Compare HCL Connections vs. Office 365

HCL Connections is ranked 8th in Virtual Meetings with 2 reviews while Office 365 is ranked 2nd in Virtual Meetings with 11 reviews. HCL Connections is rated 9.0, while Office 365 is rated 8.0. 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 Office 365 writes "Multi-user editing and integration with OneDrive brings better focus and efficiency". HCL Connections is most compared with Office 365, SharePoint and Yammer, whereas Office 365 is most compared with Atlassian Confluence, TeamViewer and HCL Verse. See our HCL Connections vs. Office 365 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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The most valuable feature is the integration with OneDrive, which has allowed us, a small business, easy access to a cloud environment, with no need to back up the data from five different computers.Many of the features in Office 365 are good, but I think Excel is a very good tool.It's very stable.The functionality that is most valuable is the solution's ability to detect patient data in email attachments. Whenever a user sends out an email with patient data embedded in an attachment, it triggers an alert. The tool can detect a social security number and various other forms of patient identity. Emails are then automatically generated and sent.Most of the work that seems not to work offline works perfectly with Microsoft Office 2013, like converting a Word document to a PDF file.The cloud service and Skype are the most valuable features.It is very easy to deploy.Cloud-based management is valuable and software deployment is positive.

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

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Integration between Outlook calendar and Google Calendar would be a good improvement since many of our team use Android phones and personal Gmail accounts as their main calendar application.Using Visual Basic, I have had a lot of trouble with relative paths when programming for Excel, and sometimes it is very difficult to debug programs.There are several additional features we would like to see, such as advanced features of SAN protection in Office 365. The main thing is the SAN protection; we would like to see a lot of advanced features added because we had a lot of spam attacks.Improvements can be made to the products generic offering. It's not customized for health care. It doesn't understand the meaning of health care related concepts. Providing a greater degree of industry specificity would make the tool much more unique and valuable.The feature to convert PDF file to a Word document needs improvement as well as the feature to save the file automatically when typing, without using the save command.Using Office 365 is not that flexible on some mobile devices, like Android.Their support is so terrible and unusable except during dire emergencies.There are some complexities to the initial setup if you use some of the more advanced features.

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The pricing is not really high, but one can get the software with the license key for free.The pricing is good for all the features that we receive, e.g., Skype for Business.​The pricing/licensing is easy to manage.Good reporting and good value subscriptions for international calls.Licensing, billing, and accounting are available from the management interface.

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Ranking
8th
out of 19 in Virtual Meetings
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2,796
Comparisons
1,662
Reviews
2
Average Words per Review
265
Avg. Rating
9.0
2nd
out of 19 in Virtual Meetings
Views
5,675
Comparisons
4,688
Reviews
11
Average Words per Review
307
Avg. Rating
8.0
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Also Known As
IBM Connections, Lotus ConnectionsMicrosoft Office 365, Office 365 Enterprise, Office 365 Enterprise E1, Office 365 Enterprise E3, Office 365 Enterprise E5, Office 365 ProPlus, Office 365 Business, Office 365 Business Essentials, Office 365 Business Premium, Office 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.

Office 365 is more than just Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. It provides powerful services like business-class email, online storage, and teamwork solutions that you can access from anywhere. Bring teams and resources together with solutions like Microsoft Teams and Skype for Business that make working together more productive and enjoyable regardless of where participants are located. Easily implement security and privacy controls to help protect business data and devices against malicious threats and help you meet your compliance obligations. Automatic updates ensure your employees will always have the latest features and security updates.

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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 SA
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Top Industries
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Financial Services Firm15%
Transportation Company12%
Insurance Company8%
Healthcare Company8%
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Manufacturing Company25%
Financial Services Firm17%
Non Tech Company8%
Mining And Metals Company8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Software R&D Company25%
Government9%
Financial Services Firm8%
Retailer8%
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