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"The most valuable feature is the Activity flow that is used to catch new activities.""Stability-wise, I rate the solution a nine out of ten...Scalability-wise, I rate the solution a nine out of ten."

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"The solution's most valuable features is its document management. It allows sharing with external users and integrates well with Office apps and Microsoft Flow.""The solution is pretty easy to use for the most part.""The most valuable feature of this solution is the Communication Site.""The implementation and configuring of the resolution are very easy in the online version.""The solution is scalable. You can do both horizontal and vertical scaling.""Ability to collaborate with others in one location.""This solution has provided us with a collaborative workspace to allow everyone to work together and be on the same page.""It is a decent tool for collaboration, especially if you are already using other Office products."

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"The support is an area where the product can improve...If you are having an issue on a Monday, the support personnel will contact you next Monday.""The inclusion of a file plugin for Windows Explorer would make it easier to use."

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"This solution is not very stable. It is useful to arrange data but it's not the best for big data. Sometimes we have issues with our reports as a result.""The GUI is outdated.""The solution needs to be more collaborative. I believe they are just coming up with the themes for this right now.""The search feature needs improvement. I can never find the information I need when I use it.""I think these tools do a pretty good job. There is only one area of improvement. Maybe Microsoft can invest a little bit more into the ease at which integration can be done with other third party applications.""Technical support could be improved. They are not fast enough, especially when we'll go deeper in the product itself. More complex issues make it very tough to find someone that can help you.""The solution needs to have more flexibility. The classic version had more flexibility, however, the modern version has many more limitations.""It is a bit restrictive to develop in the cloud version. A lot of features are in the cloud now, and you have to develop on the outside. As far as the platform and the programming side of things are concerned, it is moving more towards configuration management rather than programming. When we are doing solutions, we are basically just configuring it to make solutions happen rather than actually using the Visual Studio code and developing from scratch in the cloud. It is almost like creating an app. You have created an app for your phone, but the app doesn't really sit on your phone. It sits somewhere on a server, and the database sits on another server. The app is just pulling and pushing information. The whole development has changed. We used to install things directly on the server and then run the application from the server. Now, it is more of a modular architecture."

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  • "One of the reasons why we don't recommend the cloud version of SharePoint is the cost. With the on premise version, you pay for the license once. For the cloud version, there is a recurring fee. It is very expensive. They expect everyone to pay $20 or $30 per user per month."
  • "There are some aggressive discounts offered by Microsoft for organizations that are not for profit, which we are, and it makes it quite attractive to consider."
  • "Pricing plans may be flexible depending on volume usage and your corporate relationship with Microsoft."
  • "It can be expensive for on-premises deployments, especially when you have to support SQL Server as your backend database. That's where the cost comes into play. SQL Server has its own licensing, which Microsoft keeps on changing. Therefore, it can become costly. In the earlier versions of SharePoint, version 2007 or 2010, they had an express version where the SQL Server licensing was free. It wasn't like a full-blown SharePoint. It was only a slimmed-down version. It used to be whatever your hardware costs. You would install the free software and work with it, but you were very limited in what you could do in SharePoint. If you wanted the SharePoint Enterprise Server with all the bells and whistles, then you had to pay more to get the SQL Server license based on the number of users or servers. The subscription model is different for cloud deployments. Licensing is per user and per month. The cost also depends on the storage required. If you have a lot of sites or documents, then you need to expand it based on your needs."
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    IBM Connections, Lotus Connections
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    IBM Connections™ is a leading unified collaboration and social networking solution that helps you filter out the noise to get work done. Connections empowers your teams and organization to engage with the right experts, accelerate innovation, and deliver results. All the collaboration tools you need to be productive are united under a single sign-on so you can reduce time spent switching between disparate tools and focus on the people and work that matters most. Experience a security-rich and business-compliant environment sanctioned by IT. Confidently share knowledge within your teams and your organization, and extend collaboration beyond traditional boundaries. Connections can enable you to improve decision-making, increase productivity, and accelerate time-to-market. Shift from being merely productive, to truly effective with Connections today.

    IBM Connections can help you: Engage experts. People-centric platform enables you to easily locate the expertise you need, right now. Accelerate innovation. Illuminate and promote new ideas within a thriving social network of teams and communities. Empower teams. Get work done together and take action; anywhere—from any device. Deliver results. Leverage cognitive insights to prioritize results and arrive at better outcomes. Extend collaboration. Safely collaborate with customers and partners, bringing them into the conversation.

    Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) is a Microsoft software portal based on the ASP.NET framework. MOSS facilitates file sharing and collaboration, social networking, Web databases and Web publishing. It is hosted by Microsoft Windows Server and is accessible through Microsoft Office or the Web.

    Sample Customers
    Yamato Financial Co. Ltd., University of Zurich, Gwinnett County Public Schools, Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V., Telus, Rabobank, Christian Brothers Services, Grupo Financiero Banorte, The Loft Group, Dow Water & Process Solutions, JGC Corporation, College of Medicine, Swansea University, solvito GmbH, Loft Group, Hamm-Reno Group GmbH, Geno SA
    Del Monte Foods, Unicredit Leasing, Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council, Nokia Czech Republic, Perkins Eastman, JLL, ICA, óxito Software, Dorset Software, PKP Cargo, Arcapita Bank B.S.C., AVE CZ, Chesapeake Energy
    Top Industries
    Financial Services Firm15%
    Transportation Company12%
    Insurance Company8%
    Educational Organization30%
    Financial Services Firm13%
    Computer Software Company9%
    Insurance Company6%
    Computer Software Company21%
    Manufacturing Company14%
    Computer Software Company13%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Comms Service Provider7%
    Company Size
    Small Business36%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise45%
    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise40%
    Large Enterprise41%
    Small Business28%
    Midsize Enterprise36%
    Large Enterprise36%
    Small Business26%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise60%

    HCL Connections is ranked 6th in Corporate Portals (Enterprise Information Portals) with 1 review while Microsoft Office SharePoint Server is ranked 11th in Content Collaboration Platforms. HCL Connections is rated 8.2, while Microsoft Office SharePoint Server is rated 7.6. The top reviewer of HCL Connections writes "A stable tool useful to manage marketing-related activities". On the other hand, HCL Connections is most compared with Skype for Business, SharePoint, Microsoft Teams, Yammer and Atlassian Confluence, whereas Microsoft Office SharePoint Server is most compared with Amazon WorkDocs, Datto Workplace, FileCloud, Kiteworks and CTERA Drive.

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