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We performed a comparison between HCL Domino and HCL Notes based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Rapid Application Development Software solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.

To learn more, read our detailed HCL Domino vs. HCL Notes report (Updated: September 2022).
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Pros
"They offer good support and provide a roadmap.""HCL Domino is an application development and collaboration platform with strong stability and security. Deployment of this platform is easy and takes only 10 minutes.""We have been able to set up a portal using a special XPage application that gives our customers access to this system.""The full-text searching capabilities are great.""This solution can be used for workflow application so that applications can be easily developed.""The most valuable feature of HCL Domino is how robust it is.""I find the HCL Domino server scalable.""The pricing is excellent."

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"The most valuable feature is the UI.""HCL Notes has fantastic built-in security. The email and personal communication components are excellent, but they are some applications provided by HCL that Notes previously provided when it was under IBM and Lotus. Everyone wants email, so that's just part of the product. However, more savvy users can build their own solutions for managing information, and that's the great thing about it.""HCL Notes is stable most of the time.""The solution is practical, good interface, and performs well.""It is one of the best products in the world for workflow applications. It works very well for workflows or decisional processes where a task needs to be first approved by someone. After that, the task moves to the next or final stage where another person approves it with some notes or attached documents.""The initial setup was easy for me.""Its security is absolutely stratospheric. In an application, you can lock down to field-level security. For example, I could log in and see a field in an HR database with salaries. When you log in, you see exactly the same database, but the field with the salary just isn't there. So, you can literally have field-level security on it, and you can also have secure encryption. For example, I could give you that database allowing you to see the salary, but a calculation that shows how much they get per month in another field is encrypted. So, you won't be able to see that because you don't have the encryption key. You can implement high-level security very simply.""The solution provides great security."

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Cons
"Recently, IBM sold the product to HCL. Since Pakistan and India have some problems on a domestic level, we were actually considering replacing it with Indian products from the organization. We're just facing some regulatory issues.""The solution could improve Kubernetes or Dockers migration to new environments in the cloud.""The client version of this solution could be faster and be made simpler for non-IT users. You will need to have some knowledge of Notes to correctly install this solution.""HCL Domino needs to be more user-friendly.""HCL Domino could improve by having integration with other solutions, such as Microsoft 365.""From the Domino side, it should support DKIM and DMARC.""When you compare with Microsoft Exchange, the UI could be more user-friendly."

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"We had trouble connecting this solution to the database from Microsoft. We have done it, although it can be easier.""The solution could improve by adding some more features.""I love this product. I have used it for many years, and I have been a developer for it. If anything, it can be faster in the client version. The client version is a little bit hard. It is not fast. This is the only problem I see. Otherwise, it is a very good product.""The loading time can be excessive.""I would like to see integration with other solutions.""GUI and replication can be improved.""The only improvement that we're planning to do is that all our applications are still designed in the layout and format of Notes version 4, and our plan over the coming years is to modernize their look. One of the things they're developing or considering deploying is a program to automatically upgrade the look and feel of databases. If they deploy that, that will be revolutionary. In other words, we decide on a corporate look and feel for our database and press a button. We've probably got 50 different applications in Notes, and it would just go through the whole lot and upgrade all of them to look the same.""I would like to HCL update Notes' development tool and make it more attractive like Microsoft Visual Studio and similar products. For example, there's a programming language that I used for my product Woodpecker called LotusScript. LotusScript has been available since around 1995. When LotusScript was released, it was like the original Visual Basic, but it has improved since then."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "Price is reasonable compared to the other solutions."
  • "We're happy with the price of our license — it's pretty standard."
  • "We pay annually for the use of this solution and it is only a standard fee."
  • "We chose to pay for our licensing fees annually."
  • "Customers have to pay for a license for the Notes Client, not for the Domino database. There is a quarter license that we use."
  • "HCL Domino has reasonable pricing. It's not expensive."
  • "For 30 licenses, we pay $1,500 every year. It is not an expensive product."
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  • "The price is reasonable."
  • "We pay annually for the use of the solution."
  • "It is far cheaper to license. It is a third of the cost of our Microsoft license for 10 times the amount of usage. Developing applications cost a fraction of anything else. There are two reasons for that. First of all, applications are very fast to build. All the security is already built into the platform, so you don't have to worry about security at all. The other thing is that because fewer people use it than, for example, Microsoft SharePoint, the salary commanded by programmers is slightly lower. So, it is not only faster; you also get cheaper programmers. So, you really win-win-win on it."
  • "We pay licensing fees on a yearly basis."
  • "I don't remember how much we paid when we first bought the Domino license, but now, we pay only for the passport. For 30 client licenses, we pay about $1,500 per year, and we don't consider it very expensive for the quality of the product. In our case, we need 30 client licenses. So, we buy 30 client licenses independently of the server. It is very easy for us to choose and maintain this kind of license and get the passport advantage."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:Are you still looking for a solution. I would reach out to martyn@nymbl.app
    Top Answer:This solution can be used for workflow application so that applications can be easily developed.
    Top Answer:For 30 licenses, we pay $1,500 every year. It is not an expensive product.
    Top Answer:The product is very stable and scalable.
    Top Answer:The way Notes has improved us is that we are able to do a lot of things from the single platform of Notes. While it is a good thing — I would definitely say it is a good thing — but then this software… more »
    Top Answer:We have an on-premise deployment. After all, it is an email client. The way you use Microsoft Outlook or any other email client it makes sense to be deployed on-premise. They do have a SaaS version… more »
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    Also Known As
    IBM Lotus Domino, Lotus Domino
    IBM Lotus Notes, Lotus Notes
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    Overview

    HCL Domino (formerly IBM Domino) is a secure, enterprise-grade, application development platform. From IT to business, HCL Domino is the only low to pro-code application development platform that allows your business to build robust applications to solve workflow and process challenges fast. HCL Domino powers businesses around the world with 15,000 customers and 10 million apps built on our platform. HCL Domino has always been a secure, rock-solid, and proven solution.

    • Low cost of ownership - minimizing administration needs through automated installations, policies and monitoring helps staff focus on higher value tasks.
    • Minimized infrastructure - reducing costs by using less power, memory, data storage, network bandwidth and servers.
    • Rich application environment - supporting workflow-driven and people-oriented applications that help a wide variety of business operations deliver enhanced results.
    • Security-rich - helping protect your critical business assets. You can control information access, protect information and guarantee document authenticity.
    • High availability - featuring advanced clustering, replication, server fault recovery and automated diagnostic tools.

    HCL Notes is a secure on-premises email client that allows teams access to email, calendar, and contact management capabilities. The solution integrates other collaboration tools seamlessly along with HCL Domino business applications, into a single workspace. HCL Notes is most commonly used in corporate environments for email, but can also be used to create websites, custom applications and business workflows, discussion groups, and document libraries. In addition, the solution enhances user experiences, helps internal teams collaborate with internal and external stakeholders, and streamline communication management operations.

    HCL Notes is available for Windows, Apple iOS, and Android.

    HCL Notes Features

    HCL Notes has many valuable key features. Some of the most useful ones include:

    • Instant Messaging with HCL Sametime.

    • Unified Inbox: This HCL Notes feature helps you consolidate multiple email accounts into one viewable platform.

    • Filters: The HCL Notes filters allow users to filter their emails by sender, date received, opened/unopened, and more.

    • Reminders: With the reminders feature, users are prompted with reminders to send or reply to emails.

    • Notifications: HCL Notes notifications feature pings users, notifying them when they receive new emails.

    • Task Management: HCL Notes has built-in task creation and assignment functionality.

    • Reporting & Statistics.

    HCL Notes Benefits

    Some of the benefits of using HCL Notes include:

    • Mobility and accessibility: HCL Notes provides users with access to their mail and calendar wherever and whenever they are doing work.
    • Easy integration: With HCL Notes, you can interact with files directly from your email messages — preview, download, follow, comment, or share them with your team.
    • Better access capabilities: HCL Notes makes it possible for you to access profiles, roles, skill sets, and areas of responsibility for all your contacts. It also allows you to view related blogs and collaboration histories of shared work.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Below are some reviews and helpful feedback written by HCL Notes users.

    An Administration & Technical Director at a tech services company says, "Its security is absolutely stratospheric. In an application, you can lock down to field-level security. For example, I could log in and see a field in an HR database with salaries. When you log in, you see exactly the same database, but the field with the salary just isn't there. So, you can literally have field-level security on it, and you can also have secure encryption. For example, I could give you that database allowing you to see the salary, but a calculation that shows how much they get per month in another field is encrypted. So, you won't be able to see that because you don't have the encryption key. You can implement high-level security very simply."

    PeerSpot user Bogdan C., Kierownik Biura Informatyki at an insurance company, mentions, “The most valuable feature is the access that it provides to documents. This offers us an easy way to make changes.”

    Marcos S., Diretor at MASTERDOM, comments, “The solution is practical, good interface, and performs well. The usability of the old applications to the new version of the client is very good. The migration is very good for some legacy applications.”

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    Sample Customers
    A1 Telekom, Acubiz, Afrisam, E. A. Juffali & Brothers, Fiducia & GAD, and Pakistan State Oil
    Connect2Cloud, Hansgrohe, Sauk County, Blue Water Shipping, FDBR, ibml, Multivac, Aarhus University Hospital, Hendricks Regional Health, Asian Paints, Integra Legal, Sunplus Technology, S¾SS, The Moroccan Ministry of Youth and Sports, Nicrometal, Doncasters Group, Practice Plan, Barr, RACV, Neotechnik, Deutsche Notes User Group
    Top Industries
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider24%
    Computer Software Company20%
    Government10%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider23%
    Computer Software Company21%
    Government11%
    Manufacturing Company5%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business63%
    Midsize Enterprise25%
    Large Enterprise13%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise62%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business58%
    Large Enterprise42%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business26%
    Midsize Enterprise21%
    Large Enterprise53%
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    HCL Domino is ranked 13th in Rapid Application Development Software with 8 reviews while HCL Notes is ranked 5th in Email Applications with 9 reviews. HCL Domino is rated 8.6, while HCL Notes is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of HCL Domino writes "Stable with good security and great integration capabilities". On the other hand, the top reviewer of HCL Notes writes "It's a user-friendly tool for knowledge-sharing applications with good backward compatibility". HCL Domino is most compared with Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft Power Apps, Microsoft Exchange Online, HCL Verse and Zimbra Collaboration, whereas HCL Notes is most compared with HCL Verse, Microsoft Exchange, Google Workspace, Microsoft Exchange Online and Zimbra Collaboration.

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