We performed a comparison between HCL Notes and Zimbra Collaboration based on real PeerSpot user reviews.
Find out in this report how the two Email Applications solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
"The solution provides great security."
"HCL Notes is stable most of the time."
"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 most valuable feature is the UI."
"The most valuable feature is the access that it provides to documents. This offers us an easy way to make changes."
"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."
"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."
"Zimbra Collaboration's sharing features are most valuable."
"Good email solution and it's open-source."
"The most valuable feature of Zimbra Collaboration is email functionality."
"The logs, troubleshooting, and tracking we have found to be the most valuable features. We have any issues with lost messages the features are useful. It is very easy to track and log."
"The web interface is powerful and easy to use."
"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."
"Zimbra Collaboration has integrated a lot of their party tools and they have good documentation available."
"I would like to see integration with other solutions."
"GUI and replication can be improved."
"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 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."
"The loading time can be excessive."
"The interface could be more user-friendly. Some additional trainings could be added as well."
"The solution could improve by adding some more features."
"Zimbra Collaboration could improve the migration from a basic solution to a more containerized solution. For example, the installation should be able to extend to the containers and manage them with some solution, such as OpenShift or Kubernetes."
"The installation is not straightforward, it can take two days for the full implementation."
"Zimbra Collaboration's video conferencing could be improved."
"The solution could use more integration with third-party tools."
"It does have a few bugs."
"The support was lacking in my experience. However, recently the support I received was good. Perhaps they have improved."
"It would be great if a group chat feature were created to allow for a team environment."
"There are some security issues."
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:
HCL Notes Benefits
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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.”
HCL Notes is ranked 5th in Email Applications with 9 reviews while Zimbra Collaboration is ranked 3rd in Email Applications with 13 reviews. HCL Notes is rated 8.4, while Zimbra Collaboration is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of HCL Notes writes "It's a user-friendly tool for knowledge-sharing applications with good backward compatibility". 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 Notes is most compared with HCL Verse, HCL Domino, Microsoft Exchange, Google Workspace and IceWarp, whereas Zimbra Collaboration is most compared with Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft Exchange Online, KerioConnect, IceWarp and Zarafa. See our HCL Notes vs. Zimbra Collaboration report.
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