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Novell Vibe brings people, projects, and processes together in one secure place to enhance productivity no matter where the team is or what devices they use.

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Novell Vibe review by Internal Consultant in Industrial Automation
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"Vibe 4"

What do you like best?

Comes bundled with the Novell Open Workgroup Suite Small Business Edition 2.5 that comes with:


SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

Open Enterprise Server






Service Desk


ZENworks Endpoint Security Management

ZENworks Suite


at a great price point based on the number of total users in our company. We use almost all the software components listed above. Its an outstanding deal for Small to Medium sized businesses.

The Vibe v4.0.2 software is our companies team meeting place. It tracks all the documents for various projects going on. Its our Intranet web site for all employees. Its does workflows for various company processes. We like the Vibe mobile App that comes with it. We like the integration within the GroupWise email desktop client that all employees use.

What do you dislike?

The GUI could be improved some more. The GUI has improved since we started with v3.1 years ago. Wish we had more control over customizing the GUI interface. You are somewhat stuck with the navigation that is given to you.

Recommendations to others considering the product

You should download the Micro Focus Vibe 4.0 free trial by going to https://www.novell.com/products/vibe/download/ Test it out. See if the NOWS bundling works for your company. Its a great price for lots of software solutions to run a business small or large.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Its our companies document management system for all employees. Its the companies work space for projects.

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Novell Vibe review by Cory W.
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What do you like best?

Novell Vibe is a flexible product that allows easy set up of workspaces or sites that promote collaboration among team members. Workspaces can include different kinds of content, such as files, HTML web pages, wikis, calendars, and discussion forums.

The access control is outstanding. It is very easy to set up your teams and control access at a very granular level. You can add by groups or individual users and set permissions for each group.

The product also includes the capability to produce automated workflows that act on documents or files that are stored in the system.

What do you dislike?

While the product has many features, only the most basic features are intuitive. My biggest frustration however is the difficulty of creating a robust, visually pleasing user interface. Vibe allows you to customize workspaces to fit your liking, but it is not easy to make the workspaces user friendly for others to interact with. There is little automation in creating user-friendly workspaces and documentation is sparse.

We find that the people in our IT shop are good at using Vibe, but our internal business users have flat out refused to adopt the product because the out-of-the-box set up requires the user to navigate folder hierarchies in order to find what you are looking for.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Vibe is a great choice for organizations that don't want to pay the high price of SharePoint or similar competitors but have time to slog through the time and challenge of making the user interface easy for non-technical users.

If budget is not a concern then pick a product that is easier for users to create user friendly sites.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Our organization has been using Vibe for light task management, and as a document management system. It is easy to load in documents and control their access and versioning. There is no need to worry about someone else coming in and changing your document unless you want to allow that.

We also make use of the shared calendar functions.

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