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Score 7.9 out of 101
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Likelihood to Recommend

Acquia

Acquia is well-suited for any Drupal web platform. I think it best plays in the enterprise space, either for B2B or nonprofit/higher ed/government. Acquia is a great solution for smaller web platforms, as well, but the price is typically prohibitive in these scenarios.
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Percussion CMS

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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Feature Rating Comparison

Security

Acquia
8.8
Percussion CMS
3.0
Role-based user permissions
Acquia
8.8
Percussion CMS
3.0

Platform & Infrastructure

Acquia
8.5
Percussion CMS
1.0
API
Acquia
9.0
Percussion CMS
Internationalization / multi-language
Acquia
8.1
Percussion CMS
1.0

Web Content Creation

Acquia
7.4
Percussion CMS
3.0
WYSIWYG editor
Acquia
8.0
Percussion CMS
6.0
Code quality / cleanliness
Acquia
8.9
Percussion CMS
3.0
Admin section
Acquia
7.8
Percussion CMS
2.0
Page templates
Acquia
8.0
Percussion CMS
1.0
Library of website themes
Acquia
6.0
Percussion CMS
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Acquia
7.0
Percussion CMS
Publishing workflow
Acquia
7.8
Percussion CMS
5.0
Form generator
Acquia
6.1
Percussion CMS
1.0

Web Content Management

Acquia
8.5
Percussion CMS
1.6
Content taxonomy
Acquia
8.0
Percussion CMS
1.0
SEO support
Acquia
9.1
Percussion CMS
1.0
Bulk management
Acquia
7.7
Percussion CMS
3.0
Availability / breadth of extensions
Acquia
9.1
Percussion CMS
1.0
Community / comment management
Acquia
8.6
Percussion CMS
2.0

Pros

  • Acquia has a variety of products and services that serve a variety of clients that span across many industries. The wide variety of use cases, supported by hundreds of case studies, make selling Acquia to our customers very easy.
  • Acquia's platform is secure, scalable, and designed specifically for Drupal allowing us to get projects started much smoother and quicker.
  • Acquia is always innovating and providing new products for their entire suite. Acquia's LIFT product is a game changing platform that is starting to provide a personalization solution meant for any size client and project website.
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  • 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

  • Responses from tickets aren't always from the same person, and can vary in effectiveness of solving your problem
  • While documentation is robust, it can be difficult to find exactly what you need
  • Provided forums are not monitored frequently, and are not as useful as they could be
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  • 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

Acquia10.0
Based on 8 answers
Fast, reliable and tailored to Drupal.
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Alternatives Considered

I have used Pantheon for almost as long as I have used Acquia. Many colleges and universities will use sub-sites in Drupal either as a separator for each department, or possibly for targeted marketing campaigns. One of the biggest reason we tend to use Acquia over Pantheon for these clients is that Pantheon does not support Drupal sub-sites. So, there is an added cost to the client each time they want to spin up another site based on their base Drupal installation. The admin UI for Pantheon is similar to Acquia's, but they take a more hands-on / hands-off approach when it comes to core Drupal upgrades. Pantheon uses their own software called Terminus to help interface between the developer and the server. By them managing the Drupal core files, you, as a developer just need to understand that you can not update your copy of the site locally, when an updated version of Drupal is released. All of your custom and contributed modules are your responsibility (as they should be), but you just need to be aware that your commits will be rejected if they contain core Drupal updates.
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No contest. I can't wait to get off of Percussion CMS.
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Return on Investment

  • Increased speed
  • Better security
  • Faster time to market
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  • 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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Pricing Details

Acquia

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

Percussion CMS

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details