13 Ratings
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Score 8.8 out of 100
54 Ratings
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Score 8.3 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Acoustic Content (formerly IBM Watson Content Hub)

It is advisable to create custom designs that call for specific programs and content without giving direct access to those programs. We still have to meet the proposed use case where it should not be used.
Madusanka Balapitiya | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cascade Server

Cascade Server is well suited with it's WYSIWYG editor being better than most editors that I have used in other systems. In context, editing makes adding content easy compared to the last CMS I used where you had to wing it and view the page outside of the CMS to see if it was correct. The ability mix HTML, CSS, and the Script of your choice anywhere and with ease.
The scenarios were Cascade Server is less appropriate would be in the use of compilers or programs like Visual studio. You need to go out of Cascade Server and go to other environments to perform tasks and then copy the result to Cascade Server. You can write directly in Cascade Server, but it's easier to do in and editor that is specific to a function.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Security

Acoustic Content (formerly IBM Watson Content Hub)
9.0
Cascade Server
8.0
Role-based user permissions
Acoustic Content (formerly IBM Watson Content Hub)
9.0
Cascade Server
8.0

Platform & Infrastructure

Acoustic Content (formerly IBM Watson Content Hub)
9.5
Cascade Server
7.1
API
Acoustic Content (formerly IBM Watson Content Hub)
10.0
Cascade Server
7.0
Internationalization / multi-language
Acoustic Content (formerly IBM Watson Content Hub)
9.0
Cascade Server
7.3

Web Content Creation

Acoustic Content (formerly IBM Watson Content Hub)
9.5
Cascade Server
7.1
WYSIWYG editor
Acoustic Content (formerly IBM Watson Content Hub)
8.0
Cascade Server
6.2
Code quality / cleanliness
Acoustic Content (formerly IBM Watson Content Hub)
10.0
Cascade Server
6.1
Admin section
Acoustic Content (formerly IBM Watson Content Hub)
10.0
Cascade Server
8.0
Page templates
Acoustic Content (formerly IBM Watson Content Hub)
10.0
Cascade Server
8.9
Library of website themes
Acoustic Content (formerly IBM Watson Content Hub)
9.0
Cascade Server
5.5
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Acoustic Content (formerly IBM Watson Content Hub)
9.0
Cascade Server
7.0
Publishing workflow
Acoustic Content (formerly IBM Watson Content Hub)
10.0
Cascade Server
9.0
Form generator
Acoustic Content (formerly IBM Watson Content Hub)
10.0
Cascade Server
6.4

Web Content Management

Acoustic Content (formerly IBM Watson Content Hub)
9.8
Cascade Server
6.9
Content taxonomy
Acoustic Content (formerly IBM Watson Content Hub)
10.0
Cascade Server
7.9
SEO support
Acoustic Content (formerly IBM Watson Content Hub)
9.0
Cascade Server
7.0
Bulk management
Acoustic Content (formerly IBM Watson Content Hub)
10.0
Cascade Server
8.9
Availability / breadth of extensions
Acoustic Content (formerly IBM Watson Content Hub)
10.0
Cascade Server
6.0
Community / comment management
Acoustic Content (formerly IBM Watson Content Hub)
9.9
Cascade Server
4.8

Pros

Acoustic Content (formerly IBM Watson Content Hub)

  • It has a wide variety of built-in API calls.
  • Building unique pages is simple and straightforward and requires only basic fundamental knowledge to get started.
  • More advanced API calls can be developed simply.
Ben Williams | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cascade Server

  • Cascade CMS makes no assumptions about your content. Templates control how the content gets displayed.
  • Workflows are intuitive and allow for one or more people to review content before it is published.
  • The published site is static (no database connection) which allows for faster page loads and reduced risk of attack.
John Dezember | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Acoustic Content (formerly IBM Watson Content Hub)

  • It doesn't work well with our IBM systems and as you might expect, that seems to be a common problem with IBM products.
  • Application settings are bad and some items are easily accessible and can be buried in menus
Madusanka Balapitiya | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cascade Server

  • Cascade CMS is not an out-of-the-box pre-built system that you can install, turn on and expect to be serving sites and pages on day one. It's not a blogging system like WordPress, or a drag-and-drop system like SquareSpace (both of which I've used for their own purposes). You need to have someone tasked with management and system administration – and if you implement the on-premise self-hosted version, you ought to have several people. We have the university's IT shop handling infrastructure (server hardware, containers, clustering, operating systems, load-balancing, DNS, database servers, NAS/SAN drives), our Web & Design team managing Cascade CMS (system settings, sites, templates, permissions) and managers coordinating each respective academic unit (A&S, business, education, law, marine science).
Andrew Bauserman | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Acoustic Content (formerly IBM Watson Content Hub)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Cascade Server

Cascade Server 9.1
Based on 26 answers
Changing systems would require too much effort. Our institution is using Cascade Server, WordPress and Drupal but we only serve 2200 students so we have 1 too many content management systems. Reflecting on current technical resources we would like to drop down to 2. This effort hasn't moved forward because of the extensive work required to migrate content and train users in a new system.
Jason Slater | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Acoustic Content (formerly IBM Watson Content Hub)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Cascade Server

Cascade Server 9.1
Based on 4 answers
Cascade CMS is completely usable on mobile devices, we can train our content editors in a single 2-hour session, and we support 1,000 users with a very small team.
There is a level of complexity for the system administrators, site managers and web programmers who implement templates and content types. But the complexity is neither arbitrary nor inconsistent – and once learned provides a powerful environment within which we can develop robust sites that are beautiful and powerful, yet easy for our content editors to manage.
Andrew Bauserman | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Acoustic Content (formerly IBM Watson Content Hub)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Cascade Server

Cascade Server 6.7
Based on 4 answers
Amazing customer service and VERY customizable.
Graham Lewis | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Acoustic Content (formerly IBM Watson Content Hub)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Cascade Server

Cascade Server 8.0
Based on 1 answer
Does a great job.
Collan Davidson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Acoustic Content (formerly IBM Watson Content Hub)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Cascade Server

Cascade Server 9.1
Based on 5 answers
They have always regarded any question or problem we encountered as very important. We have never felt that they ignore or downplay any issue and not once has anything been left unresolved. They also hold an annual conference where users are invited to attend and share their experiences and wisdom with the entire Cascade community. And with the care and support the provide, we all feel a part of that community.
David Van Wie | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

Acoustic Content (formerly IBM Watson Content Hub)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Cascade Server

Cascade Server 7.0
Based on 1 answer
Training was helpful.
Collan Davidson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

Acoustic Content (formerly IBM Watson Content Hub)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Cascade Server

Cascade Server 5.0
Based on 1 answer
Still needed that physical help
Collan Davidson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Acoustic Content (formerly IBM Watson Content Hub)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Cascade Server

Cascade Server 9.1
Based on 4 answers
The key to any CMS implementation is PLAN, PLAN, PLAN. Proper planning with Cascade can increase your satisfaction exponentially once the site migration/creation is complete. When all is said and done, your implementation can make your site run like a Yugo or Maserati. Be smart and deliberate in your decisions. Drive the Maserati. It is already paid for.
William White | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Acoustic Content (formerly IBM Watson Content Hub)

I haven't had experience outside of the IBM applications but can confirm that compared to other content tools provided by IBM, this is one of the more complete packages.
Ben Williams | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cascade Server

We selected Cascade server seven years ago, and the CMS environment at the time was clearly different than it is today. We decided to go with a vendor solution rather than a free solution because the long term cost in hosting a free solution is not, in fact, free; we've found Cascade to have been an excellent choice for us.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Acoustic Content (formerly IBM Watson Content Hub)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Cascade Server

Cascade Server 5.0
Based on 1 answer
I used it only a few times.
Collan Davidson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Acoustic Content (formerly IBM Watson Content Hub)

  • Approved developer is a simple tool for integrating other end-user applications.
  • It has allowed us to have one-stop-shop and easy-to-use debugging, saving time.
Madusanka Balapitiya | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cascade Server

  • Initially, ROI was positive - because we completely redesigned the website when we implemented Cascade.
  • Over time, the inability to keep up with the latest interactive tools has reduced visitors time on site.
  • Also over time, the difficulty of use has led to less buy-in by backend users, leading to outdated pages, little timely information, and lower visitors.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Screenshots

Cascade Server

Pricing Details

Acoustic Content (formerly IBM Watson Content Hub)

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Cascade Server

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Acoustic Content (formerly IBM Watson Content Hub)
10.0
Cascade Server
9.9

Likelihood to Renew

Acoustic Content (formerly IBM Watson Content Hub)
Cascade Server
9.1

Usability

Acoustic Content (formerly IBM Watson Content Hub)
Cascade Server
9.1

Reliability and Availability

Acoustic Content (formerly IBM Watson Content Hub)
Cascade Server
6.7

Performance

Acoustic Content (formerly IBM Watson Content Hub)
Cascade Server
8.0

Support Rating

Acoustic Content (formerly IBM Watson Content Hub)
Cascade Server
9.1

In-Person Training

Acoustic Content (formerly IBM Watson Content Hub)
Cascade Server
7.0

Online Training

Acoustic Content (formerly IBM Watson Content Hub)
Cascade Server
5.0

Implementation Rating

Acoustic Content (formerly IBM Watson Content Hub)
Cascade Server
9.1

Scalability

Acoustic Content (formerly IBM Watson Content Hub)
Cascade Server
5.0

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