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90 Ratings
26 Ratings
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Score 7.7 out of 100
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Score 8.9 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

  • HCL Notes ranks higher in 1 feature set: Project Management

Project Management

7.6

HCL Notes

76%
6.5

Kanban Tool

65%
Kanban Tool ranks higher in 11/16 features

Task Management

7.0
70%
9 Ratings
9.8
98%
11 Ratings

Gantt Charts

7.0
70%
3 Ratings
1.0
10%
3 Ratings

Scheduling

10.0
100%
9 Ratings
7.0
70%
9 Ratings

Workflow Automation

8.0
80%
6 Ratings
6.9
69%
9 Ratings

Mobile Access

7.0
70%
10 Ratings
8.4
84%
8 Ratings

Search

7.0
70%
9 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Visual planning tools

7.0
70%
3 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Resource Management

N/A
0 Ratings
7.2
72%
8 Ratings

Team Collaboration

N/A
0 Ratings
9.1
91%
11 Ratings

Support for Agile Methodology

N/A
0 Ratings
8.0
80%
10 Ratings

Support for Waterfall Methodology

N/A
0 Ratings
3.7
37%
6 Ratings

Document Management

N/A
0 Ratings
4.5
45%
7 Ratings

Email integration

N/A
0 Ratings
7.3
73%
9 Ratings

Timesheet Tracking

N/A
0 Ratings
7.6
76%
6 Ratings

Change request and Case Management

N/A
0 Ratings
7.5
75%
7 Ratings

Budget and Expense Management

N/A
0 Ratings
3.0
30%
4 Ratings

Communication

6.5

HCL Notes

65%

Kanban Tool

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
HCL Notes ranks higher in 8/8 features

Chat

9.0
90%
10 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Notifications

7.0
70%
10 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Discussions

8.0
80%
8 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Surveys

4.0
40%
5 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Internal knowledgebase

5.0
50%
7 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Integrates with GoToMeeting

5.0
50%
4 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Integrates with Gmail and Google Hangouts

7.0
70%
3 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Integrates with Outlook

7.0
70%
6 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

File Sharing & Management

6.1

HCL Notes

61%

Kanban Tool

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
HCL Notes ranks higher in 8/8 features

Versioning

3.0
30%
4 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Video files

3.0
30%
5 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Audio files

3.0
30%
5 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Document collaboration

8.0
80%
8 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Access control

8.0
80%
8 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Advanced security features

8.0
80%
8 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Integrates with Google Drive

8.0
80%
3 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Device sync

8.0
80%
5 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Professional Services Automation

HCL Notes

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
5.8

Kanban Tool

58%
Kanban Tool ranks higher in 4/4 features

Quotes/estimates

N/A
0 Ratings
6.4
64%
4 Ratings

Invoicing

N/A
0 Ratings
4.7
47%
4 Ratings

Project & financial reporting

N/A
0 Ratings
3.0
30%
4 Ratings

Integration with accounting software

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0
90%
1 Rating

Attribute Ratings

  • HCL Notes is rated higher in 3 areas: Usability, Support Rating, Implementation Rating
  • Kanban Tool is rated higher in 2 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Likelihood to Renew

Likelihood to Recommend

8.0

HCL Notes

80%
16 Ratings
9.8

Kanban Tool

98%
11 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

1.7

HCL Notes

17%
5 Ratings
9.1

Kanban Tool

91%
2 Ratings

Usability

10.0

HCL Notes

100%
1 Rating
6.0

Kanban Tool

60%
4 Ratings

Availability

10.0

HCL Notes

100%
2 Ratings

Kanban Tool

N/A
0 Ratings

Performance

10.0

HCL Notes

100%
2 Ratings

Kanban Tool

N/A
0 Ratings

Support Rating

9.0

HCL Notes

90%
4 Ratings
8.3

Kanban Tool

83%
8 Ratings

Online Training

10.0

HCL Notes

100%
1 Rating

Kanban Tool

N/A
0 Ratings

Implementation Rating

9.0

HCL Notes

90%
2 Ratings
8.2

Kanban Tool

82%
2 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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Shore Labs

Kanban is well suited for a fast-paced working environment for larger teams who want continuous communication with users. Kanban is good for rapid development and daily meetings for updates and statuses. Kanban is less suited for smaller teams or groups who don't require collaboration and constant communication with involved users. Kanban is time-consuming and it takes additional effort outside of your regular work to maintain and manage the tool.
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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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Shore Labs

  • It provides a good basic overview of where tasks are on a timeline (particularly helpful for a pull-based approach).
  • It provides a good collaborative space to have multiple folks commenting on multiple tasks.
  • It does a good job of managing very basic visual elements of an agile development cycle.
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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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Shore Labs

  • Kanban does not show the task or story clearly. You have to open the project separately to view the details of the project.
  • Kanban gives a higher level project management view but it lacks customization and personal settings features.
  • I would like to see Kanban provide mobile access to their tool, data, and board. This would be very useful for all companies and provide an increase in efficiency and productivity.
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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

    Kanban Tool

    Starting Price

    $5 per month per user

    Editions & Modules

    Kanban Tool editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules
    Kanban Tool On-Site Enterprise10801
    Kanban Tool On-Site Team6002
    Kanban Tool Enterprise93
    Kanban Tool Team54

    Footnotes

    1. per year per 10-user pack
    2. per year per 10-user pack
    3. per month per user
    4. per month per user

    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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    Shore Labs

    We are more likely than not to renew our use of Kanban. Even with its limits, it still is a good product that fulfills our needs.
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    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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    Shore Labs

    Again, this is a strong tool for software teams using Agile that are distributed across multiple geographies. It can be good for co-located teams too, but there are better platforms on the market like JIRA that provide a more built-out story.
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    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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    Shore Labs

    This is the best tool I had a chance to work with- since I started to use it I saved a lot of time and I made my work go smoothly.
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    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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    Shore Labs

    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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    Shore Labs

    We've only tried JIRA Agile and KanbanFlow before. Kanban Tool was the one that our team actually liked and enjoyed working with. Also - it's been much easier to get started with and to understand than some of the other two (JIRA in particular). Although JIRA has many more features that we would have possibly used, the user feedback on it was so poor we were afraid that the negativity would create time wasted and less "job satisfaction" amongst the team.
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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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    Shore Labs

    • Better communication and organization of ongoing projects.
    • We are a very small team, with many areas to work on. Having everything in one system gives us a lot of visibility.
    • Greatly reduced costs from using other tools that were much more expensive.
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