Bluescape vs. VMware Socialcast (discontinued)

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Bluescape
Score 7.0 out of 10
N/A
Bluescape is a cloud-based, software as a service company based in Silicon Valley, CA, that provides a digital whiteboard of the same name.
$10
per month
VMware Socialcast (discontinued)
Score 10.0 out of 10
N/A
Socialcast was an enterprise social networking and collaboration platform by VMware. The VMware Socialcast platform allowed an organization's employees to share information and documents with co-workers in real time through a Facebook- or Twitter-like news feed. VMware announced its end of availability (EOA) effective May 2018.
$250
per month
Pricing
BluescapeVMware Socialcast (discontinued)
Editions & Modules
Team
$10
per user, per month (10-50 licenses)
Business
$20
per user, per month (10+ licenses)
Enterprise
Custom Pricing
10+ licenses
No answers on this topic
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
BluescapeVMware Socialcast (discontinued)
Free Trial
YesYes
Free/Freemium Version
NoYes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
BluescapeVMware Socialcast (discontinued)
Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
BluescapeVMware Socialcast (discontinued)
Project Management
Comparison of Project Management features of Product A and Product B
Bluescape
-
Ratings
VMware Socialcast (discontinued)
6.3
4 Ratings
23% below category average
Task Management00 Ratings7.74 Ratings
Gantt Charts00 Ratings7.01 Ratings
Scheduling00 Ratings6.33 Ratings
Workflow Automation00 Ratings8.02 Ratings
Mobile Access00 Ratings3.83 Ratings
Search00 Ratings8.04 Ratings
Visual planning tools00 Ratings3.43 Ratings
Communication
Comparison of Communication features of Product A and Product B
Bluescape
-
Ratings
VMware Socialcast (discontinued)
7.5
4 Ratings
6% below category average
Chat00 Ratings8.74 Ratings
Notifications00 Ratings8.24 Ratings
Discussions00 Ratings8.14 Ratings
Surveys00 Ratings8.73 Ratings
Internal knowledgebase00 Ratings6.14 Ratings
Integrates with GoToMeeting00 Ratings5.01 Ratings
Integrates with Gmail and Google Hangouts00 Ratings7.02 Ratings
Integrates with Outlook00 Ratings7.92 Ratings
File Sharing & Management
Comparison of File Sharing & Management features of Product A and Product B
Bluescape
-
Ratings
VMware Socialcast (discontinued)
5.7
4 Ratings
35% below category average
Versioning00 Ratings2.12 Ratings
Video files00 Ratings7.23 Ratings
Audio files00 Ratings7.23 Ratings
Document collaboration00 Ratings6.74 Ratings
Access control00 Ratings7.23 Ratings
Advanced security features00 Ratings5.83 Ratings
Integrates with Google Drive00 Ratings5.02 Ratings
Device sync00 Ratings4.02 Ratings
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User Ratings
BluescapeVMware Socialcast (discontinued)
Likelihood to Recommend
9.2
(5 ratings)
7.7
(6 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
9.1
(2 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(2 ratings)
User Testimonials
BluescapeVMware Socialcast (discontinued)
Likelihood to Recommend
Bluescape
This digital version of a pin-up space is absolutely an improvement to my workflow. The input is so robust. What you do with it is where the magic happens. This program is best suited for team collaboration. It helps to discuss how/where the team will contribute information to it--whether that is discussing the templates or a plan of action. Otherwise, the workspace can tend to get messy. I like the idea of having a presentation mode, where some of the markups could be hidden. The idea of a working session with consultants or clients sounds appealing, but at the same time, there is a desire for a cleaned up, clear shareout.
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VMware
Socialcast has been a great tool for FactSet. I would recommend it to any firm looking for an easy-to-use tool to centralize communication and collaborate on a global scale.
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Pros
Bluescape
  • Allows for a high volume of images and sketches to be put into the canvas
  • Lets you drop in text, freehand sketching, and shapes quick and easy
  • Can connect images and texts together using connectors, which can be customized
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VMware
  • Socialcast has an exceptional user experience. With very few idiosyncrasies, it works well on every platform I've tried.
  • The platform has such a high level of ease of use, it becomes somewhat addicting.
  • Social analytics are superb.
  • The platform is highly intuitive and requires zero training or coaching in order for network members to become productive with it.
  • It's extremely reliable. Only once in 4 years, was the product not available, and that was only for about a half-hour. In that half-hour, we realized how dependent we were on it. (Very.)
  • The multi-device and deployment options are excellent. On-premise, Private Cloud, and Multi-tenant SaaS all available.
  • The mobile apps for iPhone, tablets, and Android render well with a beautiful UI/UX. The desktop AIR app is equally highly usable.
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Cons
Bluescape
  • You can use Zoom with Bluescape but it requires solid bandwidth and memory by users.
  • A breadcrumb trail would be nice to watch students performance.
  • I would like individual user analytics for each of my students to see where they’ve been and what contributions each has made.
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VMware
  • The software is a little bit pricey because it is charged by user/month and depending on the deployment method.
  • For companies with a lot of workers the price can increase significantly.
  • The mobile app usability and notifications are poor. Need to be improved.
  • If there were more administrative features available the product would be improved
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Likelihood to Renew
Bluescape
No answers on this topic
VMware
Beyond the value FactSet derives from using the platform, Socialcast (the firm) has been a good partner to FactSet. We've experienced very little downtime with the service and they have been responsive and fair with enhancement requests and questions
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Usability
Bluescape
No answers on this topic
VMware
The UX is its best feature
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Support Rating
Bluescape
No answers on this topic
VMware
Excellent support; of course not perfect. :-)
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Implementation Rating
Bluescape
No answers on this topic
VMware
Not applicable, as it is a SaaS platform with minimal implementation
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Alternatives Considered
Bluescape
We have Workware installed on different computers in our office that were supposed to be great for presentation but we had issues after a user connected their laptop then they no longer had access to our server. If they had files they needed for the presentation they had to save them to their desktop to make sure they were accessible.
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VMware
Socialcast is great for collaboration & light project management, but anything complex doesn't work well.

Using it as an email notification curator works nice for us.
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Return on Investment
Bluescape
  • Especially in a remote work environment, Bluescape helps us continue collaborating without missing a beat
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VMware
  • Definitely more organized project management and team collaboration.
  • Efficiency in carrying out tasks.
  • Creates a spirit of collaboration and friendliness among colleagues.
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ScreenShots

Bluescape Screenshots

Screenshot of Bluescape Collaborative Workspace