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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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Drupal

Drupal is excellent in adapting to larger enterprise use case scenarios. Websites that need to be deployed with a multisite or multiuser setup will benefit from Drupal's common codebase delivery options. Building complex websites with involved workflows and custom backend administration tools and dashboards are ideal for Drupal. Drupal is more of a web application development framework than a blogging or brochure website builder. Of course you can build a powerful blog or brochure website, but unless you augment the functionality to include content management workflows and integrations with marketing automation, ERP, and CRM systems; you will not be getting the full benefit of Drupal.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security

Adobe Experience Manager
8.2
Drupal
8.8
Role-based user permissions
Adobe Experience Manager
8.2
Drupal
8.8

Platform & Infrastructure

Adobe Experience Manager
7.6
Drupal
8.3
API
Adobe Experience Manager
7.5
Drupal
8.4
Internationalization / multi-language
Adobe Experience Manager
7.7
Drupal
8.2

Web Content Creation

Adobe Experience Manager
7.0
Drupal
7.8
WYSIWYG editor
Adobe Experience Manager
8.2
Drupal
7.8
Code quality / cleanliness
Adobe Experience Manager
7.0
Drupal
7.8
Admin section
Adobe Experience Manager
7.5
Drupal
8.3
Page templates
Adobe Experience Manager
6.9
Drupal
7.8
Library of website themes
Adobe Experience Manager
5.5
Drupal
6.4
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Adobe Experience Manager
7.0
Drupal
8.4
Publishing workflow
Adobe Experience Manager
8.0
Drupal
8.4
Form generator
Adobe Experience Manager
6.3
Drupal
7.6

Web Content Management

Adobe Experience Manager
6.1
Drupal
8.1
Content taxonomy
Adobe Experience Manager
6.6
Drupal
8.1
SEO support
Adobe Experience Manager
6.5
Drupal
8.0
Bulk management
Adobe Experience Manager
6.1
Drupal
8.0
Availability / breadth of extensions
Adobe Experience Manager
6.1
Drupal
8.2
Community / comment management
Adobe Experience Manager
5.4
Drupal
8.5

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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  • Drupal has a wide range of plugins, allowing for a huge amount of customization within the platform.
  • Being that there is a free version, it's very affordable.
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Cons

  • A lot of the OOB (Out Of the Box) components are still a little buggy and not fully ready to go without some minor tweaks.
  • Since the software was acquired not too long ago by Adobe, a lot of Adobe integrated solutions are not fully baked yet. That is getting better with time.
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  • It's not the prettiest out of the box. We have had clients lean towards other CMS's such as WordPress since they come default with a 'prettier' management side. However, unlike WordPress it is much more flexible to customize the backend side if necessary.
  • If all you want is a simple brochure site and blog, it may not be the best choice. While it is fully capable of doing both, it may take longer to set up than a simple WordPress or Squarespace type site. On the other side, if you do plan on building out and customizing a site it may be worth the consideration in the long run since this is where it shines.
  • For development the learning curve can seem steep. Because it's such a robust system that offers so much in terms of capabilities, it may take a while to get a full handle on everything.
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Likelihood to Renew

Adobe Experience Manager9.0
Based on 5 answers
I'll continue to use this product for many years. Adobe is making it clear they are taking customer feedback seriously and there continues to be growing demand for Adobe CQ implementations. As a developer, I find that there is still lots of room in this platform to try new techniques and really keep our implementations up to par with the latest standards.
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Drupal8.2
Based on 18 answers
The time and money invested into this platform were too great to discontinue it at this point. I'm sure it will be in use for a while. We have also spent time training many employees how to use it. All of these things add up to quite an investment in the product. Lastly, it basically fulfills what we need our intranet site to do.
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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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Drupal9.8
Based on 9 answers
Once you've learned how to use it Drupal is a very logically consistent framework for building and maintaining a robust website. The trick is getting to the point where your understanding of the system is full and correct so that you can use it properly and take advantage of all it offers.
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Reliability and Availability

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Drupal9.7
Based on 3 answers
I have had few issues with keeping a Drupal system up and running. When there have been issues, they've been errors in how I went about implementing a change.
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Performance

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Drupal8.9
Based on 2 answers
Drupal page loads can be slow, as a great many database calls may be required to generate a page. It is highly recommended to use caching systems, both built-in and external to lessen such database loads and improve performance. I haven't had any problems with behind-the-scenes integrations with external systems.
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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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Drupal5.0
Based on 4 answers
As noted earlier, the support of the community can be rather variable, with some modules attracting more attraction and action in their issue queues, but overall, the development community for Drupal is second to none. It probably the single greatest aspect of being involved in this open-source project.
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In-Person Training

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Drupal8.0
Based on 1 answer
I was part of the team that conducted the training. Our training was fine, but we could have been better informed on Drupal before we started providing it. If we did not have answers to tough questions, we had more technical staff we could consult with. We did provide hands-on practice time for the learners, which I would always recommend. That is where the best learning occurred.
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Online Training

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Drupal6.0
Based on 2 answers
The on-line training was not as ideal as the face-to-face training. It was done remotely and only allowed for the trainers to present information to the learners and demonstrate the platform online. There was not a good way to allow for the learners to practice, ask questions and have them answered all in the same session.
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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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Drupal5.1
Based on 4 answers
Plan ahead as much you can. You really need to know how to build what you want with the modules available to you, or that you might need to code yourself, in order to make the best use of Drupal. I recommend you analyze the most technically difficult workflows and other aspects of your implementation, and try building some test versions of those first. Get feedback from stakeholders early and often, because you can easily find yourself in a situation where your implementation does 90% of what you want, but, due to something you didn't plan for, foresee, or know about, there's no feasible way to get past the last 10%
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Alternatives Considered

This was a C-Level decision.
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Drupal is more robust in every way than these other CMS options. The module library, the vast theme options, and the user defined roles make this the CMS for any job.
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Scalability

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Drupal8.0
Based on 2 answers
Drupal is well known to be scalable, although it requires solid knowledge of MySQL best practices, caching mechanisms, and other server-level best practices. I have never personally dealt with an especially large site, so I can speak well to the issues associated with Drupal scaling.
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Return on Investment

  • Extreme flexibility and speed to publish new pages with as little as a few hours of notice. This allowed us to be more efficient in handling landing pages for lead generation.
  • Powerful technology stack that allows for an infinite amount of customization. New ideas came up as we learned all the capabilities of CQ. It helped us innovate in the way we build and author pages.
  • Poor documentation and small community slowed our initial ramp up and development times until first release. By now this should have improved with the increased popularity.
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  • Quick ramp-up of multiple sites based on a common core, improving efficiency in management of these sites
  • Extensibility/Customizability improved user interface of internal intranet, as another enhancer of employee efficiency for disseminating information across the organization.
  • Saved money on licensing fees and need for outside maintenance, as we were able to move all development and maintenance in-house.
  • Similarly, because Drupal allowed moving development and maintenance in-house, we saved turn-around time on updates, changes, and enhancements.
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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

Drupal

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