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90 Ratings
17 Ratings
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Score 7.7 out of 100
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Score 8.4 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

  • Huddle ranks higher in 3 feature sets: Project Management, Communication, File Sharing & Management

Project Management

7.6

HCL Notes

76%
9.6

Huddle

96%
Huddle ranks higher in 7/7 features

Task Management

7.0
70%
9 Ratings
10.0
100%
5 Ratings

Gantt Charts

7.0
70%
3 Ratings
9.0
90%
1 Rating

Scheduling

10.0
100%
9 Ratings
10.0
100%
2 Ratings

Workflow Automation

8.0
80%
6 Ratings
10.0
100%
1 Rating

Mobile Access

7.0
70%
10 Ratings
8.0
80%
5 Ratings

Search

7.0
70%
9 Ratings
10.0
100%
5 Ratings

Visual planning tools

7.0
70%
3 Ratings
10.0
100%
1 Rating

Communication

6.5

HCL Notes

65%
9.4

Huddle

94%
Huddle ranks higher in 8/8 features

Chat

9.0
90%
10 Ratings
10.0
100%
3 Ratings

Notifications

7.0
70%
10 Ratings
9.0
90%
3 Ratings

Discussions

8.0
80%
8 Ratings
9.0
90%
3 Ratings

Surveys

4.0
40%
5 Ratings
9.0
90%
1 Rating

Internal knowledgebase

5.0
50%
7 Ratings
10.0
100%
4 Ratings

Integrates with GoToMeeting

5.0
50%
4 Ratings
9.0
90%
1 Rating

Integrates with Gmail and Google Hangouts

7.0
70%
3 Ratings
10.0
100%
1 Rating

Integrates with Outlook

7.0
70%
6 Ratings
9.0
90%
2 Ratings

File Sharing & Management

6.1

HCL Notes

61%
9.6

Huddle

96%
Huddle ranks higher in 8/8 features

Versioning

3.0
30%
4 Ratings
10.0
100%
5 Ratings

Video files

3.0
30%
5 Ratings
10.0
100%
4 Ratings

Audio files

3.0
30%
5 Ratings
9.0
90%
4 Ratings

Document collaboration

8.0
80%
8 Ratings
10.0
100%
5 Ratings

Access control

8.0
80%
8 Ratings
10.0
100%
5 Ratings

Advanced security features

8.0
80%
8 Ratings
10.0
100%
5 Ratings

Integrates with Google Drive

8.0
80%
3 Ratings
8.0
80%
1 Rating

Device sync

8.0
80%
5 Ratings
10.0
100%
3 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

  • Huddle is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

8.0

HCL Notes

80%
16 Ratings
10.0

Huddle

100%
5 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

1.7

HCL Notes

17%
5 Ratings

Huddle

N/A
0 Ratings

Usability

10.0

HCL Notes

100%
1 Rating

Huddle

N/A
0 Ratings

Availability

10.0

HCL Notes

100%
2 Ratings

Huddle

N/A
0 Ratings

Performance

10.0

HCL Notes

100%
2 Ratings

Huddle

N/A
0 Ratings

Support Rating

9.0

HCL Notes

90%
4 Ratings

Huddle

N/A
0 Ratings

Online Training

10.0

HCL Notes

100%
1 Rating

Huddle

N/A
0 Ratings

Implementation Rating

9.0

HCL Notes

90%
2 Ratings

Huddle

N/A
0 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

HCL Technologies

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.
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Ideagen

If you are sharing private information like contracts for designs and designs that aren't meant to be shared only with one client, the platform is very secure
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Pros

HCL Technologies

  • 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$).
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Ideagen

  • Huddle allows users to use the native document file types. For example, Word files are still in a Word, not a "Huddle" file version.
  • Huddle workspaces are invitation-only. If someone should not be in the workspace, they will not be invited and provided access to the documents. Or, they can be removed from the workspace if needed.
  • Communication about documents is located with the documents in a discussion thread under the document preview. Thus, email inbox clutter can be limited.
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Cons

HCL Technologies

  • 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).
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Ideagen

  • More pricing options would have been nicer.
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Pricing Details

HCL Notes

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

HCL Notes editions and modules pricing
EditionModules

Footnotes

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    Huddle

    Starting Price

    $20 per month

    Editions & Modules

    Huddle editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules
    Huddle101
    Huddle PlusContact sales team2
    Huddle PremierContact sales team3

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    Likelihood to Renew

    HCL Technologies

    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.
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    Ideagen

    No answers on this topic

    Usability

    HCL Technologies

    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.
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    Ideagen

    No answers on this topic

    Support Rating

    HCL Technologies

    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.
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    Ideagen

    No answers on this topic

    Implementation Rating

    HCL Technologies

    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.
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    Ideagen

    No answers on this topic

    Alternatives Considered

    HCL Technologies

    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.
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    Ideagen

    Sharepoint is very flexible, but very clunky and slow when all one needs is a quick document management solution. M-Files is a great, rich document management system, but until recently focussed less on the collaboration piece.
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    Return on Investment

    HCL Technologies

    • 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.
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    Ideagen

    • This has made it a lot easier for remote workers to access important documents without needing to use the VPN at home (which does not always work).
    • It clearly shows who updated the last document and when so it is clear who you need to ask if you have questions or something.
    • We have used it in client settings, so this saves money as we do not need to request a separate client laptop or VPN token.
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