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Score 9.2 out of 100
305 Ratings
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Score 7.8 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

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

Microsoft Yammer

Yammer provides a social network experience for the enterprise, providing a "Facebook for work". Its mobile app provides an excellent user experience, showing the full mix of communications happening across topics and teams. The web app, while it hasn't evolved much in the last few years, provides a good experience consuming news. Personally, I use Yammer every morning to see what's happening across my company and comment, like, and share to interact across silos.As long as the size of the network inside of Yammer is managed - likely partitioning a large organization into business units, etc., - then Yammer provides an excellent platform for social news and "bottom up" collaboration across teams. Its free-form posting style, including articles and polls for interactive content, helps break down silos across the organization. Contrasted with the boring world of email, Yammer is a tantalizing world of pictures, GIFs, and videos.At LiveTiles, we share company and team news via Yammer, enabling others to see the progress and milestones - from a new office to a new customer - without the heavy burden of a company newsletter or similarly curated content. Even though we have fully adopted Teams for day-to-day, intra-team communication, Yammer is still the gold standard for inter-team communication.
Erik Ralston | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Project Management

HCL Connections (formerly from IBM)
Microsoft Yammer
2.6
Task Management
HCL Connections (formerly from IBM)
Microsoft Yammer
2.2
Gantt Charts
HCL Connections (formerly from IBM)
Microsoft Yammer
1.5
Scheduling
HCL Connections (formerly from IBM)
Microsoft Yammer
1.9
Workflow Automation
HCL Connections (formerly from IBM)
Microsoft Yammer
2.0
Mobile Access
HCL Connections (formerly from IBM)
Microsoft Yammer
3.9
Search
HCL Connections (formerly from IBM)
Microsoft Yammer
4.4
Visual planning tools
HCL Connections (formerly from IBM)
Microsoft Yammer
2.2

Communication

HCL Connections (formerly from IBM)
Microsoft Yammer
5.6
Chat
HCL Connections (formerly from IBM)
Microsoft Yammer
9.7
Notifications
HCL Connections (formerly from IBM)
Microsoft Yammer
8.8
Discussions
HCL Connections (formerly from IBM)
Microsoft Yammer
8.4
Surveys
HCL Connections (formerly from IBM)
Microsoft Yammer
7.4
Internal knowledgebase
HCL Connections (formerly from IBM)
Microsoft Yammer
3.6
Integrates with GoToMeeting
HCL Connections (formerly from IBM)
Microsoft Yammer
2.6
Integrates with Gmail and Google Hangouts
HCL Connections (formerly from IBM)
Microsoft Yammer
1.7
Integrates with Outlook
HCL Connections (formerly from IBM)
Microsoft Yammer
2.8

File Sharing & Management

HCL Connections (formerly from IBM)
Microsoft Yammer
4.4
Versioning
HCL Connections (formerly from IBM)
Microsoft Yammer
7.1
Video files
HCL Connections (formerly from IBM)
Microsoft Yammer
8.0
Audio files
HCL Connections (formerly from IBM)
Microsoft Yammer
7.9
Document collaboration
HCL Connections (formerly from IBM)
Microsoft Yammer
4.0
Access control
HCL Connections (formerly from IBM)
Microsoft Yammer
2.7
Advanced security features
HCL Connections (formerly from IBM)
Microsoft Yammer
2.4
Integrates with Google Drive
HCL Connections (formerly from IBM)
Microsoft Yammer
1.3
Device sync
HCL Connections (formerly from IBM)
Microsoft Yammer
1.9

Pros

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

Microsoft Yammer

  • Employees from around the globe get to follow, share and discuss a myriad of business topics on Yammer, our business social network. They get to start conversations, collaborate on files and organize projects so one can go further, faster. Plus the ease of asking questions, finding expertise and offer feedback on a topic without leaving the application you’re in saves time and keeps employees engaged.
  • When one works with teammates in Yammer groups, ideas fly! Do you have an important message to share with the rest of the community? We utilize Yammer to reach who you want within the company when you want, so no one misses a thing. Yammer brings the global conversation straight to you.
Marcos Sola | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

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

Microsoft Yammer

  • Editing functionality would be warmly welcomed by my team. There's currently no way to edit posts in Yammer once they've been posted. If a typo is bothering you, you'll have to delete your post and re-post with the edited text.
  • Yammer's design leaves something to be desired. Document editing is not great.
  • No obvious way to sort/organize files uploaded to Yammer. If files from a certain user are needed, you'll have to go to their profile and sift through their uploaded files.
Kyle Legg | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

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

Microsoft Yammer

Microsoft Yammer 6.9
Based on 10 answers
Microsoft is dedicated to continual improvement on Yammer. They realize the value that Yammer brings to the table with their clients. In the short time that we have had Yammer implemented, we are just now beginning to see the strong impact it has on becoming more effective and efficient around collaboration.
Vivian Thacker | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

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

Microsoft Yammer

Microsoft Yammer 9.0
Based on 3 answers
Overall easy to use and intuitive, although limited in the possibility to personalize layout and look & feel of a site. Some functionalities are not easy to use, like document editing, but some others are quick and effective (posts and tagging above all). Performance and responsiveness of the Yammer site is typically acceptable, in my experience.
Stefano Tempesta | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

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

Microsoft Yammer

Microsoft Yammer 8.0
Based on 2 answers
Very available
Danielle Brigida | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

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

Microsoft Yammer

Microsoft Yammer 9.0
Based on 2 answers
It's a simple product but it does provide value.
Danielle Brigida | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

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

Microsoft Yammer

Microsoft Yammer 7.0
Based on 24 answers
We have never had to use the support for Yammer. The tool works well and we have not come across any bugs. User Interface is simple and easy to use, similar to other forum type products, thereby removing the need for any extensive training. Team members are invited in and immediately are able to start using the tool.
Nikhil George | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

HCL Connections (formerly from IBM)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Microsoft Yammer

Microsoft Yammer 8.0
Based on 1 answer
The training that Microsoft provides is very generic training for Yammer. I like the fact the training is short and easy to understand
Vivian Thacker | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

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

Microsoft Yammer

Microsoft Yammer 8.0
Based on 2 answers
We organically implemented the product
Danielle Brigida | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

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

Microsoft Yammer

Microsoft Yammer far exceeded expectations when the company I work for switched from SharePoint. There was a limited learning curve, and a bit of training need, but generally the transition was smooth. SharePoint, while it proved to be useful company-wide, we have found that Microsoft Yammer creates more of a social network within departments. Microsoft Yammer provides a personal employee communication and information sharing
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

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

Microsoft Yammer

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Return on Investment

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

Microsoft Yammer

  • Adoption. When an ESN is implemented the wrong way, e.g. you force it on the organization without explaining the benefits for the user and not providing enough instructions and training to get started, it may well backfire on you and build a wall of resistance from the organization. Thus, to create ROI you need to think before you launch Yammer, and take help from people who know how to do it, e.g. a CSM or a CM.
  • Belonging. Yammer makes people feel more involved and up to date on what's happening. This increase employee engagement and helps management to steer the organization in the right direction.
  • Find blind spots. Yammer enables people to share ideas and prototypes with many people both within the company and invited customers (via an external network). This is a great way to discover blind spots and other flaws, to give you time to adjust them before going to market with a new product or service.
  • Find expertise. Yammer makes it much faster for anyone to find answers. Thus, time spent on finding an answer to a customers questions is not only reduced enormously, but Yammer enables you to get answers to questions that earlier was left unanswered because you couldn't find information at all.
  • Collaboration. To work together to create a presentation, social media content, a newsletter, a report, is much easier and faster when using Yammer. And you can get valuable input from people you never thought of asking.
Joakim Berg | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

HCL Connections (formerly from IBM)

General

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

Starting Price

Microsoft Yammer

General

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

Starting Price

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

HCL Connections (formerly from IBM)
8.9
Microsoft Yammer
7.9

Likelihood to Renew

HCL Connections (formerly from IBM)
7.7
Microsoft Yammer
6.9

Usability

HCL Connections (formerly from IBM)
9.0
Microsoft Yammer
9.0

Reliability and Availability

HCL Connections (formerly from IBM)
10.0
Microsoft Yammer
8.0

Performance

HCL Connections (formerly from IBM)
9.0
Microsoft Yammer
9.0

Support Rating

HCL Connections (formerly from IBM)
8.0
Microsoft Yammer
7.0

Online Training

HCL Connections (formerly from IBM)
Microsoft Yammer
8.0

Implementation Rating

HCL Connections (formerly from IBM)
7.3
Microsoft Yammer
8.0

Scalability

HCL Connections (formerly from IBM)
7.0
Microsoft Yammer

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