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Adobe Business Catalyst

58 Ratings
Score 7.8 out of 101

MS SharePoint

1147 Ratings
Score 7.4 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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MS SharePoint

I would recommend MS SharePoint to individuals who wish to collaborate on documents, save old/previous versions of their documents, assign tasks, maintain a progress log and share with their teams, assign edit rights to others, so they can modify your documents, build workflows, create collaborative websites, and all online.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Email & Online Marketing

Adobe Business Catalyst
6.5
MS SharePoint
WYSIWYG email editor
Adobe Business Catalyst
2.7
MS SharePoint
Dynamic content
Adobe Business Catalyst
8.9
MS SharePoint
Ability to test dynamic content
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.3
MS SharePoint
Landing pages
Adobe Business Catalyst
6.6
MS SharePoint
A/B testing
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.0
MS SharePoint
Mobile optimization
Adobe Business Catalyst
8.0
MS SharePoint
Email deliverability
Adobe Business Catalyst
8.2
MS SharePoint
List management
Adobe Business Catalyst
3.3
MS SharePoint
Triggered drip sequences
Adobe Business Catalyst
6.8
MS SharePoint

Lead Management

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

Campaign Management

Adobe Business Catalyst
2.5
MS SharePoint
Calendaring
Adobe Business Catalyst
2.6
MS SharePoint
Event/webinar marketing
Adobe Business Catalyst
2.4
MS SharePoint

Social Media Marketing

Adobe Business Catalyst
8.2
MS SharePoint
Social sharing and campaigns
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.8
MS SharePoint
Social profile integration
Adobe Business Catalyst
8.6
MS SharePoint

Reporting & Analytics

Adobe Business Catalyst
7.1
MS SharePoint
Dashboards
Adobe Business Catalyst
8.1
MS SharePoint
Standard reports
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.1
MS SharePoint
Custom reports
Adobe Business Catalyst
6.2
MS SharePoint

Platform & Infrastructure

Adobe Business Catalyst
6.3
MS SharePoint
API
Adobe Business Catalyst
6.7
MS SharePoint
Role-based workflow & approvals
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.1
MS SharePoint
Customizability
Adobe Business Catalyst
6.1
MS SharePoint
Integration with Salesforce.com
Adobe Business Catalyst
5.5
MS SharePoint

Project Management

Adobe Business Catalyst
MS SharePoint
7.6
Task Management
Adobe Business Catalyst
MS SharePoint
8.0
Gantt Charts
Adobe Business Catalyst
MS SharePoint
7.4
Scheduling
Adobe Business Catalyst
MS SharePoint
7.5
Workflow Automation
Adobe Business Catalyst
MS SharePoint
8.3
Mobile Access
Adobe Business Catalyst
MS SharePoint
7.2
Search
Adobe Business Catalyst
MS SharePoint
7.5
Visual planning tools
Adobe Business Catalyst
MS SharePoint
7.2

Communication

Adobe Business Catalyst
MS SharePoint
7.6
Chat
Adobe Business Catalyst
MS SharePoint
6.5
Notifications
Adobe Business Catalyst
MS SharePoint
7.4
Discussions
Adobe Business Catalyst
MS SharePoint
7.6
Surveys
Adobe Business Catalyst
MS SharePoint
7.7
Internal knowledgebase
Adobe Business Catalyst
MS SharePoint
8.2
Integrates with GoToMeeting
Adobe Business Catalyst
MS SharePoint
7.8
Integrates with Gmail and Google Hangouts
Adobe Business Catalyst
MS SharePoint
6.8
Integrates with Outlook
Adobe Business Catalyst
MS SharePoint
8.9

File Sharing & Management

Adobe Business Catalyst
MS SharePoint
8.3
Versioning
Adobe Business Catalyst
MS SharePoint
8.6
Video files
Adobe Business Catalyst
MS SharePoint
7.9
Audio files
Adobe Business Catalyst
MS SharePoint
7.9
Document collaboration
Adobe Business Catalyst
MS SharePoint
8.7
Access control
Adobe Business Catalyst
MS SharePoint
8.6
Advanced security features
Adobe Business Catalyst
MS SharePoint
8.5
Integrates with Google Drive
Adobe Business Catalyst
MS SharePoint
8.3
Device sync
Adobe Business Catalyst
MS SharePoint
8.1

Pros

  • Blogs are one of the best ways to generate new content and gain organic rankings with search engines. Business Catalyst's built in blog engine allows users to have their blog resident on their website instead of having to maintain to two sites. This helps to keep the website fresh and builds SEO.
  • Business Catalyst provides a comprehensive Email Marketing module. Users can create and schedule email series. BC also allows for other modules to be placed within the email so that as you update content on your website you are also populating your email newsletter.
  • Although not a feature of Business Catalyst itself, there is a great community of BC partners that support one another. The community shares their knowledge and successes as well as their trials and tribulations. The community happily welcomes new partners without condition or judgement. Through the knowledge shared partners can learn about the platform itself, site building in general, tips on working with clients and how to build their own business.
  • Business Catalyst support is excellent. Being able to chat with support in real time while you are talking a client through a problem is a great asset.
  • The Web Apps module is a powerful feature which allows users to add content to the site while locking in the design. Users simply fill out a form and the information is added to the site perfectly formatted.
  • The ability to replicate sites allows partners to reproduce a successful site thereby reducing build time and increasing productivity and profits.
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  • Sharing and collaborating documents with the ability to lock documents upon final revision.
  • Implementing workflows for specific documents and teams is a plus, this allows certain approval process during a copy edit to run smoothly.
  • Project-related sites are quick and easy to deploy templates for fast moving teams or temporary teams.
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Cons

  • There is a lot of documentation out there, but much of it is out of date or lacking in detail or specificity.
  • The biggest weakness of BC is its support. While the chat feature is good, it has long hold times and staff that is not knowledgeable about the product. I doubt anyone in support has ever even built a site with Business Catalyst before. They need US support centers with actual designers or developers who would be able actually help. It seems like 50% of our support questions should be easy but end up being escalated as a "not for the development team" or never answered.
  • The Admin UI could be more intuitive and the In-Content Editing is very difficult to actually use in practice with a novice client.
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  • Referential integrity between lists
  • Better no programming application development capabilities
  • Simple solution to keep big data outside the database
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Likelihood to Renew

Adobe Business Catalyst9.4
Based on 10 answers
Adobe, is very expensive, has a solid background and produces quality programs. You can't argue with that
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MS SharePoint9.3
Based on 18 answers
To me SharePoint is the most complete technology out there for business needs as it includes:- Business Intelligence- Electronic Forms- Collaboration Sites- Blogs- etc...Blogger for example may individually do blogging better than SharePoint but does not have all the other features that SharePoint has such as BI. SharePoint to me is the best choice as it does many features really well where other technology may do something specific better but is restricted to that feature only.
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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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MS SharePoint7.9
Based on 7 answers
A lot of users can give you many great ideas how to cleverly use SharePoint's core functionality to implement almost any process you need. It is very sturdy, never crashes. Many applications and third party solutions are built for SharePoint so even customization without Microsoft programming skills is rather easy and low cost.
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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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No answers yet
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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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MS SharePoint5.8
Based on 5 answers
We never actually used Microsoft support. We mostly use forums, user groups and Google to handle issues.
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Online Training

Adobe Business Catalyst8.6
Based on 2 answers
bcgurus.comkiyuco
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MS SharePoint6.4
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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MS SharePoint7.0
Based on 3 answers
Beware of switch in authentication methods!
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Alternatives Considered

Adobe Business Catalyst is our favorite web content management system - it has everything built in and, being in the cloud, never needs manual updating like the open source stuff out there. It's contact database isn't as robust as SalesForce or Sugar, but it works and is convenient. The email marketing capability is "light" but does the job and saves our clients $50-$100 per month if they don't email more than 1,000 people per month and, even if they do, it still costs less.
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SharePoint was already selected when I got here. However, like I've mentioned before, SharePoint is a very capable platform for collaboration. It has a nice feature set but the issue at times is getting the product to do what you want it to do. Other products are cloud based (though I know MS does have a cloud option for SharePoint as well) so you're not worrying about your backend. But because it's on premise, it does give us the sense of comfort knowing that the product is in house
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Collaboration and Sharing

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
MS SharePoint10.0
Based on 1 answer
It is extremely simple to share, within our department and even with other departments, things we have been working on. Formatting is not an issue when we are sharing and that is a big life saver.
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Data Integration

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MS SharePoint8.0
Based on 1 answer
It’s extremely simple to merge forms from different platforms to different types of sources! There is no lag so that is a huge help when you are in a hurry and have no time to spare.
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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

  • As someone who uses it on behalf of other clients, our ROI with BC is definitely positive. We needed a mid-range CMS without huge licensing costs to satisfy mid-range clients who have some dynamic needs but doesn't need the expense or liability of enterprise level products. Without it we would have lost possible customers or taken bigger hits on projects because of the costs involved with satisfying their mid-level needs
  • Our clients are all usually very positive about the BC platform and are able to use it themselves which lessens our Support time/cost.
  • To use the Web App element,. which we do on almost every site, you need to pay for the highest plan. This brings along with it many features most of our clients would never use. A more basic plan with that Web App capability would be a big improvement on our costs.
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  • MS SharePoint comes in the package with Office365, no option to purchase it separately, so if you already own O365 subscription there should be any negative impacts but only positive impact on your objectives.
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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

MS SharePoint

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