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Likelihood to Recommend

Adobe Business Catalyst

I feel that Adobe Business Catalyst (BC) is best suited to small businesses and free lance designers reselling to small businesses. The whole interface is very personal and easy to use from an inexperienced perspective. This makes it a perfect platform for small business websites or even portfolio websites. Its lack of different server side protocols and languages makes it perfect for the small scale web implementation.
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Elastic Path

Elastic path is a cost-effectively product which bring the advanced capabilities to enable business to drive a better customer experience. The ecommerce solution is very clean and it is built heavily using open source tools.Elastic path ecommerce is definitely a strong competitor which would fit for any retailers / telco's .
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Feature Rating Comparison

Email & Online Marketing

Adobe Business Catalyst
6.5
Elastic Path
WYSIWYG email editor
Adobe Business Catalyst
2.5
Elastic Path
Dynamic content
Adobe Business Catalyst
9.0
Elastic Path
Ability to test dynamic content
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.6
Elastic Path
Landing pages
Adobe Business Catalyst
6.7
Elastic Path
A/B testing
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.0
Elastic Path
Mobile optimization
Adobe Business Catalyst
8.0
Elastic Path
Email deliverability
Adobe Business Catalyst
8.1
Elastic Path
List management
Adobe Business Catalyst
3.2
Elastic Path
Triggered drip sequences
Adobe Business Catalyst
6.8
Elastic Path

Lead Management

Adobe Business Catalyst
1.8
Elastic Path
Lead nurturing
Adobe Business Catalyst
1.8
Elastic Path
Lead scoring and grading
Adobe Business Catalyst
2.2
Elastic Path
Data quality management
Adobe Business Catalyst
1.4
Elastic Path
Automated sales alerts and tasks
Adobe Business Catalyst
1.8
Elastic Path

Campaign Management

Adobe Business Catalyst
2.4
Elastic Path
Calendaring
Adobe Business Catalyst
2.5
Elastic Path
Event/webinar marketing
Adobe Business Catalyst
2.3
Elastic Path

Social Media Marketing

Adobe Business Catalyst
8.2
Elastic Path
Social sharing and campaigns
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.8
Elastic Path
Social profile integration
Adobe Business Catalyst
8.6
Elastic Path

Reporting & Analytics

Adobe Business Catalyst
7.1
Elastic Path
Dashboards
Adobe Business Catalyst
8.0
Elastic Path
Standard reports
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.1
Elastic Path
Custom reports
Adobe Business Catalyst
6.1
Elastic Path

Platform & Infrastructure

Adobe Business Catalyst
6.4
Elastic Path
API
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.1
Elastic Path
Role-based workflow & approvals
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.0
Elastic Path
Customizability
Adobe Business Catalyst
6.0
Elastic Path
Integration with Salesforce.com
Adobe Business Catalyst
5.5
Elastic Path

Online Storefront

Adobe Business Catalyst
Elastic Path
7.6
Product catalog & listings
Adobe Business Catalyst
Elastic Path
7.0
Product management
Adobe Business Catalyst
Elastic Path
5.0
Bulk product upload
Adobe Business Catalyst
Elastic Path
6.0
Branding
Adobe Business Catalyst
Elastic Path
7.0
Mobile storefront
Adobe Business Catalyst
Elastic Path
7.0
Product variations
Adobe Business Catalyst
Elastic Path
8.0
Website integration
Adobe Business Catalyst
Elastic Path
10.0
Visual customization
Adobe Business Catalyst
Elastic Path
10.0
CMS
Adobe Business Catalyst
Elastic Path
8.0

Online Shopping Cart

Adobe Business Catalyst
Elastic Path
7.0
Abandoned cart recovery
Adobe Business Catalyst
Elastic Path
7.0
Checkout user experience
Adobe Business Catalyst
Elastic Path
7.0

Online Payment System

Adobe Business Catalyst
Elastic Path
8.0
eCommerce security
Adobe Business Catalyst
Elastic Path
8.0

eCommerce Marketing

Adobe Business Catalyst
Elastic Path
9.7
Promotions & discounts
Adobe Business Catalyst
Elastic Path
9.0
Personalized recommendations
Adobe Business Catalyst
Elastic Path
10.0
SEO
Adobe Business Catalyst
Elastic Path
10.0

eCommerce Business Management

Adobe Business Catalyst
Elastic Path
8.4
Multi-site management
Adobe Business Catalyst
Elastic Path
9.0
Order processing
Adobe Business Catalyst
Elastic Path
9.0
Inventory management
Adobe Business Catalyst
Elastic Path
7.0
Shipping
Adobe Business Catalyst
Elastic Path
8.0
Custom functionality
Adobe Business Catalyst
Elastic Path
9.0

Pros

  • Extremely stable platform.
  • Very flexible with the modules and web apps features.
  • The development UI side of the platform makes it very comfortable and easy for front end coding.
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  • Experience driven commerce .
  • Allows functionality to experience management platforms like Adobe Marketing Cloud.Gives us a single view of your customers, and one place to manage your entire digital presence.
  • Promotion and personalization engine is simple and clean.
  • Cache framework is extensive with a 3 level approach at client side(CMS), core and cortex. - OpenJPA + EhCache.
  • Training documentation is good.
  • Cortex API architecture is well tiered and strong.
  • External feeds for catalog data load are available.
  • Logging frameworks available with Log4j
  • API can be exposed from the commerce engine as both SOAP and REST Based.
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Cons

  • The learning curve can be steep.
  • There is no access to the server side programming so some functionality needs a work around or cannot be accomplished.
  • It is more expensive for users than many of the other website options.
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  • Product management tool should be assesible over web.
  • Versioning of catalog items would a nice feature to have.
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Likelihood to Renew

Adobe Business Catalyst9.4
Based on 10 answers
Adobe, is very expensive, has a solid background and produces quality programs. You can't argue with that
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Elastic Path7.0
Based on 1 answer
Team now has skill using Elastic Path
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Usability

Adobe Business Catalyst9.7
Based on 4 answers
It's easy to log in; areas are well marked, and support is available if needed.
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Reliability and Availability

Adobe Business Catalyst9.0
Based on 4 answers
very few issues with availability
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Performance

Adobe Business Catalyst8.2
Based on 1 answer
Very few issues
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Support

Adobe Business Catalyst8.6
Based on 5 answers
The support provided by Adobe is excellent. Though the knowledge base, forums, blogs and online chat questions most all answers can be found. In the event that you are unable to find an answer or you have a unique situation simply post a question to the forums. These forums are regularly monitored by Adobe and its users.
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Online Training

Adobe Business Catalyst8.6
Based on 2 answers
bcgurus.comkiyuco
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No score
No answers yet
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Implementation

Adobe Business Catalyst9.6
Based on 3 answers
Pretty easy to do
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No score
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Alternatives Considered

Adobe Business Catalyst is our favorite web content management system - it has everything built in and, being in the cloud, never needs manual updating like the open source stuff out there. It's contact database isn't as robust as SalesForce or Sugar, but it works and is convenient. The email marketing capability is "light" but does the job and saves our clients $50-$100 per month if they don't email more than 1,000 people per month and, even if they do, it still costs less.
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As a system integrator here are my thoughts --Elastic path is one of best ecommerce tools, which would fit any retailer/ telcos business needs. The software architecture is well thought through and it is built with open source tools, the Ecommerce application is easily extensible and it enables clients to get there E-commerce application in less time.We have evaluated other products like ATG ecommerce, WCS, Magento. Elastic path is definitely a briliant ecommerce product which I would recommend to any clients.
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Scalability

Adobe Business Catalyst9.0
Based on 2 answers
It's easy to build small sites or large sites and there is lots of templating.
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Return on Investment

  • Has allowed us to develop websites about 25-50% faster when compared with WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, Umbraco, Modx, Miva, etc.
  • Has eliminated the need to manually updated the content management system, which is the main weakness of WordPress
  • Has become our default web content management system, which has led to website development driving growth for our business in addition to our strategic marketing consulting and research services
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  • The positive impact was quick development time
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Pricing Details

Adobe Business Catalyst

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

Elastic Path

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