Compare HCL Connections vs. Microsoft 365 Business

HCL Connections is ranked 8th in Virtual Meetings with 2 reviews while Microsoft 365 Business is ranked 6th in Virtual Meetings with 11 reviews. HCL Connections is rated 9.0, while Microsoft 365 Business is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of HCL Connections writes "I use the Updates page to know what is going on and which projects are running". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Microsoft 365 Business writes "Good collaboration in office applications that are consolidated in a single interface". HCL Connections is most compared with Office 365, SharePoint and Yammer, whereas Microsoft 365 Business is most compared with Office 365, SharePoint and ManageEngine Desktop Central. See our HCL Connections vs. Microsoft 365 Business report.
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Pros
The most valuable feature is the Activity flow that is used to catch new activities.

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It has file storage, file sharing, a provisioning box, and a SharePoint profile for each user.The most valuable feature for us is Microsoft Teams.You can have conference calls with different parties using video and voice.The flexibility of having a subscription for the Office software, rather than having any upfront costs is the best part of this solution.The Power BI environment and the integration between Power BI and SQL are the solution's most valuable features. The integration between products is great.The most valuable feature is Microsoft Teams.What was most valuable for me was how simple this solution is to start using.This is a unified business package that helps people be productive in working environments.

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The inclusion of a file plugin for Windows Explorer would make it easier to use.

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Updates to the SQL server with better features are needed to compete with Oracle Database.The pricing for this solution could be improved.The security sites need to be simplified and the technical support needs improvement.There are various things that you need to use PowerShell to do. That would be good. You could do them through the management portal, rather than through PowerShell. That's the biggest improvement I would like to see.The solution's licensing framework needs improvement.There are loads of holes in security and I'd like to see better integration with security products.The admin panels have too few samples.Flow and Form components can be improved individually, but it would be nice to see the product take the next step and operate as a unit rather than separate modules.

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Compared to buying a license, it is much cheaper and a good buy.Now you can select different licenses, for example, if somebody doesn't need all of the features, it would cost $8 USD per month and if they didn't need the email application then it would cost $6 USD per month.Depending on which plan you purchase, there are a plethora of applications available to you.

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IBM Connections, Lotus ConnectionsMicrosoft 365 E3, Microsoft 365 E5, Microsoft 365 F1
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Overview

IBM Connections™ is a leading unified collaboration and social networking solution that helps you filter out the noise to get work done. Connections empowers your teams and organization to engage with the right experts, accelerate innovation, and deliver results. All the collaboration tools you need to be productive are united under a single sign-on so you can reduce time spent switching between disparate tools and focus on the people and work that matters most. Experience a security-rich and business-compliant environment sanctioned by IT. Confidently share knowledge within your teams and your organization, and extend collaboration beyond traditional boundaries. Connections can enable you to improve decision-making, increase productivity, and accelerate time-to-market. Shift from being merely productive, to truly effective with Connections today.

IBM Connections can help you: Engage experts. People-centric platform enables you to easily locate the expertise you need, right now. Accelerate innovation. Illuminate and promote new ideas within a thriving social network of teams and communities. Empower teams. Get work done together and take action; anywhere—from any device. Deliver results. Leverage cognitive insights to prioritize results and arrive at better outcomes. Extend collaboration. Safely collaborate with customers and partners, bringing them into the conversation.

Microsoft 365 Business is an integrated solution, bringing together the best-in-class productivity of Office 365 with advanced security and device management capabilities to help safeguard your business.

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Sample Customers
Yamato Financial Co. Ltd., University of Zurich, Gwinnett County Public Schools, Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V., Telus, Rabobank, Christian Brothers Services, Grupo Financiero Banorte, The Loft Group, Dow Water & Process Solutions, JGC Corporation, College of Medicine, Swansea University, solvito GmbH, Loft Group, Hamm-Reno Group GmbH, Geno SAUrban Agriculture Co., The Detroit Wallpaper Co., TransBlue Facility Management, Garner Food Company
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