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Feature Set Ratings

    Project Management

    7.6

    HCL Notes

    76%

    Staffbase

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    HCL Notes ranks higher in 7/7 features

    Task Management

    7.0
    70%
    9 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Gantt Charts

    7.0
    70%
    3 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Scheduling

    10.0
    100%
    9 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Workflow Automation

    8.0
    80%
    6 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Mobile Access

    7.0
    70%
    10 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Search

    7.0
    70%
    9 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Visual planning tools

    7.0
    70%
    3 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Communication

    6.5

    HCL Notes

    65%

    Staffbase

    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%

    Staffbase

    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

    Attribute Ratings

    • Staffbase is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

    Likelihood to Recommend

    8.0

    HCL Notes

    80%
    16 Ratings
    10.0

    Staffbase

    100%
    1 Rating

    Likelihood to Renew

    1.7

    HCL Notes

    17%
    5 Ratings

    Staffbase

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Usability

    10.0

    HCL Notes

    100%
    1 Rating

    Staffbase

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Availability

    10.0

    HCL Notes

    100%
    2 Ratings

    Staffbase

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Performance

    10.0

    HCL Notes

    100%
    2 Ratings

    Staffbase

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Support Rating

    9.0

    HCL Notes

    90%
    4 Ratings

    Staffbase

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Online Training

    10.0

    HCL Notes

    100%
    1 Rating

    Staffbase

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Implementation Rating

    9.0

    HCL Notes

    90%
    2 Ratings

    Staffbase

    N/A
    0 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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    Staffbase GmbH

    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.
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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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    Staffbase GmbH

    • 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.
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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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    Staffbase GmbH

    • @Mentions could be added.
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    Pricing Details

    HCL Notes

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    HCL Notes editions and modules pricing
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      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

      Staffbase

      Starting Price

      Editions & Modules

      Staffbase 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

        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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        Staffbase GmbH

        No answers on this topic

        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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        Staffbase GmbH

        No answers on this topic

        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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        Staffbase GmbH

        No answers on this topic

        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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        Staffbase GmbH

        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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        Staffbase GmbH

        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.
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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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        Staffbase GmbH

        • 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.
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