Adobe Experience Manager

Top Rated
147 Ratings
Score 8 out of 101

IBM Digital Experience Manager

20 Ratings
Score 6.4 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Adobe Experience Manager

It is very well suited for large websites and clients with multiple properties where some data is shared. I would not recommend it for smaller websites as the overheard would be too much for small clients and basic websites.
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IBM Digital Experience Manager

IBM Web Content Manager is well suited for intranet employee portals, websites which drive extensive marketing content, and e-commerce sites to provide product images and details. It cannot be used a document management system to store large volumes of data as it's purely a web content management system.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security

Adobe Experience Manager
8.1
IBM Digital Experience Manager
5.4
Role-based user permissions
Adobe Experience Manager
8.1
IBM Digital Experience Manager
5.4

Platform & Infrastructure

Adobe Experience Manager
7.7
IBM Digital Experience Manager
4.5
API
Adobe Experience Manager
7.5
IBM Digital Experience Manager
4.5
Internationalization / multi-language
Adobe Experience Manager
7.9
IBM Digital Experience Manager
4.5

Web Content Creation

Adobe Experience Manager
7.1
IBM Digital Experience Manager
3.5
WYSIWYG editor
Adobe Experience Manager
8.3
IBM Digital Experience Manager
7.1
Code quality / cleanliness
Adobe Experience Manager
6.9
IBM Digital Experience Manager
3.6
Admin section
Adobe Experience Manager
7.2
IBM Digital Experience Manager
3.6
Page templates
Adobe Experience Manager
6.9
IBM Digital Experience Manager
2.1
Library of website themes
Adobe Experience Manager
5.8
IBM Digital Experience Manager
2.1
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Adobe Experience Manager
8.0
IBM Digital Experience Manager
4.5
Publishing workflow
Adobe Experience Manager
7.8
IBM Digital Experience Manager
2.1
Form generator
Adobe Experience Manager
6.0
IBM Digital Experience Manager
3.0

Web Content Management

Adobe Experience Manager
6.3
IBM Digital Experience Manager
2.5
Content taxonomy
Adobe Experience Manager
7.2
IBM Digital Experience Manager
1.9
SEO support
Adobe Experience Manager
6.9
IBM Digital Experience Manager
2.6
Bulk management
Adobe Experience Manager
5.4
IBM Digital Experience Manager
2.6
Availability / breadth of extensions
Adobe Experience Manager
6.5
IBM Digital Experience Manager
2.6
Community / comment management
Adobe Experience Manager
5.3
IBM Digital Experience Manager
2.7

Pros

  • Allows non-technical staff to author and publish content by focusing on the content itself and the needs of a given campaign instead of technical implementations.
  • Content workflows allow varying degrees of complexity for content review and quality assurance before providing approvals on any piece before going live.
  • Development teams can build very robust and complex component for handling virtually all posible needs: from integrating back-end web services to UI Widgets for content authoring; from multisite suites to multi-language components, CQ can handle it all thanks to the power of Java and the flexibility of Sling and JCR.
  • Easy to scale for high-traffic sites and thanks to the Publisher/Dispatcher infrastructure, very flexible for caching and load balancing.
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  • With Version 8.5, IBM Web Content Manager introduced in place editing capabilities which allow authors to make content edits on sections of the page instead of going to the content itself. This feature allows authors to make changes in context of the page and preview changes within the actual look and feel of a live page.
  • Projects provide a collaborative atmosphere for the author community so that authors can interact and work as a team to manage inter-dependent content changes under one project and publish all changes at once, instead of working separately on individual content changes. This brings awareness across authors in an organization and easy knowledge share.
  • IBM Digital Data Connector is a cool feature that allows [users] to integrate external content sources onto the portal using IBM Web Content Manager presentation components. This allows UI/UX designers to present integrated external data in any manner they want, manage UI changes with an underlying approval process and leverage syndication to push changes live immediately.
  • IBM Web Content Manager offers a targeted content feature that allows business users to deliver personalized content to customers based on customer demographic information, browsing history and other transaction related information. Any rules created follow the publishing process thereby making it just a configurable item resulting in less turn around to turn on the feature on a website.
  • IBM Web Content Manager offers 'multi lingual solution' out of the box which allows content creation for almost all popular languages.
  • Syndication feature has improved a lot and it now provides a detailed views comprising of 'failed items', 'items that have syndicated successfully, 'items in queue'. Failed items view provides detailed and clear cut information of what resulted in failure helping IT to troubleshoot problems easily.
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Cons

  • Steep learning curve for both Authors and Developers when it comes to customized components and workflows.
  • Development community is small and somewhat closed. It keeps growing with the years as CQ becomes more popular, which is a good thing.
  • Expensive, both to purchase, train and certify. This makes it harder to learn unless companies are willing to spend thousands on official training.
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  • IBM Web Content Manager should provide some easily usable connectors through a GUI to connect to bring content from custom data sources including connecting to Salesforce and custom databases.
  • Should further optimize and enhance creation of rich and responsive content driven UIs on various digital channels.
  • Should further optimize and enhance content personalization features.
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Likelihood to Renew

Adobe Experience Manager9.0
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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IBM Digital Experience Manager5.7
Based on 6 answers
Nowadays, technology grows up faster that we realise. IBM Web Content Manager is the past, present and future solution which invests in the next generation of technology. They have always been at the top of IT solutions, improving user's needs and showing benefits to big companies. New releases and changes have been ongoing and the tool is as strong as the market demands.My recommendation is not just a business but also an IT technical point: IBM has great professionals who work hard to cooperate with their partners to build great solutions.
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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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IBM Digital Experience Manager9.0
Based on 2 answers
New versions has increased user experience facilitating usability.
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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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IBM Digital Experience Manager7.0
Based on 1 answer
We had some issues related with performing and the support was suitable and sucessful.
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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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IBM Digital Experience Manager7.0
Based on 1 answer
Implementation was successful due to Websphere application server used.
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Alternatives Considered

This is one of the best java based Web CMS solutions and Adobe has done extremely well to connect all possible integrations required for digital marketing. The rest of the other vendors are still struggling for a complete solution.
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IBM Web Content Manager comes with IBM WebSphere Portal. Both [have been] leaders in the portals and content management space for a long time with proven capabilities. Our clients also have other products from the IBM stack and they fit along nicely.
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Return on Investment

  • Difficult to calculate ROI, which would likely only be measured by time savings and improved SEO.
  • Takes time, which lowers productivity, to get up and running smoothly when first adopted.
  • Ensures we're using best practices, including maximizing SEO and more, through check lists and evaluations/ratings.
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  • Better content driven web portal solution that increases customer satisfaction.
  • Solution that is very reliable and performance optimized.
  • Rich personalization capabilities help our clients achieve their business and operational goals.
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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

IBM Digital Experience Manager

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