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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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Trello

Trello is great for tracking the progress of projects that have specific completion dates or tasks that must be finished in specific orders. We've used it for fundraising projects and event planning, not to mention planning of specific work projects. Trello's flexibility makes it so easy to set up and share new boards with interested parties.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Project Management

HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
8.5
Trello
7.8
Task Management
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
8.4
Trello
9.0
Gantt Charts
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
10.0
Trello
6.9
Scheduling
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
7.9
Trello
7.7
Workflow Automation
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
9.5
Trello
7.3
Mobile Access
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
8.4
Trello
8.4
Search
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
4.8
Trello
Visual planning tools
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
10.0
Trello
Resource Management
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
Trello
7.7
Team Collaboration
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
Trello
8.7
Support for Agile Methodology
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
Trello
8.1
Support for Waterfall Methodology
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
Trello
7.4
Document Management
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
Trello
7.4
Email integration
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
Trello
7.5
Timesheet Tracking
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
Trello
8.0
Change request and Case Management
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
Trello
7.7
Budget and Expense Management
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
Trello
7.6

Communication

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

File Sharing & Management

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

Professional Services Automation

HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
Trello
7.5
Quotes/estimates
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
Trello
7.3
Invoicing
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
Trello
7.5
Project & financial reporting
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
Trello
7.6
Integration with accounting software
HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
Trello
7.6

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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Trello

  • Easy color categorization of the "Cards" (which can represent anything from projects to tasks)
  • Ease of use overall - you can divide work into columns and move it from column to column depending on status
  • You can create multiple boards, which are spaces to store tasks (for different work contexts, or even private boards)
  • You can easily share boards with another person
  • You can easily assign tasks (Cards) to persons
  • You can store information in cards, like files and short format text
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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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Trello

  • Swim Lanes - they are nonexistent. There is a third-party tool to add them but it's buggy as all get out
  • View - I am not sure how to do it but I really wish I didn't have to pick between viewing all cards with no detail or one with all detail. Maybe the ability to collapse and expand?
  • Integrations - It would be amazing if I could easily pop action items from Gmail over to Trello, but right now I can only copy text or upload screenshot attachments.
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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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Trello

Trello 10.0
Based on 3 answers
I am very likely to renew Trello, because it doesn't cost anything to do so. I am also very likely to use Trello's upgraded features in the future because a lot of my team's data is stored on there and they have already gotten used to the platform. Trello is very easy for new team members to pick up, making the onboarding and usability very streamlined.
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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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Trello

Trello 8.4
Based on 41 answers
Overall, Trello is a great tool to use. It's very user-friendly, very powerful and we've set it up to work well for our team. I've recommended it to others who need something free or very cheap and it's worked well for them too. If you're wanting something with more muscle, then I'd suggest looking at either monday.com or Airtable.
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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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Trello

Trello 8.1
Based on 77 answers
I have never needed to contact Trello's customer support team. For the most part, the app is pretty self-explanatory. I have used their help center and find it really useful, particularly their Getting Started guides, which cover everything from general information to feature deep dives and best practices. The help center is available in six different languages and the Trello Community is there to answer questions along with Trello Support.
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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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Trello

Trello 9.0
Based on 1 answer
For our small business, getting a few of us started well on Trello was the key, I think. As long as a couple of us were really comfortable with the interface, we could lead others and help them with any questions. From now on, anyone who works with us just naturally uses Trello for information sharing - it's just part of what we do.
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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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Trello

I would say Trello is very well suited for my team's needs as we are relatively small in size but frequently scale up based on the project's size and needs. We tend to use it at a basic level for organizing internal tasks and to-dos, but also develop large complicated boards when need be. It doesn't seem like other systems (like Basecamp) scale very well and really require a more consistent type of workload to make the best use of them.
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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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Trello

  • More streamlined team communication. Rather than spending time and effort getting lost in emails or instant messages, we have a shared knowledge bank of ideas and tasks within Trello that free us up to focus on other parts of our job.
  • Better team collaboration. With the sharing structure of Trello, there is an easy pathway for the transmission of ideas without having to even think about it.
  • A more open dialog between team members. Trello provides a forum where our team members can share ideas that they may not have felt comfortable doing otherwise.
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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

Trello

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)
6.9
Trello
8.7

Likelihood to Renew

HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
1.7
Trello
10.0

Usability

HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
10.0
Trello
8.4

Reliability and Availability

HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
10.0
Trello

Performance

HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
10.0
Trello

Support

HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
9.0
Trello
8.1

Online Training

HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
10.0
Trello

Implementation

HCL Notes (formerly from IBM)
9.0
Trello
9.0

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