Percussion CMS vs. Tridion

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Percussion CMS
Score 8.6 out of 10
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Percussion Software's content management system is used by higher education, government agencies, and business organizations - SMB to Enterprise. Marketers use Percussion CMS to create, publish, and share multi-channel content.N/A
Tridion
Score 9.0 out of 10
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Tridion (formerly SDL Tridion) aims to connect people, processes, and information through a complete portfolio of collaborative Content Management, Knowledge Management and Headless delivery technologies. Combine with Accelerators for fast time-to-value and RWS Translation Management solutions for global reach. Its key components include: Tridion Sites provides web content management capabilities, connecting people, processes, and information across teams, brands, and markets,…N/A
Pricing
Percussion CMSTridion
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Percussion CMSTridion
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Features
Percussion CMSTridion
Security
Comparison of Security features of Product A and Product B
Percussion CMS
3.0
1 Ratings
91% below category average
Tridion
9.0
9 Ratings
12% above category average
Role-based user permissions3.01 Ratings9.09 Ratings
Web Content Creation
Comparison of Web Content Creation features of Product A and Product B
Percussion CMS
3.0
1 Ratings
87% below category average
Tridion
8.5
8 Ratings
11% above category average
WYSIWYG editor6.01 Ratings8.08 Ratings
Code quality / cleanliness3.01 Ratings8.07 Ratings
Admin section2.01 Ratings9.08 Ratings
Page templates1.01 Ratings9.08 Ratings
Publishing workflow5.01 Ratings9.08 Ratings
Form generator1.01 Ratings8.33 Ratings
Library of website themes00 Ratings8.24 Ratings
Mobile optimization / responsive design00 Ratings9.07 Ratings
Web Content Management
Comparison of Web Content Management features of Product A and Product B
Percussion CMS
1.6
1 Ratings
128% below category average
Tridion
7.6
8 Ratings
4% above category average
Content taxonomy1.01 Ratings9.07 Ratings
SEO support1.01 Ratings9.06 Ratings
Bulk management3.01 Ratings9.08 Ratings
Availability / breadth of extensions1.01 Ratings8.35 Ratings
Community / comment management2.01 Ratings3.03 Ratings
Platform & Infrastructure
Comparison of Platform & Infrastructure features of Product A and Product B
Percussion CMS
1.0
1 Ratings
154% below category average
Tridion
9.1
8 Ratings
17% above category average
Internationalization / multi-language1.01 Ratings10.07 Ratings
API00 Ratings8.36 Ratings
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User Ratings
Percussion CMSTridion
Likelihood to Recommend
2.0
(1 ratings)
9.9
(22 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
6.3
(15 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
8.5
(2 ratings)
User Testimonials
Percussion CMSTridion
Likelihood to Recommend
Percussion Software
Best suited for large organizations where everyone knows how to deal with Java in an increasingly Java unfriendly world. Said organization should be willing to pay a huge price for a piece of dinosaur technology
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RWS Group
Love the product and I really like how we use it for public sites. The only negative aspect is that it is just hard to find Tridion devs that understand the tool, grasp .net, react, and understand the blueprint, etc.
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Pros
Percussion Software
  • Separate CMS environment publishes to remote server environment - great for security
  • Highly scalable
  • Full scale workflow allows for custom routing, approving, etc..
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RWS Group
  • Makes it easy to spin up a new site quickly
  • Allows for numerous users to work on the same site without conflicting with each other's changes
  • Allows you to unpublish changes or revert to old versions if you make a mistake
  • Allows you to time publishing actions (for example, you can set it to happen overnight)
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Cons
Percussion Software
  • One word: JAVA! We don't live in the 1990's anymore! An AJAX/DHTML environment seems a long time coming.
  • Horrible end-user experience, learning curve. Our end users' inability to easily use the archaic, Java-based interface, means they send the web developer their content requests. This creates a huge bottleneck and completely defeats the purpose of a CMS.
  • Image mangement and integration with content is aweful and time consuming. An image processing tool called ImedImage was developed for Percussion at one point, and left completely stagnant with very little support.
  • Implementation is extremely complicated, given the complexity of the system. Sure, scalability is a good thing, but there is very little out-of-the box function. Don't expect to implement a site as quickly as with other CMS platforms.
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RWS Group
  • Tridion is complicated in enough ways that it makes it difficult to train new users. Therefore, we have to limit the number of people with access to the system since we have not yet implemented Workflow.
  • When something goes wrong (items fail to publish, or there is unexpected behavior with components), there is little explanation provided that would point us in the right direction to troubleshoot. As a result, content Authors and Editors have to frequently ask for IT assistance.
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Likelihood to Renew
Percussion Software
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RWS Group
I am giving this a semi-high rating because we have already got Tridion up and running and we are still in the process of moving the sites over to Tridion. It is unlikely we will be moving things to a new CMS AGAIN in the near future as the cost to get Tridion was high.
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Usability
Percussion Software
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RWS Group
The editor user interface is very user friendly and in-site editing makes simple updates fast and easy. The extensibility of Tridion is a big plus and the ability to add our own options into the default Tridion interface helps us integrate with external systems. Finally, the user permissions and security system helps us deploy it within our large organization.
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Alternatives Considered
Percussion Software
No contest. I can't wait to get off of Percussion CMS.
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RWS Group
It is a nuclear missile compared to the other handguns and knives on the market today. But it also requires nuclear technicians and expertise that a handgun doesn't require. Do you need to decimate your competition and you have the investment capabilities necessary to put a nuclear missile into the sky? Then definitely do it. Especially if you need a very good multi-lingual blueprint provider like Tridion.
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Return on Investment
Percussion Software
  • We are locked into Percussion CMS simply due to the expense and complexity of migrating to another solution (and the lack of time and budget to do so). I long for the day when I am no longer required to support Percussion CMS, to say the least.
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RWS Group
  • SDL is a very complex system. Creating custom components by external vendors turned out to be expensive.
  • The learning curve is very slow, so training takes a lot of time and cost.
  • The revamped corporate site looks clean, modern, and is mobile-friendly.
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