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Score 8.4 out of 100
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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.
Mogana Tashiani | TrustRadius Reviewer

Staffbase

Staffbase is well-suited for companies who want to drive and measure employee engagement through meaningful content. I wouldn't recommend it for companies that maintain a complex SharePoint environment with years of legacy content. It is not intended to be a CMS system. It is a dynamic platform that makes it's easy to share information through the mobile or desktop app and email and push notifications. You don't need a large team to manage it.
Tiffany Elle | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Project Management

HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
8.6
Staffbase
Task Management
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
9.2
Staffbase
Gantt Charts
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
10.0
Staffbase
Scheduling
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
8.9
Staffbase
Workflow Automation
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
9.5
Staffbase
Mobile Access
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
9.2
Staffbase
Search
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
3.3
Staffbase
Visual planning tools
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
10.0
Staffbase

Communication

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

File Sharing & Management

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

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

Staffbase

  • Easy to use back-end for posting and managing content—you don't have to rely on IT for support.
  • Software update releases are included in the licensing fees. No need to get outside developers involved in making changes to the platform.
  • Employee segmentation is extremely easy with an API from your HRIS system.
  • Translations are a breeze!
  • Creating forms on the go is easy and efficient!
  • Use your existing organization's SSO for ease of use and security.
Tiffany Elle | 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

Staffbase

  • @Mentions could be added.
Tiffany Elle | 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

Staffbase

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

Staffbase

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

Staffbase

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

Staffbase

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

Staffbase

Since we selected Staffbase, they are one of a few companies that haven't been acquired or changed its business model. We would have invested a lot of time and money rebuilding our intranet otherwise.We selected them because of the standard features included, the free updates, and the reasonable licensing fees. They understand the value of communicating with non-desk employees and keeping them engaged.
Tiffany Elle | 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

Staffbase

  • Engagement levels increased for non-desk employees without access to a PC.
  • We leverage the tool as part of our crisis management activities, without having to invest in an additional platform.
  • We can issue surveys quickly without investing in additional engagement tools.
Tiffany Elle | 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

Staffbase

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
8.2
Staffbase
10.0

Likelihood to Renew

HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
1.7
Staffbase

Usability

HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
10.0
Staffbase

Reliability and Availability

HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
10.0
Staffbase

Performance

HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
10.0
Staffbase

Support Rating

HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
9.0
Staffbase

Online Training

HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
10.0
Staffbase

Implementation Rating

HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
9.0
Staffbase

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