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Score 7.9 out of 101
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Score 7.5 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Adobe Business Catalyst

The service provision is good the accounts customer service is poor so I would struggle to give BC a better than average review, if only they could offer customers a better accounts service then the value would be much higher.
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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
2.4
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
7.7
Liferay Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
Landing pages
Adobe Business Catalyst
6.8
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
3.1
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
1.7
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
1.4
Liferay Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
Automated sales alerts and tasks
Adobe Business Catalyst
1.7
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
7.0
Liferay Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
Dashboards
Adobe Business Catalyst
8.0
Liferay Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
Standard reports
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.0
Liferay Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
Custom reports
Adobe Business Catalyst
6.1
Liferay Digital Experience Platform (DXP)

Platform & Infrastructure

Adobe Business Catalyst
6.5
Liferay Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
API
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.4
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

  • Analytics: I am able to see on multiple levels traffic, clicks, and most importantly search terms for improving SEO. The reports are easy to generate as well as read, especially for small inexperienced business owners.
  • Marketing: When using the BC platform businesses are able to link up easily with Adobe Marketing to automatically send out emails and newsletters. Its a very smooth and painless process.
  • Online Editing: This is probably the best part of BC. Once a design is approved and launched on the platform, my clients do not have to contact me for small content updates. This frees me up as a small business owner to concentrate on design, new clients, and larger projects for existing clients.
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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

  • 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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  • 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
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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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
No answers on this topic

Implementation

Adobe Business Catalyst9.6
Based on 3 answers
Pretty easy to do
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No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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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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
No answers on this topic

Return on Investment

  • Business Catalyst provides partners and clients a single system to learn and maintain. No need to constantly switch gears to remember who has what CMS which makes support more efficient.
  • Business Catalyst has made it possible to create and launch sites in less time thus increasing profitability.
  • Business Catalyst is a large investment in the beginning about monetarily and in learning the system. It may not affordable to smaller agencies.
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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.