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

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Pros
"They offer good support and provide a roadmap.""This solution can be used for workflow application so that applications can be easily developed.""I like that HCL Domino is stable. It's a great product. I also like that HCL Domino is a mature product under IBM, which is why many companies use it.""The pricing is excellent.""The full-text searching capabilities are great.""I find the HCL Domino server scalable.""The most valuable feature of HCL Domino is how robust it is.""We have been able to set up a portal using a special XPage application that gives our customers access to this system."

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"Zimbra Collaboration's sharing features are most valuable.""The most valuable feature is sending messages as well as text and documents. It's a big solution for us since internal communication is a must in our organization.""The most valuable feature of Zimbra Collaboration is email functionality.""The product is easy to set up.""One of the most valuable features involves the solution's automatic backup, which I find to be pretty simple and straightforward, and obviates the need for additional software.""A lot of other products like Microsoft Exchange offer email or collaboration features, but they are not as fast as Zimbra.""Good email solution and it's open-source.""The web interface is powerful and easy to use."

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Cons
"From the Domino side, it should support DKIM and DMARC.""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.""HCL Domino could improve by having integration with other solutions, such as Microsoft 365.""An area for improvement in HCL Domino is security. New enhancements in the IT industry mean that security should be improved. The HCL Domino GUI also needs improvement.""When you compare with Microsoft Exchange, the UI could be more user-friendly.""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.""The solution could improve Kubernetes or Dockers migration to new environments in the cloud.""HCL Domino needs to be more user-friendly."

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"There are some security issues.""The solution could use more integration with third-party tools.""It would be great if a group chat feature were created to allow for a team environment.""It does have a few bugs.""Zimbra Collaboration's video conferencing could be improved.""Zimbra should provide a desktop client. Right now, we are using a web browser for accessing our emails. There should also be a desktop client.""The support was lacking in my experience. However, recently the support I received was good. Perhaps they have improved.""Zimbra Collaboration does not have a solution roadmap as aggressive as the new collaboration mail solutions. Additionally, they can have a better interface and integration with single sign-on."

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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."
  • "HCL Domino is costly, but it still depends on how your organization views it price-wise."
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  • "If you choose the network edition, it is a little pricier. They have the open-source edition too which is only community supported."
  • "We are using perpetual licenses. We have deployed it in our local data center, and we buy perpetual licenses on a per-user basis."
  • "When it comes to the licensing of Zimbra Collaboration, my license covers the servers and I find its terms to be much simpler than those of Microsoft Exchange."
  • "We do not pay for licenses to use this solution."
  • "The price of the solution is low."
  • "It's very expensive. When we compare the cost with Google Workspace, it's so expensive."
  • "There is an annual standard licensing fee to use Zimbra Collaboration and there is no other cost."
  • "Zimbra Collaboration is expensive, and there is no perpetual license option."
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    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:Zimbra is a free, open source collaborative software suite. The features I like best are the ease of integration and the email, calendar, and collaboration server with web interface. In addition, I… more »
    Top Answer:The stability is good and keeps getting better with each new update.
    Top Answer:The solution is very low cost. It's an open-source solution. It's not an expensive option.
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    431
    Rating
    8.5
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    out of 20 in Email Applications
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    5,887
    Reviews
    14
    Average Words per Review
    359
    Rating
    7.9
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    Also Known As
    IBM Lotus Domino, Lotus Domino
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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.
    Zimbra Collaboration provides administrators and their end users innovative features that solve the challenges faced by organizations using today's legacy communications infrastructure.
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    Sample Customers
    A1 Telekom, Acubiz, Afrisam, E. A. Juffali & Brothers, Fiducia & GAD, and Pakistan State Oil
    NEC Biglobe, City of Ventura, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, Hola Publishing, BIG, Sleepwell, LaFayette College, Xmission, DNA, Ring Line, Future Group, TIGC
    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Financial Services Firm29%
    Computer Software Company29%
    Transportation Company14%
    Insurance Company14%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider21%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Government10%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    REVIEWERS
    Media Company29%
    Financial Services Firm29%
    Comms Service Provider14%
    Security Firm14%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider29%
    Computer Software Company16%
    Government8%
    Retailer5%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business56%
    Midsize Enterprise22%
    Large Enterprise22%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business22%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise61%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business65%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise20%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business28%
    Midsize Enterprise23%
    Large Enterprise48%
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    HCL Domino is ranked 13th in Rapid Application Development Software with 9 reviews while Zimbra Collaboration is ranked 3rd in Email Applications with 14 reviews. HCL Domino is rated 8.0, while Zimbra Collaboration is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of HCL Domino writes "Stable with good security and great integration capabilities". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Zimbra Collaboration writes "Automatic backup with good web client features for an easily scalable, stable, installable and manageable solution". HCL Domino is most compared with HCL Notes, Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft Power Apps, Microsoft Exchange Online and Microsoft Azure App Service, whereas Zimbra Collaboration is most compared with Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft Exchange Online, KerioConnect, IceWarp and HCL Notes.

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