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Likelihood to Recommend

Adobe Business Catalyst

Business Catalyst is suited for most web development scenarios. May suggest other options if running a very large ecommerce store, or if they need very specific needs regarding custom coding on a website
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eZ Platform

For a new site:1. Are there any hosting requirements? eZ Publish works best on a traditional LAMP stack.2. What is the expertise of the development and systems administrations individuals? There should be some PHP development experience and a solid level of Apache and MySQL hosting.3. Who will be managing the content of the site? What is their bandwidth for training? For ongoing content changes?
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Feature Rating Comparison

Email & Online Marketing

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

Lead Management

Adobe Business Catalyst
1.8
eZ Platform
Lead nurturing
Adobe Business Catalyst
1.8
eZ Platform
Lead scoring and grading
Adobe Business Catalyst
2.2
eZ Platform
Data quality management
Adobe Business Catalyst
1.5
eZ Platform
Automated sales alerts and tasks
Adobe Business Catalyst
1.8
eZ Platform

Campaign Management

Adobe Business Catalyst
2.4
eZ Platform
Calendaring
Adobe Business Catalyst
2.5
eZ Platform
Event/webinar marketing
Adobe Business Catalyst
2.3
eZ Platform

Social Media Marketing

Adobe Business Catalyst
8.2
eZ Platform
Social sharing and campaigns
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.8
eZ Platform
Social profile integration
Adobe Business Catalyst
8.6
eZ Platform

Reporting & Analytics

Adobe Business Catalyst
7.1
eZ Platform
Dashboards
Adobe Business Catalyst
8.0
eZ Platform
Standard reports
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.1
eZ Platform
Custom reports
Adobe Business Catalyst
6.1
eZ Platform

Platform & Infrastructure

Adobe Business Catalyst
6.4
eZ Platform
8.0
API
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.1
eZ Platform
7.0
Role-based workflow & approvals
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.0
eZ Platform
Customizability
Adobe Business Catalyst
6.0
eZ Platform
Integration with Salesforce.com
Adobe Business Catalyst
5.5
eZ Platform
Internationalization / multi-language
Adobe Business Catalyst
eZ Platform
9.0

Security

Adobe Business Catalyst
eZ Platform
9.0
Role-based user permissions
Adobe Business Catalyst
eZ Platform
9.0

Web Content Creation

Adobe Business Catalyst
eZ Platform
5.4
WYSIWYG editor
Adobe Business Catalyst
eZ Platform
7.0
Code quality / cleanliness
Adobe Business Catalyst
eZ Platform
5.0
Admin section
Adobe Business Catalyst
eZ Platform
7.0
Page templates
Adobe Business Catalyst
eZ Platform
3.0
Library of website themes
Adobe Business Catalyst
eZ Platform
2.0
Publishing workflow
Adobe Business Catalyst
eZ Platform
8.0
Form generator
Adobe Business Catalyst
eZ Platform
6.0

Web Content Management

Adobe Business Catalyst
eZ Platform
5.6
Content taxonomy
Adobe Business Catalyst
eZ Platform
9.0
SEO support
Adobe Business Catalyst
eZ Platform
5.0
Bulk management
Adobe Business Catalyst
eZ Platform
2.0
Availability / breadth of extensions
Adobe Business Catalyst
eZ Platform
6.0
Community / comment management
Adobe Business Catalyst
eZ Platform
6.0

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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  • Content Taxonomy: Content is managed in a tree. Though taxonomy vs folksonomy is a near-religious debate among professionals, clients seeing the system for the first time just seem to "get it" more often.
  • Content Flexibility: Common content types such as blog posts and articles are available out of the box. However, customizing these and creating new content types is very easy.
  • Developer Friendly: Developers need only a little PHP experience to get started. Of course being an expert doesn't hurt and opens the door for the development of custom modules.
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Cons

  • Initial cost of the platform can be daunting
  • Since the platform itself was in transition, we needed to edit various highly technical aspects to make sure the site didn't go down
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  • The template language: Outputting content or doing something special with it requires use of the templating language. Myself along with other developers I have trained, found this to be one of the biggest hurdles.
  • Layout of physical files: The system decides what settings files and templates to use based on a hierarchy of modules. The same file can exist in multiple modules and you can find yourself deep within very similar looking folder structures, causing confusion during debugging.
  • Community: eZ has a solid set of community contributors but the gap between it and Drupal or Wordpress is pretty large.
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Likelihood to Renew

Adobe Business Catalyst9.4
Based on 10 answers
For the types of clients that need all the features Business Catalyst offers, I would not hesitate to renew our use of it. Those types of clients, however, are few and far between. The tech support Adobe offers for Business Catalyst could range from Quite Good to Adequate; it depended on the support personnel
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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
I have used Adobe support for many of their products. I find that they are quick to respond and present a wide variety of support platforms from forums to online chat. Depending on the nature of the issue I am usually able to get resolution within 24 to 48 hours. With more complex issues I have never had a problem with Adobe dropping the ball.
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Online Training

Adobe Business Catalyst8.6
Based on 2 answers
bcgurus.comkiyuco
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Implementation

Adobe Business Catalyst9.6
Based on 3 answers
Pretty easy to do
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Alternatives Considered

We didn't really used many products before deciding to use Business Catalyst. When we started we developed sites using an old product (GoLive) and then created a few sites in WordPress. We didn't like that fact that WordPress needed an add-on every time we wanted additional functionality and trying keep on top of updates was distracting.Adobe's Business Catalyst gave us an all in one system to replace the multiple products clients required to run their online businesses. We also didn't have to remember which sites had what add-ons updated...or not. Business Catalyst is SaaS which allows us to always have the latest updates and functionality ready at our fingertips.
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eZ Publish isn't as large in community size and number of installations as other content management systems. However, it's just as capable and met our needs:
  • Developers, system administrators, and project manager can all speak the same language during the development and maintenance cycles of a site.
  • End-user training is very straight-forward.
  • Vendor support is available.
  • Client IT departments can access if need (developers/designers/sysadmins).
  • The community is there (forums) and there are solid contributions (extensions) from both the vendor and the community.
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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

  • As someone who uses it on behalf of other clients, our ROI with BC is definitely positive. We needed a mid-range CMS without huge licensing costs to satisfy mid-range clients who have some dynamic needs but doesn't need the expense or liability of enterprise level products. Without it we would have lost possible customers or taken bigger hits on projects because of the costs involved with satisfying their mid-level needs
  • Our clients are all usually very positive about the BC platform and are able to use it themselves which lessens our Support time/cost.
  • To use the Web App element,. which we do on almost every site, you need to pay for the highest plan. This brings along with it many features most of our clients would never use. A more basic plan with that Web App capability would be a big improvement on our costs.
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  • Common knowledge: By making eZ a core offering, developers, system administrators, and project managers were able to communicate with each other effectively.
  • Training: Due to its content taxonomy, end-user training often went well.
  • Support: In our case, we had Gold support from eZ Publish which saved time and helped with customizations.
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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

eZ Platform

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