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Score 7.9 out of 101
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Likelihood to Recommend

Adobe Experience Manager

If you have a number of smaller parts of your organization that you want to maintain the same look & feel as the rest of the organization, it is easy to create a base site and then let them customize. Also, if you have contributors of content who are not involved in the web site maintenance - our professors, for example - they can enter the text on a basic page which is then incorporated through tagging
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CONTENTdm

CONTENTdm is well-suited for smaller organizations as a simple solution to present a digital collection on the web. If your need is complex and requires digital preservation as part of the workflow, it may not be the best solution.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security

Adobe Experience Manager
8.2
CONTENTdm
Role-based user permissions
Adobe Experience Manager
8.2
CONTENTdm

Platform & Infrastructure

Adobe Experience Manager
7.6
CONTENTdm
API
Adobe Experience Manager
7.5
CONTENTdm
Internationalization / multi-language
Adobe Experience Manager
7.7
CONTENTdm

Web Content Creation

Adobe Experience Manager
7.0
CONTENTdm
WYSIWYG editor
Adobe Experience Manager
8.2
CONTENTdm
Code quality / cleanliness
Adobe Experience Manager
7.0
CONTENTdm
Admin section
Adobe Experience Manager
7.5
CONTENTdm
Page templates
Adobe Experience Manager
6.9
CONTENTdm
Library of website themes
Adobe Experience Manager
5.5
CONTENTdm
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Adobe Experience Manager
7.0
CONTENTdm
Publishing workflow
Adobe Experience Manager
8.0
CONTENTdm
Form generator
Adobe Experience Manager
6.3
CONTENTdm

Web Content Management

Adobe Experience Manager
6.1
CONTENTdm
Content taxonomy
Adobe Experience Manager
6.6
CONTENTdm
SEO support
Adobe Experience Manager
6.5
CONTENTdm
Bulk management
Adobe Experience Manager
6.1
CONTENTdm
Availability / breadth of extensions
Adobe Experience Manager
6.1
CONTENTdm
Community / comment management
Adobe Experience Manager
5.4
CONTENTdm

Pros

  • It is easy for people who are not web designers to achieve an attractive and useful website
  • It is easy to manage users and their permissions
  • It allows users to assemble their digital assets in one place, for use on the web site
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  • Relatively easy to use for staff to manage collections, without complex workflows.
  • The end-user interface is friendly, a user can easily navigate around the image with zooming, panning, etc. There is a built-in video player, which is nice.
  • The product is relatively inexpensive.
  • It is easy to implement and maintain.
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Cons

  • Styling the front-end of the author interface can sometimes be challenging. Built in styles and HTML can be overwhelming until you get used to it. Having a less intrusive author output or defining a standard output per site could speed development.
  • Documentation is often outdated, keeping docs up to date and readily available is needed.
  • The local build process is slow and takes a lot of space. Reducing the overhead with local testing would be great!
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  • As a digital asset management system, one would expect the capability of managing preservation, which CONTENTdm lacks.
  • Lack of batch updating and other advanced metadata management capabilities.
  • The usage statistics does not work, and the company is not planning to fix it, at least based the interaction with tech support staff. Customers were referred to use Google Analytics.
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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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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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Support

Adobe Experience Manager9.0
Based on 1 answer
Its so far the best Content Management System, available in market.
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No answers yet
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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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Alternatives Considered

We selected Adobe CQ mostly for the ease of page authoring in brought to our non-technical staff. Powerful and simple UI widgets made it very simple for our merchandiser to create, edit and publish new pages. It also allowed us to customize those widgets to fit their needs while keeping the same clean experience. We also saw a plus in the ability to run activation workflows based on our own organization hierarchy, which helped make sure the right pages were exposed to the right eyes before going live. Overall, it was the mixture of user-friendliness of the authoring interface with the robustness of the technology stack that convinced us to go with CQ.
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We are evaluating Hydra, Islandora
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Return on Investment

  • I am not involved in the acquisition part of AEM as the client was the one involved in that decision.
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  • It helped us to get started with our digital collections projects at a relatively low cost.
  • As our needs grew, it became apparent that we needed something more powerful, and that provides better workflows and better statistics and is able to handle the whole life cycle of digitation projects.
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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

CONTENTdm

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