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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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Cascade Server

Cascade CMS is great for working with large quantities of content that can then be reused across multiple sites or other apps. The workflow system is robust and completely customizable. Managing users is easy with available custom authentication options like LDAP.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security

Adobe Experience Manager
8.2
Cascade Server
9.9
Role-based user permissions
Adobe Experience Manager
8.2
Cascade Server
9.9

Platform & Infrastructure

Adobe Experience Manager
7.6
Cascade Server
7.9
API
Adobe Experience Manager
7.5
Cascade Server
9.4
Internationalization / multi-language
Adobe Experience Manager
7.7
Cascade Server
6.4

Web Content Creation

Adobe Experience Manager
7.0
Cascade Server
8.1
WYSIWYG editor
Adobe Experience Manager
8.2
Cascade Server
9.5
Code quality / cleanliness
Adobe Experience Manager
7.0
Cascade Server
9.6
Admin section
Adobe Experience Manager
7.5
Cascade Server
8.9
Page templates
Adobe Experience Manager
6.9
Cascade Server
7.3
Library of website themes
Adobe Experience Manager
5.5
Cascade Server
5.5
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Adobe Experience Manager
7.0
Cascade Server
7.6
Publishing workflow
Adobe Experience Manager
8.0
Cascade Server
9.7
Form generator
Adobe Experience Manager
6.3
Cascade Server
6.8

Web Content Management

Adobe Experience Manager
6.1
Cascade Server
6.5
Content taxonomy
Adobe Experience Manager
6.6
Cascade Server
6.8
SEO support
Adobe Experience Manager
6.5
Cascade Server
7.2
Bulk management
Adobe Experience Manager
6.1
Cascade Server
7.8
Availability / breadth of extensions
Adobe Experience Manager
6.1
Cascade Server
6.0
Community / comment management
Adobe Experience Manager
5.4
Cascade Server
4.8

Pros

  • Manages web content with an intuitive WYSIWYG authoring experience.
  • Manages Digital Assets used by your website such as images, audio, documents, etc.
  • Creates an simple easy to use experience to generate web content. Centers all web content generation around the author.
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  • Cascade CMS uses a simple folder–page paradigm that our content editors can quickly grasp, as it parallels the drive structures they find on their Mac and Windows computers and the URL paths within their sites.
  • A powerful and flexible Content Type system allows site managers and administrators to simplify complex page structures and user interactions into manageable fields and WYSIWYG content blocks our content editors can maintain.
  • Cascade CMS implements a fully-baked-publishing paradigm. This allows public-facing web pages to be served by an arbitrary number of front-end web servers, while isolating the CMS itself from any spikes in external traffic.
  • Cascade CMS provides granular control of permissions/actions pertaining to non-publishable (administrative) and publishable assets assigned to users, groups and site-specific roles. Additionally, optional workflows, asset-naming criteria, file-size limits, spelling and accessibility checks, and other restrictions/automations can be applied and enforced.
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Cons

  • In Touch UI interface the authoring dialogue can not be expanded which prompts the user to scroll when authoring and makes it a cumbersome user experience.
  • Moving the page hierarchy within AEM structure is not intuitive.
  • Re-sizing of the assets often does not work as expected and the user needs to refresh the page before they see the final outcome.
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  • Cascade CMS is not an out-of-the-box pre-built system that you can install, turn on and expect to be serving sites and pages on day one. It's not a blogging system like WordPress, or a drag-and-drop system like SquareSpace (both of which I've used for their own purposes). You need to have someone tasked with management and system administration – and if you implement the on-premise self-hosted version, you ought to have several people. We have the university's IT shop handling infrastructure (server hardware, containers, clustering, operating systems, load-balancing, DNS, database servers, NAS/SAN drives), our Web & Design team managing Cascade CMS (system settings, sites, templates, permissions) and managers coordinating each respective academic unit (A&S, business, education, law, marine science).
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Likelihood to Renew

Adobe Experience Manager9.0
Based on 5 answers
We had and still have a fantastic experience using Adobe CQ. Lots of flexibility, great integration with other Adobe products we already use and a powerful technology make it a great fit for our corporate environment. Also as the community grows, it makes it easier to network with other developers and users to get new ideas on how to continue to get the best out of the software.
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Cascade Server9.1
Based on 26 answers
Cascade CMS is the best product in its class for our specific needs as a university-wide enterprise web content management system.
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Usability

Adobe Experience Manager10.0
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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Cascade Server9.1
Based on 4 answers
Cascade CMS is completely usable on mobile devices, we can train our content editors in a single 2-hour session, and we support 1,000 users with a very small team.
There is a level of complexity for the system administrators, site managers and web programmers who implement templates and content types. But the complexity is neither arbitrary nor inconsistent – and once learned provides a powerful environment within which we can develop robust sites that are beautiful and powerful, yet easy for our content editors to manage.
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Reliability and Availability

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Cascade Server6.7
Based on 4 answers
Amazing customer service and VERY customizable.
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Performance

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Cascade Server8.0
Based on 1 answer
Does a great job.
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Support

Adobe Experience Manager9.0
Based on 1 answer
Its so far the best Content Management System, available in market.
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Cascade Server9.1
Based on 5 answers
The support staff are all well-versed in Cascade, respond in a timely fashion, and provide excellent service.
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In-Person Training

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Cascade Server7.0
Based on 1 answer
Training was helpful.
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Online Training

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Cascade Server5.0
Based on 1 answer
Still needed that physical help
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Implementation

Adobe Experience Manager8.7
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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Cascade Server9.1
Based on 4 answers
Making sure that our export from our previous CMS was correct was crucial. If it wasn't, we would have been in a world of hurt. Thanks to the import tool Hannon Hill created, everything went great and all pages were successfully imported.
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Alternatives Considered

Websphere is antiquated
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So many other content management systems are set up to do one thing well, but what makes Cascade Server better is that it can be set up to do almost anything well. WordPress makes great blogs... so can Cascade Server. SharePoint can be used for great collaboration, so can Cascade Server. Chances are, whatever CMS you find, Cascade will be able to do what it does, plus even more.
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Scalability

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Cascade Server5.0
Based on 1 answer
I used it only a few times.
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Return on Investment

  • Deployed a powerful tool to users
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  • The first phase of our Cascade experience brought our University's web users together, and united the look and feel of our pages. We are hoping our next phase will provide the tools necessary to transform the way we market ourselves on the web. More to come.
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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

Cascade Server

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional
Additional Pricing Details