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Score 8.1 out of 100
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Score 5.8 out of 100

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.
Mogana Tashiani | TrustRadius Reviewer

LiquidPlanner

If you have a large project and all of the people working on it are assigned to a particular tactic from idea, to creation, to review, to execution. Putting everything in one tactic and having checklist items that everyone can see is really useful. However, once a tactic or project is marked done, it is hard to find assets and history if you want to build on that tactic for future project work. Personally, I don't like the user experience with the software. It feels clunky and not intuitive.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Project Management

HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
8.6
LiquidPlanner
8.0
Task Management
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
9.2
LiquidPlanner
9.0
Gantt Charts
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
10.0
LiquidPlanner
7.1
Scheduling
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
8.9
LiquidPlanner
8.0
Workflow Automation
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
9.5
LiquidPlanner
6.5
Mobile Access
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
9.2
LiquidPlanner
3.1
Search
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
3.3
LiquidPlanner
Visual planning tools
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
10.0
LiquidPlanner
Resource Management
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
LiquidPlanner
9.9
Team Collaboration
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
LiquidPlanner
8.0
Support for Agile Methodology
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
LiquidPlanner
9.0
Support for Waterfall Methodology
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
LiquidPlanner
9.0
Document Management
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
LiquidPlanner
9.9
Email integration
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
LiquidPlanner
9.0
Timesheet Tracking
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
LiquidPlanner
8.0
Budget and Expense Management
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
LiquidPlanner
7.0

Communication

HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
9.7
LiquidPlanner
Chat
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
9.7
LiquidPlanner
Notifications
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
9.3
LiquidPlanner
Discussions
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
9.5
LiquidPlanner
Surveys
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
9.0
LiquidPlanner
Internal knowledgebase
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
10.0
LiquidPlanner
Integrates with GoToMeeting
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
10.0
LiquidPlanner
Integrates with Gmail and Google Hangouts
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
10.0
LiquidPlanner
Integrates with Outlook
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
10.0
LiquidPlanner

File Sharing & Management

HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
9.2
LiquidPlanner
Versioning
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
9.0
LiquidPlanner
Video files
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
8.1
LiquidPlanner
Audio files
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
8.1
LiquidPlanner
Document collaboration
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
9.2
LiquidPlanner
Access control
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
9.5
LiquidPlanner
Advanced security features
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
9.5
LiquidPlanner
Integrates with Google Drive
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
10.0
LiquidPlanner
Device sync
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
10.0
LiquidPlanner

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$).
Matthew J. Fitzpatrick | TrustRadius Reviewer

LiquidPlanner

  • Priority based planning. Every other planning software we've used relies on dates and therefore needs constant attention. Priority based planning means that the plan is always up to date.
  • Ease of use. LiquidPlanner has a very short learning curve. This is critical to getting team members to use it.
  • Forecasting. LiquidPlanner makes it very easy to run scenarios by simply dragging and dropping projects and reassigning resources.
  • Awesome Support. I get personal responses very fast. Usually within a couple hours. And, they listen and ask for more information.
Robert Tupa | TrustRadius Reviewer

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).
Jeremiah Benjamin | TrustRadius Reviewer

LiquidPlanner

  • The interface is messy and cluttered. The best way to find things and see what you actually want to see is the main Projects view which is also the most cluttered and hardest to maneuver in.
  • Clicking an external link someone posted in a comment or task description doesn't open in a new window by default, so we are constantly having to go back to get to LiquidPlanner again.
  • The way that the interface saves your state globally (rather than per tab instance) means that if you click a link from someone else to a task that's not yours, then it adjusts your filters on the Projects page. Then if you refresh another LiquidPlanner window where you were on the Projects tab, suddenly all of its filters are updated and what you were looking at may no longer be there.
  • It might just be the way that we use the system, but the Home and My Work tabs are fairly useless for us. They typically don't show the tasks we're actually looking for.
Ben McClure | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Tom Le | TrustRadius Reviewer

LiquidPlanner

LiquidPlanner 4.4
Based on 2 answers
We may not renew LiquidPlanner's contract, but only because my company has recently been acquired and we'll be adopting some of the software that they're using to standardize process. LiquidPlanner's development team releases new features pretty often, so it seems like the gaps and inefficiencies are slowly getting smaller/less frequent
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Tom Le | TrustRadius Reviewer

LiquidPlanner

LiquidPlanner 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Easy to learn and utilize. Can export charts and reports for sharing with colleagues.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

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

LiquidPlanner

LiquidPlanner 9.0
Based on 2 answers
Support is the least impressive part of LiquidPlanner for me. Issues are resolved, but software bugs or suggested improvements are generally blown off or responded to condescendingly. This software updates more frequently than any other software we use, frequently during times we use the product (Saturday mornings). Often the updates result in aesthetic changes that seem pointless when there are bigger updates that would make using the product easier, which should be a higher priority.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

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

LiquidPlanner

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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.
Christopher Stark | TrustRadius Reviewer

LiquidPlanner

We use Teamwork for managing projects and love it for that, but we stick with LiquidPlanner for the high-level overview of our project workload, as well as for time-tracking (specifically for being able to bill out actuals). Teamwork and LiquidPlanner each have their merits; we find the combination of both tools to be right for our needs.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

LiquidPlanner

  • LiquidPlanner really forces you to map out your workflow. For me, honing into a template that I can later adjust as needed has been huge, as there is less time at the beginning of a project trying to assign and figure out what needs to happen when usually it never changes.
  • Communication between employees, especially ones not immediately available in the office has been very welcomed. It helps having conversations documented in a public, logical place that is easy to find and refer to as the project continues.
  • Our productivity has definitely skyrocketed as we've really gotten a feel and committed to using LiquidPlanner daily. As we move forward, we continually try to add more and more ways for us to use the service.
Clay J. Seal | TrustRadius Reviewer

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HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)

Pricing Details

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

LiquidPlanner

General

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

LiquidPlanner Editions & Modules

Edition
ProfessionalCONTACT US1
EnterpriseCONTACT US1
Subscription$45.002
  1. 5-user minimum
  2. Per Month
Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
8.2
LiquidPlanner
6.1

Likelihood to Renew

HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
1.7
LiquidPlanner
4.4

Usability

HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
10.0
LiquidPlanner
10.0

Reliability and Availability

HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
10.0
LiquidPlanner

Performance

HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
10.0
LiquidPlanner

Support Rating

HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
9.0
LiquidPlanner
9.0

Online Training

HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
10.0
LiquidPlanner

Implementation Rating

HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
9.0
LiquidPlanner

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