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Score 8.7 out of 100
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Score 7.6 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Creately

Very good online option for flowcharts and other purposes; can be quite cost-effective, too, depending on how you use it.
Mike Eisenberg | TrustRadius Reviewer

HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)

I often work with teams from other country and regions, hence HCL Notes is a very useful platform for internal company management operations. It standardized organisational work standards in most of the offices worldwide. HCL Notes also enables chat with other team around the world that I find very helpful when initiating conversation or just want to have a quick update rather than sending emails and waiting for replies. However, HCL Notes is not very efficient in web browsing and user still need to use other internet service providers.
Mogana Tashiani | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Project Management

Creately
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
8.6
Task Management
Creately
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
9.1
Gantt Charts
Creately
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
10.0
Scheduling
Creately
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
8.8
Workflow Automation
Creately
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
9.5
Mobile Access
Creately
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
9.1
Search
Creately
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
3.5
Visual planning tools
Creately
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
10.0

Communication

Creately
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
9.6
Chat
Creately
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
9.6
Notifications
Creately
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
9.2
Discussions
Creately
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
9.4
Surveys
Creately
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
8.8
Internal knowledgebase
Creately
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
10.0
Integrates with GoToMeeting
Creately
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
10.0
Integrates with Gmail and Google Hangouts
Creately
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
10.0
Integrates with Outlook
Creately
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
10.0

File Sharing & Management

Creately
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
9.1
Versioning
Creately
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
8.8
Video files
Creately
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
7.9
Audio files
Creately
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
7.9
Document collaboration
Creately
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
9.1
Access control
Creately
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
9.4
Advanced security features
Creately
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
9.4
Integrates with Google Drive
Creately
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
10.0
Device sync
Creately
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
10.0

Pros

Creately

  • Creately provides the same experience that other similar tools (i.e. Visio) provides, but presents it in a much more colorful, unique manner. The colors are vibrant, and my clients have always been impressed with the quality and feel.
  • Creately provides a lot of creative control over how your images look. I can play with the opacity and color scheme, or use what they already provide.
  • Creately also allows me to create wireframes for clients to review, whether desktop or mobile. I can create simple, easy to understand frames and concepts in minutes - they're super professional looking and ready to share.
  • I like the pricing model. Right now I can pay month-to-month, or pay a one-time fee for a year. It's also less expensive than Visio, which is very nice.
Richard Crane | TrustRadius Reviewer

HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)

  • It has a really strong and robust database that's extremely scalable and holds up well to thousands of users and many different environments.
  • It has a really good enterprise-grade framework for development custom database applications
  • All of the custom database applications along with the email all have a nice uniform look and feel so their easy-to-use.
  • I really like how it's developed and supported on every client OS (Windows, OSX, Linux)! The competitors definitely do NOT offer this (M$).
Matthew J. Fitzpatrick | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Creately

  • The transition Creately made this year to their new non-Flash platform seems to almost function like a beta release in some instances.
  • Customer support sometimes takes a while to return and the responses are not always the best or most helpful. Follow up isn't great, either.
Mike Eisenberg | TrustRadius Reviewer

HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)

  • Notes' backwards compatibility sometimes gets in the way. Menus are cluttered with extraneous, outdated options and features that modern users will never use, and Preferences are often difficult to navigate for those coming from Gmail or Outlook. We have greatly simplified this via Policies, but users still find it daunting to go through all the options that are available.
  • The IBM Notes client for Windows & Mac is essentially the Eclipse Java development platform...so it is HUGE. Performance initially was very slow but IBM has done a good job of speeding things up. As IBM moves more toward cloud-delivered applications, this will not be as much of a problem.
  • Notes and Domino can be complex to manage for administrators who are more accustomed to ActiveDirectory, Group Policy, etc. Editing a notes.ini file to add a feature, or working with XML files by hand to create a SmartUpgrade kit can be daunting to those coming from more modern administrative roles.
  • Some users claim to "hate" Notes mail. While I have heard this less and less over the past 10 years, we have had 3rd party software offer plugins to Outlook and it's rare to see any for Notes.
  • The client update process should be automated more. I would like to see the Notes client update quietly and quickly more like an Adobe software update. If an update fails it should automatically try again without prompting the user over and over.
  • Notes multiple language spell checking is a downloaded add-on Java-based resource that has to be deployed in a convoluted way that is difficult for users to grasp. Therefore any foreign language spell check updates must be done individually per Notes client by IT, which is unfortunate. I would prefer to see that be a "live download" update option for users to get directly from IBM (don't make me download it and put it on my network).
Jeremiah Benjamin | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Creately

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HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)

HCL Notes (formerly from IBM) 1.7
Based on 5 answers
I've been in IT business and as a Programmer/Developer for 20+ years with too many programming languages experiences/back ground (C/C++/Visual Basic/Basic Program/Unix/COBOL/Java). Also with 18+ years with Lotus Notes/IBM Domino, I am still and always think Lotus Notes is the best RAD platform available!. When the time where resource is very limited and the expectation is very high and the turn around is too short, IBM Domino/Notes is the platform to use and it's the only choice available.
Tom Le | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Creately

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No answers yet
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HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)

HCL Notes (formerly from IBM) 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Easy to use for the user, most of the apps we developed, there is not much need for user training. Most of the times, we just do a demo to the users group and they can pick up from there.
Tom Le | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Creately

Creately 5.6
Based on 4 answers
I haven't used Creately's support. I don't know what to rate this to be honest. If there was an "N/A," I'd use that. I like products where I don't have to do a lot of research or studying to learn how to use the software. Creately allows me to jump in and go.
Richard Crane | TrustRadius Reviewer

HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)

HCL Notes (formerly from IBM) 9.0
Based on 2 answers
I've been using the production for a very long time and very happy with it. Also, all the online resources and forums for notes is very friendly and easy/quick for getting help. I found out that compared to Microsoft or Oracle or any other platforms, IBM Notes online forum is the best I have seen.
Tom Le | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Creately

No score
No answers yet
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HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)

HCL Notes (formerly from IBM) 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Implementation is easy and smooth if the requirement is well gathered/documented. Notes is a RAD platform, all projects in Notes is simple in the implementation step.
Tom Le | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Creately

In terms of pricing and functionality, Creately was the clear winner at the time, although the jury is still out on Creately's new version in terms of how simple it may be to use.
Mike Eisenberg | TrustRadius Reviewer

HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)

Outlook has been considered for years as a replacement platform. Pricing and support staff made it prohibitive. Our long-time use of Microsoft Office productivity suite naturally led us to consider the adoption of Office365. A recent investigation told us that Azure Cloud services propel an O365 solution to the forefront. Early adopters in international divisions have paved the way for Azure and O365.
Christopher Stark | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Creately

  • Creately is less expensive and dare I say more professional looking than Visio. It looks great at a fraction of the price.
  • Creately allows me to share ideas and processes with my clients. It shows that I understand their business processes, and increases their trust in my abilities to work with them.
Richard Crane | TrustRadius Reviewer

HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)

  • Over the years, we have lost countless hours of productivity from the thousands of crashes we have experienced.
  • One benefit of IBM Notes is that it is very simple to train a new user on. Many people prefer and are familiar with Google tools, but those that use IBM Notes have very little trouble acclimating themselves.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

Creately

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional
6.95*

* per user

Creately Editions & Modules

On-premise Edition
Creately Desktop$751
Creately Server6.951
  1. per user
SaaS Edition
Creately Online Personal6.951
Creately Team 5$401
Creately Team 10$801
Creately Team 25$2001
  1. per month
Additional Pricing Details
We offer deeply discounted prices for non profits, educational institutes and charities.

HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)

General

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

HCL Notes (formerly from IBM) Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Creately
8.4
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
8.1

Likelihood to Renew

Creately
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
1.7

Usability

Creately
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
10.0

Reliability and Availability

Creately
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
10.0

Performance

Creately
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
10.0

Support Rating

Creately
5.6
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
9.0

Online Training

Creately
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
10.0

Implementation Rating

Creately
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
9.0

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