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Likelihood to Recommend

appear.in

Good quality video conferencing with a small group of people.
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Micro Focus Vibe

I think Micro Focus Vibe is very well suited for organizations that work in a team collaboration front and have to share documents. I think this really shines in organizations that have a standard set of information that gets lost in the sauce because of the sheer amount of people in an organization. In this case, the Wiki is very helpful in this setting. I wouldn't quite recommend this site for video production houses unless you are patient enough to correlate your needs to the many many features available through Vibe...because it all boils down to patience.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Project Management

appear.in
Micro Focus Vibe
7.7
Task Management
appear.in
Micro Focus Vibe
8.0
Scheduling
appear.in
Micro Focus Vibe
9.0
Workflow Automation
appear.in
Micro Focus Vibe
5.6
Mobile Access
appear.in
Micro Focus Vibe
8.7
Search
appear.in
Micro Focus Vibe
9.4
Visual planning tools
appear.in
Micro Focus Vibe
5.7

Communication

appear.in
Micro Focus Vibe
7.9
Notifications
appear.in
Micro Focus Vibe
8.8
Discussions
appear.in
Micro Focus Vibe
8.1
Surveys
appear.in
Micro Focus Vibe
6.7
Internal knowledgebase
appear.in
Micro Focus Vibe
8.1

File Sharing & Management

appear.in
Micro Focus Vibe
7.3
Versioning
appear.in
Micro Focus Vibe
8.7
Video files
appear.in
Micro Focus Vibe
5.6
Audio files
appear.in
Micro Focus Vibe
5.6
Document collaboration
appear.in
Micro Focus Vibe
8.7
Access control
appear.in
Micro Focus Vibe
7.7
Advanced security features
appear.in
Micro Focus Vibe
7.7
Device sync
appear.in
Micro Focus Vibe
7.0

Pros

  • Easy to use: The app is very, very easy to use. Literally just create a chat room (input a name) and access it to chat.
  • Call/video quality: I've experienced better call quality on appear.in than in almost all other chat and video conferencing services out there.
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  • RSS Feeds: As a project manager (at the time and still am in a sense) being updated as information is posted helped me to stay on top of progress as it happened. The feeds also allows me to foresee problems before they happened, coming in like Super Woman to save the day...kidding (or am I?).
  • Customizable workspaces: While we've got our video project workflows down to a science, our website projects are a different monster. Because we offer customized websites, each client's needs are different from the next. Vibe's Workspaces reflects this - not only for our projects, but for the users as well. Everyone has a different way of organizing their thoughts and with Vibe no one has to fall in line with cookie cutter layouts...or at least they can start out with one and develop it into their own.
  • My god MOBILE DEVICE Support: I know many many many project collaboration tools have migrated to the mobile device platform - but I found that a lot of times, features are limited. I'm always on a go and can't always access my Surface for a brief look at what's going on. But when you fall in love with a platform, it makes it all the better that it is usable outside the confines of my desktop box.
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Cons

  • Feature-wise, none that I can think of.
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  • Having build lot of websites over the years this is one of the most user unfriendly systems I [have] run across. The learning curve is very steep and a lot of stuff is not findable on the internet.
  • The Java used under water has some quirks that makes working with the interface almost undoable. If you make a tree and you change something in that tree it is completely reset to the top level every time so the workflow is broken constantly.
  • There is no copy option in the tool which is strange as 80% of the things you build is the same or similar with minor adjustments like a different color code. Like the previous remark this makes the workflow constantly interrupted.
  • The learning curve for a regular user is also a little too steep. They can do too much and it goes beyond the daily things they need to do with it. To configure Novell Vibe so that the user is protected from doing or seeing too much is a lot of work which means you will have to hire an FTE to manage Novell Vibe alone.
  • Because the end product depends on the use of jsp pages a lot it requires you to hire a specialist with a big salary-tag to build it for you. once it is up and running changes will be very dependant on the guy you hired to build it!
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Likelihood to Renew

appear.in3.6
Based on 1 answer
We are using a larger tool suite that already includes video conferencing instead of our older approach of using different apps from different vendors.appear.in has a simple but great set of features but its pricing scheme is not as scalable as we really need in a 500+ employee company.
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Micro Focus Vibe9.9
Based on 5 answers
We would never go back to a spreadsheet to manage our inventory! Since Vibe is essentially free for us there's no reason not to continue using it. We plan on rolling out more processes in other departments for the coming year. The biggest obstacle is change. People don't want to change doing things they have been doing for years. If the workflow saves time people will embrace it.
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Usability

appear.in9.1
Based on 1 answer
Very easy to use, technical and non-technical colleagues have used it with no instructions needed. That says all about the app and services.
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Micro Focus Vibe5.0
Based on 1 answer
At this moment it still looks you need to do a lot to be able to use it and to be honest that time should be used for work not for configuring a communication tool for the business. Yes I understand that it takes time to learn something to use in the organisation , but with this tool I see the help desk having to answer a lot of questions on how to use it or once someone has done something how to undo it.
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Implementation

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Micro Focus Vibe7.1
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The implementation was good, it is the follow up that we need to do ourselves that takes time and effort.
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Alternatives Considered

appear.in was the least expensive alternative at the time my company used it. It included the right set of features for what we needed.
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We are a mixed shop (Microsoft and Novell). We had the entire Novell suite and realized Novell Vibe was included. After meeting with Novell and learning what Vibe had to offer for collaboration and application integration, and since we wouldn't incur have any additional costs, we decided to try it before looking at other solutions. We are happy with our decision.
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Return on Investment

  • It helped us to connect our team across continents in a very affordable way.
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  • The testing has provided us with a lot of wasted time in figuring out how it works even with the original manuals.
  • If we were to implement it in the real environment we would like to see a lot of improvements.
  • We have to invest more time to convince management that this tool is the way to go. We hope that Novell Vibe 4.0 has the improvements we are waiting for.
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Pricing Details

appear.in

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

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