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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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Umbraco CMS

Umbraco CMS is the perfect tool for a company that is looking to keep their website updated. The simple to use tools and templates means updating and creating new pages is easy. The WYSIWYG editor is a nice feature, however, for accessibility, there should be some more guidance on what is suitable to be used on the CMS.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Enterprise Content Management

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

Security

Alfresco ECM
Umbraco CMS
8.5
Role-based user permissions
Alfresco ECM
Umbraco CMS
8.5

Platform & Infrastructure

Alfresco ECM
Umbraco CMS
8.0
API
Alfresco ECM
Umbraco CMS
8.8
Internationalization / multi-language
Alfresco ECM
Umbraco CMS
7.2

Web Content Creation

Alfresco ECM
Umbraco CMS
7.8
WYSIWYG editor
Alfresco ECM
Umbraco CMS
7.7
Code quality / cleanliness
Alfresco ECM
Umbraco CMS
7.4
Admin section
Alfresco ECM
Umbraco CMS
8.6
Page templates
Alfresco ECM
Umbraco CMS
7.5
Library of website themes
Alfresco ECM
Umbraco CMS
7.4
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Alfresco ECM
Umbraco CMS
7.4
Publishing workflow
Alfresco ECM
Umbraco CMS
8.9
Form generator
Alfresco ECM
Umbraco CMS
7.6

Web Content Management

Alfresco ECM
Umbraco CMS
7.8
Content taxonomy
Alfresco ECM
Umbraco CMS
8.4
SEO support
Alfresco ECM
Umbraco CMS
8.4
Bulk management
Alfresco ECM
Umbraco CMS
7.1
Availability / breadth of extensions
Alfresco ECM
Umbraco CMS
8.1
Community / comment management
Alfresco ECM
Umbraco CMS
7.1

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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  • Simple to use
  • Different people can be assigned different roles
  • Easy to keep the site updated with the latest information, no technical knowledge needed
  • Accessibility features can be turned on
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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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  • Courier plugin, used for staging is not always working well. Tool is used to push changes (database and some files) between stages of website (dev QA staging production, or whatever the configuration is set by developer. The tool is not 100% reliable.
  • Rare incidents of publishing error.
  • Doesn't have build in support for SASS, LESS, ..., so if one of those is used, needs to be done outside admin tool.
  • Small community of developers
  • Little documentation, video tutorials are not free
  • Not many plugins for extended functionality
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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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No answers yet
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Usability

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Umbraco CMS4.0
Based on 1 answer
Many end users will be overwhelmed with the admin interface. Some common functions are buried in menus
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Reliability and Availability

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Umbraco CMS7.0
Based on 1 answer
Occasionally, errors will appear in the admin that make it impossible to work without developer support.
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Performance

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Umbraco CMS3.0
Based on 1 answer
Working in the admin panel (adding / reviewing / editing content) is very slow.The public facing site speed is dependent on what the pages are doing and how well the code was written (whether it is optimized for speed).
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Support

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Umbraco CMS2.0
Based on 1 answer
Support for Umbraco-owned paid plugins is nonexistent.
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Online Training

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Umbraco CMS3.0
Based on 1 answer
Online training is often based on older versions of the platform. So, you'll have to fill in the gaps on your own.
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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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Umbraco CMS7.0
Based on 1 answer
Spend the time to wireframe the content structure prior to diving in. This helps speed the process of implementation and it serves as documentation for end users.
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Alternatives Considered

Ultimately a cost decision - Alfresco community is free and has a decent community and various forums, books, etc available. The enterprise version is far less expensive than other options (although costs can add up depending on the the hardware it's running on). It is built upon alot of other mainstream products such as lucene/solr, spring, java and fits into our environment nicely.
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There is not really an alternative when it comes to CMS based on ASP.Net (MVC4 with Razor). There are a few frameworks, like Booststrap; however framework is not content management system. I will compare it to Drupal, because the second one is well known. Against Drupal, Umbraco is very clean and fast framework/CMS. It does not have as much of big community, support or range of plugins as Drupal.
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Scalability

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Umbraco CMS4.0
Based on 1 answer
Without significant development, the product does not scale well.
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Return on Investment

  • Instant document lookup - No paper files to mail which saves in all areas of postage, truck delivery, physical storage warehouse space, printing, etc
  • No longer losing important documents - Previously with paper files things would go missing and those could be costly reports/assessments.
  • Ability to secure documents and provide access to only those who should be allowed to see that content
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  • CMS is free
  • Support form Umbraco HQ is not expensive, can include Courier or other functionality
  • For most cases does not need back end developer
  • For trained Umbraco developers (Razor coding, using admin tool), developing medium site, takes a few weeks max
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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

Umbraco CMS

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