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Find out what your peers are saying about HCL Notes vs. Microsoft Exchange and other solutions. Updated: January 2022.
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"It is easy to integrate the product with other services.""The initial setup was easy for me.""The product is very stable and scalable.""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.""The solution provides great security."

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"It gives me benefit in terms of integration with other services such as SharePoint, Microsoft Teams, and OneDrive. It makes my work much easier.""The initial setup is quite a straightforward process. I don't think it is a very complicated solution. Plenty of things could be more complex, but the ordinary, general settings are quite simple.""Microsoft Exchange is comparable to the Outlook client. Both are Microsoft products, and most people are familiar with Outlook. This is why the best feature of Microsoft Exchange is the ease of use. It is more compatible with the client software, especially for Microsoft Outlook. There are a lot of features available that are required for businesses users.""It's so much of a part of what I do every day that I don't give it a lot of thought. It just works, for the most part, until it doesn't, in which case I call tech support.""The technical support is fine.""It is easy to set up.""Exchange's interface is good. All of our engineers like it and are accustomed to using it.""On-premises Microsoft Exchange is good because it protects data privacy."

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"It is a heavy program and uses more resources than an email client should.""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.""There is a chat component but it does not work properly.""The interface could be more user-friendly. Some additional trainings could be added as well.""I would like to see integration with other solutions.""Notes needs a major upgrade for the UI.""The solution could improve by adding some more features.""GUI and replication can be improved."

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"There is a lot of spam email that comes in, so they should add functionality to help fix this problem.""From a security perspective, Microsft Exchange can be improved. All that needs to be added is security, but that's an internal hierarchical problem from the product itself and not the end-users.""An area for improvement would be the convenience of working with Azure services from Exchange on-premise installations.""If it was the same product, and slightly cheaper, that would be amazing.""They could continue to improve the consolidation and integration of mailbox services to make them more flexible, easier to deploy, and more manageable.""In terms of what should be improved, they should probably move to a cloud option like Office 365. We would like to get this functionality without the need to deploy complex hardware and software solutions. This should be the next thing, making Exchange more related to Office products, which are more cloud-oriented, less on-premise or desktop-oriented solutions, like the direction Google is strongly moving towards.""It's not always the finest solution in terms of integration with products that are not from Microsoft. It integrates very well with Microsoft products but not with third-party products.""I think it could be more scalable."

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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."
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  • "It's working very well. There is no problem, but the price is not the best."
  • "Its price is okay."
  • "It's a little bit expensive."
  • "Its price is very affordable, and basically, it is the standard of the industry. We have the Exchange 365 subscription, which includes the usage of Exchange Online. I don't know the specific cost, but it is the retail price of Microsoft 365 E3 licenses. Microsoft's licensing is not very easy to understand. Microsoft changes rules every other day, which makes it difficult for us to understand the licensing not only for Exchange but also for other products. It can sometimes be really complex to understand what you need to have in order to comply with Microsoft licensing."
  • "Microsoft doesn't have a unit price, it's based on the quantity, and they offer great discounts."
  • "We are currently using enterprise licenses for the solution. They are different pricing models available. There are individual, cloud-based, and enterprise licenses all with different pricing models. The larger the number of users, the lesser the price. For small to medium companies like us, we feel it is expensive."
  • "Its price is fair."
  • "We pay for the license annually."
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    Also Known As
    IBM Lotus Notes, Lotus Notes
    Exchange, MS Exchange
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    IBM Notes (formerly IBM Lotus Notes) is an enterprise email client software of the IBM Notes and Domino client/server platform that provides email, calendar and contact management capabilities and can integrated into IBM collaboration tools and business applications. It can support to track projects, collaborate on tasks, assemble teams, share files directly from inbox. IBM Notes email can be accessed from Apple iPhone, Android, Windows Phone, BlackBerry and other mobile devices. IBM Notes secure your system with included Secure Hash Algorithm 2 (SHA) support for encryption and Transport Layer Security (TLS) delivered by IBM and OAuth credential store to support Embedded Experiences.
    Built to deliver the enterprise-grade security and reliability that businesses require, Microsoft Exchange provides email, calendar and contacts on your PC, phone and web browser.
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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
    Paderborn-Lippstadt Airport, Scitec Nutrition, British Airways, InnoGames, Osteology Foundation, Franz Haniel & Cie. GmbH, NTC Contracting
    Top Industries
    Comms Service Provider33%
    Computer Software Company26%
    Media Company6%
    Computer Software Company21%
    Energy/Utilities Company16%
    Security Firm11%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Comms Service Provider35%
    Computer Software Company21%
    Energy/Utilities Company4%
    Company Size
    Small Business38%
    Large Enterprise63%
    Small Business40%
    Midsize Enterprise27%
    Large Enterprise33%
    Find out what your peers are saying about HCL Notes vs. Microsoft Exchange and other solutions. Updated: January 2022.
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    HCL Notes is ranked 6th in Email Applications with 6 reviews while Microsoft Exchange is ranked 1st in Email Applications with 31 reviews. HCL Notes is rated 8.2, while Microsoft Exchange is rated 8.4. 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 Microsoft Exchange writes "It has good integration with other Microsoft tools and allows us to retain and recover an email deleted by a user". HCL Notes is most compared with HCL Verse, HCL Domino, Microsoft Exchange Online, G Suite Enterprise and Zimbra Collaboration, whereas Microsoft Exchange is most compared with Zimbra Collaboration, Kerio Connect, IceWarp, HCL Domino and Veritas Enterprise Vault. See our HCL Notes vs. Microsoft Exchange report.

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