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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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Lithium Online Communities

Apart from what Lithium Community does best (managing and surfacing UGC), it is very well suited for support or sales support communities when an existing CRM is involved. During the selection process, it's important to fully understand what prospects want and why. E.g., if they want to encourage people to post, Q&A might be the module you want to put front and center, whereas if you want people to engage with existing content first, you might want to deemphasize content creation a bit. It's important to understand the prospect's philosophy to help them guide to the best approach.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security

Adobe Experience Manager
8.2
Lithium Online Communities
Role-based user permissions
Adobe Experience Manager
8.2
Lithium Online Communities

Platform & Infrastructure

Adobe Experience Manager
7.6
Lithium Online Communities
API
Adobe Experience Manager
7.5
Lithium Online Communities
Internationalization / multi-language
Adobe Experience Manager
7.7
Lithium Online Communities

Web Content Creation

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

Web Content Management

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

Pros

  • It's a drag and drop kind of platform, so building pages is very easy and you don't need coding abilities.
  • The ability to copy existing blocks and section from other pages is excellent! Instead of creating content from scratch, you can actually copy the section you want from an existing page, and paste it in your new page and update the content. This saves a lot of time!
  • The block/brick system is very clean and the results look very good!
  • You can easily embed videos from Youtube only by adding the Youtube ID. Very easy!
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  • Scalability
  • Uptime
  • Ability to customise a unique, branded experience.
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Cons

  • There is no easy way to change a template if it has been built a certain way. Sometimes it would be nice to have an option to add an extra item on the spot. Instead, you have to ask your IT team to create for you.
  • You can set up a staging site and a site to publish... but sometimes the 2 environments doesn't connect correctly, meaning some changes in the staging sites doesn't show of on the live site.
  • The quick publish button is dangerous and not that helpful: pages can be published with the "quick publish" option even if they are blocked... however, the purpose of a blocked page is to prevent it from publishing until you unblock it. Also, the "quick publish" option will publish your age and every other page connected to it! so be careful!!
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  • Cost, but you get what you pay for
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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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Lithium Online Communities10.0
Based on 3 answers
It's a great value.
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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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Lithium Online Communities7.3
Based on 2 answers
It is easy as could be to use. Clients can also use it easily.

The analytics are easy to use
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Reliability and Availability

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No answers on this topic
Lithium Online Communities9.0
Based on 1 answer
I've hardly ever seen downtime in any of their production communities. There's the occasional reboot needed for config reasons or if patches are applied, but these take place after customer approval and typically last only a few minutes.
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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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Lithium Online Communities9.0
Based on 2 answers
Knowledgable, does custom code analysis to point out issues that might make the code not work (well), have a great developer community that can help, even if their support does not
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Online Training

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No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Lithium Online Communities7.0
Based on 1 answer
It was out of the box training - pre-recorded/ not live. There was nothing for more advanced topics like APIs. They do have a good knowledge base and community that you can access and folks in there are responsive. I would however like more advanced training options.
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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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Lithium Online Communities10.0
Based on 1 answer
We were up against a hard stop with Jive’s contract ending and Lithium connected us with a deployment partner to do accelerated deployment using a template approach. It could have happened in 2 weeks. We did not end up going that way since we wanted more customization. Lithium handled technical stuff like migration, but a lot of the process is self-deployment. It’s one of the ways they teach use of the system is having the user self-implement.

Overall, the implementation was super easy to do. Doing single sign-on (SSO) was the only hard part. The implementation ended up taking nine weeks total, but in hindsight, we could have done in it six. Most of the implementation time was spent in course work, which consisted of on-demand training - approximately 7-8 hours that you are required for you to do, before they turn on the system. During this nine week period, about 50% of my time was spent on implementation.

We had a deployment manager who we were able to email 1-1. I leaned on him heavily. He was great at all hours, for example, they would call back at 7pm PST. They were very responsive.

Content migration strategy is important to consider. Moving from an existing community you need to strategically choose how your layout will be. Two different systems will have two different ways to format communities. For example, Jive has communities with sub-communities, whereas Lithium has community, category, and boards.

Contact migration is also an important consideration. You need to think through how you are going to move contacts from your old community to a new one. For example, are you going to create new logins and passwords? We were hoping to use the integration with Salesforce.com to be a portal, but ended up using an in-house solution that works well to maintain same the same logins. The next related question is are you going to be able to keep them connected to all the posts in your old community? We migrated old posts. If you have a tech savvy team, you can do a self-migration. Lithium have a migration services team that we utilized. It cost us $10k to move content and posts were kept tied to the user.

The next consideration is your launch/promotion plan. Lithium helped us out and gave us a lot of examples. They shared pre-launch email dates, follow-up emails, FAQ pages (e.g. to explain why switching, why better)
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Alternatives Considered

I had no involvement in the selection process of Adobe Experience Manager, however, from a user experience point of view, I would recommend it over other CMS due to its ease of use, user friendliness, and clean appearance. You can look at the pages by listing, or by structure. This makes it so easy to find pages
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Additional products not listed. Salesforce, Insided, Hivebrite. Lithium was the overall winner, with the right combination of function and flexibility we needed.
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Return on Investment

  • AEM has allowed our team to promote high value webinars and passes contact data to our marketing automation tool for a syncronized experience.
  • AEM allows for a work stream and multiple authors for quickly publishing thought leadership articles.
  • From blogs to home screens, AEM allows us to build for many types of marketing projects.
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  • Significant positive ROI, as we have documented proof that customers who are active in the community are more active in the product.
  • We have saved millions of dollars in deflected support costs.
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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

Lithium Online Communities

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details
Pricing is variable based on the needs of the customer.