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Enterprise Readiness: Coda vs Notion


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Our mission is to make it simple, secure, and scalable to run large organizations on Coda.

Simple: Coda makes it simple to manage the needs of large Enterprises by supporting core admin workflows in the product such as provisioning, access management, and license management.
Secure: Our product provides Enterprise-grade security and compliance that enable large organizations to run risk-free.
Scalable: Our Enterprise features scale as Enterprises grow - with premium collaboration features and support designed to help Enterprise users to be more productive.

A few of the 50,000+ teams that 🏃‍♀️ on Coda.

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How Coda is well positioned for Enterprise

Security

Coda is built with security from the ground-up and uses security best practices at the infrastructure, application and product level. Our processes ensure that we develop secure software and offer enterprise-grade features allowing you to have more flexibility, visibility and control over your data.
In addition to that, Coda adheres to global privacy laws and security standards with measures in place to help you meet your compliance obligations.

IT workflows

Our Enterprise features are designed with core IT workflows in consideration, making it easy for admins to perform their must-have workflows such as provisioning, doc transfers when users are deprovisioned, policy enforcement, taking action on shared docs, and more.
Our team ensures that IT admins have the right tools and functionalities to make Coda easy to manage and fit with the rest of the tool stack.

Collaboration features

Our collaboration features scale as you grow - with premium collaboration features and support designed to help Enterprise users to be more productive. We have a host of features that make it easy for hundreds of users to collaborate on Coda, across hundreds of teams. From integrations into existing products Enterprise users may use, to organizational features that teams may need as they grow, we have them all!

Why Enterprises turn to Coda over Notion?

Coda is designed with enterprise needs in mind, offering robust access control, data privacy features, and seamless integration with existing enterprise tools. We also have features that make collaboration in large organizations easy and seamless. Below is a short summary of a few features that Enterprises care deeply about, and how we compare against Notion.
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Differentiating hero feature

One of our hero features is Advanced Access Controls for Packs which gives IT admins and security teams both the control and flexibility they need to manage Packs (integrations) in Coda.
No other tool offers such a comprehensive functionality to help Enterprises keep their data .
See for an overview on Pack controls that Enterprises can configure on Coda.
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Category
Feature
Coda
Notion
Security
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Audit API
Sharing policies
Advanced access controls for integrations
DLP-like controls for docs with integrations
Native legal hold (WIP)
Authentication methods
API support for integrating with e-discovery and DLP tools
In-product audit log
Publicly shared docs dashboard
IT workflows
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Provisioning users and groups via SCIM
Bulk doc transfers
Org docs analytics dashboard
Individual doc transfers
Admin Pack
Custom license management
Publicly shared docs dashboard
Collaboration
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Synced content (Coda has sync pages, Notion has sync blocks)
Share with Google Groups
Share with SCIM groups
Suggest changes
Locking
Reactions
Formulas
Search
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Authentication methods

Coda supports a comprehensive set of authentication mechanisms including SSO with SAML 2.0, Google, Microsoft, Apple, Basic authentication with 2FA and MagicLinks. While Notion supports majority of these login methods, they do not support Magiclinks or Microsoft login.

Audit API

Coda’s Audit API allows IT admins to periodically pull Coda audit events into their SIEM systems for proactive security monitoring and forensic analysis. Notion offers a comprehensive audit log in the product but no API to Enterprise customers.

Admin Pack

To help admins analyze usage / audit data more easily, we also provide admins with an Admin Pack that acts as a UI layer for the Admin API. With the Admin Pack, Enterprise admins can analyze usage data, view audit logs, create reports, and take actions on users or docs depending on the business need. Notion offers similar analytics with an option to export to CSV to help admins analyze usage data.
Note: A Pack is an integration / extension with other tools supplementing the core building blocks of Coda, so you can customize how your doc looks, works, and integrates. The Admin Pack in this example is an integration with the that allows admins to view, analyze and export realtime analytics data from the admin API without requiring admins to write any code to see analytics, audit events or usage information from the API.

Sharing policies

Coda has comprehensive set of sharing policies that control who Enterprise users can share with (External sharing policy) and who can share docs with Enterprise users (Inbound sharing policy). Coda also offers controls to Enterprise admins to restrict creating shared folders that are shared with everyone in the workspace. Inbound sharing policy helps in mitigating phishing attacks through Coda against Enterprise employees. Notion does not support folder policy or inbound sharing policy.

Sharing with SCIM groups

Managing permissions across several SaaS services can be simplified by using RBAC (role based access control) with SCIM groups. Enterprises can use their existing SCIM groups to control access to Coda docs. Notion requires a third party integration to push SCIM group members to Notion which requires yet another service purchase.
In addition to that, Coda supports sharing with SCIM groups which makes it easy for Enterprises to manage access to docs as group membership changes when employees are added / removed from the group. Notion only supports sharing with Native groups which puts the burden on the user to manually update the group each time a new team member / employee is added or removed from the group.

Google Groups integration

Managing permissions across several SaaS services can be simplified by using RBAC with Google groups. Enterprises can use their existing Google groups to share and control access to Coda docs. Notion does not support Google Groups integration and users have to recreate groups natively on Notion to share docs with a large number of people.

Doc transfers upon deprovisioning

Coda allows admins to see all the docs owned by deprovisioned users and transfer them to new owners. Admins can also individually transfer docs to new owners. Notion only supports bulk transfer and does not allow admins to selectively transfer docs to specific users.

Advanced Access Controls for integrations

Coda provides advanced access management controls for external integrations (Pack) through Pack configs. These will allow Enterprise IT admins to approve / disallow Packs, configure which users/groups can use a Pack and also control what aspects or functionalities of the Pack users can have access to. Notion only offers a high-level setting to allow users to only use pre-approved integrations.

DLP-like controls for docs with integrations

In addition to allowing Enterprise admins to control who can use a Pack and control functionality of the pack can be used by those users, admins can also optionally control how docs containing data from specific sensitive packs are shared. This would give them DLP-like controls to ensure that docs with sensitive data aren’t shared too broadly. Notion offers no controls to manage pages that have integrations.

API support for integrating with e-discovery and DLP tools

Coda provides Admin API to integrate with third party DLP or e-discovery products. Notion provides a way for admins to export audit logs to csv and just recently announced support for integrations with DLP and e-discovery products. However, it’s unclear if Notion provides an Admin API to Enterprise customers.

Custom license management

Coda allows Enterprise customers to customize the message shown to users to help admins manage licenses and other user requests from Coda. Customers have the option to manage doc maker requests on a ticketing platform they already use such as serviceNow etc.
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Synced content

Coda offers sync pages enabling content to live in multiple docs so users don’t need to leave a doc they’re working in to review a page from a different doc. When the page is updated, it seamlessly updates across all the docs the page is synced to. Learn more about sync pages
. Notion, on the other hand offers sync blocks, which allows syncing specific parts of the page into other pages.

Suggest changes

Coda offers suggest changes that makes collaborating on docs a lot easier - collaborators can suggest edits to the doc making it easy for the doc owner to accept / reject the suggestion and update the doc as needed. Notion does not offer this capability and collaborators can only comment or edit the doc directly.

Reactions

Collaborating on Coda is a lot more fun and easy with reactions - from getting stakeholders’ votes / feedback on a proposal to gathering everyone’s sentiment on the priorities on your roadmap, reactions are a great way to engage with large teams. Notion requires third-party integration to support reactions, and doesn’t natively provide this feature.

Locking

Coda offers comprehensive locking capabilities, allowing users to manage how they want collaborators to interact with the doc. Notion only offers users the ability to lock tables but doesn’t offer granular locking options.

Formulas

Coda’s formulas make simple tasks easier and complex task possible. While Notion updated their formula language recently, there are still significant gaps in terms of ease of use and capabilities. For more details, see .

Search and breadcrumbs

Coda offers scoped search at the workspace, doc and table level to help you find what you need. You can either search within a specific doc or a table to find results from that specific doc / table, or you can use the workspace search to search universally across all your docs, pages and tables if you don’t know where the information is. Coda also offers snippets and previews that Notion does not. Coda search is also comprehensive whereas Notion only allows users to search for the first 500 characters in the first 500 blocks which often results in users not being able to find the right pages. This could be a really frustrating user experience for Enterprise orgs that may have large pages. Notion on the other hand, offers breadcrumbs to help users understand and navigate the hierarchy of pages easily. For more details on how Coda and Notion search compare, see .

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