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Alfresco ECM

53 Ratings

Plone

20 Ratings

Alfresco ECM

53 Ratings
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Score 7.8 out of 101

Plone

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Score 5.4 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Alfresco ECM

Alfresco is more suited for almost all working environment that deals with paper, companies which are trendy, vibrant media, techie, courier logistics companies and insurance companies as well. Irrespective of the environment, it less appropriate to introduce the usage to people above 40 who are less interested in any form of new technology development.
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Plone

Is there an experienced sysadmin to install and maintain the stack? If not, Plone is not a good choice. However, hosted solutions are available. It's important to have qualified and knowledgeable personnel available who are able to address development concerns. For end-users, and content managers, it's a great system overall. Publishing workflow, multi-level undo and rollback, etc make Plone very attractive in active publishing environments.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Enterprise Content Management

Alfresco ECM
7.7
Plone
Content capture & imaging
Alfresco ECM
8.0
Plone
File sync, storage & archiving
Alfresco ECM
8.0
Plone
Document management
Alfresco ECM
8.5
Plone
Records management
Alfresco ECM
7.9
Plone
Content search & retrieval
Alfresco ECM
7.1
Plone
Enterprise content collaboration
Alfresco ECM
7.4
Plone
Content publishing & creation
Alfresco ECM
7.0
Plone
Security, risk management & information governance
Alfresco ECM
7.5
Plone
Contract lifecycle management
Alfresco ECM
7.5
Plone

Security

Alfresco ECM
Plone
10.0
Role-based user permissions
Alfresco ECM
Plone
10.0

Platform & Infrastructure

Alfresco ECM
Plone
9.7
API
Alfresco ECM
Plone
9.7
Internationalization / multi-language
Alfresco ECM
Plone
9.7

Web Content Creation

Alfresco ECM
Plone
7.7
WYSIWYG editor
Alfresco ECM
Plone
7.8
Code quality / cleanliness
Alfresco ECM
Plone
9.0
Admin section
Alfresco ECM
Plone
8.0
Page templates
Alfresco ECM
Plone
7.6
Library of website themes
Alfresco ECM
Plone
3.8
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Alfresco ECM
Plone
7.4
Publishing workflow
Alfresco ECM
Plone
10.0
Form generator
Alfresco ECM
Plone
8.0

Web Content Management

Alfresco ECM
Plone
7.9
Content taxonomy
Alfresco ECM
Plone
9.4
SEO support
Alfresco ECM
Plone
9.0
Bulk management
Alfresco ECM
Plone
6.3
Availability / breadth of extensions
Alfresco ECM
Plone
7.4
Community / comment management
Alfresco ECM
Plone
7.7

Pros

  • Integration with other applications, namely Drupal and Moodle, was simple and works beautifully.
  • The UI is intuitive, clean, and friendly. Users have required little training for basic functionality.
  • We have been pleased with the overall system performance of Alfresco Enterprise Content Management.
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  • Rock-solid technology stack. The python/Zope/Plone stack is as solid as anything else out there.
  • Highly customizable TTW, if needed, via the Zope Management Interface, or Diazo XSL-transform theme design.
  • Good support from core developers, lots of solid add-ons which address just about any needs.
  • Amazingly customizable workflow, permissions and security management.
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Cons

  • Our greatest need for Alfresco ECM is the functionality to generate public URLS for content. We've accomplished this through our Drupal integration, but at times, it would be very useful to be able to make Alfresco content publicly available without this added layer.
  • Many of our other concerns have been addressed in the latest version and we look forward to that implementation.
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  • Error messages are often cryptic, rising up with a traceback from deep in the system.
  • It's perhaps hard to control this, since add-ons will always bring uncontrolled elements to bear.
  • Perhaps some way to better visualize the source of the problem? End users should never see a traceback.
  • TTW design options. In fact, Diazo based theming is remarkably powerful, and there are many tools for TTW design, but to better integrate this essential part of web development would make for a more useful end product.
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Likelihood to Renew

Alfresco ECM9.0
Based on 9 answers
Demanded by Client/Customer
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Plone8.3
Based on 10 answers
I no longer use Plone because I got an internship in the web development field and my current place of employment uses their own content management system that they created. After getting to know other CMS's and similar software and comparing them to Plone, I would enjoy using Plone again in the future, but there are more complicated software that I'd like to learn as I progress in my field of study.
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Performance

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Plone9.0
Based on 1 answer
Plone is very intensive in its operations, and if not configured well it can be slow. However it is designed and built with speed in mind and with proper use of coding, templates and caching can perform extremely well under high loads. It is capable of scaling to very high load availability environments with no specific coding requirements.
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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

As already explained earlier, the cost of licensing and support comes down very much by using Alfresco compared to Stellent and Sharepoint. Plus the overall performance and feature set is much broader for Alfresco. Since it is a newly developed content management system, it combines the features and best practices from already existing systems.
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We selected Plone for the ease of use.
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Return on Investment

  • It increases employee efficiency
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  • For out business Plone allows us to deliver enterprise level solutions at very reasonable budgets. We tender and compete against some of the much larger commercial CMS solutions and regularly win comfortably on price and deliver on functionality.
  • Plone also allows us to provide much more functionality than many clients expect. We are often able to over deliver on small budget projects because Plone comes with so much built in.
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Pricing Details

Alfresco ECM

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

Plone

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