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Cisco Jabber

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Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco Jabber

[Cisco Jabber] is very
much reasonable in price and if you are seeking a platform where you can carry
out effective communication while being at work, then this is the most suitable
tool for you. I will surely recommend it to all of the businesses which are especially working on a remote base, as it will help you to stay in touch
and being more productive. Cisco Jabber is very effective for project handling.
Magreat Wilson | TrustRadius Reviewer

HCL Connections (formerly from IBM)

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.
Jeremiah Miller | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Project Management

Cisco Jabber
6.6
HCL Connections (formerly from IBM)
Task Management
Cisco Jabber
8.2
HCL Connections (formerly from IBM)
Gantt Charts
Cisco Jabber
5.0
HCL Connections (formerly from IBM)
Scheduling
Cisco Jabber
6.8
HCL Connections (formerly from IBM)
Workflow Automation
Cisco Jabber
6.1
HCL Connections (formerly from IBM)
Mobile Access
Cisco Jabber
8.2
HCL Connections (formerly from IBM)
Search
Cisco Jabber
7.8
HCL Connections (formerly from IBM)
Visual planning tools
Cisco Jabber
4.3
HCL Connections (formerly from IBM)

Communication

Cisco Jabber
6.4
HCL Connections (formerly from IBM)
Chat
Cisco Jabber
8.6
HCL Connections (formerly from IBM)
Notifications
Cisco Jabber
8.3
HCL Connections (formerly from IBM)
Discussions
Cisco Jabber
7.2
HCL Connections (formerly from IBM)
Surveys
Cisco Jabber
6.5
HCL Connections (formerly from IBM)
Internal knowledgebase
Cisco Jabber
6.1
HCL Connections (formerly from IBM)
Integrates with GoToMeeting
Cisco Jabber
4.7
HCL Connections (formerly from IBM)
Integrates with Gmail and Google Hangouts
Cisco Jabber
2.2
HCL Connections (formerly from IBM)
Integrates with Outlook
Cisco Jabber
7.8
HCL Connections (formerly from IBM)

File Sharing & Management

Cisco Jabber
6.9
HCL Connections (formerly from IBM)
Versioning
Cisco Jabber
6.9
HCL Connections (formerly from IBM)
Video files
Cisco Jabber
7.1
HCL Connections (formerly from IBM)
Audio files
Cisco Jabber
7.4
HCL Connections (formerly from IBM)
Document collaboration
Cisco Jabber
7.0
HCL Connections (formerly from IBM)
Access control
Cisco Jabber
7.6
HCL Connections (formerly from IBM)
Advanced security features
Cisco Jabber
7.5
HCL Connections (formerly from IBM)
Integrates with Google Drive
Cisco Jabber
5.1
HCL Connections (formerly from IBM)
Device sync
Cisco Jabber
6.7
HCL Connections (formerly from IBM)

Pros

Cisco Jabber

  • As an on-prem solution is possible to have voice access to the organization co workers and the PSTN, using the own extension number, even when connected from internet (using Expressway - no need to have a vpn or lan connection) from any device.
  • Easy to collaborate from any device (mobile and personal computers). Multiplatform.
  • Administrators able to customize the application's features as much as they need.
  • Easy to integrate with Active Directory and Outlook. Unique user and password.
  • Voice calls and messaging completely secure.
  • Persistence chat for mobile.
Leonardo Gonzalez | TrustRadius Reviewer

HCL Connections (formerly from IBM)

  • 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
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Cisco Jabber

  • There is some brand confusion that exists between Cisco communication products. This is more relevant to the support personnel and engineers that would be making decisions to implement the product. Cisco has their Spark/WebEx platform that provides collaboration/communication functionality and more to the end users. Cisco has stated at some conferences that I attended that they are committed to maintaining and developing the Cisco Jabber platform still so that is very promising since the product serves different needs.
  • Cisco Jabber is a little complex to implement properly in your environment. The larger the communication cluster the more complicated it can become. There are also some additional features like persistent chat that require extra resources like a standalone database for persistent chat.
Eric Taylor | TrustRadius Reviewer

HCL Connections (formerly from IBM)

  • The lack of a note-taking tool became a bigger and bigger issue as time went on. Our pilot users felt Connections was a natural place to take and share meeting notes – including photos, drawings, recorded audio, etc. – and were always frustrated that there was no easy, organized way to do that. We tried using a Blog, Wiki, etc. but nothing really resonated as a good solution for this.
  • The Wiki tool is weak, providing rigid structure but with few options. A Community can only have a single Wiki, for instance. Wikis are weak in the mobile app as well; they’re not even easy to navigate. Users ended up ignoring Wikis completely despite our efforts to get them to convert documents like guidelines, policies, procedures, handbooks, etc. into Wiki form.
  • The Windows Explorer plug-in was useful but required a lot of manual intervention to setup. For instance, once a user joins a Community in Connections, the Community also has to be manually added to the Explorer plug-in so the user can find, open and edit files with it. We felt this process should be much more automated.
  • Tagging is only relevant in the web UI and, to a lesser extent, in the mobile app. However, in the Windows Explorer plug-in, Tags are not usable at all making it difficult to find things that were easy to find in the web UI.
  • IBM Docs was not included in the on-premises deployment; it was an additional license so we did not test it. Documents, mainly Microsoft Office files, are still the single most common way our user community creates, shares, edits and presents information. That proved to be a major gap for our users, and slowed user adoption considerably. We considered testing it, but IBM Docs would only work for about half of our users so we found ourselves wondering if we really wanted to support two document editing platforms. IBM Docs also offers no way to work offline as far as we could tell. This also meant we would need to keep licensing Microsoft Office which is not cheap.
  • Consulting costs are high because the back-end environment is complex. Installing, administrating and even patching Connections is a fairly complex process. We needed to hire consultants to install our test environment and any major upgrades would’ve required additional consulting fees. Any 3rd party add-ons we looked at were highly technical in nature meaning…you guessed it, more consulting costs.
  • Administrating IBM Connections requires editing XML files in a specific, secure way that is typically done in a console. I love consoles as much as the next admin, but when you only use a console once every 2 months it means looking up all the documentation and re-educating yourself. A single change could take me 2 hours to implement. 3rd party admin dashboards do exist, at an additional cost, but IBM really should provide a much easier way to manage the environment.
  • The lack of in-person or online training courses, materials, videos, etc. really discouraged a lot of users. The only decent training we could find (marketing videos aside) was a single video series on Lynda.com which, of course, was an additional cost. In the end that video didn’t really help our users much beyond introductory concepts.
  • IBM includes reporting, but it’s a massive Cognos system requiring some serious hardware and Cognos expertise. We had neither, and would have ultimately opted for a 3rd party add-on for reporting and statistics.
  • An often overlooked concern is eDiscovery. Our contracted eDiscovery service extensively works with various ECMs, but had no idea how they would handle Connections data. The cloud version of Connections offers an add-on for eDiscovery, but as far as we could tell IBM offered nothing for on-premises deployments.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Cisco Jabber

Cisco Jabber 9.9
Based on 3 answers
We really like the flexibility of jabber. With the exception of a few quirks that we have found, we see a bright future with it. We depend on it daily and will continue to do so for several years to come. As our team grows, more users will be using it and more screen sharing will be done. It it an indispensable tool that we simply could not imagine going without. It makes communicating so much easier when time is of the essence.
Ray Levron | TrustRadius Reviewer

HCL Connections (formerly from IBM)

HCL Connections (formerly from IBM) 7.7
Based on 7 answers
Connections has continued to more than meet our needs from a collaboration point of view and we are currently working on integration with our IBM Websphere portal platform to provide an integrated collaboration solution. This scenario will provide our users the best both products have to offer in a single interface.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Cisco Jabber

Cisco Jabber 9.0
Based on 6 answers
There are still some improvements to be made between MAC and Windows users. Also the share screen between various devices does not always work. Any user can quickly adapt and understand how to use Jabber. The interface is very intuitive and straight forward. The transition between interfaces on PCs, to tablets, to mobile devices is also very consistent and set up almost identically
Kaitlin Tucker | TrustRadius Reviewer

HCL Connections (formerly from IBM)

HCL Connections (formerly from IBM) 9.0
Based on 4 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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Cisco Jabber

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

HCL Connections (formerly from IBM)

HCL Connections (formerly from IBM) 10.0
Based on 2 answers
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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Cisco Jabber

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

HCL Connections (formerly from IBM)

HCL Connections (formerly from IBM) 9.0
Based on 2 answers
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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Cisco Jabber

Cisco Jabber 8.6
Based on 24 answers
Even with the Jabber client, Cisco support is outstanding, with the knowledge and quick response you would expect from them. Their engineers understand their products and our issues are usually addressed quickly and by the same person we originally connect with instead of getting passed to additional people. Follow-up is good too. Their support is thorough.
Debbie Johnson | TrustRadius Reviewer

HCL Connections (formerly from IBM)

HCL Connections (formerly from IBM) 8.0
Based on 8 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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Cisco Jabber

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

HCL Connections (formerly from IBM)

HCL Connections (formerly from IBM) 7.3
Based on 2 answers
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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Cisco Jabber

Cisco Jabber as a direct competitor to Skype in the world of audio conferencing offers comparable features and also presents hardware to emphasize an ideal experience. The Jabber app gives unifying communication spread over a number of platforms, ipads, and phones, like Skype for Business. It lets you send instant messages, tells you when colleagues are available or even not at work on a given day. Jabber offers audio, video, desktop sharing, and conferencing. Skype for Business does have a few features such as "Rate my Call", "Call Monitor", and the option to link with Skype's vast conduit on contacts. Jabber, overall, including the features is the better package to purchase based on the return on investment.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

HCL Connections (formerly from IBM)

From the few times that I have used MS SharePoint, I can say that it doesn't seem to hold a candle to the robust features of IBM Connections. The out-of-the-box capabilities of IBM Connections are amazing and are more easy to access and use than what I've seen with MS SharePoint.
Chris Whisonant | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Cisco Jabber

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

HCL Connections (formerly from IBM)

HCL Connections (formerly from IBM) 7.0
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?
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Cisco Jabber

  • Jabber has provided a very functional alternative to our company to Lotus Sametime. We had been using Sametime for years, and as we were moving out of the Lotus/Domino ecosystem, Jabber has provided a replacement with the chat system, but also means to do voice and video calls.
  • Although handy, intensive usage of Jabber can be a curse for a company (including ours). Every information stored in Jabber is only available to the two people involved in the conversation. Without a proper knowledge management strategy, this can mean that a lot of valuable information can be shared privately as peer-to-peer conversations, and not available to people who need it.
  • Another downside of Jabber is that it can multiply stress for some people, who can be contacted very often, and be interrupted at critical moments. This can introduce additional context switching, and reduce the productivity of some people.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

HCL Connections (formerly from IBM)

  • Positive - Using IBM Connections has reduced the number of directories and file share repositories previously used for collaboration.
  • Positive - The direction is to stop relying on email for the only method of communicating and sharing knowledge. IBM Connections is in the right step.
Tony Morales, PMP, CSM | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Cisco Jabber

General

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

Cisco Jabber Editions & Modules

Edition
Jabber for Desktop$50.001
  1. Per License
Additional Pricing Details

HCL Connections (formerly from IBM)

General

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

HCL Connections (formerly from IBM) Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco Jabber
8.5
HCL Connections (formerly from IBM)
8.9

Likelihood to Renew

Cisco Jabber
9.9
HCL Connections (formerly from IBM)
7.7

Usability

Cisco Jabber
9.0
HCL Connections (formerly from IBM)
9.0

Reliability and Availability

Cisco Jabber
HCL Connections (formerly from IBM)
10.0

Performance

Cisco Jabber
HCL Connections (formerly from IBM)
9.0

Support Rating

Cisco Jabber
8.6
HCL Connections (formerly from IBM)
8.0

Implementation Rating

Cisco Jabber
HCL Connections (formerly from IBM)
7.3

Scalability

Cisco Jabber
HCL Connections (formerly from IBM)
7.0

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