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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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Jadu CMS

Jadu CMS is not currently geared toward the academic side, but more of the business/government types of organizations. Things can be tweaked to suit your needs, but sometimes there are limitations. The programmers are very helpful in assisting with that.
If you have some in house programmers, and you can get developer training, they will be able to program their own custom widgets to use on your website. We did not have programmers but managed to create a few simple widgets.
There's also a marketplace to look for other widgets that you could use on your site.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Email & Online Marketing

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

Lead Management

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

Campaign Management

Adobe Business Catalyst
2.4
Jadu CMS
Calendaring
Adobe Business Catalyst
2.5
Jadu CMS
Event/webinar marketing
Adobe Business Catalyst
2.3
Jadu CMS

Social Media Marketing

Adobe Business Catalyst
8.2
Jadu CMS
Social sharing and campaigns
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.8
Jadu CMS
Social profile integration
Adobe Business Catalyst
8.6
Jadu CMS

Reporting & Analytics

Adobe Business Catalyst
7.1
Jadu CMS
Dashboards
Adobe Business Catalyst
8.0
Jadu CMS
Standard reports
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.1
Jadu CMS
Custom reports
Adobe Business Catalyst
6.1
Jadu CMS

Platform & Infrastructure

Adobe Business Catalyst
6.4
Jadu CMS
6.0
API
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.1
Jadu CMS
3.0
Role-based workflow & approvals
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.0
Jadu CMS
Customizability
Adobe Business Catalyst
6.0
Jadu CMS
Integration with Salesforce.com
Adobe Business Catalyst
5.5
Jadu CMS
Internationalization / multi-language
Adobe Business Catalyst
Jadu CMS
9.0

Security

Adobe Business Catalyst
Jadu CMS
2.0
Role-based user permissions
Adobe Business Catalyst
Jadu CMS
2.0

Web Content Creation

Adobe Business Catalyst
Jadu CMS
3.6
WYSIWYG editor
Adobe Business Catalyst
Jadu CMS
3.0
Code quality / cleanliness
Adobe Business Catalyst
Jadu CMS
1.0
Admin section
Adobe Business Catalyst
Jadu CMS
2.0
Page templates
Adobe Business Catalyst
Jadu CMS
8.0
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Adobe Business Catalyst
Jadu CMS
7.0
Publishing workflow
Adobe Business Catalyst
Jadu CMS
1.0
Form generator
Adobe Business Catalyst
Jadu CMS
3.0

Web Content Management

Adobe Business Catalyst
Jadu CMS
1.0
Content taxonomy
Adobe Business Catalyst
Jadu CMS
1.0
SEO support
Adobe Business Catalyst
Jadu CMS
1.0
Bulk management
Adobe Business Catalyst
Jadu CMS
1.0
Availability / breadth of extensions
Adobe Business Catalyst
Jadu CMS
1.0
Community / comment management
Adobe Business Catalyst
Jadu CMS
1.0

Pros

  • The Web Apps element of Business Catalyst is unique among hosted CMS systems. It helps us solve unique challenges without involving heavy-duty programmers.
  • As a Hosted CMS, it has a lot of great features without a ton of cost or liability being taken on which is important to us.
  • BC has a growing developer community and has made significant upgrades over the past few years, which don't end up costing us more, and would be very expensive or time consuming in a traditional CMS
  • Our client's like that it is from "Adobe" and that it has Dreamweaver integration. This provides them with a level of comfort that helps us sell the project.
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  • Reliability. The LAMP-powered server/software rarely has any problems and can handle hundreds of concurrent users without issue. It was developed with scalability in mind.
  • Ease of Use. Our users find the backend GUI very easy to use. The layout is intuitive and follows the same format throughout the entire control panel.
  • Powerful. Even if it doesn't do something you would like it to out of the box, the code is well formatted and easy to customize.
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Cons

  • The blog module could be improved so there is more functionality and more freedom for easy customization.
  • Multiple files upload into the Media Downloads module would be a great feature to have.
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  • The custom HTML editor can be frustrating
  • Does not provide advanced controls and looks as well as some competitors
  • Menus to add media content are litigious and require many clicks
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Likelihood to Renew

Adobe Business Catalyst9.4
Based on 10 answers
Adobe Business Catalyst is our go-to web CMS and, until something comes along that is a lot better, we're going to continue using it to develop our lead-generating websites.
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Jadu CMS9.5
Based on 2 answers
I decided not to give it a 10 because I don't know what else is out there in terms of CMS products, and there's a bias when you've only been exposed to one product. At my current job, I used Jadu sparingly but it's easy to get reacquainted with the software and the look and feel of the CMS
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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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Jadu CMS10.0
Based on 1 answer
For the common user, Jadu is very easy to use and to understand. For the more complex user/administrator, there's a lot of power to be harnessed in HTML editing, creating widgets, editing styles, creating workflows, and other advanced features Jadu can work up for the customer.
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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 prefer Adobe Business Catalyst over WordPress. Adobe Business Catalyst websites are more secure and you don't have to update plug-ins. Saving our clients in cost over time.
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Compared to WordPress, Jadu provides excellent rights and access management. It can be fined tuned at any level to get the options right to just what you are looking for. It is not quite as user friendly or able to be updated as WordPress but may be better for larger organizations or implementations.
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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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No answers yet
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Return on Investment

  • Positive: Offering a solution to clients that need an in-depth eCommerce platform
  • Positive: A deeper understanding of the power of CRM
  • Negative: A new requirement to learn and support the platform
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  • Increased employee efficiency
  • Able to empower content providers
  • Ability to access and develop in the cloud
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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

Jadu CMS

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