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Adobe Experience Manager is a combined web content management system (WCMS) and digital asset management (DAM) system from Adobe designed to help businesses manage their marketing and web presence, and track customer data to optimize the visitor experience and conversion. The combined applications of Adobe Experience Manager Sites and Adobe Experience Manager Assets is offered by the vendor as an end-to-end solution for managing and delivering marketing content.https://media.trustradius.com/product-logos/Ie/ae/DL5LZUSH5LJK.PNGAdobe CQ from the Perspective of a Software DeveloperWe have an in-house development team that develops custom implementations of Adobe CQ for our clients. It is one of many CMSs our company works with to support our customers.,Adobe CQ's biggest strength is allowing marketing departments at our clients to build out their website with minimal tech involvement (once an implementation is in place.) Marketing folks can create pages and arrange pieces on the page to build out a very professional and complex design without requiring a developer to deploy the update. Adobe CQ is built on various open source platforms that make it possible to extend functionality in a lot of complex ways. Adobe CQ also does a good job integrating with many of Adobe's other marketing products, which many clients find useful.,I've found that CQ isn't quite as stable as I'd expect an enterprise piece of software to be. There are a few out of the box components that are finnicky/fragile. Supposedly this has been improved in the latest release (6.0), but up until 5.6.1 there were no true coding standards, so business logic could be found scattered all over in scriptlets and servlets. The scriplets would be part JSTL/Expression Language, part scriplet code. This is kind of a nitpick, but as a developer it definitely has an impact.,7,As a developer, this question is a little difficult to answer, but all of our clients have been pleased with flexibility an Adobe CQ implementation gives them. Marketing teams can really shine and control their web presence without relying on slow tech teams to support them.,WordPress,9Adobe CQ (AEM) strongly delivers.We are using Adobe CQ in the Merchandising department. It allows those teams to author and launch landing pages for the different sales and seasonal events we run on a regular basis. It helps them be independent of our technical teams for releasing and authoring all the pages they need, at the speed they need. At the same time, our technical team can provide customized templates, components and publishing workflows within certain boundaries that help us keep our design and development standards in check. All this while authors can publish new content any time they need without having to go through the rigorous release and deployment processes. Our previous CMS solution was dated and it was costly for the organization to keep up with the pace of the Merchandising and Marketing teams. We were forced to plan too far in advance to give development teams time to put together new landing pages and it didn't allow for quick turn arounds like CQ does.,Allows non-technical staff to author and publish content by focusing on the content itself and the needs of a given campaign instead of technical implementations. Content workflows allow varying degrees of complexity for content review and quality assurance before providing approvals on any piece before going live. Development teams can build very robust and complex component for handling virtually all posible needs: from integrating back-end web services to UI Widgets for content authoring; from multisite suites to multi-language components, CQ can handle it all thanks to the power of Java and the flexibility of Sling and JCR. Easy to scale for high-traffic sites and thanks to the Publisher/Dispatcher infrastructure, very flexible for caching and load balancing.,Steep learning curve for both Authors and Developers when it comes to customized components and workflows. Development community is small and somewhat closed. It keeps growing with the years as CQ becomes more popular, which is a good thing. Expensive, both to purchase, train and certify. This makes it harder to learn unless companies are willing to spend thousands on official training.,8,Extreme flexibility and speed to publish new pages with as little as a few hours of notice. This allowed us to be more efficient in handling landing pages for lead generation. Powerful technology stack that allows for an infinite amount of customization. New ideas came up as we learned all the capabilities of CQ. It helped us innovate in the way we build and author pages. Poor documentation and small community slowed our initial ramp up and development times until first release. By now this should have improved with the increased popularity.,,10I'd Adobe CQ. Would you?The company I previously worked for used Adobe CQ as a CMS for the main company website along with multiple microsites. The site as a whole included well over 400 pages. The website was created with a customized version of Bootstrap 2.0, and integrated with CQ modules. Our job was to make sure that the modules worked with the designs, and fix any problems that arose.,Customization. Although this is important for any CMS to allow, CQ does a pretty good job at allowing for customization. Easy to use. Adobe CQ requires a little bit of up-front work to get you started, but after you start, it's easy to continue. Versioning. A huge plus when you're constantly changing pages. The versioning available is amazing and super helpful,Migration. We had multiple environments that we were constantly moving content back and forth on. Moving the content over through CQ was a bit of a challenge. Integration. In some instances, Adobe CQ's built in modules would fight with custom modules. Usually the problems went away on their own. Forms. Sometimes when adding a form to the page, the TO and CC sections would show up as empty when they had email addresses. Then when you went to change them, you couldn't close the settings window without clicking cancel.,8,Increased efficiency. We were able to update pages faster than we would have on the old site. Fast training time. With already comfortable users, we were able to onboard new developers quickly. Consistency. The site flows better and has a more consistent look.,WordPress,Joomla!,8Why Adobe AEM(CQ5)?We are a services company, and implement Adobe AEM (CQ) for our customers.,Authoring instance of CQ is just awesome. Great workflows Flexibility to customize Robust Architecture,Integration with third party tools Better integration for Email, text campaigns,9,Amazing User Interface Great campaign management Custom Content Delivery, based on user profile Quick and easy implementation,Drupal,Hippo CMS,WordPress,Joomla!,10,9Adobe CQ content author and jr developerWe used Adobe CQ for a client who wanted to migrate away from their old CMS. It was a global site with more than 15 countries and 20 different languages. Adobe CQ allowed us to roll out different regions and languages of the site very quick and easy saving time and money which all business love.,Very easy to use and understand. Adobe CQ already has many components and a developer can build off these components or develop new ones. Authoring content is a breeze. After a developer has completed a component all an author has to do is click and drag the component onto the page and start putting their content in. Publishing content so the customers can see the content be done with a click of the button.,CRXDE is not a very good platform If CQ had better out of the box multilingual support The out of the box components are not customizable enough so we ended up having to override them Environment kept crashing because it is such a memory hog,8,Increased employee efficiency - Once the components were created the content authors could knock out a ton of pages in one day. Customer changes were easier to fix.,Hybris,8
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August 20, 2015

Adobe CQ from the Perspective of a Software Developer

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I'll continue to use this product for many years. Adobe is making it clear they are taking customer feedback seriously and there continues to be growing demand for Adobe CQ implementations. As a developer, I find that there is still lots of room in this platform to try new techniques and really keep our implementations up to par with the latest standards.
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July 30, 2014

Adobe CQ (AEM) strongly delivers.

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We had and still have a fantastic experience using Adobe CQ. Lots of flexibility, great integration with other Adobe products we already use and a powerful technology make it a great fit for our corporate environment. Also as the community grows, it makes it easier to network with other developers and users to get new ideas on how to continue to get the best out of the software.
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July 25, 2014

I'd Adobe CQ. Would you?

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If I had the choice to renew, I would. Adobe CQ is one of the better CMS's I've been able to use. It's well organized, fast and easy to use. Although it is a little high in price, the fact that it does a good job justifies the decision to renew.
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December 30, 2014

Why Adobe AEM(CQ5)?

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Adobe CQ is just awesome, and there is no other product in market that could compete with CQ at this point.
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July 24, 2014

Adobe CQ content author and jr developer

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Adobe CQ has training classes that you can be in or watch to get a better understanding. They have some of the best customer support so if you run into any problems you can just contact them put a ticket in and they will fix it or work with you to fix the problem or issue you are running into.
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Feature Scorecard Summary

Role-based user permissions (23)
8.5
API (17)
7.4
Internationalization / multi-language (18)
8.1
WYSIWYG editor (20)
7.6
Code quality / cleanliness (20)
7.0
Admin section (20)
7.6
Page templates (22)
6.9
Library of website themes (15)
5.3
Mobile optimization / responsive design (21)
6.8
Publishing workflow (21)
7.3
Form generator (17)
6.5
Content taxonomy (18)
7.1
SEO support (20)
6.2
Bulk management (22)
6.2
Availability / breadth of extensions (20)
5.4
Community / comment management (18)
5.3

About Adobe Experience Manager

Adobe Experience Manager is a content management system from Adobe designed to help businesses manage their marketing and web presence, and track customer data to optimize the visitor experience and conversion. It allows businesses to create customer profiles for site visitors using both authenticated and anonymous data, dynamic tag management, mobile services and accessibility, and connection with third-party data and applications via the Adobe Marketing Cloud Exchange. It features multi-site management with regionalization and localization and editing, templates to ensure consistency across sites, and pre-built integration with other Adobe tools and services. Marketing campaigns and assets are centrally managed, and out-of-the-box integration with Adobe Analytics, Target, and Adobe Campaign help expand features. E-commerce systems can be integrated and product information can be synchronized, allowing Experience Manager's analytic features to test and improve the online shopping experience. Pricing varies considerably as implementation needs will vary.

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