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Likelihood to Recommend

Adobe Business Catalyst

My colleagues are all web developers, so unless they knew of someone who wanted a small scale site without investing in a modern web app I would not be likely to talk about Adobe Business Catalyst with them.
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Liferay Digital Experience Platform (DXP)

Liferay Portal is a framework which comes with a fine grained security/permission model, (Web) Content Management, Authentication and Authorization, outbox portlets with different features to manage content or users. So if any business application has below questions then I can recommend not to use Liferay as a platform.
  • Application is big but not content or user driven.
  • Application with few static contents.
  • Application with batch transactions(DB) i.e. insert , update db records in batch.
  • Application with ERP capabilities.
  • Application with Big Data support.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Email & Online Marketing

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

Lead Management

Adobe Business Catalyst
1.8
Liferay Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
Lead nurturing
Adobe Business Catalyst
1.8
Liferay Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
Lead scoring and grading
Adobe Business Catalyst
2.2
Liferay Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
Data quality management
Adobe Business Catalyst
1.5
Liferay Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
Automated sales alerts and tasks
Adobe Business Catalyst
1.8
Liferay Digital Experience Platform (DXP)

Campaign Management

Adobe Business Catalyst
2.4
Liferay Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
Calendaring
Adobe Business Catalyst
2.5
Liferay Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
Event/webinar marketing
Adobe Business Catalyst
2.3
Liferay Digital Experience Platform (DXP)

Social Media Marketing

Adobe Business Catalyst
8.2
Liferay Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
Social sharing and campaigns
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.8
Liferay Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
Social profile integration
Adobe Business Catalyst
8.6
Liferay Digital Experience Platform (DXP)

Reporting & Analytics

Adobe Business Catalyst
7.1
Liferay Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
Dashboards
Adobe Business Catalyst
8.0
Liferay Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
Standard reports
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.1
Liferay Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
Custom reports
Adobe Business Catalyst
6.1
Liferay Digital Experience Platform (DXP)

Platform & Infrastructure

Adobe Business Catalyst
6.4
Liferay Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
API
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.1
Liferay Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
Role-based workflow & approvals
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.0
Liferay Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
Customizability
Adobe Business Catalyst
6.0
Liferay Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
Integration with Salesforce.com
Adobe Business Catalyst
5.5
Liferay Digital Experience Platform (DXP)

Pros

  • Continues to upgrade/improve the platform. Moved hosting to Amazon cloud, a more secure environment. Added B.C. widgets factory to greatly enhance modules used.
  • BC apps are being developed by a third party (bcappstore.com). BC Gurus is a great platform for getting tutorials on how design, coding, and more. And they provide client tutorials.
  • Recent addition of Liquid logic on the server is the closest thing to server side programming on BC.
  • Great tech support.
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  • OpenSource: Liferay is open source portal framework so developers can easily extend or customize it for their organization or department based on their requirement.
  • OutOfBox: Liferay Portal is not only a portal platform. It also provides a 60+ applications and tools included in the form of portlets. These portlets are available out of the box or in the form of plugins.
  • MarketPlace: Liferay has it own market place (i.e app store) where developer or contributors are contributing their ideas (application) so community can use it freely (some are paid).
  • Enterprise-Ready Portal Solution: It is fully ready to support mission-critical, enterprise applications in an environment configured for multiple redundancies and 24/7 up-times.
  • High Availability and High Performance: Liferay Portal has been tested to support more than 3,000 concurrent transactions (33,000 simultaneous users) on a single 8-core application server, with mean login times under one second and maximum ½ throughput of 79+ logins per second. Liferay Portal has proven to handle millions of page views and over 1.3 million users.
  • Liferay Portal is also deployable to the Cloud and virtual server environments and ensures high availability and performance with: Hardware/Software Load Balancing, HTTP Failover, Session Replication
  • Distributed Cache using Lightweight Multicast Protocol
  • Terracotta, Oracle RAC, and other scalability solutions
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Cons

  • I have run into some Adobe CC shortcomings. Video, specifically, seems to lack options. I was recently required to download a third party system to translate my video into web-ideal formats, such as .ogg and .webm. These are fairly common as web-optimized videos. I was very disappointed that Adobe's fairly advanced video software was unable to export in these formats.
  • In addition to the video software shortcomings, I am usually disappointed with the online help options. Adobe is an extremely expensive product, so I naturally expect to have help at my fingertips whenever I may need it. Unfortunately, I am often relying on public forums, where the only professionals that comment end up redirecting you half a dozen times to find the information you need. It would be positively lovely to have 'chat' capabilities with professionals associated with specific programs.
  • There are some tools that I think could be simplified in some of the programs. A specific example would be InDesign's color swatches and pantone controls. It took quite a while to figure out how to create a 2-color printing safe document, and it is needlessly difficult to accomplish.
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  • Portal Security: It has good security model but in few areas it requires improvement.
  • Encrypt LDAP passwords on import
  • Log in should be via SSL by default
  • Upgrade/patch process should include an alert in the control panel
  • Add virus scan for uploaded files
  • Server Administration
  • Garbage Collector should be able to be scheduled to run from the control panel
  • Reindexing should be able to be scheduled from the control panel
  • Provide GUI to change the default Liferay favorite icon to any desired logo
  • LDAP mapping GUI to custom Liferay attributes
  • Configurations: Less configurations from properties files and provide more GUI to update from control panel.
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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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Liferay Digital Experience Platform (DXP)10.0
Based on 1 answer
We are currently using Liferay Portal and plan to keep using it.
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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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No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Reliability and Availability

Adobe Business Catalyst9.0
Based on 4 answers
very few issues with availability
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No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Performance

Adobe Business Catalyst8.2
Based on 1 answer
Very few issues
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No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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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No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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 answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

We use Adobe Muse and this was our introduction to BC, we did not have a choice in this topic. But we have a good experiance with Adobe products generally as we also use most products within Adobe CC
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Alfresco: Very good CMS but not good for presentation or front end technology.Portofino: Not much scalable and high available CMS.eXo Platform: Slowly growing in market but not mature community like Liferay and less support from community.Microsoft SharePoint: Proprietary Software from Microsoft. Nuxeo ECM Platform: Picking up the market but not mature community and support from 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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No score
No answers yet
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Return on Investment

  • Adobe Business Catalyst allows us to offer our clients a custom design, custom functionality with the use of web apps, and the ability to easily update their websites.
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  • Liferay scales well both in terms of performance but also in terms of operational self-service and eases the burden on IT.
  • Compliance, Marketing and Client Engagement teams can create and modify content and submit it for approval. This results in lower operational costs in the areas of new private-label sites and maintenance of current sites because, prior to Liferay, site content management required expensive IT software engineering resources to implement compliance and marketing content changes.
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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

Liferay Digital Experience Platform (DXP)

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details
Email sales@liferay.com for pricing information.