CloudTalk vs. HCL Sametime

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
CloudTalk
Score 9.5 out of 10
N/A
CloudTalk is cloud-based call center software for sales and support teams of all sizes, looking to improve customer experiences through more personalized, data-driven customer interactions. The vendor aims to help teams communicate clearly and efficiently. With CloudTalk users can get local, mobile or toll-free numbers from more than 140+ countries across the world. The vendor says they offer integration with important tools (such a CRM, Helpdesk, or…
$20
per user/month (invoiced annually)
HCL Sametime
Score 7.5 out of 10
N/A
HCL Sametime (formerly IBM Lotus Sametime, acquired by HCL Technologies from IBM in 2018) is an enterprise-level unified communications and VoIP platform. It includes features such as instant messaging, web conferencing, voice and video integration, telephony capabilities, and presence information.N/A
Pricing
CloudTalkHCL Sametime
Editions & Modules
CloudTalk Starter
$20.00
per user/month (invoiced annually)
CloudTalk Essential
$25.00
per user/month (invoiced annually)
CloudTalk Expert
$40.00
per user/month (invoiced annually)
CloudTalk Custom
-
per user or company/month (invoiced annually)
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
CloudTalkHCL Sametime
Free Trial
YesNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
CloudTalkHCL Sametime
Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
CloudTalkHCL Sametime
Contact Center Software
Comparison of Contact Center Software features of Product A and Product B
CloudTalk
9.7
45 Ratings
15% above category average
HCL Sametime
-
Ratings
Agent dashboard9.945 Ratings00 Ratings
Validate callers9.740 Ratings00 Ratings
Outbound response9.941 Ratings00 Ratings
Call forwarding9.840 Ratings00 Ratings
Click-to-call (CTC)9.739 Ratings00 Ratings
Warm transfer9.631 Ratings00 Ratings
Predictive dialing10.025 Ratings00 Ratings
Interactive voice response9.829 Ratings00 Ratings
REST APIs9.530 Ratings00 Ratings
Call scripts9.225 Ratings00 Ratings
Call tracking9.436 Ratings00 Ratings
Multichannel integration9.830 Ratings00 Ratings
CRM software integration9.836 Ratings00 Ratings
Workforce Optimization (WFO)
Comparison of Workforce Optimization (WFO) features of Product A and Product B
CloudTalk
9.9
42 Ratings
18% above category average
HCL Sametime
-
Ratings
Inbound call routing9.936 Ratings00 Ratings
Omnichannel inbound routing9.929 Ratings00 Ratings
Recording9.938 Ratings00 Ratings
Quality management9.934 Ratings00 Ratings
Call analytics9.940 Ratings00 Ratings
Historical reporting9.937 Ratings00 Ratings
Live reporting9.935 Ratings00 Ratings
Customer surveys9.927 Ratings00 Ratings
Customer interaction analytics9.826 Ratings00 Ratings
Cloud PBX
Comparison of Cloud PBX features of Product A and Product B
CloudTalk
-
Ratings
HCL Sametime
8.4
7 Ratings
2% above category average
Hosted PBX00 Ratings9.02 Ratings
Multi-level Interactive Voice Response (IVR)00 Ratings9.02 Ratings
User templates00 Ratings8.02 Ratings
Call reports00 Ratings8.02 Ratings
Directory of employee names00 Ratings8.07 Ratings
Call Management
Comparison of Call Management features of Product A and Product B
CloudTalk
-
Ratings
HCL Sametime
8.0
8 Ratings
5% below category average
Answering rules00 Ratings8.05 Ratings
Call recording00 Ratings8.02 Ratings
Call park00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Call screening00 Ratings8.02 Ratings
Message alerts00 Ratings8.06 Ratings
VoIP system collaboration
Comparison of VoIP system collaboration features of Product A and Product B
CloudTalk
-
Ratings
HCL Sametime
8.0
6 Ratings
3% below category average
Video conferencing00 Ratings8.06 Ratings
Audio conferencing00 Ratings8.05 Ratings
Video screen sharing00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Instant messaging00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Mobile apps
Comparison of Mobile apps features of Product A and Product B
CloudTalk
-
Ratings
HCL Sametime
8.0
8 Ratings
4% below category average
Mobile app for iOS00 Ratings8.08 Ratings
Mobile app for Android00 Ratings8.07 Ratings
Best Alternatives
CloudTalkHCL Sametime
Small Businesses
Nextiva Contact Center
Nextiva Contact Center
Score 9.0 out of 10
CloudTalk
CloudTalk
Score 9.5 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
Bright Pattern Contact Center
Bright Pattern Contact Center
Score 10.0 out of 10
CloudTalk
CloudTalk
Score 9.5 out of 10
Enterprises
Google Cloud Contact Center AI
Google Cloud Contact Center AI
Score 8.9 out of 10
Cisco Business Edition 7000 (discontinued)
Cisco Business Edition 7000 (discontinued)
Score 9.0 out of 10
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User Ratings
CloudTalkHCL Sametime
Likelihood to Recommend
9.9
(45 ratings)
7.0
(10 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
8.2
(1 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Usability
7.7
(5 ratings)
8.6
(2 ratings)
Availability
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Performance
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
3.6
(11 ratings)
8.3
(4 ratings)
Implementation Rating
8.2
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Ease of integration
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Product Scalability
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
CloudTalkHCL Sametime
Likelihood to Recommend
CloudTalk.io
Cloudtalk is by far the best value-for-price software out there for call center solutions. Packed with features, very accessible, kind and accessible customer support, and cheap, especially when compared with their competitors for the same range of features. Easy entry-level software, especially if you're a startup that doesn't want to make big initial commitments but needs a solution that scales with the business.
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HCL Technologies
Sametime is well suited for very quick conversations, where you know the person is an active Sametime user. It also serves as an easy way to reach out to someone you may not know when looking for an answer to a quick question, as they are likely to be a Sametime user. Do not, under any circumstances, attempt to use Sametime for Audio or Video chat. The quality and reliability are horrendous.
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Pros
CloudTalk.io
  • It's extremely simple to install and integrate
  • Their smart dialer option reduces time spent typing in number and helps make more calls
  • It makes life super easy to keep track of calls being made and how long calls are but also to listen back on calls made
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HCL Technologies
  • Sametime's web-based interfaces are "zero load", requiring no plug-ins to be installed to join a meeting, launch a meeting, or use chat in a browser. A plugin is required only if you want to share your screen.
  • Integration with IBM Notes is very tight. Sametime's chat status can change according to your Notes calendar. You can easily see if someone who just emailed you is available to chat. Your chat History is right inside Notes as well.
  • IBM's mobile apps are top notch. We automated the apps for our users thanks to IBM's work with third party MDMs. This made it very simple for us to deploy the Sametime mobile apps -- Chat and Meetings -- and get new capabilities such as Audio & Video mobilized quickly.
  • No down time, ever. The rock solid WebSphere back-end of Sametime means the environment is always up. Period.
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Cons
CloudTalk.io
  • A lot of features are still missing, some of which are pretty basic like being able to select multiple filters instead of one.
  • Desktop app has had some instability issue.
  • IVR needs to be self-recorded which can lead to a lower quality.
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HCL Technologies
  • Not convenient for a large group meeting.
  • Very basic tool for internal communication only not available for third party communication
  • Very basic and limited mobile app features.
  • High speed connection is needed to connect to Sametime
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Likelihood to Renew
CloudTalk.io
It is working and affordable
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HCL Technologies
Sametime is now an embedded experience for our users. They know it, they like it, they use it, and they expect it to be wherever they are. Because it is pretty easy to use and NEVER goes down, users know they can rely on it and won't be frustrated by it. Sametime is right up with there with Microsoft Office in terms of user adoption and appreciation.
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Usability
CloudTalk.io
CloudTalk is super easy to use and has a great quality. It helps to communicate with the clients easily and we can feel that the sound quality is high, while speaking to the client and while listening to the recordings. This is for our department essential in our day to day work.
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HCL Technologies
Just about everything works the way you expect it would and it's relatively easy for users to figure out. Sametime was one of those things that we started with only a few people as a "test" and before the test period was done we discovered a few hundred people had figured out how to log in and most got it working all on their own. Many of our users want to use Sametime and do so regularly; we do not have to create policies enforcing its usage. Users find it practical to use Sametime to do things like chat, transfer files, share their screen, and so forth.
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Reliability and Availability
CloudTalk.io
No answers on this topic
HCL Technologies
Typically if Sametime is not available, it's because Windows Updates were done on the servers and they were not rebooted. However, that's not a problem with Sametime -- in fact, if you have Linux you could probably run Sametime for years without any hiccups whatsoever. We have no internal Linux expertise.
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Performance
CloudTalk.io
No answers on this topic
HCL Technologies
Generally very good. Occasionally AV or screen-sharing will stutter and every now and then I hear of it dropping out altogether, but in all cases it was easy to re-establish
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Support Rating
CloudTalk.io
They are skilled, experienced, and anytime I need something and contact the support time, I get the right person who understands my needs and reacts to them accordingly. So far I was only pleasantly surprised by the level of support these guys provide and coming from a customer service oriented background myself, I can only say keep it up guys, you are doing a fantastic job!
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HCL Technologies
I have not needed to use the Sametime support team. Our local support team was able to configure it for me.
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Alternatives Considered
CloudTalk.io
It was a gamble if I'm being honest, plus this is a very nuanced and intricate topic. We didn't necessarily substitute one for the other, it was a much needed state of affairs where we needed the call monitoring and agent tracking pros of CloudTalk more so than ever before.
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HCL Technologies
We use Jabber globally in our company and Symphony (no relevant app in able list) in some of the teams as well. All these are instant messenger tools, but Sametime is the easiest one to be used and its chat history is easy to be searched. Sametime can be used to contact almost all internal staff as it’s included in default computer package. Symphony is used to chat with front end business while Jabber is used for call.
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Scalability
CloudTalk.io
No answers on this topic
HCL Technologies
Sametime is rock solid. It runs on WebSphere, DB2 and other related IBM technologies. This does mean the back-end is highly complex and very difficult to learn and get comfortable with, however.
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Return on Investment
CloudTalk.io
  • For a similar price it is not necessary to manage so many cell phone accounts
  • Unlike basic telephony. It is possible to have more control of the interactions with our clients.
  • For administrators it allows better control of commercial actions or the corresponding area for communication issues
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HCL Technologies
  • Sametime keeps many of our team members in contact throughout the day which leads to increased productivity which makes everyone happy.
  • We use the team chat room feature every day. This allows a team to stay focused on the task without any extra messages that are not on topic.
  • The split between IBM Sametime, Slack and Google Hangouts has caused some issues when team members are not checking for messages on a certain app.
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ScreenShots

CloudTalk Screenshots

Screenshot of CloudTalk for Freshdesk - All customer-related data from both systems can be automatically synchronized and always up-to-date. No matter whether one is working in Freshdesk or CloudTalk, the software can provide comprehensive customer data.Screenshot of CloudTalk for Intercom - By integrating Intercom with CloudTalk, essential customer contact details become visible, as well as history of calls and conversations. No matter whether one is working in Intercom or CloudTalk, comprehensive customer data will be presented in both systems. In addition, data synchronization is automatic and regular, so information is always up-to-date.Screenshot of Complete customer interaction history is always within reach. CloudTalk will automatically display previous calls, orders, chats or notes, so agents don’t have to look them up in multiple systems.Screenshot of CloudTalk apps allows agents to make and receive phone calls from anywhere.Screenshot of CloudTalk for Help ScoutScreenshot of Agents can see all caller information in one place. During the phone call, they can look at the client’s history of interactions, orders, chat or notes.