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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
8.2
SDL Tridion Sites
8.0
Role-based user permissions
Adobe Experience Manager
8.2
SDL Tridion Sites
8.0

Platform & Infrastructure

Adobe Experience Manager
7.6
SDL Tridion Sites
6.9
API
Adobe Experience Manager
7.5
SDL Tridion Sites
5.8
Internationalization / multi-language
Adobe Experience Manager
7.7
SDL Tridion Sites
8.0

Web Content Creation

Adobe Experience Manager
7.0
SDL Tridion Sites
8.2
WYSIWYG editor
Adobe Experience Manager
8.2
SDL Tridion Sites
8.0
Code quality / cleanliness
Adobe Experience Manager
7.0
SDL Tridion Sites
6.2
Admin section
Adobe Experience Manager
7.5
SDL Tridion Sites
8.0
Page templates
Adobe Experience Manager
6.9
SDL Tridion Sites
8.0
Library of website themes
Adobe Experience Manager
5.5
SDL Tridion Sites
9.0
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Adobe Experience Manager
7.0
SDL Tridion Sites
9.0
Publishing workflow
Adobe Experience Manager
8.0
SDL Tridion Sites
9.0
Form generator
Adobe Experience Manager
6.3
SDL Tridion Sites

Web Content Management

Adobe Experience Manager
6.1
SDL Tridion Sites
8.2
Content taxonomy
Adobe Experience Manager
6.6
SDL Tridion Sites
8.0
SEO support
Adobe Experience Manager
6.5
SDL Tridion Sites
8.0
Bulk management
Adobe Experience Manager
6.1
SDL Tridion Sites
8.0
Availability / breadth of extensions
Adobe Experience Manager
6.1
SDL Tridion Sites
8.6
Community / comment management
Adobe Experience Manager
5.4
SDL Tridion Sites
8.2

Pros

  • Media library and asset management is simplified, separating storage and also allowing developers to manage the workflow of the publishing process.
  • No addition of API services are required, using the same requests and data access layer for both front end and back end development simplifies the project lifecycle.
  • Duplicating code is easy, developers can simply copy components and reuse or rework for each use case.
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  • Tridion has a blueprint (hierarchy) where you can inherit items from a higher structured website or publication
  • Tridion has version control built-in to the application so you don't need to use a separate SVN
  • You can write custom plugins or extensions such as one to minify all JS and CSS files automatically
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Cons

  • Styling the front-end of the author interface can sometimes be challenging. Built in styles and HTML can be overwhelming until you get used to it. Having a less intrusive author output or defining a standard output per site could speed development.
  • Documentation is often outdated, keeping docs up to date and readily available is needed.
  • The local build process is slow and takes a lot of space. Reducing the overhead with local testing would be great!
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  • User interface is very confusing unless you take classes on how to use it. Not very intuitive and hard to figure out how to do things on your own.
  • Due to the high flexibility there is a high risk of having sites without uniformity. every feature can be created in different ways. This can make troubleshooting extremely difficult for a developer to fix a bug or add a feature that will not break existing features. It can also cause duplicated code or features because a developer needs to create a feature and creates a new one that already existed elsewhere in the site simply because he/she could not find it or was unaware of it.
  • Content authors can be very dangerous. SDL Tridion has the potential to give Content Authors great power over their sites. Mistakes can be made that are difficult to recover from and take many hours to recover from.
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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

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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SDL Tridion is far superior to CommonSpot. It is much more user friendly and increases efficiency.
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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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  • A positive here would be how Tridion is simple, fast, and easy to use for any individual looking to break into Content Management.
  • A negative about Tridion is the process of update publishment. There are a lot of things that can go wrong if this is not implement correctly.
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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