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Senior Developer at a tech vendor with 51-200 employees
Jul 25 2017

What is most valuable?

I think DAM (Digital Asset Management) is most valuable to me. The data is increasing, and in order to manage millions of assets which a large enterprise has, it provides… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We are basically a service provider. It has helped a lot of clients. The areas where it is helpful were creating and managing multiple sites, and managing assets. An… more»

What needs improvement?

I love DAM, but still think there are improvement areas.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

There are different levels of licenses: Evaluate your needs and take the license based on that. In the future, upgrade it per need.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

No.

What other advice do I have?

The way it's stored is different from the legacy system, where we used an RDBMS-based solution. Here, we have a file-based system and all information is saved on nodes… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

No.
Vendor
AEM/CQ5 Developer at a non-tech company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jul 25 2017

What is most valuable?

* 3D assets: Repurpose 3D assets to accelerate time to market and save on production costs. Upload, manage, view, and render 3D content created from Creative Cloud or many… more»

How has it helped my organization?

With the improvements made in Assets 6.3 for synchronization and accessibility of product data and content records, information can be utilized in a wide range of… more»

What needs improvement?

* The product is in constant evolution, with several key areas being improved in each iteration. * The Assets capabilities of AEM 6.3.4 were basic and with troubles to… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Keep solution architecture easy to avoid unnecessary license costs. Start with the basic licenses to solve your immediate needs, and only increase them if the project… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Being in a consultant company solely dedicated to Adobe CQ/AEM, this is not applicable.

What other advice do I have?

Start small and plan your first set of objectives clearly, leaving all the “nice-to- haves” for a later phase. Starting this way will help companies get a sample of the… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I have worked with other similar solutions that solve parts of the complete set of solutions AEM provides, but none of them have the ability to handle so many of those… more»
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Consultant
AEM Developer / Consultant at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Jul 04 2017

What is most valuable?

I believe that the primary feature of the product is the ability and extent to which it allows authors to modify, build and operate their website, page components, etc. that otherwise would require a lot more of developer work.

How has it helped my organization?

We provide consultancy services to the clients so that our clients can use the product to improve their organization's operations.

What needs improvement?

The integration of the product with other Adobe Marketing Cloud products could be improved.

What other advice do I have?

The product was originally developed by a company called Day Software that was taken over, and then further developed by Adobe, changing its name from CQ5 to Adobe Experience Manager (AEM). Currently, the latest version is AEM 6.3. When using other Adobe Marketing Cloud products with AEM, I would… more»
Consultant
Senior AEM/CQ Admin Consultant & Business and Community Development
Jul 04 2017

What is most valuable?

Integration is the most valuable feature because it is the main selling point for customers.

How has it helped my organization?

It helps standardize the branding of pages across an enterprise by locking down what can be entered into page types.

What needs improvement?

The idea was to make it easy for the marketing teams, but it requires engineers who are hard to find and expensive to employ.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

First, you're going to spend a lot more than you think.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I used to make WordPress sites. AEM is a CMS and so much more, it requires more of my skills. Companies usually switch because they can integrate more marketing tools… more»

What other advice do I have?

Have a good relationship with budgeting and your various in-house IT divisions; have them understand the needs of digital marketing.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I never purchased it but yes, it's very expensive, so companies have to think about how to justify the cost and have to look at alternatives.
Vendor
Senior Consultant AEM at a manufacturing company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Jun 29 2017

What do you think of Adobe Experience Manager ?

What is most valuable?

Ease of use for content authors and tight integration with Adobe Marketing Cloud Products like Target, Analytics, Campaign; a complete solution for organizational digital marketing needs.

How has it helped my organization?

My organization is a services company.

What needs improvement?

Speed of web response for high transaction websites. Those websites which have a lot of user interaction in terms of forms submissions, live comments, etc.

For how long have I used the solution?

Over five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Rarely.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No.

How are customer service and technical support?

Six out of 10. The tech support from Adobe is slow to respond and takes a lot of…
Consultant
Senior Software Engineer at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Jun 29 2017

What is most valuable?

The following features are most valuable: * OSGi bundles capability * DAM (Digital Asset Management) * E-commerce capabilities * Campaign management * Components re-usability for making pages

How has it helped my organization?

Creating new pages that have similar aesthetics to existing pages does not require any new development requests. An author/user has many flexible options for making new pages. In addition, by adding new pages to an existing website, the author/user saves time and money. You do not need to create new… more»

What needs improvement?

Integration with MongoMk for storage, in place of TarMK, is not efficient. But if it becomes efficient, this improvement would solve storage problems for many of AEM's big clients.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The cost can be high. But for large websites with a lot of dyanmic data like e-commerce, or for clients looking for user-data based campaigning, the solution can be very efficient in the long-term.
Consultant
Senior Software Consultant at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jun 26 2017

What is most valuable?

This product has a lot of valuable features. * CRXDE that really allows you to browse static content data and change it on demand at runtime. From the business perspective consider this feature as the online DB viewer. * General framework… more»

What needs improvement?

* JCR access – lack of transaction from development perspective * Memory leaks - problems related to OSGi and bundles management * Lack of support for InteliJ and NetBeans when it comes to IDEs * Very protected documentation with very… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

CQ is very expensive. The licensing model is not clear.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Yes - Magnolia and Joomla, Liferay, etc. I switched my working places and it was just the main product used in the department.

What other advice do I have?

CQ is expensive but the worth money. If you are looking for a free or cheap equivalent use Magnolia CMS. Very similar in the general design idea.

What is Adobe Experience Manager ?

Adobe Communique 5 (Adobe CQ5), currently manifested as Adobe Experience Manager (AEM), is a web-based content management system which is developed to help businesses in offering high-end digital experience to their customers. 

Also known as
Adobe Day CQ5
Adobe Experience Manager customers

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