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Airtable

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Airtable

Airtable is best suited for any size company. Especially companies with many departments working on many projects. Airtable is also a great tool for regularly scheduled meetings to keep track of things discussed, documents used, and assignments. We use it to plan any event we hold for our company and our annual company retreat. It really keeps things organized and is very easy to access across any device. Outside of financial spreadsheets, this really replaces any spreadsheet software, including—and perhaps especially—cloud-based shared spreadsheets.
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IBM Connections

Ex) We recently gathered a committee to discuss the redesign of a product. All members in the committee were added to a community focused on the redesign. We recorded meeting agendas and minutes in the activities app, uploaded test redesigns for comment in files, and brainstormed potential improvements in the forumEx) The status feature is essentially useless without following the person posting the status. We do not follow individual staff members because it leads to a cluttered newsfeed with information irrelevant to other departments. We still use our phone chat client to communicate statuses.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Project Management

Airtable
8.0
IBM Connections
7.4
Task Management
Airtable
8.4
IBM Connections
5.7
Resource Management
Airtable
8.9
IBM Connections
Gantt Charts
Airtable
6.4
IBM Connections
Scheduling
Airtable
8.0
IBM Connections
7.7
Workflow Automation
Airtable
8.1
IBM Connections
8.0
Team Collaboration
Airtable
9.1
IBM Connections
Support for Agile Methodology
Airtable
8.0
IBM Connections
Support for Waterfall Methodology
Airtable
7.6
IBM Connections
Document Management
Airtable
8.1
IBM Connections
Email integration
Airtable
6.6
IBM Connections
Mobile Access
Airtable
8.1
IBM Connections
7.6
Timesheet Tracking
Airtable
8.5
IBM Connections
Change request and Case Management
Airtable
7.9
IBM Connections
Budget and Expense Management
Airtable
8.5
IBM Connections
Search
Airtable
IBM Connections
6.4
Visual planning tools
Airtable
IBM Connections
8.9

Communication

Airtable
IBM Connections
7.7
Chat
Airtable
IBM Connections
7.2
Notifications
Airtable
IBM Connections
8.1
Discussions
Airtable
IBM Connections
8.4
Surveys
Airtable
IBM Connections
6.7
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
8.2
Versioning
Airtable
IBM Connections
8.6
Video files
Airtable
IBM Connections
8.6
Audio files
Airtable
IBM Connections
8.6
Document collaboration
Airtable
IBM Connections
7.9
Access control
Airtable
IBM Connections
8.7
Advanced security features
Airtable
IBM Connections
5.5
Integrates with Google Drive
Airtable
IBM Connections
10.0
Device sync
Airtable
IBM Connections
8.2

Pros

  • The ease of the relational database capabilities are key for keeping tracking of how our contacts, partners, donors, and event attendees are all related.
  • The map block feature is great for when we're on the road visiting partners.
  • The custom views are extremely helpful for viewing the most important information quickly.
  • As a nonprofit, the reduced prices are also greatly appreciated so we can put more funds towards the youth we serve rather than into infrastructure.
  • Of HUGE importance is the care and feeding I've received from customer support. I ask a question and get a response within 24 hours and the response is personalized and makes sense. The conversation with a single representative is such a relief and makes it so much easier for me to be productive.
  • I suspect that the technology integrations with other apps, using Zapier or otherwise, will become more and more important to us - we're working on getting PayPal payment completions to populate our event attendee lists right now!
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  • The plugin for MS Office/Explorer has made saving and sharing working documents extremely convenient for me and my close colleagues
  • The newsfeed feature conveniently aggregates updates from the communities/people you follow. It's nice not to have to jump from community to community to see what's going on in the organization
  • The various apps can be used for several purposes. A little creativity goes a long way when establishing what type of information the apps can be useful for communicating
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Cons

  • We are relatively new to Airtable and are still exploring its functionality. We've also just been using a free account which has some limits but paid plans have features that could be handy. So far, we're just thrilled at how it's streamlined our workflow and information management.
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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
I am giving 7 for revewal the contract because from an expense point of view, IBM Connections was a leader. I am not providing the higher rating because many of the users were dealing with media and images and they found out that it wasn't the best experience to deal with attachments all the time. They would prefer to have their images to be displayed right away. It was our biggest concern with regards to using IBM Connections.
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Usability

Airtable9.0
Based on 5 answers
Airtable has a plethora of features that suit our needs, although there are little things that could be improved to make it perfect. I believe Airtable is actively working to improve their product so I have every confidence that Airtable is the perfect choice for our purposes.
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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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No answers yet
No answers on this topic
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

No score
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

No score
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

Airtable is much more user-friendly and easy to navigate and update than Confluence. We still use Confluence as a wiki, but Airtable is used for all our day to day management.
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Confluence is a much truer Wiki system, with easier to understand permissions, better management of content, a better plugin ecosystem, far greater enterprise adoption, and above all else, functional search! If users generate wiki pages inside of Confluence, we actually can find the data gain! This is a huge win, as it doesn't requires to pass around URLs, but rather suggest search terms that others can use to find pages. Moreover, it integrates well with the other tools in the Atlassian suite, and we have fully switches over to using the other Atlassian tools because of it.
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Scalability

No score
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

  • We are still in the early stages, but AirTable has allowed our small team of five to coordinate almost twice as many rentals of our gallery space for private events, thus providing out nonprofit with increased income that can be reinvested into improvements to our gallery and new programming.
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  • Connections had a substanially negative ROI for our company because we eventually replaced it with far better tools.
  • We're also unfortunately stuck with maintenance costs as we've not migrated all of the user generated content over to the new tools.
  • Other parts of our company still use Connections, so I guess that's a good thing? They must find it usable enough to continue on with it.
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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