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Pros
"It is easy to integrate the product with other services.""The most valuable feature is the access that it provides to documents. This offers us an easy way to make changes.""The solution is practical, good interface, and performs well.""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 most valuable feature is the UI.""HCL Notes is stable most of the time.""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 product is very stable and scalable."

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"HCL Verse has a nice interface and it is a practical email solution. There are a diverse set of features, such as the search bar on top of the screens."

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Cons
"The loading time can be excessive.""Notes needs a major upgrade for the UI.""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.""We had trouble connecting this solution to the database from Microsoft. We have done it, although it can be easier.""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.""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.""The interface could be more user-friendly. Some additional trainings could be added as well.""There is a chat component but it does not work properly."

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"The solution could improve by allowing us to use a color that we want in the editing boxes."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "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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  • "The price of the solution is reasonable."
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    Questions from the Community
    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 »
    Top Answer:HCL Verse has a nice interface and it is a practical email solution. There are a diverse set of features, such as the search bar on top of the screens.
    Top Answer:The solution could improve by allowing us to use a color that we want in the editing boxes.
    Top Answer:We use HCL Verse for email and it is useful for collaborations and deploying an application, which is important for our company.
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    7th
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    Also Known As
    IBM Lotus Notes, Lotus Notes
    Verse, IBM Verse
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    Overview

    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.”

    IBM Verse is a powerful email hosting solution that enables users to access their business communications from a laptop or desktop browser or from a mobile device. This email and business messaging experience is based on an innovative user-centric design, including social analytics and advanced search capabilities. IBM Verse helps users quickly find and focus on what content is most important, empowering them to build stronger working relationships while optimizing business results.

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    Sample Customers
    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
    Canon Marketing Japan Inc., Australian Trade Commission, BTC, Havas, Canal Barge Co.Inc., RAVInvest, Elemental Path, WDR mediagroup
    Top Industries
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider33%
    Computer Software Company23%
    Government9%
    Manufacturing Company4%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company26%
    Comms Service Provider22%
    Government9%
    Energy/Utilities Company7%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business58%
    Large Enterprise42%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business25%
    Midsize Enterprise21%
    Large Enterprise54%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business19%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise64%
    Buyer's Guide
    Email Applications
    July 2022
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    HCL Notes is ranked 4th in Email Applications with 10 reviews while HCL Verse is ranked 7th in Email Applications with 1 review. HCL Notes is rated 8.0, while HCL Verse is rated 9.0. The top reviewer of HCL Notes writes "if you have no other choice, you just have to manage. The upside is stability and scalability". On the other hand, the top reviewer of HCL Verse writes "Stable, scalable, and good interface". HCL Notes is most compared with HCL Domino, Microsoft Exchange, G Suite Enterprise, Microsoft Exchange Online and Zimbra Collaboration, whereas HCL Verse is most compared with HCL Domino, Office 365, Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft Exchange Online and Zimbra Collaboration.

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