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Adobe Experience Manager

Top Rated
147 Ratings

Adobe Experience Manager

Top Rated
147 Ratings
Score 8 out of 101

SDL Tridion Sites

36 Ratings
Score 6.2 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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SDL Tridion Sites

I think it is really well suited for users who have multiple sites that need to inherit from a parent site, and want easy mass publishing options with the opportunity to also localize/personalize content to a lower level site.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security

Adobe Experience Manager
8.1
SDL Tridion Sites
8.0
Role-based user permissions
Adobe Experience Manager
8.1
SDL Tridion Sites
8.0

Platform & Infrastructure

Adobe Experience Manager
7.7
SDL Tridion Sites
6.9
API
Adobe Experience Manager
7.5
SDL Tridion Sites
5.8
Internationalization / multi-language
Adobe Experience Manager
7.9
SDL Tridion Sites
8.0

Web Content Creation

Adobe Experience Manager
7.1
SDL Tridion Sites
8.2
WYSIWYG editor
Adobe Experience Manager
8.3
SDL Tridion Sites
8.0
Code quality / cleanliness
Adobe Experience Manager
6.9
SDL Tridion Sites
6.2
Admin section
Adobe Experience Manager
7.2
SDL Tridion Sites
8.0
Page templates
Adobe Experience Manager
6.9
SDL Tridion Sites
8.0
Library of website themes
Adobe Experience Manager
5.8
SDL Tridion Sites
9.0
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Adobe Experience Manager
8.0
SDL Tridion Sites
9.0
Publishing workflow
Adobe Experience Manager
7.8
SDL Tridion Sites
9.0
Form generator
Adobe Experience Manager
6.0
SDL Tridion Sites

Web Content Management

Adobe Experience Manager
6.3
SDL Tridion Sites
8.2
Content taxonomy
Adobe Experience Manager
7.2
SDL Tridion Sites
8.0
SEO support
Adobe Experience Manager
6.9
SDL Tridion Sites
8.0
Bulk management
Adobe Experience Manager
5.4
SDL Tridion Sites
8.0
Availability / breadth of extensions
Adobe Experience Manager
6.5
SDL Tridion Sites
8.6
Community / comment management
Adobe Experience Manager
5.3
SDL Tridion Sites
8.2

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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  • Makes it easy to spin up a new site quickly
  • Allows for numerous users to work on the same site without conflicting with each other's changes
  • Allows you to unpublish changes or revert to old versions if you make a mistake
  • Allows you to time publishing actions (for example, you can set it to happen overnight)
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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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  • Workflow needs to be addressed and worked on. We've tried implementing it back in R5 and it kept hanging the pages in between steps.
  • SiteEdit appear to be a problem in our setup. I would expect the functionality to be "plug and play" but we end up custom coding parts of it to make it work.
  • It would really be nice if they offer free "plug and play" add ons to the tool, i.e. polling widgets, commenting widgets, social networking, etc, without having to do too much coding to integrate.
  • Enable for easy portability and re-usability of content with other CMS.
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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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SDL Tridion Sites6.3
Based on 15 answers
I do not have an SDL Tridion license. If I did I would not be renewing the license.
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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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SDL Tridion Sites8.5
Based on 2 answers
The editor user interface is very user friendly and in-site editing makes simple updates fast and easy. The extensibility of Tridion is a big plus and the ability to add our own options into the default Tridion interface helps us integrate with external systems. Finally, the user permissions and security system helps us deploy it within our large organization.
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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

We have used both Hybris and AEM, Hybris for e-commerce site and AEM for front facing site. Generally we prefer AEM due to the ease of use and user friendliness, as well as improved interface
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Adobe does a great job in managing sites. Its user interface for authors is intuitive and leaps and bounds better than SDL Tridions new 2013 UI. The ease of install and management makes Adobe CQ a much better product. However, Adobe CQ (AEM) has limitations. It cannot scale as well as SDL Tridion does when managing content in the MM of pages. Also, it forces you to use the CQ UI. If you want to create different experiences and leverage code, it becomes difficult, but still do able. In general, i would recommend Adobe CQ over SDL Tridion for almost all companies but the large multi-brand companies.
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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 did not have a CMS before, so just having the ablity to add CMS add a hug ROI
  • I think there are better CMS on the market for our needs.
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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

SDL Tridion Sites

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