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Score 7.9 out of 101
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Likelihood to Recommend

Adobe Experience Manager

Adobe is an enterprise level software that is best suited for large amounts of web content. The entire web management experience is engineered around the author. It is a large solution with many capabilities readily available to you out of the box.
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Adobe LiveCycle ES4

If you are creating forms that you might normally create in Excel, this is an excellent upgrade. PDFs are easy to use and relatively easy to create.

If you are designing a template for any sort of creative piece, LiveCycle is frustrating to use, but it can be done. It'll just require you to have patience and work around the limitations.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security

Adobe Experience Manager
8.3
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
Role-based user permissions
Adobe Experience Manager
8.3
Adobe LiveCycle ES4

Platform & Infrastructure

Adobe Experience Manager
7.7
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
API
Adobe Experience Manager
7.4
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
Internationalization / multi-language
Adobe Experience Manager
8.0
Adobe LiveCycle ES4

Web Content Creation

Adobe Experience Manager
6.9
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
WYSIWYG editor
Adobe Experience Manager
7.6
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
Code quality / cleanliness
Adobe Experience Manager
6.9
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
Admin section
Adobe Experience Manager
7.5
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
Page templates
Adobe Experience Manager
6.8
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
Library of website themes
Adobe Experience Manager
5.4
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Adobe Experience Manager
7.0
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
Publishing workflow
Adobe Experience Manager
7.4
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
Form generator
Adobe Experience Manager
6.4
Adobe LiveCycle ES4

Web Content Management

Adobe Experience Manager
6.0
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
Content taxonomy
Adobe Experience Manager
7.0
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
SEO support
Adobe Experience Manager
6.2
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
Bulk management
Adobe Experience Manager
6.1
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
Availability / breadth of extensions
Adobe Experience Manager
5.6
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
Community / comment management
Adobe Experience Manager
5.3
Adobe LiveCycle ES4

Pros

Adobe Experience Manager

  • User friendly interface is easy to learn for people that do not have a technical background and it is easy to train employees how to use it.
  • The flexibility of content management. The content hierarchy on the website is easily changeable because it allows the user to move things around at any stage of the content management process, before or after publishing.
  • The structure of the system in templates and components is very logical and easy to explain to the senior management and/or project sponsors.
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Adobe LiveCycle ES4

  • It enables me to quickly update and distribute forms that have been changed.
  • The layout features help ensure that the forms look professional.
  • The ability to preview what the final form will look like and how it will work, while still editing, is extremely helpful.
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Cons

Adobe Experience Manager

  • Migration. We had multiple environments that we were constantly moving content back and forth on. Moving the content over through CQ was a bit of a challenge.
  • Integration. In some instances, Adobe CQ's built in modules would fight with custom modules. Usually the problems went away on their own.
  • Forms. Sometimes when adding a form to the page, the TO and CC sections would show up as empty when they had email addresses. Then when you went to change them, you couldn't close the settings window without clicking cancel.
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Adobe LiveCycle ES4

  • There are so many bells and whistles it can be intimidating.
  • It is not a product you just pick up and use, there is some training needed.
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Likelihood to Renew

Adobe Experience Manager

Adobe Experience Manager 9.0
Based on 5 answers
If I had the choice to renew, I would. Adobe CQ is one of the better CMS's I've been able to use. It's well organized, fast and easy to use. Although it is a little high in price, the fact that it does a good job justifies the decision to renew
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Adobe LiveCycle ES4

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Usability

Adobe Experience Manager

Adobe Experience Manager 10.0
Based on 2 answers
I personally feel that AEM is very intuitive to use from an authoring standpoint. The entire CMS was engineered around the author. Everything about AEM is geared to helping authors generate and maintain content. There are ways that tool tips can be customized so that any individual could simply hover over and be guided step by step on how to author web content
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Adobe LiveCycle ES4

No score
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Support

Adobe Experience Manager

Adobe Experience Manager 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Its so far the best Content Management System, available in market.
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Adobe LiveCycle ES4

No score
No answers yet
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Implementation

Adobe Experience Manager

Adobe Experience Manager 8.7
Based on 2 answers
Depending on your individual needs, It is really quite simple to create an authoring experience for a website that looks really good. I have been part of many implementations and many teams and have seen many projects that were super successful and others that were not implemented well. AEM has room for a lot of flexibility in the implementation process compared to other CMS like SharePoint
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Adobe LiveCycle ES4

No score
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Alternatives Considered

Adobe Experience Manager

Have used a handful of other content management systems, all of which tend to be either proprietary or freeware -- and the latter presents a security issue. Adobe Experience Manager is easily the most feature-rich content management system I have used, but more features sometimes comes with inconveniences -- taking longer to load when accessing remotely (times out on slow Internet connections), slower taxonomy tagging, etc. It is also the most well-supported system I have used; Adobe is more responsive than most if glitches happen or in response to changes in Google practices for SEO, etc
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Adobe LiveCycle ES4

I have only ever used LiveCycle for our PDF form creation. I am not sure what other options there are, but we have never needed to look into anything else as LiveCycle works for us.
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Return on Investment

Adobe Experience Manager

  • Increase employee efficiency
  • Complete control of content by marketing team
  • Great user experience
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Adobe LiveCycle ES4

  • Having LiveCycle enables me to offer more products in my lineup, so that is always a good thing. Most clients like the idea of being able to purchase a template and then making changes themselves, so I've had quite a few sales here. However it's not really something that will make me rich overnight or anything. It's just a tool that enables me to have different products.
  • If they could figure out a way to improve the limitations in terms of design capability in the form creation process, I could probably leverage this software a lot better since I would use it more.
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Pricing Details

Adobe Experience Manager

General

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

Adobe LiveCycle ES4

General

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

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