy for users to start exploring. They find new people in the organization to contact, new sources of information, etc. Before you know it, about half of the users are contributing back in some form -- and all with little or no training needed by IT.
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Reliability and Availability

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IBM Connections10.0
Based on 1 answer
Once Connections was installed, patched, etc. it was ALWAYS up. We only had to bring it down for OS updates to the servers. That seems to be typical of anything that runs on WebSphere; it's bulletproof and could probably run for months and years if the underlying OS didn't require constant patching.
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Performance

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No answers yet
No answers on this topic
IBM Connections9.0
Based on 1 answer
IBM Connections web UI, mobile app (data sync to / from the device), and file transfer speeds were almost always very fast. It was rare for a slow-down of any kind, even when doing searches.
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Support

Airtable7.3
Based on 1 answer
Sometimes, I have to wait a bit longer but I'm on a low priced option so I understand why. Generally, they're able to provide me solutions to my problems as long as I'm not in a rush.
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IBM Connections8.9
Based on 3 answers
IBM Support has ALWAYS been quick to respond, regardless of the product. Even first level techs seldom provide "canned" responses and they really try to help. If they can't help, they don't wallow around but engage the right person immediately. It's very rare that the first level tech needs to escalate, and even more rare when they do escalate and the next person engaged cannot solve it. We have been more than satisfied with IBM support's quick and professional responses to our issues.
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Implementation

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No answers yet
No answers on this topic
IBM Connections7.3
Based on 1 answer
Try to understand you will never find a product which suites all your end user for 100%. IBM Connections is the best of all breeds but if you go look on each functionality on its own there are better example out there. But as IBM COnnections delivers it all in just one platform makes it the best example about integration of different functionality into one platform.
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Alternatives Considered

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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We have not yet evaluated any particular products in depth; we had fully expected to move forward with Connections on-premises. However, we have briefly looked at SmartCloud / Connections Cloud which is, of course, very similar but maintained and updated by IBM. We have also briefly looked into Office 365 which has several advantages, being (A) Microsoft Office, (B) broadly available training (live, video, etc.) and (C) enthusiastic support from most of IT and many end users. However, Office 365 is much more expensive.
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Scalability

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No answers yet
No answers on this topic
IBM Connections7.0
Based on 2 answers
Scaling UP is never an issue with IBM's core technologies like WebSphere, DB2, etc. as long as you have or can find the technical resources to implement it. Where IBM seems to fail is scaling DOWN for smaller organizations. Connections 5.0 on-premises would have required us to create 7 servers -- yes, they would be virtualized, but still that's 7 OS licenses, 40 virtual CPU cores, 80GB RAM, and a few TB of hard disk space. All to replace Quick which runs on 1 server with 1 OS license, 4 cores, 8GB RAM and 600GB of disk. Granted, there are major differences in capabilities between the two, but how do you get a CFO understand why features like a mobile app, file sync, and social sharing require 10x the back-end resources?
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Return on Investment

  • I can't provide tangible ROI at this time
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  • Better exchange of ideas
  • More cohesiveness among members of departments who are geographically separated.
  • Greater ability for multiple departments to share information.
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IBM Connections

Pricing Details

Airtable

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

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
Additional Pricing Details