Compare HCL Connections vs. Skype for Business

HCL Connections is ranked 8th in Virtual Meetings with 2 reviews while Skype for Business is ranked 3rd in Virtual Meetings with 10 reviews. HCL Connections is rated 9.0, while Skype for 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 Skype for Business writes "Reduces costs and increases comfort for employees that would normally travel to meetings". HCL Connections is most compared with Office 365, SharePoint and Yammer, whereas Skype for Business is most compared with Webex, TeamViewer and Zoom. See our HCL Connections vs. Skype for 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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Video conferencing to hold virtual meetings helps to prevent employee displacement, where everyone can now enjoy the comfort of their own offices.Using this solution has helped us to cut long distance calls, as well as video services from third parties.You can do meetings of up to two hundred people in a single conversation.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.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.It saves trouble, and it saves us time.Our employees use this solution for a communal space to collaborate for organizational decision making.

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

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If one of the users has a poor internet connection, this failure will compromise the meeting, causing delays and distortions in the communications.Skype for Business is good for the PCs with higher bandwidth, but an improvement is required for low bandwidth usage.Make it user friendly.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.There are some issues with stability during phone calls. Sometimes the connectivity drops, and it is frustrating.Sometimes Skype is slow, and we cannot use other elements of our devices while using the Skype solution.We would like to better customize our instructions within the Outlook plugin/invite, but we are unable to do so.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
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To realize value from the purchase of Skype Business, you need to take advantage of all the important functions of the program.It may be slightly costly, but the features are awesome.It may be considered costly for certain markets, such as in India.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.We negotiated a fair price with Microsoft. It is definitely worthwhile to negotiate with them for the best price for your solution.We have been able to save money by moving our conferencing solution to Skype for Business Conferencing.

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Ranking
8th
out of 19 in Virtual Meetings
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2,796
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Reviews
2
Average Words per Review
265
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9.0
3rd
out of 19 in Virtual Meetings
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5,029
Comparisons
4,166
Reviews
10
Average Words per Review
316
Avg. Rating
8.3
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Also Known As
IBM Connections, Lotus ConnectionsSkype for Business Plan 1, Skype for Business Plan 2
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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
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