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Likelihood to Recommend

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.
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Kanban Tool

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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Feature Rating Comparison

Project Management

HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
8.5
Kanban Tool
7.9
Task Management
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
8.4
Kanban Tool
8.5
Gantt Charts
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
10.0
Kanban Tool
8.5
Scheduling
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
7.9
Kanban Tool
8.0
Workflow Automation
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
9.5
Kanban Tool
8.0
Mobile Access
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
8.4
Kanban Tool
7.0
Search
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
4.8
Kanban Tool
Visual planning tools
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
10.0
Kanban Tool
Resource Management
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
Kanban Tool
7.5
Team Collaboration
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
Kanban Tool
8.0
Support for Agile Methodology
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
Kanban Tool
9.4
Support for Waterfall Methodology
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
Kanban Tool
9.0
Document Management
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
Kanban Tool
7.9
Email integration
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
Kanban Tool
6.5
Timesheet Tracking
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
Kanban Tool
7.5
Change request and Case Management
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
Kanban Tool
7.5
Budget and Expense Management
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
Kanban Tool
7.5

Communication

HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
9.2
Kanban Tool
Chat
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
9.1
Kanban Tool
Notifications
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
8.2
Kanban Tool
Discussions
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
9.0
Kanban Tool
Surveys
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
8.1
Kanban Tool
Internal knowledgebase
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
8.9
Kanban Tool
Integrates with GoToMeeting
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
10.0
Kanban Tool
Integrates with Gmail and Google Hangouts
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
10.0
Kanban Tool
Integrates with Outlook
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
10.0
Kanban Tool

File Sharing & Management

HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
8.5
Kanban Tool
Versioning
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
8.1
Kanban Tool
Video files
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
6.7
Kanban Tool
Audio files
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
6.7
Kanban Tool
Document collaboration
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
8.6
Kanban Tool
Access control
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
9.1
Kanban Tool
Advanced security features
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
9.1
Kanban Tool
Integrates with Google Drive
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
10.0
Kanban Tool
Device sync
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
9.9
Kanban Tool

Professional Services Automation

HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
Kanban Tool
9.7
Quotes/estimates
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
Kanban Tool
10.0
Invoicing
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
Kanban Tool
10.0
Project & financial reporting
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
Kanban Tool
9.8
Integration with accounting software
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
Kanban Tool
9.0

Pros

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$).
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Kanban Tool

  • 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 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).
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Kanban Tool

  • Some of the boards we have could do with more than 22 card colors, although it is enough for most projects.
  • Really looking forward to the iOS application, which is said to be coming in 2015.
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Likelihood to Renew

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.
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Kanban Tool

Kanban Tool 9.1
Based on 2 answers
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 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.
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Kanban Tool

Kanban Tool 6.0
Based on 4 answers
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

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.
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Kanban Tool

Kanban Tool 7.5
Based on 4 answers
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

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.
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Kanban Tool

Kanban Tool 8.2
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

Alternatives Considered

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.
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Kanban Tool

Kanban is superior to Scrum and AGILE because it can visually organize all your projects and data into one board. Kanban integrates with JIRA which digs deeper into the project data when it is needed. By integrating Kanban with JIRA, you don't need any other tool for project management that is effective for both the business and the development teams. Kanban is recommended for any user groups who wish to increase their efficiency to deliver products, transparency for all users and on-time productivity.
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Return on Investment

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.
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Kanban Tool

  • Less man hours needed to perform our standard tasks.
  • More jobs done before deadline than ever before.
  • When compared to the other service we used, the pricing is very good. We didn't really calculate the ROI, but we have made significant savings, when compared to the previous solution applied.
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Pricing Details

HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)

General

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

Kanban Tool

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
6.9
Kanban Tool
7.5

Likelihood to Renew

HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
1.7
Kanban Tool
9.1

Usability

HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
10.0
Kanban Tool
6.0

Reliability and Availability

HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
10.0
Kanban Tool

Performance

HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
10.0
Kanban Tool

Support

HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
9.0
Kanban Tool
7.5

Online Training

HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
10.0
Kanban Tool

Implementation

HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
9.0
Kanban Tool
8.2

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