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Score 7.9 out of 101
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Score 8.5 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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Percussion CMS

Best suited for large organizations where everyone knows how to deal with Java in an increasingly Java unfriendly world. Said organization should be willing to pay a huge price for a piece of dinosaur technology
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security

Adobe Experience Manager
8.2
Percussion CMS
3.0
Role-based user permissions
Adobe Experience Manager
8.2
Percussion CMS
3.0

Platform & Infrastructure

Adobe Experience Manager
7.6
Percussion CMS
1.0
API
Adobe Experience Manager
7.5
Percussion CMS
Internationalization / multi-language
Adobe Experience Manager
7.7
Percussion CMS
1.0

Web Content Creation

Adobe Experience Manager
7.0
Percussion CMS
3.0
WYSIWYG editor
Adobe Experience Manager
8.2
Percussion CMS
6.0
Code quality / cleanliness
Adobe Experience Manager
7.0
Percussion CMS
3.0
Admin section
Adobe Experience Manager
7.5
Percussion CMS
2.0
Page templates
Adobe Experience Manager
6.9
Percussion CMS
1.0
Library of website themes
Adobe Experience Manager
5.5
Percussion CMS
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Adobe Experience Manager
7.0
Percussion CMS
Publishing workflow
Adobe Experience Manager
8.0
Percussion CMS
5.0
Form generator
Adobe Experience Manager
6.3
Percussion CMS
1.0

Web Content Management

Adobe Experience Manager
6.1
Percussion CMS
1.6
Content taxonomy
Adobe Experience Manager
6.6
Percussion CMS
1.0
SEO support
Adobe Experience Manager
6.5
Percussion CMS
1.0
Bulk management
Adobe Experience Manager
6.1
Percussion CMS
3.0
Availability / breadth of extensions
Adobe Experience Manager
6.1
Percussion CMS
1.0
Community / comment management
Adobe Experience Manager
5.4
Percussion CMS
2.0

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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  • Separate CMS environment publishes to remote server environment - great for security
  • Highly scalable
  • Full scale workflow allows for custom routing, approving, etc..
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Cons

  • Searching for and organizing images can be a clunky experience.
  • Standard components frequently do not meet our needs. New components must constantly be in production to run what I usually consider pretty standard functionality.
  • Steep learning curve for people not used to web design or development. Not intuitive at all levels.
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  • One word: JAVA! We don't live in the 1990's anymore! An AJAX/DHTML environment seems a long time coming.
  • Horrible end-user experience, learning curve. Our end users' inability to easily use the archaic, Java-based interface, means they send the web developer their content requests. This creates a huge bottleneck and completely defeats the purpose of a CMS.
  • Image mangement and integration with content is aweful and time consuming. An image processing tool called ImedImage was developed for Percussion at one point, and left completely stagnant with very little support.
  • Implementation is extremely complicated, given the complexity of the system. Sure, scalability is a good thing, but there is very little out-of-the box function. Don't expect to implement a site as quickly as with other CMS platforms.
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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 score
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

Have used a handful of other content management systems, all of which tend to be either proprietary or freeware -- and the latter presents a security issue. Adobe Experience Manager is easily the most feature-rich content management system I have used, but more features sometimes comes with inconveniences -- taking longer to load when accessing remotely (times out on slow Internet connections), slower taxonomy tagging, etc. It is also the most well-supported system I have used; Adobe is more responsive than most if glitches happen or in response to changes in Google practices for SEO, etc
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No contest. I can't wait to get off of Percussion CMS.
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Return on Investment

  • AEM implementation increased employee efficiency as users can drag and drop components and do in place editing. If you have a clear use case for targeting you can achieve those effectively.
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  • We are locked into Percussion CMS simply due to the expense and complexity of migrating to another solution (and the lack of time and budget to do so). I long for the day when I am no longer required to support Percussion CMS, to say the least.
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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

Percussion CMS

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