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Score 8.4 out of 100
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Score 9.2 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

Nifty

I've found myself recommending Nifty to other business owners as well as for personal use. I've personally found it to be invaluable when it comes to:
  • Daily / Weekly / Monthly / Quarterly recurring tasks
  • Creating templates for company processes such as new product creation, marketing strategy, on-boarding, quarterly goals, content management
  • Having forms zapped into a new task from multiple locations ensuring they're never overlooked
  • Having clear milestones and timelines for projects
  • Communicating on projects, tasks, and just in general
  • Assigning different components of projects to different people
  • Creating prior requirements that must be completed before completing the task
Ashlie Pappas | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Project Management

HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
8.6
Nifty
9.5
Task Management
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
9.2
Nifty
9.7
Gantt Charts
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
10.0
Nifty
9.7
Scheduling
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
8.9
Nifty
9.7
Workflow Automation
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
9.5
Nifty
9.7
Mobile Access
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
9.2
Nifty
9.0
Search
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
3.3
Nifty
Visual planning tools
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
10.0
Nifty
Resource Management
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
Nifty
10.0
Team Collaboration
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
Nifty
10.0
Support for Agile Methodology
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
Nifty
9.0
Support for Waterfall Methodology
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
Nifty
9.7
Document Management
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
Nifty
10.0
Email integration
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
Nifty
9.5
Timesheet Tracking
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
Nifty
9.0
Change request and Case Management
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
Nifty
9.0
Budget and Expense Management
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
Nifty
9.5

Communication

HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
9.7
Nifty
Chat
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
9.6
Nifty
Notifications
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
9.3
Nifty
Discussions
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
9.5
Nifty
Surveys
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
9.0
Nifty
Internal knowledgebase
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
10.0
Nifty
Integrates with GoToMeeting
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
10.0
Nifty
Integrates with Gmail and Google Hangouts
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
10.0
Nifty
Integrates with Outlook
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
10.0
Nifty

File Sharing & Management

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

Professional Services Automation

HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
Nifty
9.3
Quotes/estimates
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
Nifty
9.0
Project & financial reporting
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
Nifty
9.5

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

Nifty

  • It is highly efficient in the management of the task.
  • Its calendar view helps in reminding important dates and tasks.
  • Its customer service is top-notch.
Wiliam Alifie-Joise | 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

Nifty

  • It is not possible to edit time logs because there are no comment sections in time logs.
  • I just want to see more templates added.
Candace Mitchell | 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

Nifty

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

Nifty

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

Nifty

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

Nifty

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

Nifty

There's no comparison. Nifty does what all of these do all in one place (with the exception of Slack's community aspect with hashtagging - not sure if Nifty can do this, never tried)Nifty even has the ability to import directly from many other platforms - I've personally imported projects from Trello and Asana, saving tons of time in migration.
Ashlie Pappas | 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

Nifty

  • Its scheduling features are very helpful in project management.
  • I don’t like its mobile application and needs a lot of improvement.
  • There should be a dashboard for the analytics.
Wiliam Alifie-Joise | 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

Nifty

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional
$89/mo*

* simple flat-rate pricing

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
8.2
Nifty
9.7

Likelihood to Renew

HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
1.7
Nifty

Usability

HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
10.0
Nifty

Reliability and Availability

HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
10.0
Nifty

Performance

HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
10.0
Nifty

Support Rating

HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
9.0
Nifty

Online Training

HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
10.0
Nifty

Implementation Rating

HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
9.0
Nifty

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