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Score 7.9 out of 100
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Score 7.7 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

    Project Management

    7.6

    HCL Notes

    76%

    Workplace from Meta

    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%

    Workplace from Meta

    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%

    Workplace from Meta

    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

    • HCL Notes is rated higher in 3 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Usability, Support Rating

    Likelihood to Recommend

    8.0

    HCL Notes

    80%
    16 Ratings
    7.5

    Workplace from Meta

    75%
    56 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    1.7

    HCL Notes

    17%
    5 Ratings

    Workplace from Meta

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Usability

    10.0

    HCL Notes

    100%
    1 Rating
    5.6

    Workplace from Meta

    56%
    2 Ratings

    Availability

    10.0

    HCL Notes

    100%
    2 Ratings

    Workplace from Meta

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Performance

    10.0

    HCL Notes

    100%
    2 Ratings

    Workplace from Meta

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Support Rating

    9.0

    HCL Notes

    90%
    4 Ratings
    8.3

    Workplace from Meta

    83%
    44 Ratings

    Online Training

    10.0

    HCL Notes

    100%
    1 Rating

    Workplace from Meta

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Implementation Rating

    9.0

    HCL Notes

    90%
    2 Ratings

    Workplace from Meta

    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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    Meta Platforms Inc

    Well suited: - leadership communication. When our CEO posts a video to all company - it always gets the highest engagement - recognition/achievements posts - live streams for education, knowledge sharing - we are a company of 12000 associates and there is no other corporate channel for us to gather more than 500 people in one place. Less appropriate: - sharing some very targetted messages - it's impossible to do at Workplace without creating a group. So we use email channel for such targetted communications - instant communication like in a chat (probably it's less appropriate in our specific case because we use MS Teams for such quick communication instead of WP chats)
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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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    Meta Platforms Inc

    • Bring groups of people together to share info, stories, updates, etc.
    • The chat app is pretty decent.
    • Workplace Live is a good large-group meeting broadcast platform.
    • It's pretty intuitive to use for anyone who's used Facebook.
    • It provides different levels of "security" for groups, allowing you to have open, closed, and "secret" groups.
    • It's easy to paste images into your posts and comments, without having to necessarily go through the process of saving an image as a file, etc.
    • It has search capabilities for finding old information.
    • It's available for both desktop/laptop and mobile devices.
    • It's secured to allow only those within the company to see company-related info (but it also has a few inter-company groups, which can be useful, too).
    • Workplace Chat has the ability to set it to Do Not Disturb.
    • You can set notifications, including email notifications, if you want to be alerted to new activity in your groups, etc.
    • You can use Markdown to format your text
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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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    Meta Platforms Inc

    • It would be helpful if a review confirmation checkbox was able to be placed by files that needed to be read or reviewed. Along the same line, approve, review again, etc. would be helpful checkboxes to add by files, proposals.
    • The layout is clean but suffers a bit from the center column width with two sidebars and a lot of empty space. It almost looks like a going out of business sale retail store where you notice the empty shelves. Workplace feels a bit bare at times. I think some good design modifications can help. Now on mobile, it is a great layout. I am addressing specifically the desktop browser login.
    • An admin control dashboard would be really effective and even more so with more users on the platform.
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    Pricing Details

    HCL Notes

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    HCL Notes 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

      Workplace from Meta

      Starting Price

      $4 per month per user

      Editions & Modules

      Workplace from Meta editions and modules pricing
      EditionModules
      Workplace Core$4.001
      Enterprise Live$2.002
      Enhanced Admin & Support$2.003

      Footnotes

      1. per month per user
      2. per month per user
      3. per month per user

      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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      Meta Platforms Inc

      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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      Meta Platforms Inc

      Having to download multiple apps just to use the tool is very cumbersome. Facebook would have make this better by wrapping it in as a main feature within their app, but having to use multiple apps to see discussions and walls is so frustrating.
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      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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      Meta Platforms Inc

      Workplace by Facebook is an excellent fit in respect of support and documentation. It has excellent tutorials and documentation, as well. The UI and UX are already great as it is developed and maintained by Facebook, so most of the times, there is no need for any support or documentation.
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      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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      Meta Platforms Inc

      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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      Meta Platforms Inc

      Workplace by Facebook is so much more than just a project management tool like Basecamp or Slack. The ability to disseminate information to employees is easier and better with Workplace by Facebook. It can also be used for informal messaging and sharing of information. It combines the best features of both with the same look and feel as Facebook.
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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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      Meta Platforms Inc

      • We can meet the project times, that with the communication in real time.
      • We provide solutions to our suppliers in a reliable and efficient manner.
      • When a business can save time and at the same time respond to the demands of customers, this translates into greater market capture of action for the company.
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