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Good for any situation where there are multiple employees who need to be reached by customers or in-house. Also cuts down on Robo calls because they typically can't / don't press numbers to choose from a menu. Can't really see this system being worth the price in a smaller-sized operation though, as there are far cheaper options that provide a much nicer management interface.
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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.
Read full review Pros Makes it easy to send and receive phone calls, setup extensions, and generally handle incoming and outgoing phone calls. You're able to receive business calls wherever you go, whether you're in your office or on your mobile device. The Voicemail to Text feature generally works well enough for you to know what a message is about without having to listen to it. Read full review 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. Read full review Cons Actually, this product has most all of the features which one voip device should have. There is nothing I dislike but the portable phone battery is an issue. If we continuously use this phone for long meetings then sometimes battery the dies. So that is the only problem I have seen. Read full review 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 Read full review Likelihood to Renew
Read full review Usability
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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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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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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Very helpful and quick
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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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I have switched now to MagicJack for business, while their support might not be the most amazing either we are very satisfied with the service/cost relationship and this has been a major game-changer. I am certain that Comcast has a larger client base that they have to look for that might be creating much more significant revenue. We have faced similar situations with other vendors and have found better solutions with smaller, shelving solutions that seem to cater more closely to clients.
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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, bu
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
is used for call.
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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.
Read full review Return on Investment In my experience, you have to pay to get out of contract. In my opinion, it's a total waste of time and money. Read full review 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. Read full review ScreenShots