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104 Ratings
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Score 7.9 out of 101
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Score 7.3 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Adobe Experience Manager

Out of the box, AEM is great for building simple websites. For more complex websites such as e-commerce and database integrated websites it requires a lot of customization. Due to this, our team does not use AEM for an e-commerce site we support.
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Sitecore

From talking to other users of Sitecore (SC), the experience they have with SC varies a lot. It seems what all the users who like SC have in common is a strong development team who knows how to execute and customize Sitecore the “right” way. When SC is executed by a team of less experienced developers, the results can be very negative and counterproductive to operational efficiency.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security

Adobe Experience Manager
8.2
Sitecore
8.0
Role-based user permissions
Adobe Experience Manager
8.2
Sitecore
8.0

Platform & Infrastructure

Adobe Experience Manager
7.6
Sitecore
7.4
API
Adobe Experience Manager
7.5
Sitecore
7.8
Internationalization / multi-language
Adobe Experience Manager
7.7
Sitecore
6.9

Web Content Creation

Adobe Experience Manager
7.0
Sitecore
7.0
WYSIWYG editor
Adobe Experience Manager
8.2
Sitecore
6.6
Code quality / cleanliness
Adobe Experience Manager
7.0
Sitecore
6.9
Admin section
Adobe Experience Manager
7.5
Sitecore
7.0
Page templates
Adobe Experience Manager
6.9
Sitecore
6.6
Library of website themes
Adobe Experience Manager
5.5
Sitecore
7.7
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Adobe Experience Manager
7.0
Sitecore
7.1
Publishing workflow
Adobe Experience Manager
8.0
Sitecore
7.5
Form generator
Adobe Experience Manager
6.3
Sitecore
6.7

Web Content Management

Adobe Experience Manager
6.1
Sitecore
7.1
Content taxonomy
Adobe Experience Manager
6.6
Sitecore
8.1
SEO support
Adobe Experience Manager
6.5
Sitecore
7.5
Bulk management
Adobe Experience Manager
6.1
Sitecore
8.0
Availability / breadth of extensions
Adobe Experience Manager
6.1
Sitecore
5.4
Community / comment management
Adobe Experience Manager
5.4
Sitecore
6.4

Pros

  • AEM is great for customization. Web Dev builds the parts and authors use what they need.
  • Branding can be ensured with the ability to require brand colors, fonts, and styles.
  • It's easy to see who has built, modified, and published pages. It makes tracking changes very convenient.
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  • Content and styling separation
  • Customizability of the platform
  • Work flow of publishing
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Cons

  • Adding meta data to batch files would make it much more efficient
  • You still need to convert any Word or Excel docs to PDFs if this was on auto when you have multiple files, it would also save time
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  • Since Sitecore is primarily XML, it makes it difficult to create or generate reports using tools like SSRS or Crystal Reports.
  • Performance. Newer versions may have addressed this, but navigating the Sitecore interface (as opposed to the public facing site) seems heavy....long page load times.
  • Its packed with lots of features.....so the complexity of it can be overwhelming.
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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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Sitecore9.0
Based on 9 answers
Sitecore has proven that it can deliver on its promise of a robust, reliable enterprise CMS solution with plenty of features. Also, they keep updating it with more and better features. Now that we are highly trained on it we have started on getting the most out of it and we plan to keep doing more of that in the future.
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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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Sitecore7.3
Based on 4 answers
Mostly, it's great for developers and content editors, but due to the flexibility of the system it can also be complicated at times.
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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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Sitecore9.1
Based on 2 answers
We have never had an issue go unresolved. They handle issues quickly and efficiently.
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Online Training

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No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Sitecore10.0
Based on 1 answer
Sitecore captures and remembers every single interaction your customers and prospects have in any part of the system, allowing you to build comprehensive, ever-learning profiles of each individual. From email marketing, to social media, to online shopping, Sitecore remembers where each interaction left off so you can automatically continue the conversation. Sitecore helps you manage your content for each and every experience your customers enjoy. Customize what content you want and the system will take care of how it's displayed.
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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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Sitecore9.1
Based on 2 answers
Make sure you work with a partner that can help you take advantage of the entire platform. Specifically we see a lot of customers not taking advantage of Sitecore DMS and thus missing a huge opportunity. Sitecore is a platform that is meant to be constantly optimized and improved upon.
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Alternatives Considered

This was a C-Level decision.
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Sitecore CMS+DMS+ Ecommerce gives end to end ibusiness solutions, so essentially you're staying with the same company and all products work cohesively, while with other products you have to buy these components separately and also find talent to implement them. Any .NET developer can pick up Sitecore pretty quickly
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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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  • Limiting the estimation of ROI to the gains you get as a result of a big bang re-platforming effort, without considering the possible gains as a result of ongoing improvements, may be leaving out a BIG part of the equation. With the team trained to make use of higher level marketing functions and a metrics-friendly corporate culture in place, you are now poised to get down to the real tuning effort. One of the more dramatic case studies that comes to mind is the story of the $300 million button – a string of small theories and an inclination to test can potentially offset any initial investment costs.
  • These five considerations are a good start to begin creating a strong case for investment in a CMS solution like Sitecore. Once your organization has decided on a deployment, the next step is finding the right partner. When you come to that step, reach out to our nonlinear digital team and we'll get you started.
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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

Sitecore

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