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Pros
"I can view the status and availability of colleagues or team members, which makes it easy to approach them when they are available."

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"The simplicity and ease of use are the most valuable features. It's so much easier and quicker than writing an email to someone and waiting for them to read it.""The quality of the meetings is very good.""The most valuable feature is stability.""I use the chat feature to communicate with my staff, which is very helpful.""The calling features are most valuable, especially now as we are working remotely.""I like the fact that it opens up your video conferencing, and, in many cases, the audio at the same time.""There are free versions of the solution available.""Making calls and having meetings is easy."

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Cons
"The webinar should be integrated into Sametime for a larger number of participants."

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"The ease of configuration or the lack of decent tooling to pinpoint your problems is probably its biggest issue.""We need a feature where you can virtually raise your hand to silently let the presenter know that you have a question.""We have had trouble with scalability when trying to host large meetings.""Going forward, I would like to see better call quality and reliability.""There are issues with the bandwidth, particularly for external meetings,""The integration with Outlook could be improved.""It would be ideal if the solution could make instant messages more permanent. Currently, if you close the conversation, you lose the instant messages that you shared during the meeting. If those could last beyond the meeting, that would be a great addition, due to the fact that frequently, people give each other key details, important information, or email addresses, etc., during the meeting. If you don't write it down during the meeting, after the meeting closes, it's gone forever. That can be quite frustrating.""The solution isn't connected to Microsoft Teams, and I feel like there is better communication on that particular solution. The group capabilities are a bit less than Teams."

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"The cost of Skype for Business is incorporated into our Office 365 licenses."

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Top Answer: Making calls and having meetings is easy.
Top Answer: I'm sure there are licensing fees for it, however, I don't know what they are. I know there are free versions of the solution. However, that probably doesn't apply to us as we have a high number of… more »
Top Answer: There is sometimes a lag, often because this is not integrated with a few fields. We are in India, so we have some restrictions on some key integrations. For example, it cannot integrate with our… more »
Ranking
12th
out of 59 in Virtual Meetings
Views
676
Comparisons
410
Reviews
1
Average Words per Review
345
Rating
9.0
4th
out of 59 in Virtual Meetings
Views
6,591
Comparisons
5,087
Reviews
10
Average Words per Review
487
Rating
8.2
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Also Known As
Lotus Sametime, IBM Lotus Sametime
Skype for Business Plan 1, Skype for Business Plan 2, Lync Server
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Overview

HCL Sametime. Secure Conversations Across Any Device ​

Your company can’t afford to take any data risks, but your teams still need to be able to interact and react quickly, wherever they are working. Sametime offers modern instant messaging, file-sharing, and online meetings with the proven security your business can trust.

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
Connect2Cloud, Superior Group, Daifuku Co. Ltd., Seaward, The City of Fort Worth, Christian Brothers Services, Berlitz, Deutsche Notes User Group, Danske Fysioterapeuter, Slumberland, La Vacanza, Rheinmetall AG
EmpireCLS Worldwide Chauffeured Services,LA Fitness, MedcoEnergi International, Tampa General Hospital, and HopewellHoldings Limited.
Top Industries
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REVIEWERS
Financial Services Firm29%
Comms Service Provider14%
University10%
Engineering Company10%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider22%
Computer Software Company19%
Government10%
Financial Services Firm6%
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REVIEWERS
Small Business30%
Midsize Enterprise23%
Large Enterprise47%
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HCL Sametime is ranked 12th in Virtual Meetings with 1 review while Skype for Business is ranked 4th in Virtual Meetings with 9 reviews. HCL Sametime is rated 9.0, while Skype for Business is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of HCL Sametime writes "Easily communicate and share files with colleagues". 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 Sametime is most compared with Office 365, Webex, HCL Connections and Cisco Jabber, whereas Skype for Business is most compared with Webex, Zoom, TeamViewer, Cisco Jabber and HCL Connections.

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