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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

The larger your organization, the more appropriate Plone will be. This is not to say that Plone is a worse choice for small websites, only that the minimum investment for a Plone site is certainly higher than for other platforms. If you already use Plone for your site and are looking for a redesign or an overhaul, I would only advise switching to a different platform such as WordPress or Drupal if your organization is downsizing. For any other situation, Plone is the natural choice for your growth.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Enterprise Content Management

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

  • First of all, Alfresco is newly developed compared to old content management systems, so it has adopted some of the best practices and it has avoided the problems faced by earlier systems.
  • Alfresco is open source so it is very easy to find problems if any and to extend it. The cost of licensing Alfresco is very less compared to other systems.
  • Alfresco does very well in performance, design, API design and has lot of great features such as auto PDF conversion, auto compression, etc.
  • The customer support and community support is very good.
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  • Plone is a folder-based system, organising content in a similar way desktop-users are doing for the last two decades. No need to teach non-tech customers some relational-database like paradigm for content management.
  • Plone is secure. It is the most secure CMS you can get your hands on.
  • Plone is flexible, and makes fast development easy.
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Cons

  • Some more APIs can be added although the existing APIs very well provide the required features.
  • Their other tools such as collaboration, etc need to be marketed well so that companies adopt Alfresco as a whole package.
  • Alfresco needs to be on the lookout for immediately introducing any new functions provided by other competitive products.
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  • Bullets and formatting sometimes make it difficult to add text to an existing paragraph. The 'code' button is useful in those cases, but only to those who know html.
  • Sometimes the pages don't save correctly and you use information.
  • Uploading and displaying images is a bit too much work.
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Likelihood to Renew

Alfresco ECM9.0
Based on 9 answers
As per the current market and the line of products that are available for content and document management system, Alfresco is a very good option compared to other systems in terms of features and cost. Plus the community support is great. Also since the product is open source, it can be extended or understood in a better way.
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Plone8.3
Based on 10 answers
Don't fix it when it's not broke :-)
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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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No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

Java based open source wide community and popular ECM which is used by fortune 500 companies.
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Plone is much harder to learn then Wordpress. Development in Wordpress is learnt in day's, where development in Plone really takes years to get to the full depth. That said, once you're able to develop in Plone, is it a rock solid system, with readable code. In my experience Wordpress websites need to be updated so often, and the code feels bad organised. I have been building Wordpress websites, choosing Wordpress only when the client has almost no money. But I can never deliver the quality I want to deliver when using Wordpress. Plone does offer the possibility to deliver professional websites. As for Joomla, in the past I have done some Joomla development, but the whole CMS-paradigm could not settle in my brain. Being a web developer for over 15 years now, Joomla always felt contra-intuitive. Let alone the task of teaching this to my clients. Plone is now my only choice. It gives me a fast development-cycle, a user-friendly CMS and a rock stable and very secure system.
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Return on Investment

  • One company has replaced the Documentum with Alfresco and it has created a positive impact on ROI, as the cost of Alfresco is less compared to Documentum.
  • Another company has used this platform to store Statement of work documents with integration of SFDC., The business is happy to see the integration is seamless.
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  • Plone makes it possible to maintain and update the running websites with very small effort.
  • My customers need little to no support on using the CMS.
  • Creating custom content types is really fast.
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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