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Likelihood to Recommend

Alfresco ECM

If you have regulatory or business needs that require saving email into Alfresco and you are using Outlook for Mac, you may need to perform significant customization to make it work. Additionally, if you will have users that will be members to a large numbers of sites over time, you need to thoroughly explore what functionality will be degraded or lost and how to mitigate the impact. Other than these two scenarios, I cannot think of any scenarios where Alfresco would not be well suited to an organization's needs.
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Magnolia V5+

Magnolia CMS is a great product to develop enterprise websites, extranets and intranets. At the moment, the community is growing day by day but so far not many extensions are available. Magnolia is an enterprise CMS, the initial learning curve takes time, to learn all its functionalities and how to customize it is necessary to know Java. When one wants to develop just a simple website without complexity which doesn’t need any specific features such as workflow, versioning, environment separation between staging and public, etc. it is preferable to choose another CMS.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Enterprise Content Management

Alfresco ECM
7.6
Magnolia V5+
Content capture & imaging
Alfresco ECM
8.0
Magnolia V5+
File sync, storage & archiving
Alfresco ECM
8.0
Magnolia V5+
Document management
Alfresco ECM
8.4
Magnolia V5+
Records management
Alfresco ECM
7.8
Magnolia V5+
Content search & retrieval
Alfresco ECM
7.2
Magnolia V5+
Enterprise content collaboration
Alfresco ECM
7.3
Magnolia V5+
Content publishing & creation
Alfresco ECM
7.0
Magnolia V5+
Security, risk management & information governance
Alfresco ECM
7.6
Magnolia V5+
Contract lifecycle management
Alfresco ECM
7.6
Magnolia V5+

Security

Alfresco ECM
Magnolia V5+
7.0
Role-based user permissions
Alfresco ECM
Magnolia V5+
7.0

Platform & Infrastructure

Alfresco ECM
Magnolia V5+
7.0
API
Alfresco ECM
Magnolia V5+
7.0
Internationalization / multi-language
Alfresco ECM
Magnolia V5+
7.0

Web Content Creation

Alfresco ECM
Magnolia V5+
6.9
WYSIWYG editor
Alfresco ECM
Magnolia V5+
6.0
Code quality / cleanliness
Alfresco ECM
Magnolia V5+
6.0
Admin section
Alfresco ECM
Magnolia V5+
7.0
Page templates
Alfresco ECM
Magnolia V5+
7.0
Library of website themes
Alfresco ECM
Magnolia V5+
7.0
Publishing workflow
Alfresco ECM
Magnolia V5+
7.0
Form generator
Alfresco ECM
Magnolia V5+
8.0

Web Content Management

Alfresco ECM
Magnolia V5+
6.6
Content taxonomy
Alfresco ECM
Magnolia V5+
6.0
SEO support
Alfresco ECM
Magnolia V5+
7.0
Bulk management
Alfresco ECM
Magnolia V5+
7.0
Availability / breadth of extensions
Alfresco ECM
Magnolia V5+
7.0
Community / comment management
Alfresco ECM
Magnolia V5+
6.0

Pros

  • Easy to develop Workflows
  • Simple and controlled Web Content Management for HTML based websites
  • Good in Document Management System
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  • The usability of Magnolia is appreciated, a content editor easily learns how to manage the content in two hours only.
  • Magnolia is open, flexible and extendible and it is possible to modify or improve the standards features. Using Java API, REST, SOAP, CMIS, XML, etc. makes it possible to integrate other software or legacy data.
  • Magnolia as a modular architecture, a module has its lifecycle, configuration, version handing and dependency: this is a good approach for package content and functionality.
  • Magnolia is written in Java, the platform of choice for enterprise IT systems. It is scalable, stable and secure, and Magnolia separates the staging from public environment.
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Cons

  • This enterprise CMS does not provide backup capabilities and it is lacking several support resources including FAQs and live chat.
  • Alfresco Share platform is good but to create pages , using dashlets is a tedious task in Surf platform. Some automation similar to Liferay Studio is required.
  • Alfresco Backup/Restore strategies needs improvement.
  • Alfresco Customization/Extension process needs improvement.
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  • Magnolia lacks of an administrative dashboard showing all the workflow, possibly in a graphical representation of their status.
  • The audit module only logs in a file: having a dashboard for the audit would be a nice improvement.
  • When the time comes to configure templates and components in the Standard Templating Kit is quite complicated and boring at times. A widget to help the developer would be a very interesting job. In addition, having the possibility to configure template and component in the Standard Template Kit by code would be nice.
  • Implementing a customization in the administrative UI or in the dialogs isn’t simple and the developer must know Vaadin.
  • Migrating from the previous major release is complicated and expensive, since Magnolia 5 isn’t compatible with the old major versions (Magnolia 4).
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Likelihood to Renew

Alfresco ECM9.0
Based on 9 answers
The business really enjoys this product and we will continue to use it.
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Magnolia V5+9.5
Based on 3 answers
Magnolia is an innovative CMS, for example it is possible to use the ipad to manage the contents. Magnolia’s team works hard to improve the product; the community is small but active and the support for the enterprise version is good. Magnolia’s team asks the users what they think and what they need, and the new functionalities planned for Magnolia 5.3 are very exciting for example the content personalization.
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Implementation

Alfresco ECM9.0
Based on 1 answer
Process was relatively smooth and overall, downtime minimal. MSI was very responsive to our needs and made the transition easier than it otherwise might have been.
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Alternatives Considered

  • Alfresco is cheap.
  • Easier to use - user-friendly.
  • It's robust and has the ability to integrate with other software.
  • It's an open source i.e. a developer or programmer can tweak to map to your company's taste.
  • Content sharing easier than other platforms, it'ss also a unified collaborative document management that has most of what the company needs for proper record keeping and cycle
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I evaluated many CMS products and I’m continuing to evaluate them to verify the new functionality introduced.I evaluated these products: Alfresco, Apache Lenya, DotCMS, Drupal, Liferay, Hippo, Joomla, OpenCMS. I chose Magnolia because Magnolia offers two licensed community editions and the commercial edition, is written in Java, the solution is open and extensible, it is very simple to use for the contributors, and includes a good set of functionalities out of the box, as well as being secure and scalable. I think Alfresco is a very good DMS but the CMS functionality could be improved.If I had to develop a portal with portlet I would choose, but the portlet needs a lot of system resources, as well as the integration of the external product or legacy data which usually doesn’t support natively the portlet so I haven’t used Liferay in a real project.
Apache Lenya, DotCMS, Hippo and OpenCMS are very good products too, especially Hippo CMS which in the last few years made important improvements. Drupal and Joomla are very simple to use and to develop a small website, and there are many extensions available in the community. On the other hand, customizing or integrating other systems is not so simple.
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Return on Investment

  • Reduce the stress of [making] several copies of paper
  • It transferred the captured document to the proper department
  • Reduce employment rate
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  • The biggest business for Tinext is digital marketing. Our team - which includes Sales accounts, Project managers, information architects, software engineers, designers, system engineers, etc. - use Magnolia CMS every day. Having a team focused on a product only is very efficient and allows us to offer a good service and advice to customers.
  • Our customers have very high expectations and need a lot of integration: the flexibility of Magnolia allows us to satisfy every request.
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Pricing Details

Alfresco ECM

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Alfresco ECM Editions & Modules
Alfresco ECM
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Magnolia V5+

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Magnolia V5+ Editions & Modules
Magnolia V5+
Edition
Magnolia Community Edition
$0
Magnolia Enterprise Edition Standard
-2
Magnolia Enterprise Edition Pro
-2
2. per instance
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