Acquia Digital Experience Platform vs. Adobe Experience Manager

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
Score 8.2 out of 10
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The Acquia Digital Experience Platform is an "Open DXP" with its two core pillars being content and data. Built on top of one of the largest open-source content management systems, Drupal, it aims to provide the flexibility and interoperability a modern organization needs. With its customer data platform, it allows organizations to understand who their customers are and deliver personalized experiences. Acquia's DXP offers variety of other tools including digital asset management,…N/A
Adobe Experience Manager
Score 8.0 out of 10
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Adobe Experience Manager is a combined web content management system and digital asset management system. The combined applications of Adobe Experience Manager Sites and Adobe Experience Manager Assets is offered by the vendor as an end-to-end solution for managing and delivering marketing content.N/A
Pricing
Acquia Digital Experience PlatformAdobe Experience Manager
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Acquia Digital Experience PlatformAdobe Experience Manager
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
YesNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
Acquia Digital Experience PlatformAdobe Experience Manager
Considered Both Products
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
Chose Acquia Digital Experience Platform
I personally haven't had much experience with other digital hosting platforms, but I have investigated alternatives in other roles. Pantheon has consistently cropped up as another enterprise Drupal hosting solution, and Adobe Experience Manager has been investigated for …
Chose Acquia Digital Experience Platform
Can do everything AEM does, but faster and cheaper.
Chose Acquia Digital Experience Platform
Acquia is so much more flexible when it comes to using products beyond what they sell.
Chose Acquia Digital Experience Platform
In my opinion, Acquia compares favorably to any similar product I have seen. It is a cut above Sitecore in usability, ability to build quickly, and general content management capabilities. It is not nearly as complex as AEM which leads it to be much easier to implement. …
Chose Acquia Digital Experience Platform
It’s much faster, intuitive and modular.
Adobe Experience Manager

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Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
Acquia Digital Experience PlatformAdobe Experience Manager
Security
Comparison of Security features of Product A and Product B
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
7.8
24 Ratings
Adobe Experience Manager
7.6
38 Ratings
Role-based user permissions7.824 Ratings7.638 Ratings
Platform & Infrastructure
Comparison of Platform & Infrastructure features of Product A and Product B
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
6.6
23 Ratings
Adobe Experience Manager
7.9
33 Ratings
API6.922 Ratings7.729 Ratings
Internationalization / multi-language6.416 Ratings8.029 Ratings
Web Content Creation
Comparison of Web Content Creation features of Product A and Product B
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
7.2
20 Ratings
Adobe Experience Manager
7.4
38 Ratings
WYSIWYG editor7.516 Ratings7.433 Ratings
Code quality / cleanliness7.018 Ratings6.634 Ratings
Admin section7.520 Ratings6.934 Ratings
Page templates7.415 Ratings7.437 Ratings
Library of website themes6.312 Ratings7.226 Ratings
Mobile optimization / responsive design7.014 Ratings7.735 Ratings
Publishing workflow7.717 Ratings8.135 Ratings
Form generator7.411 Ratings7.529 Ratings
Web Content Management
Comparison of Web Content Management features of Product A and Product B
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
7.3
17 Ratings
Adobe Experience Manager
7.1
37 Ratings
Content taxonomy7.615 Ratings7.431 Ratings
SEO support7.313 Ratings6.833 Ratings
Bulk management7.015 Ratings6.936 Ratings
Availability / breadth of extensions7.016 Ratings7.334 Ratings
Community / comment management7.712 Ratings6.930 Ratings
User Ratings
Acquia Digital Experience PlatformAdobe Experience Manager
Likelihood to Recommend
8.3
(65 ratings)
8.1
(56 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
5.7
(10 ratings)
9.0
(5 ratings)
Usability
8.2
(2 ratings)
8.3
(21 ratings)
Availability
-
(0 ratings)
8.6
(5 ratings)
Performance
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(5 ratings)
Support Rating
8.4
(3 ratings)
7.2
(11 ratings)
Implementation Rating
9.1
(1 ratings)
8.7
(4 ratings)
Contract Terms and Pricing Model
-
(0 ratings)
9.5
(2 ratings)
Product Scalability
7.6
(47 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Professional Services
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
Acquia Digital Experience PlatformAdobe Experience Manager
Likelihood to Recommend
Acquia
Acquia Cloud is well suited for organizations and teams without the ability to support their own hosting, such as on AWS, Digital Ocean, etc. If a team has the ability (and desire) to manage it themselves, I'm not sure I would recommend it. However, if your team needs reliable, hands-off Drupal hosting, I would definitely recommend Acquia Cloud. Once a deployment pipeline is configured, it's very nearly set-and-forget as far as server configuration is concerned
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Adobe
When it comes to maintaining and managing content and multiple web pages, it’s a fantastic tool that’s relatively easy to use. It is very intuitive and has a lot of great features for beginners, and can be customized for robust features. It may not be best suited for small companies with very simple websites, given the cost.
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Pros
Acquia
  • Easy to manage multiple environments and a team of Site Developers and Site Administrators
  • Easy and intuitive to conduct deployments, back-ups, rollbacks of code, databases, and files
  • Useful add-ons such as Solr Search, Security, Site Monitoring, Migration tools, etc.
  • Excellent and responsive support
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Adobe
  • Content and assets are managed effectively with AEM, which allows team members to utilize this content effectively.
  • Moreover, as it is part of the Adobe suite, its integration with other Adobe products such as ACS is very easy and effective, compared with others.
  • Components availability
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Cons
Acquia
  • the support portal can be hit and miss. sometimes there are very helpful people who get back to you in a timely manner, but more often there's a lot of lag time for the ticket to get picked up and in between responses, which can also be less than helpful.
  • it seems like the different departments within acquia (support, management, build teams) don't communicate with each other.
  • because features are so dense and granular, sometimes the workflow or how they are connected can be really complex to access.
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Adobe
  • The new Touch UI interface could use a lot of improvement. Many of it is smaller detail items/features, but when using the system extensively it can become cumbersome.
  • There is a bit of a learning curve because of the depth of what Adobe Experience Manager can do. Even basic editing and page creation, while relatively simple at the most basic level, is not as intuitive and easy to use as other systems like Wordpress.
  • Development can be complicated. Although I've not personally done much in terms of dev work, my experience and what I've heard from my colleagues indicates that there are some complexities that make it not as easy to develop in as other systems.
  • The source edit option within the rich text editor does not include syntax coloring for the code, or even a different serif/monospaced font. It is the same sans serif font as the regular rich text, which makes it hard to read.
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Likelihood to Renew
Acquia
We're moving away from Drupal as a platform. Drupal 8 and 9 were simply too overburdened and difficult to maintain compared to other offerings. PHP seems like a dying language so we are currently in the process of migrating all of our Drupal 7 functionality and custom modules to a Python/Django/Wagtail platform. This doesn't mean Acquia isn't a great service, they are professional and top-knotch, but the only way we'd say with them is if I didn't complete the migration.
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Adobe
We had and still have a fantastic experience using Adobe CQ. Lots of flexibility, great integration with other Adobe products we already use and a powerful technology make it a great fit for our corporate environment. Also as the community grows, it makes it easier to network with other developers and users to get new ideas on how to continue to get the best out of the software.
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Usability
Acquia
It's a great user interface. It's always being updated and I've never noticed a bad update that increased the complexity or reduced
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Adobe
AEM provided me with a better experience in terms of deliveries, feedback, and progress tracking. It not only increases engagement but also provides us with various analytics of traffic visits, and the asset management is superb overall. By adding the minor details of assets, we can easily search them in the main search bar set on top of assets.
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Reliability and Availability
Acquia
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Adobe
When it comes to availability, adobe experience manager is the best with little to no downtime at least during business hours. Considering the enterprise scale and critical business solutions built on experience manager, availability was our primary requirement during CMS evaluation and adobe fits best on this parameter. If there's a planned upgrade, adobe would make sure they do it in non-business hours.
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Performance
Acquia
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Adobe
Page load time is important to me for search engine optimization reasons. I cannot say I have been particularly impressed by Adobe Experience Manager in this area so far. When using tools like Google's PageSpeed Insights, the reports received on our AEM pages have suggested there is a lot of room for improvement, especially when assessing mobile performance.
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Support Rating
Acquia
They are absolutely fabulous and have never dropped the ball in 8 years of us being on the platform. If it wasn't for Drupal 8/9 being unrealistically complicated compared to other offerings like Django/Wagtail we'd be still with Acquia and Drupal.
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Adobe
Adobe Experience Manager, in all its capacity, is a great alternative to any other CMS you are using. It helps in rapid development and makes life easier for maintaining the website for multi-language sites. Technical know-how is eliminated at content authoring. Better documentation in terms of live examples with videos would be appreciated.
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Implementation Rating
Acquia
It was implemented when I got there. I don't know how it was prior.
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Adobe
Depending on your individual needs, It is really quite simple to create an authoring experience for a website that looks really good. I have been part of many implementations and many teams and have seen many projects that were super successful and others that were not implemented well. AEM has room for a lot of flexibility in the implementation process compared to other CMS like SharePoint
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Alternatives Considered
Acquia
We use AWS (a variety of services inside AWS) to host our less than mission-critical sites. These are great options for sites that are relatively simple, technically, and/or that can tolerate occasional problems. However, Acquia Digital Experience Platform does provide a level of concierge service that I have appreciated when it comes to running a highly available web application.
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Adobe
I think AEM is specific to the client's needs and is not necessarily comparable to all other platforms. However, when compared feature to feature I think AEM many times is a leader in the industry. While WordPress has progressed in the WYSIWYG interface it is not there still today and this is truly where AEM shines against all of the other CMS platforms.
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Contract Terms and Pricing Model
Acquia
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Adobe
Instead of being directly involved in the tool purchase, I am involved in analysis or what we can use to maximize the tool. Small organizations may find it expensive. However, if the team or organization focuses more on your ROI or the features you will get, then it will definitely be worth it. Pricing is based on a number of factors, including team size or the use of the tool. The user can select the pricing option that best fits their needs based on the number of form submissions they make or the number of pages they wish to publish on their global/multisite sites.
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Scalability
Acquia
Since the beginning of the website rebuild project, our agency gathered our needs and expectations. We also shared several technical or SEO specifications, and they have been able to fully adapt the software to our needs, in order to create a custom interface that we can easy use on a daily-basis.
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Adobe
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Professional Services
Acquia
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Adobe
The professional services team within adobe is one of the best in terms of technical and solutioning knowledge. However, considering the billing charges of adobe professional services team, it is always recommended to involve them during platform initial setup or when a complex solution is to be built with platform customizations.
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Return on Investment
Acquia
  • It's done a really nice job of allowing us to focus on business-specific needs as opposed to infrastructure/security issues. The platform is rock solid from a support and security standpoint.
  • The ability to add automation and levels of personalization without having to break the bank has been a big boost to clients.
  • Unfortunately, our adoption of Site Studio was short-lived due to some inherent restrictions that limited the level of customization we were able to do.
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Adobe
  • We have been able to meet our first objective of rolling out a site to replace our current Students site well within time parameters
  • We were able to deploy the site to replace our County Offices within three months, and the users have been able to turn out acceptable content
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