Salesforce Commerce Cloud vs. Sitecore Experience Manager

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Salesforce Commerce Cloud
Score 8.0 out of 10
N/A
Salesforce Commerce Cloud (formerly Demandware) is a cloud-based eCommerce solution that touts flexibility and scalability for enterprises. It features merchandising tools, such as sorting, filtering, and image zooming.
$4
per month
Sitecore Experience Manager
Score 8.2 out of 10
N/A
Sitecore Experience Manager is an enterprise-grade CMS competing with Oracle WebCenter, IBM Web Content Manager and Adobe. It presents a fairly wide and comprehensive swath of inbuilt features. In Sitecore WCM editing takes place from within the page with its inline editor, allowing editors and authors to create display rules and content within the context of the page in an integrated process. It allows the creation of blogs, wikis, polls, integrates with social media, and is mobile…N/A
Pricing
Salesforce Commerce CloudSitecore Experience Manager
Editions & Modules
No answers on this topic
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Salesforce Commerce CloudSitecore Experience Manager
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional DetailsB2B Commerce: Starter - $4 price/order Growth - $6 price/order Plus - $8 price/order B2C Commerce: Starter - 1% Gross Merchandise Value Growth - 2% Gross Merchandise Value Plus - 3% Gross Merchandise Value B2B2C Commerce: 1% Gross Merchandise Value
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Community Pulse
Salesforce Commerce CloudSitecore Experience Manager
Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
Salesforce Commerce CloudSitecore Experience Manager
Online Storefront
Comparison of Online Storefront features of Product A and Product B
Salesforce Commerce Cloud
7.9
34 Ratings
3% above category average
Sitecore Experience Manager
-
Ratings
Product catalog & listings8.631 Ratings00 Ratings
Product management8.331 Ratings00 Ratings
Bulk product upload8.830 Ratings00 Ratings
Branding7.030 Ratings00 Ratings
Mobile storefront7.428 Ratings00 Ratings
Product variations7.932 Ratings00 Ratings
Website integration7.831 Ratings00 Ratings
Visual customization8.132 Ratings00 Ratings
CMS6.929 Ratings00 Ratings
Online Shopping Cart
Comparison of Online Shopping Cart features of Product A and Product B
Salesforce Commerce Cloud
8.1
29 Ratings
7% above category average
Sitecore Experience Manager
-
Ratings
Abandoned cart recovery8.524 Ratings00 Ratings
Checkout user experience7.629 Ratings00 Ratings
Online Payment System
Comparison of Online Payment System features of Product A and Product B
Salesforce Commerce Cloud
8.7
27 Ratings
4% above category average
Sitecore Experience Manager
-
Ratings
eCommerce security8.727 Ratings00 Ratings
eCommerce Marketing
Comparison of eCommerce Marketing features of Product A and Product B
Salesforce Commerce Cloud
8.1
30 Ratings
8% above category average
Sitecore Experience Manager
-
Ratings
Promotions & discounts8.728 Ratings00 Ratings
Personalized recommendations8.430 Ratings00 Ratings
SEO7.126 Ratings00 Ratings
eCommerce Business Management
Comparison of eCommerce Business Management features of Product A and Product B
Salesforce Commerce Cloud
8.2
32 Ratings
5% above category average
Sitecore Experience Manager
-
Ratings
Multi-site management8.528 Ratings00 Ratings
Order processing8.629 Ratings00 Ratings
Inventory management7.928 Ratings00 Ratings
Shipping8.024 Ratings00 Ratings
Custom functionality8.130 Ratings00 Ratings
Security
Comparison of Security features of Product A and Product B
Salesforce Commerce Cloud
-
Ratings
Sitecore Experience Manager
9.0
19 Ratings
11% above category average
Role-based user permissions00 Ratings9.019 Ratings
Platform & Infrastructure
Comparison of Platform & Infrastructure features of Product A and Product B
Salesforce Commerce Cloud
-
Ratings
Sitecore Experience Manager
8.0
17 Ratings
4% above category average
API00 Ratings8.016 Ratings
Internationalization / multi-language00 Ratings8.014 Ratings
Web Content Creation
Comparison of Web Content Creation features of Product A and Product B
Salesforce Commerce Cloud
-
Ratings
Sitecore Experience Manager
8.4
19 Ratings
10% above category average
WYSIWYG editor00 Ratings8.019 Ratings
Code quality / cleanliness00 Ratings9.018 Ratings
Admin section00 Ratings9.018 Ratings
Page templates00 Ratings8.016 Ratings
Library of website themes00 Ratings8.06 Ratings
Mobile optimization / responsive design00 Ratings8.016 Ratings
Publishing workflow00 Ratings8.017 Ratings
Form generator00 Ratings9.017 Ratings
Web Content Management
Comparison of Web Content Management features of Product A and Product B
Salesforce Commerce Cloud
-
Ratings
Sitecore Experience Manager
8.4
18 Ratings
14% above category average
Content taxonomy00 Ratings9.016 Ratings
SEO support00 Ratings8.014 Ratings
Bulk management00 Ratings8.012 Ratings
Availability / breadth of extensions00 Ratings8.017 Ratings
Community / comment management00 Ratings9.014 Ratings
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User Ratings
Salesforce Commerce CloudSitecore Experience Manager
Likelihood to Recommend
8.0
(45 ratings)
9.0
(27 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
7.8
(11 ratings)
9.0
(9 ratings)
Usability
8.0
(2 ratings)
7.3
(4 ratings)
Availability
8.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Performance
9.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
9.0
(3 ratings)
9.1
(2 ratings)
In-Person Training
8.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Online Training
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Implementation Rating
8.0
(2 ratings)
9.1
(2 ratings)
User Testimonials
Salesforce Commerce CloudSitecore Experience Manager
Likelihood to Recommend
Salesforce
Global Sites; larger commerce organizations but not too large where the % rev-share would affect its feasibility in a feature comparison. Salesforce is rock solid in infrastructure and rarely has outages or issues; it scaled appropriately for holiday peak and was able to accomplish anything we put our minds to as long as we staffed development appropriately. The latter, however, is not to be overlooked. Developers are necessary and expensive.
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Sitecore
Great for companies that are looking to create customized, tailored content solutions and be willing to put in the hard work and effort to maximize the value out of the tool. If your company is just looking for very basic content management without all the bells and whistles, I'd recommend looking elsewhere for less [money].
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Pros
Salesforce
  • Traffic - When we have sales, our traffic will increase exponentially and their cloud can handle the huge uptick in traffic we receive without overloading our servers.
  • Site updates - it continually monitors in the background for any upgrades or updates needed so we don't have to go in and do it ourselves. A real time saver!
  • Integration - outside plugins and add-ons are easy to install with Salesforce commerce cloud as it allows a seamless integration of extra plug ins onto our site.
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Sitecore
  • Personalisation of advertising banners based upon knowledge of the customer, like location or previous searches enables us to target customers with products and offers that they are more likely to engage with, which has been done to good effect.
  • The use of Sitecore for content management enables the business and design team to perform changes to things, like images, content and page structure, which would otherwise have required a code release, which is costly in terms of man power.
  • The A/B testing in Sitecore is good because it allows us to statistically verify minor changes to the site - like advert changes or component ordering on the page - as to whether or not they positively impact conversion.
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Cons
Salesforce
  • The UX within the Business Manager portion of Demandware, the primary interface for marketers, is generally a confusing, inconsistent mess. Particularly infuriating are the lack of consistency for search and sort behavior within the tool.
  • A number of useful features, such as the ability to set schedules or tie features to unique customer segments, have seemingly arbitrary limitations imposed.
  • Demandware's idea of leveraging the community to be a learning resource and a sounding board for new ideas and features is a nice theory, but in practice it doesn't work for businesses with a lot of customization. I'm left with the impression that individual support is not a priority.
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Sitecore
  • Sitecore is Customer Engagement Platform. It comes with lots of features (e.g. Authoring, Analytics, personalization, A/B Test, Webforms for marketers etc), But, most of them are not being used by many clients. If you are really looking for just CMS (only authoring and publishing), then I don't think Sitecore is a way to go.
  • You need to have a strong Sitecore certified developer base to manage the Sitecore platform (if you are using all features). It's the same case with others. But, finding a Sitecore certified (costs $$) developer is tough in the market. Now the market is growing (thanks to Sitecore promotional events) and Sitecore is gaining popularity, It may be easy to find such developers in the future. If you want to leverage most out of the Sitecore community you need to be a Sitecore certified developer.
  • Sitecore comes with lots of built-in features and marketplace components. I feel this puts in a little tricky situation. It gives an opportunity for a normal developer to use some of the free marketplace module, which may or may not be supported in a future version of Sitecore. which may put the entire platform in risk to upgrade to latest Sitecore version. You need to have a proper process to control and validate the marketplace components before using them.
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Likelihood to Renew
Salesforce
A huge factor influencing our decision to remain on the Demandware platform is that our new parent company is standardizing all its luxury brands in the US on it. We are fortunate. However, even if we had remained an independent company, I believe we would continue on the Demandware platform for all the reasons outlined in this review. I appreciate the stability the platform has provided to our eCommerce site in the last three years as well as the continuous improvements and technological advances being rolled out that will allow us to keep the site fresh, engaging, modern and stable. I've heard many horror stories from colleagues on other platforms who struggle with the expense and complexity involved with making what should be minor and simple changes and updates to their sites.
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Sitecore
Sitecore has proven that it can deliver on its promise of a robust, reliable enterprise CMS solution with plenty of features. Also, they keep updating it with more and better features. Now that we are highly trained on it we have started on getting the most out of it and we plan to keep doing more of that in the future.
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Usability
Salesforce
Overall it's going great. Hoping it can reach very good heights soon.
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Sitecore
With any platform that offers so much capability, usability will naturally be more challenging. Sitecore does an admirable job and made massive strides in version 8, but at some times offers too many ways to achieve the same task allows users to sometimes take a path less efficient than the preferred path.
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Reliability and Availability
Salesforce
We have only had one instance where the platform went down in the time we have been using it.
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Sitecore
No answers on this topic
Support Rating
Salesforce
They are very responsive and a support technician will be assigned quickly. Even if there is further clarification needed for the ticket, or a solution is not immediately available, you feel that someone is there and staying on top of the issue. Most common issues are resolved quickly and satisfactorily.
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Sitecore
Sitecore Support is very knowledgeable and helpful. We have raised a number of issues with them and they rarely fail to come up with an acceptable solution.
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In-Person Training
Salesforce
The in-person training was thorough. Trainer was pretty dry, but covered everything really well.
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Sitecore
No answers on this topic
Online Training
Salesforce
No answers on this topic
Sitecore
Sitecore captures and remembers every single interaction your customers and prospects have in any part of the system, allowing you to build comprehensive, ever-learning profiles of each individual. From email marketing, to social media, to online shopping, Sitecore remembers where each interaction left off so you can automatically continue the conversation. Sitecore helps you manage your content for each and every experience your customers enjoy. Customize what content you want and the system will take care of how it's displayed.
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Implementation Rating
Salesforce
Implementation went fairly smoothly.
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Sitecore
Make sure you work with a partner that can help you take advantage of the entire platform. Specifically we see a lot of customers not taking advantage of Sitecore DMS and thus missing a huge opportunity. Sitecore is a platform that is meant to be constantly optimized and improved upon.
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Alternatives Considered
Salesforce
When I think of Salesforce products, I sometimes think of them interchangeably as one big lump. It's hard not to be incredibly immersed in the ecosystem day in and day out and taking advantage of resources like Trailhead. While Microsoft Dynamics compares in quality and offerings, it doesn't offer the same engagement and resources as Salesforce in its communications, social, and marketing, which makes a difference in terms of relevance and help. Commerce Cloud comes with the support you need to succeed and the tools you need to grow. In a high demand consumer world, we need products like this to keep up and get ahead. The minute we catch up, we're behind. Salesforce helps you stay on pace and create the unique and personalized experiences customers everywhere expect.
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Sitecore
The decision to select Sitecore was not ultimately mine, but the fact that we were able to leverage in-house Microsoft .Net (C#) experience on a platform that had a library of extensions, but also allowed us to customize and keep private our confidential IP has been a big help. When you see a SharePoint site or a Drupal site you can usually tell "oh this is a MS SharePoint site", but with Sitecore the ability to customize and have different views even different components based on device type makes Sitecore a clear winner.
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Return on Investment
Salesforce
  • It created an impact on our processes greatly where we're now able to assist our users with lesser wait times and higher efficiency
  • Content creation is very easy on the tool
  • It also stores the versions of the processes making it easy to roll back a version if needed
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Sitecore
  • ROI depends so much on implementation. Its would be difficult to comment in a positive or negative regarding CMS product to direct ROI. A non-technical user would be surprised at what a basic installation of Sitecore looks like. "Hello World" comes to mind. With that in mind we can look at two things, Sitecore Support and Sitecore Partners.
  • Certified Internal Developers and Sitecore Support: This depends on the qualifications of your existing departments regarding implementing a enterprise CMS. No experience to some experience, this is a no brainer, rigorously vet top and middle partners and hire one to lead this effort. If your experienced still hire a partner and vet them but hire a middle to small partner and have them help, not lead.
  • "Sitecore Window": You could equate Sitecore in some implementation as throwing expensive parts at a car problem. If your business requirements and data consumption needs are not within this cost window then in the end on paper it will be difficult to see ROI or that there just wasn't a return. Then it will be time to look at other lower cost alternatives The initial cost is just the start. Over engineering and expensive horizontal integration partners can cost someone a promotion or job.
  • If your content workflows are complex, sites rendering data requirements are large and performance and scalability are paramount. Sitecore should be in your top 3.
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