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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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Magnolia V5+

It is a great CMS for websites of large companies, but not suited for small companies nor blogs or simple services websites. Not so good for selling sites or intranet sites. Still good for documentation pages, showing images and videos, commercials, informative persistent sites, governative sites and so on.I think it is still a little bit tough to update from one major version to another due to the lack of documentation.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Email & Online Marketing

Adobe Business Catalyst
6.5
Magnolia V5+
WYSIWYG email editor
Adobe Business Catalyst
2.5
Magnolia V5+
Dynamic content
Adobe Business Catalyst
9.0
Magnolia V5+
Ability to test dynamic content
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.6
Magnolia V5+
Landing pages
Adobe Business Catalyst
6.7
Magnolia V5+
A/B testing
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.0
Magnolia V5+
Mobile optimization
Adobe Business Catalyst
8.0
Magnolia V5+
Email deliverability
Adobe Business Catalyst
8.1
Magnolia V5+
List management
Adobe Business Catalyst
3.2
Magnolia V5+
Triggered drip sequences
Adobe Business Catalyst
6.8
Magnolia V5+

Lead Management

Adobe Business Catalyst
1.8
Magnolia V5+
Lead nurturing
Adobe Business Catalyst
1.8
Magnolia V5+
Lead scoring and grading
Adobe Business Catalyst
2.2
Magnolia V5+
Data quality management
Adobe Business Catalyst
1.4
Magnolia V5+
Automated sales alerts and tasks
Adobe Business Catalyst
1.8
Magnolia V5+

Campaign Management

Adobe Business Catalyst
2.4
Magnolia V5+
Calendaring
Adobe Business Catalyst
2.5
Magnolia V5+
Event/webinar marketing
Adobe Business Catalyst
2.3
Magnolia V5+

Social Media Marketing

Adobe Business Catalyst
8.2
Magnolia V5+
Social sharing and campaigns
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.8
Magnolia V5+
Social profile integration
Adobe Business Catalyst
8.6
Magnolia V5+

Reporting & Analytics

Adobe Business Catalyst
7.1
Magnolia V5+
Dashboards
Adobe Business Catalyst
8.0
Magnolia V5+
Standard reports
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.1
Magnolia V5+
Custom reports
Adobe Business Catalyst
6.1
Magnolia V5+

Platform & Infrastructure

Adobe Business Catalyst
6.4
Magnolia V5+
7.0
API
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.1
Magnolia V5+
7.0
Role-based workflow & approvals
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.0
Magnolia V5+
Customizability
Adobe Business Catalyst
6.0
Magnolia V5+
Integration with Salesforce.com
Adobe Business Catalyst
5.5
Magnolia V5+
Internationalization / multi-language
Adobe Business Catalyst
Magnolia V5+
7.0

Security

Adobe Business Catalyst
Magnolia V5+
7.0
Role-based user permissions
Adobe Business Catalyst
Magnolia V5+
7.0

Web Content Creation

Adobe Business Catalyst
Magnolia V5+
6.9
WYSIWYG editor
Adobe Business Catalyst
Magnolia V5+
6.0
Code quality / cleanliness
Adobe Business Catalyst
Magnolia V5+
6.0
Admin section
Adobe Business Catalyst
Magnolia V5+
7.0
Page templates
Adobe Business Catalyst
Magnolia V5+
7.0
Library of website themes
Adobe Business Catalyst
Magnolia V5+
7.0
Publishing workflow
Adobe Business Catalyst
Magnolia V5+
7.0
Form generator
Adobe Business Catalyst
Magnolia V5+
8.0

Web Content Management

Adobe Business Catalyst
Magnolia V5+
6.6
Content taxonomy
Adobe Business Catalyst
Magnolia V5+
6.0
SEO support
Adobe Business Catalyst
Magnolia V5+
7.0
Bulk management
Adobe Business Catalyst
Magnolia V5+
7.0
Availability / breadth of extensions
Adobe Business Catalyst
Magnolia V5+
7.0
Community / comment management
Adobe Business Catalyst
Magnolia V5+
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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  • The product allowed the site to be skinned easily.
  • The product allowed developers to create dialogs to enable the content editors to enter content for the website.
  • The product is a powerful content management tool.
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Cons

  • Better drill down of the reports & analytics feature.
  • Better integration and clarity with the CRM (Customer Relations Management) section.
  • More selection of HTML5/CSS3 Responsive templates.
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  • The set-up of Magnolia CMS seemed to be a little fiddly.
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Likelihood to Renew

Adobe Business Catalyst9.4
Based on 10 answers
Actually with Business Catalyst there is no renewal; once you are a partner, you are a partner for as long as you like. It is an investment in your business not simply a product you purchase...and as an investment in partnership with Adobe, both are committed to each other's success.
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Magnolia V5+9.5
Based on 3 answers
I am unable to rate this.
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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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No answers yet
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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
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Performance

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

Adobe Business Catalyst8.6
Based on 5 answers
Good support; there have been a few issues that we have been unable to resolve
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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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Magnolia V5+8.2
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

Implementation

Adobe Business Catalyst9.6
Based on 3 answers
Pretty easy to do
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No answers yet
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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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I prefer Adobe CQ5 over Magnolia because I have more experience at using CQ5. I only gained a limited exposure to Magnolia on a prototyping exercise. I have used Adobe CQ5 for three years now. However, I would not object to learning Magnolia and giving a better comparison between the two content management systems.
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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

  • Better customer service
  • Faster site builds.
  • Workflow notifications and faster response time.
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  • The biggest business for Tinext is digital marketing. Our team - which includes Sales accounts, Project managers, information architects, software engineers, designers, system engineers, etc. - use Magnolia CMS every day. Having a team focused on a product only is very efficient and allows us to offer a good service and advice to customers.
  • Our customers have very high expectations and need a lot of integration: the flexibility of Magnolia allows us to satisfy every request.
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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
Adobe Business Catalyst Editions & Modules
Adobe Business Catalyst
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Magnolia V5+

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Magnolia V5+ Editions & Modules
Magnolia V5+
Edition
Magnolia Community Edition
$0
Magnolia Enterprise Edition Standard
-2
Magnolia Enterprise Edition Pro
-2
2. per instance
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