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Adobe Experience Manager

Top Rated
147 Ratings

Adobe Experience Manager

Top Rated
147 Ratings
Score 8 out of 101

Percussion CMS

3 Ratings
Score 8.4 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Adobe Experience Manager

CQ is best suited for multi-site projects that require frequent updates or new pages spun up very quickly and with the same quality as the rest of your site. It's also a great fit if you have extensive media libraries: pictures, videos, etc. The Digital Asset Manager is very powerful and if it's coupled with a CDN, it can be itself a great solution for that particular purpose alone.Key questions to ask would be:- How comfortable will our authors be with this publishing platform? What are their needs and wants? Can CQ accommodate them?- How skilled is our development team to take a project like CQ? The best of CQ comes when is customized but it will come with a price. Time and talent will be necessary to tweak it to the right fit.- Do we have enough time and resources to allow our technical and non-technical stuff to learn? Can we afford all the oficial training levels?
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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
8.1
Percussion CMS
3.0
Role-based user permissions
Adobe Experience Manager
8.1
Percussion CMS
3.0

Platform & Infrastructure

Adobe Experience Manager
7.7
Percussion CMS
1.0
API
Adobe Experience Manager
7.5
Percussion CMS
Internationalization / multi-language
Adobe Experience Manager
7.9
Percussion CMS
1.0

Web Content Creation

Adobe Experience Manager
7.1
Percussion CMS
3.0
WYSIWYG editor
Adobe Experience Manager
8.3
Percussion CMS
6.0
Code quality / cleanliness
Adobe Experience Manager
6.9
Percussion CMS
3.0
Admin section
Adobe Experience Manager
7.2
Percussion CMS
2.0
Page templates
Adobe Experience Manager
6.9
Percussion CMS
1.0
Library of website themes
Adobe Experience Manager
5.8
Percussion CMS
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Adobe Experience Manager
8.0
Percussion CMS
Publishing workflow
Adobe Experience Manager
7.8
Percussion CMS
5.0
Form generator
Adobe Experience Manager
6.0
Percussion CMS
1.0

Web Content Management

Adobe Experience Manager
6.3
Percussion CMS
1.6
Content taxonomy
Adobe Experience Manager
7.2
Percussion CMS
1.0
SEO support
Adobe Experience Manager
6.9
Percussion CMS
1.0
Bulk management
Adobe Experience Manager
5.4
Percussion CMS
3.0
Availability / breadth of extensions
Adobe Experience Manager
6.5
Percussion CMS
1.0
Community / comment management
Adobe Experience Manager
5.3
Percussion CMS
2.0

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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  • 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

  • The move to the new interface for authoring is drastically different from the previous interface. Moving has been difficult.
  • Since it is so customizable, a talented web dev team is needed to make all the parts.
  • It is not easy to tell if the page is live or draft in the new interface.
  • Integration with non-Adobe marketing automation tools is very difficult.
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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
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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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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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

This was a C-Level decision.
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No contest. I can't wait to get off of Percussion CMS.
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Return on Investment

  • AEM allows authors to push content live in a matter of minutes. This has greatly increased launch times for business.
  • Good integration with Adobe Marketing suite allows for analytics.
  • Poor documentation of the system proves a challenge for developers and administrators.
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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