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"The most valuable feature is the Activity flow that is used to catch new activities."

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"It saves trouble, and it saves us time.""Our employees use this solution for a communal space to collaborate for organizational decision making.""The Microsoft tech support are very good. They get back to you. I log a support call, and I usually have someone on the phone within a half an hour, so it is pretty good.""We chose Skype for Business after other colleagues suggested that we give it a try. It has served us well.""We really like the screen sharing tool. The user experience is smooth, and user-friendly.""You can do meetings of up to two hundred people in a single conversation.""Using this solution has helped us to cut long distance calls, as well as video services from third parties.""Video conferencing to hold virtual meetings helps to prevent employee displacement, where everyone can now enjoy the comfort of their own offices."

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

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"Sometimes Skype is slow, and we cannot use other elements of our devices while using the Skype solution.""There are some issues with stability during phone calls. Sometimes the connectivity drops, and it is frustrating.""I venture to say that 30% of the people using this solution at our company have had issues with stability, due to the volatility and crashes.""Sometimes the connection crashes, which is understandable if you are traveling. But, it would be nice if this could be stabilized somehow.""Make it user friendly.""Skype for Business is good for the PCs with higher bandwidth, but an improvement is required for low bandwidth usage.""If one of the users has a poor internet connection, this failure will compromise the meeting, causing delays and distortions in the communications.""The ease of configuration or the lack of decent tooling to pinpoint your problems is probably its biggest issue."

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"We negotiated a fair price with Microsoft. It is definitely worthwhile to negotiate with them for the best price for your solution.""The pricing is really good. It is quite affordable because it came with our Office 365. It is on a per-user license, which is nice. I quite like that they have made it very granular with all of their licensing.""It may be considered costly for certain markets, such as in India.""It may be slightly costly, but the features are awesome.""To realize value from the purchase of Skype Business, you need to take advantage of all the important functions of the program.""The cost of Skype for Business is incorporated into our Office 365 licenses."

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9.0
3rd
out of 59 in Virtual Meetings
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8,240
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Average Words per Review
428
Avg. Rating
8.4
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Also Known As
IBM Connections, Lotus ConnectionsSkype for Business Plan 1, Skype for Business Plan 2, Lync Server
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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.

Skype for Business offers features including presence, IM, voice and video calls, online meetings, conferencing, and telephony solutions that support enterprise-level collaboration requirements. Skype for Business Record meetings, share your screen, and annotate PowerPoint for real-time collaboration with up to 250 people and use whiteboard, polls, Q&A, and built-in IM during your business meetings to make them more productive. Skype for Business provides new client experience, Skype for Business Server provides several new features to improve manageability of on-premises servers and hybrid solutions. Skype for Business also supports the Lync client experience so that you can choose a phased upgrade approach to the new client experience for users. Skype for Business is also an integral part of Microsoft Office 365, providing PSTN Conferencing, Cloud PBX, PSTN Calling, and Skype Meeting Broadcast capabilities to Office 365 users.
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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 EmpireCLS Worldwide Chauffeured Services,LA Fitness, MedcoEnergi International, Tampa General Hospital, and HopewellHoldings Limited.
Top Industries
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Financial Services Firm15%
Transportation Company12%
Government8%
Insurance Company8%
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Computer Software Company51%
Comms Service Provider11%
Media Company11%
Retailer6%
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Financial Services Firm32%
Comms Service Provider16%
University11%
Engineering Company11%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company21%
Comms Service Provider15%
Government8%
K 12 Educational Company Or School8%
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HCL Connections is ranked 6th in Corporate Portals with 1 review while Skype for Business is ranked 3rd in Virtual Meetings with 16 reviews. HCL Connections is rated 9.0, while Skype for Business is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of HCL Connections writes "Easy to use and adapt to different teams either in-house or B2B". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Skype for Business writes "Much easier and quicker than writing an email to someone and waiting for them to read it". HCL Connections is most compared with Microsoft Teams, Office 365, SharePoint, Atlassian Confluence and HCL Verse, whereas Skype for Business is most compared with Webex, Zoom, TeamViewer, GoToMeeting and Digium Asterisk.

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