Acquia Digital Experience Platform vs. Percussion CMS

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
Percussion CMS
Score 8.6 out of 10
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Percussion Software's content management system is used by higher education, government agencies, and business organizations - SMB to Enterprise. Marketers use Percussion CMS to create, publish, and share multi-channel content.N/A
Pricing
Acquia Digital Experience PlatformPercussion CMS
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
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Free Trial
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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
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Top Pros
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Features
Acquia Digital Experience PlatformPercussion CMS
Security
Comparison of Security features of Product A and Product B
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
8.0
28 Ratings
10% above category average
Percussion CMS
3.0
1 Ratings
91% below category average
Role-based user permissions8.028 Ratings3.01 Ratings
Platform & Infrastructure
Comparison of Platform & Infrastructure features of Product A and Product B
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
7.1
26 Ratings
2% below category average
Percussion CMS
1.0
1 Ratings
154% below category average
API7.225 Ratings00 Ratings
Internationalization / multi-language6.919 Ratings1.01 Ratings
Web Content Creation
Comparison of Web Content Creation features of Product A and Product B
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
7.5
24 Ratings
10% above category average
Percussion CMS
3.0
1 Ratings
87% below category average
WYSIWYG editor7.819 Ratings6.01 Ratings
Code quality / cleanliness7.221 Ratings3.01 Ratings
Admin section7.824 Ratings2.01 Ratings
Page templates7.518 Ratings1.01 Ratings
Library of website themes6.715 Ratings00 Ratings
Mobile optimization / responsive design7.417 Ratings00 Ratings
Publishing workflow8.021 Ratings5.01 Ratings
Form generator7.714 Ratings1.01 Ratings
Web Content Management
Comparison of Web Content Management features of Product A and Product B
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
7.6
20 Ratings
17% above category average
Percussion CMS
1.6
1 Ratings
129% below category average
Content taxonomy8.018 Ratings1.01 Ratings
SEO support7.516 Ratings1.01 Ratings
Bulk management7.018 Ratings3.01 Ratings
Availability / breadth of extensions7.419 Ratings1.01 Ratings
Community / comment management8.115 Ratings2.01 Ratings
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Small Businesses
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Score 9.4 out of 10
ManageWP
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Score 9.6 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
WordPress VIP
WordPress VIP
Score 9.4 out of 10
WordPress VIP
WordPress VIP
Score 9.4 out of 10
Enterprises
Tridion
Tridion
Score 9.3 out of 10
Tridion
Tridion
Score 9.3 out of 10
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User Ratings
Acquia Digital Experience PlatformPercussion CMS
Likelihood to Recommend
8.3
(69 ratings)
2.0
(1 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
5.7
(10 ratings)
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Usability
8.2
(2 ratings)
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Support Rating
8.4
(3 ratings)
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Implementation Rating
9.1
(1 ratings)
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Product Scalability
7.6
(51 ratings)
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User Testimonials
Acquia Digital Experience PlatformPercussion CMS
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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Percussion Software
Best suited for large organizations where everyone knows how to deal with Java in an increasingly Java unfriendly world. Said organization should be willing to pay a huge price for a piece of dinosaur technology
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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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Percussion Software
  • Separate CMS environment publishes to remote server environment - great for security
  • Highly scalable
  • Full scale workflow allows for custom routing, approving, etc..
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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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Percussion Software
  • One word: JAVA! We don't live in the 1990's anymore! An AJAX/DHTML environment seems a long time coming.
  • Horrible end-user experience, learning curve. Our end users' inability to easily use the archaic, Java-based interface, means they send the web developer their content requests. This creates a huge bottleneck and completely defeats the purpose of a CMS.
  • Image mangement and integration with content is aweful and time consuming. An image processing tool called ImedImage was developed for Percussion at one point, and left completely stagnant with very little support.
  • Implementation is extremely complicated, given the complexity of the system. Sure, scalability is a good thing, but there is very little out-of-the box function. Don't expect to implement a site as quickly as with other CMS platforms.
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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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Percussion 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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Percussion Software
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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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Percussion Software
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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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Percussion Software
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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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Percussion Software
No contest. I can't wait to get off of Percussion CMS.
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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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Percussion Software
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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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Percussion Software
  • We are locked into Percussion CMS simply due to the expense and complexity of migrating to another solution (and the lack of time and budget to do so). I long for the day when I am no longer required to support Percussion CMS, to say the least.
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