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Adobe Business Catalyst

58 Ratings
Score 7.8 out of 101

eZ Platform

3 Ratings
Score 5 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Adobe Business Catalyst

Adobe Business Catalyst is an absolute rock-star for companies that want an all in one solution, who have limited budgets and/or little technical expertise. It will scale well and can grow with your company. It is more complex and more flexible than something like Wix, where your options are heavily limited, but less open than WordPress where you can use plug-ins and custom code to rebuild how anything works. So it is a nice area in the middle.Adobe Business Catalyst would probably not be a great solution for companies who want absolute control over their website and everything in it and have highly experienced technical resources to build out whatever they need since not every area of the website or server can be modified.
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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
2.7
eZ Platform
Dynamic content
Adobe Business Catalyst
8.9
eZ Platform
Ability to test dynamic content
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.3
eZ Platform
Landing pages
Adobe Business Catalyst
6.6
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
8.2
eZ Platform
List management
Adobe Business Catalyst
3.3
eZ Platform
Triggered drip sequences
Adobe Business Catalyst
6.8
eZ Platform

Lead Management

Adobe Business Catalyst
1.9
eZ Platform
Lead nurturing
Adobe Business Catalyst
1.9
eZ Platform
Lead scoring and grading
Adobe Business Catalyst
2.3
eZ Platform
Data quality management
Adobe Business Catalyst
1.5
eZ Platform
Automated sales alerts and tasks
Adobe Business Catalyst
1.9
eZ Platform

Campaign Management

Adobe Business Catalyst
2.5
eZ Platform
Calendaring
Adobe Business Catalyst
2.6
eZ Platform
Event/webinar marketing
Adobe Business Catalyst
2.4
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
8.1
eZ Platform
Standard reports
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.1
eZ Platform
Custom reports
Adobe Business Catalyst
6.2
eZ Platform

Platform & Infrastructure

Adobe Business Catalyst
6.3
eZ Platform
8.0
API
Adobe Business Catalyst
6.7
eZ Platform
7.0
Role-based workflow & approvals
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.1
eZ Platform
Customizability
Adobe Business Catalyst
6.1
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

  • BC has excellent integration of features that allow for end to end reporting
  • BC is flexible and adaptable through web apps and integrated modules
  • BC offers multi-level customization that can be done efficiently in several ways
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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

  • It is SaaS, so the initial savings can seem costly if the site owner wants to redesign. It is still less costly than having a professional enterprise site built for you, but you will be limited by your budget.
  • It has been a while since I used it, but custom pages for businesses on Facebook was something that needed to be built by a developer and implemented.
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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
There is no renew option, it is a one stop buy-in. There are two different options that can be chosen.
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Usability

Adobe Business Catalyst9.7
Based on 4 answers
Overall it is a "plug and play" interface. The majority of the work is done in other software interfaces. Managing billing, user roles and custom reports are all that you need to manage in the actual BC user interface. For my business this is an incredible benefit as I have to leave my preferred software less.
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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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Implementation

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

More reliable; more integrated tools
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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

  • Better customer service
  • Faster site builds.
  • Workflow notifications and faster response time.
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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