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Salesforce Commerce Cloud is the #2 ranked solution in our list of top eCommerce Platforms. It is most often compared to CloudCraze Commerce: Salesforce Commerce Cloud vs CloudCraze Commerce

What is Salesforce Commerce Cloud?

Demandware Commerce delivers the speed, agility, innovation and superior economics required to master the new retail reality of constant and unpredictable change. Our enterprise retail solution is powered by a central cloud platform to drive consumer engagement across all devices, channels and geographies. Our cloud platform is open and extensible, and provides retailers with the enterprise scale required for complex operations. It includes a flexible retail data model with core commerce functions that remain consistent across user applications and channel delivery. It also includes a platform API that allows unique development without disrupting the flow of Demandware's continuous updates. Demandware Commerce enables both business and technical users within a retail organization to work with intuitive commerce applications. Leveraging omni-channel merchandising and marketing functionality, retailers can develop unique capabilities and create engaging shopping experiences that differentiate their brand and convert consumers to buyers. Unique consumer experiences and business logic are stored centrally and can be quickly deployed across the retail enterprise through the commerce accelerator, a combination of reference applications, Open Commerce APIs and LINK integrations. With this combination, Demandware Commerce removes the barriers and complexities of traditional licensed and hosted software, and allows retailers to execute the strategic business initiatives that drive growth.

Salesforce Commerce Cloud is also known as Demandware .

Salesforce Commerce Cloud Buyer's Guide

Download the Salesforce Commerce Cloud Buyer's Guide including reviews and more. Updated: September 2021

Salesforce Commerce Cloud Customers

Adidas, Amercian Golf, Brooks, Browns, Burton, Butlers, Clarins Paris, ColeHaan, Columbia, Converse, Deckers, Hurley, Kate Spade, Labelux, Lacoste, Lush, Mothercare

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Pricing Advice

What users are saying about Salesforce Commerce Cloud pricing:
  • "There are no significant upfront license costs."
  • "Initially when we installed Salesforce, we thought that it was a bit pricey, but I think for the value that we're getting, it’s suitable."
  • "The licensing works on a per-user basis."

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Syed Hasan Badshah
Salesforce Solution Architect at Systems Limited
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Offers a customizable checkout experience, customizable homepage - everything can be customized

Pros and Cons

  • "It has a customizable checkout experience, customizable homepage, everything can be customized."
  • "The community is very closed source. If you don't buy it, you won't be able to learn it."

What is our primary use case?

Our clients use Salesforce Commerce Cloud to sell their goods retail online. This solution has been mostly used by American retailers.

How has it helped my organization?

The whole point is that SFCC concentrates on not re-inventing the wheel. For example, Wish-list functionality. These are the basic functionalities that should be in e-commerce, like Apple Pay or the social media authentication login. These kinds of functionalities were provided out of the box. So the customer's sign-in and sign-out and the whole check-out experiences are provided by Salesforce Commerce Cloud, which can be enhanced on the basis of need. The customization is done by the service providers on the basis of customers' needs. These kinds of basic solutions are there and the role of the SFCC service provider is to customize all of it. It is very extensive and the documentation is very strong. 

The community is not very large, around 4,000 - 5,000 good developers in the community who have actually been helping each other. This is not something available in other solutions because their solution is outsourced. People working in SFCC can only help other SFCC developers. This is a drawback in Salesforce which is not an open-source solution. Although it is closed source, at the same time it provides a high-quality service. The development is very easy, with continuous integration. Also, their continuous code development is easy.

Their methodology is such that all these can be easily implemented into Salesforce Commerce Cloud. So the software development life cycle becomes very practical in this way.

What is most valuable?

There are a lot of solutions in the Salesforce Commerce Cloud itself. For example, a company may offer to our clients their Order Management system, but sometimes clients don't want to buy all the services from one service provider. If I'm a developer of SFCC, then some of my clients would like to hire me for only the SFCC stuff. But my video order management system is in some other technology like AIX or you can see their backend system is in a botnet for the autonomy system, so sometimes they would like to involve me in those specs. I worked with one company that actually sold three services to one client. That is one SFCC spot where around 30 people were working in that specific team for the SFCC specific task, while around 20 people were working in a botnet to connect SFCC with AIX database and AIX was their order management system. Actually, SFCC doesn't have that database capacity so they recommend that the service providers and the clients use a third-party service as a database. Okay.

This how the SFCC works and how the services are being provided to the client.

What needs improvement?

There are some areas which should be improved. For example, the community is very closed source. What if Salesforce provided some depositories? Now a big percent of the hubs are only for people who actually paid a membership, and then they allow you to start working from the cloud. But there should be some sort of trial or learning opportunity for other people to learn what Salesforce Commerce Cloud is. Because if you don't buy it, you won't be able to learn it. That's a drawback. I'm not saying make it open source because this is a private company. I'm just saying that it should provide some opportunities for the public to learn it. To provide more opportunities with it because the e-commerce platform is expanding all over the world, even in third world countries. They should provide some way to learn it. Yes, they provide us the documentation, they provide us the community, but they don't provide us the coding environment. It should be there for some trial period because it is very costly. People want to work in SFCC, but it is not very affordable. For example, I am in Pakistan and I remember back 2-3 years ago, many clients or customers wanted to use Salesforce Commerce Cloud but they didn't offer any services in Pakistan.

That was their concern. And the billing was very, very high at that time. Because competitors were not there 2, 3, 4 years ago. But now the competitors are here and Salesforce Commerce Cloud is reducing its costs. But they are still not providing any free, development environment for the developers to explore SFCC.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been a Salesforce Commerce Cloud developer for last five years and my overall experience with it is around seven years. 

I am actively working in it.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability is very, very high. SFCC is a leader in the world. They have released multiple volumes in the last three years.

The mobile version is completed and now they are releasing their headless architecture, where the front-end and the back-end will be different. Two different teams can work in it. So that will be a giant step in the E-commerce market by Salesforce. So yes, the product is very stable. Nothing crashes. 

But from the development perspective there are some limitations like debugging. If there are things to debug, it should be done very slowly because this debugging is in the code and not on local machines. We are directly connected with the cloud and if there is any internet glitch then the instance or the cloud instance can be halted, which is a real migraine for a developer. So these kinds of limitations are there, but if the product is running on the production instance, it's live and does not crash.

But there are some steps that we have to do like old replication and the content replication, which are actually replicated from a lower to higher environment, meaning from staging to production. Production means a real website so the content and the code are actually set up by a developer or the deployment manager. These are the steps which actually take some time. It's not something that we can do in five or 10 minutes. It can take around two or three hours and our successful release can be done by the SFCC team. The deployment is handled by the service providers.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Salesforce Commerce Cloud is very scalable. They provide built-in extra functionalities. They recently introduced a technique in which they provide us a basic website. From there, we have to extend an E-commerce site and we can add multiple functionalities based on customer needs, like Apple Pay or Magento integration. These kinds of things are very interesting to extend and add at runtime, or anytime. This makes the solution very scalable.

How are customer service and technical support?

In terms of technical support, sometimes it takes time, at least six to 12 hours, which is not very good at the critical moment. But at least they come back to you, as opposed to WooCommerce which is an open source community. You post some question on an open source thread on any website and it's your luck if you get some answer. It might take months or it might take days, or it might take one minute. You're not sure. WooCommerce is not that helpful because it is an open source platform while the Salesforce will get back to you in at least five, six hours.

Salesforce gets back to you and solves the issues. This is the beauty of a closed source environment. If you're working with Microsoft Dynamics 365, their new solution, which is a very fine competitor of Salesforce Commerce Cloud, even they already are full, but they are evolving in the market and this is the beauty of closed source and private companies -they get back to you with answers.

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

Yes. I worked in WooCommerce. WooCommerce is a PSP. I also worked with WordPress E-commerce and Shopify. And obviously Salesforce as well.

WooCommerce is not a very customizable solution and not a good solution for the large clients who are trafficking pages with more than thousands of testimonies. If the sales are in the millions and the processes are very strong, then a WooCommerce site will not be able to bear the traffic load.

But Salesforce Commerce Cloud will never die because of traffic. At the same time there are a lot of options to import things into Salesforce Commerce Cloud. The customizations are there and any user can customize their website look and feel. The best thing about Salesforce is the role it plays for merchandisers allowing them to customize their sites at run time with the help of the first available data, and how it changes their website look and feel immediately by turning on/off some flags. The merchandising feature is very easy to use in Salesforce Commerce Cloud while in other platforms, like in WooCommerce, this is not always easy to use. The solution is not perfect for every market.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup process is very strong. Whenever we have to set up a website, which they provide and is known as SFRA or site genesis, there are multiple versions of Salesforce Commerce Cloud. There are around 4 multiple versions that are released by Salesforce on the SFCC. Each version has its data set. This process is easy. You can see the cloud instance in the business manager. It takes around a day, around eight to 10 hours are needed for setting up one version.

This is a very basic step. It's a baby step. It's the very first baby step to set up the PC version on any cloud instance. After that, the customization comes and the SFCC starts developing.

It all depends upon the customers' needs. It's not a hard and fast deadline or timeline. I have been in some situations that took us three to four months and others that took around nine to 10 months. So it's a bracket from three to 10 months. But if the team is cooperative and competent, on average a very big solution can be delivered in 6 or 7 months after the development is released. This includes everything - the documentation, as well as the code and the leads and everything

Planning time is very negligible, it gets changed client to client because there are a lot of ethical issues and I'm trying to decode it in front of you.

From a review perspective it also changes client to client. If a client is technical and he has some knowledge then they might have another plan and if they hire me as a freelancer, then they are the manager and I could be included in the technical discussions. From the solution perspective, I can give them suggestions but ultimately the direction will be decided by the client. This includes extra content and the images and how they should be processed to the production environment. The processes are different from client to client.

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

Price was a huge issue three to four years ago but now they're introducing their On-Demand Sandboxes concept. This is very practical as well. The thing is, whenever you use any cloud instance on the Salesforce Commerce Cloud, you are paying something to Salesforce Commerce Cloud even if you're not using it for each second, each minute. But now they have provided a new solution which is very helpful for the customers where if you buy their On-Demand Sandboxes plan, whenever you need some cloud instance for development, just create it, use it, delete it and that's it. You will pay whenever you're using it. That's the practical approach from Salesforce. But three to four years ago when before this concept existed there were a lot of charges by Salesforce but now they are reducing it because there are lot of competitors. Fees for developers are a little expensive compared to other developers because it's a very closed sourced community and not everyone is a domain expert in SFCC. Whoever invested time, whoever took the risk of working in this very closed source environment, should be paid a little higher.

What other advice do I have?

My advice is that, yes, they should work with SFCC because it provides a lot of features to extend and link with third parties, API's are available from third parties, and they can easily be integrated into Salesforce Commerce Cloud. It has a customizable checkout experience, customizable homepage, everything can be customized. Their A/B testing is very, very strong. The New York traffic can see one thing on their homepage, while the Boston market can see another. So you can base the experience on different customer groups. Not everyone in America has to see the same thing on the site. The experience is very customizable for cloud and scalability is very easy. If you are a very small company and you can't afford a million dollar bill, then the Salesforce Commerce Cloud is not for you.

On a scale of one to ten I would love to give it a 10+.

The best things with Salesforce Commerce Cloud are that they encourage people to update from time to time, which is very positive coming from a private platform, that the certification path is very strong, and their certification is very reliable. If you are a certified developer they can easily deliver the value. The the first path is the developer path and then citizen architect. Multiple clouds are there. I'm a certified developer and heading toward the solution architect certification as well and I've been working with Salesforce Commerce Cloud for five years. This is the time to attempt SFCC architecture because I know the ins and outs of the whole solution. I have 10 people in my team who are managing it and we work together. Two Salesforce Commerce Cloud architects and eight certified developers. That is how we are working. Half of the team members are in America, but others are working from here and soon we will be there as well.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Private Cloud

If public cloud, private cloud, or hybrid cloud, which cloud provider do you use?

Other
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Divs Chauhan
Salesforce Solutions Architect at Kcloud Technologies
Real User
Top 10
Features are developed and refined over many years to provide a highly customized e-commerce experience

Pros and Cons

  • "Salesforce offers the best features and functionality, which are developed and refined over many years to provide a highly customized e-commerce experience."
  • "If your organization has a nonstandard or niche business model or audience, the fast nature of the solution may not be a good fit."

How has it helped my organization?

Let me tell you about one of my clients: the basic premise of the solution is to enable the organization to do what it typically does best. It helps to create the platform, as much as possible, without having to focus on some of the associated challenges surrounding e-commerce platforms, like stability, scalability, and managing the technical agency theme or roadmap.

People always choose the solution that best serves their business goals. You can say that Salesforce is the best e-commerce cloud platform on the market, which serves the business purpose.

There is no "one size fits all" approach when it comes to e-commerce. It's a part of Salesforce's family, so Salesforce is very trustworthy and if we talk about Health Cloud, it's HIPAA compliant. If we talk about other industries, it offers all of the security policies which are needed. It is highly trusted, and the data is completely secure and it can easily integrate with the solution set. 

What is most valuable?

Salesforce offers the best features and functionality which are developed and refined over many years to provide a highly customized e-commerce experience. It is mostly for clients who are more into e-commerce, so they go for the Salesforce Commerce Cloud because, the best part is, you don't have to develop everything from scratch.

Salesforce Commerce Cloud has seamless upgrades. Since the platform is SaaS, Salesforce continuously rolls out many new features in the background. These are available through an administration panel and often with minimal or no technical intervention needed on the client-side.

What needs improvement?

The revenue share model is very attractive to organizations — strong product profit margins, from which to fund the license fee. This commerce model is not as appealing to high volume, low margin retailers, or B2B organizations as their margins are traditionally much tighter. I think that's a limitation they should improve. If your organization has a nonstandard or niche business model or audience, the fast nature of the solution may not be a good fit.

I think the E-commerce cloud should be improved for the low margin retailers and B2B organizations.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have seven years of experience with Salesforce, but technically only two to three years if we're talking specifically about Commerce Cloud.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Speaking about scalability as a cloud-based product, Salesforce Commerce Cloud can cope with huge demands and traffic spikes without the customer having to plan for it in advance. If there is a sudden spike in the demand, the platform scales silently in the background with no intervention required.

How are customer service and technical support?

I have reached out to technical support many times but usually, it was for help enabling any features which were not activated, or if there were any technical issues, for example, while publishing something. So in that case, I have reached out to technical support. You can't expect them to do any customizations in your org.

They will only help you with enforced technical glitches if there are any, or any activation features if needed.

Their support is good from my past experience; they definitely offer good support compared to other CRM platforms. Salesforce support is quite better than all of them.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is straightforward. 

They offer a full system integration service, starting with the discovery that uncovered the highest revenue commercially focused activity roadmap of the business. Everything goes very well in Commerce Cloud. 

What I would suggest, initially it's a straightforward setup, but then later, if you need some customizations or high-level technical things added to your e-commerce platform, then obviously you need a solution partner or implementation partner to design that.

Setup time varies from customer to customer. Speaking about Salesforce in general, or any cloud of Salesforce, we can't give an accurate estimate of how much time it's going to take, because it depends on many factors: is it a big company or a small company? What kind of requirements they have? What kind of platform do they want to build? Do they need it to provide live agent support? Do they want to add social extensions, like Facebook, etc?

Everything adds more time to the total sites, so it depends from requirement to requirement, what kind of implementation they need. Sometimes it takes 10 days and sometimes it takes 10 months to settle things completely.

What about the implementation team?

Whether we follow an implementation plan depends on the client's requirements; however, the initial setup is the same.

If they want to launch their campaigns, personalize their merchandise, help shoppers find what they want and if they want to boost organic traffic, again, it depends on person to person and from client to client.

What was our ROI?

My clients see a return on their investment with SalesForce. For example, some of my clients' data and e-commerce sites were not properly organized earlier. When they started using Salesforce Commerce Cloud, it took some time, but their direct revenue increased.

It really depends on many factors. You can easily see the sales growth, you can analyze that and you can add many features to make it user-friendly. You can add the chat option, you can easily send campaigns. If you are sending personalized campaigns, then obviously you will get some clients which are not coming back to you from the last few months so that is a long process to get more revenue.

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

If I talk about the cost of using the platform as realized as a revenue share, meaning that the client effectively funds the platform from OPEX rather than CAPEX, then there are no significant upfront license costs. As an approach, it's quite compelling that Salesforce has seen their financial success due to the growth of client revenue in what's described as a shared success model. 

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I have worked with Shopify, some of my customers were using Shopify and Salesforce Sales Cloud, not the Commerce Cloud in that case. They were managing everything on the Shopify website and they mentioned it is easy to use, but still, I feel with Salesforce Commerce Cloud, we have tons of features, which are not available in Shopify.

Sometimes people don't need the features which are provided by Salesforce. They just need a simple e-commerce platform. Shopify is cheaper than Salesforce so that is the reason that people often choose it, but if a company is big and they want to achieve something good, they obviously go for Salesforce Commerce Cloud.

There is built-in marketing functionality in Salesforce Commerce Cloud. If you want to do very personalized marketing campaigns, those are available in Salesforce Commerce Cloud.

If you only want people who have purchased RED products to see sales on other RED products, you can do that with Salesforce Commerce Cloud. If you want to send campaigns to only those people who are living in city X, and who have purchase items worth more than five dollars, within the last 30 days or any duration; you can easily do that with Commerce Cloud. No other solution can hold a candle to this.

A secondary advantage that Salesforce Commerce Cloud has over Shopify is that while the plugin market is much smaller, all plugins must be certified. A constant complaint of everyone using Shopify is that the plugins make the site slower and slower — who knows what crazy code they are including. That doesn't happen with Salesforce Commerce Cloud, since each plugin must be fully certified, which includes speed requirements.

What other advice do I have?

You could say, Salesforce Commerce Cloud is like a cloud-based software as a service, e-commerce solution. 

If you find Salesforce Commerce Cloud a compelling proposition, chances are, you will continue with adopting the Commerce Cloud roadmap provided by Salesforce. It's another thing that you won't have to concern yourself with. Clients can focus on using the solution's features and functions to drive sales for their sites. They don't have to always be focused on the CRM part of Commerce Cloud, it allows them to focus on their sales growth.

There are some huge brands that use Salesforce Commerce Cloud, including Puma and Adidas.

These are not my direct clients, but I have worked for some of these companies, doing some outsourcing work with some third parties involved. 

If you are interested in using Salesforce, be sure to check which additional Salesforce Commerce Cloud you want to go for — B2B, or B2C Commerce. There are different additions: a starter pack, a growth pack, etc. It depends on the business.

Also, if you wish to use Salesforce, you should hire an implementation partner, not just for the customization part, but for the best advice, because implementation partners know the best practice and the best things which are useful for the client and for the company. I have seen people who have completely messed up because they didn't have an implementation partner.

On a scale from one to ten, I would give Salesforce a rating of eight.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner
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Joaquin Arcardini
Salesforce Programmer at Freelancer
Real User
Top 10
Good translation features and community support, but the product and related services are expensive

Pros and Cons

  • "There is a good community of developers for the platform."
  • "There is space to have better communication with other kinds of platforms."

What is our primary use case?

We are a solution provider and Salesforce Commerce Cloud is one of the products that we implement for our clients. My role is as a Salesforce developer and I work on different tasks, including product customization.

What is most valuable?

Multilanguage support means that this product will operate in English, Chinese, or whatever language is required. 

The translation feature is available, depending on the region, and it is quite useful for me as well as my customers.

The development capabilities are very powerful, which is what my customers know and why they buy this product instead of something else.

There is a good community of developers for the platform.

With respect to customizability, you can do whatever you want.

You can integrate with other solutions and put everything in one place. For example, you can connect Commerce Cloud with Marketing Cloud, then you can see details on the sales moving through the pipeline. Both these products are from the same company, and some customers already have Salesforce Marketing Cloud. For them, it's easy to implement Salesforce Commerce Cloud. With Salesforce, the technology is the same. They will know how to use it. The developer works the same, they both work with cloud and Salesforce is a known brand. They trust the information that they put on their server and know that the information is secure.

What needs improvement?

When a company buys a license for Salesforce Commerce Cloud, it is almost impossible to handle all of the features. This is why there is a high demand for developers or people who can educate the team on how to use it and how to configure all of the things people need.

People will sometimes go online and learn about the product, then buy a license for something that they don't actually know how to use. This is another business that Salesforce is selling, namely support. They are not only just selling their platform, but also the services that go with it. For smaller companies, it is not going to work. For larger companies, it may work.

There is space to have better communication with other kinds of platforms. If for example, you have a software developer, and a customer presents you with Salesforce Commerce Cloud, sometimes it's difficult to pick it up. It's not a totally different technology, although there are differences. It is a new product in the Salesforce environment, so it's hard to get people to work on it. Finding developers will also cost more money.

There is lots of improvement that can be made in terms of user experience. For example, Salesforce Cloud has an excellent user experience. With this product, however, you have to be tough and you have to study. It's not like other types of products. For a person with no experience, this is like a nightmare.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Salesforce Commerce Cloud for approximately three years, at a time when it was still owned by Demandware.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

This product is very stable and if you face problems then you can contact support. Unfortunately, they are very annoying to deal with.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Salesforce Commerce Cloud is being used by some very large companies that operate worldwide. This product is not typically for startups or small companies that are just starting out. For clients such as this, we will choose another option that is cheaper. Also, they will not spend money developing this product because they don't have enough customers and it will be a waste of money.

Larger companies are sometimes already involved with Salesforce.

How are customer service and technical support?

I would rate the technical support a four out of ten.

They are weak and they are really hard to reach out to. They can respond but sometimes they don't understand the solution. Salesforce has people running all over the place and sometimes they don't understand what you are asking for. They contact you, you show them the problem that you're facing, and then they put in the case that they don't understand you. They ask for another call and you have to state the case again, but they don't answer. 

Ultimately, I would prefer not to contact everybody to get a case resolved.

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

Some of my customers use other platforms and products. For example, they might use the Salesforce Community edition, Salesforce Cloud, or something else.

I have worked with a couple before the Salesforce environment. They were based mainly on PHP and you have to put them on your home server. I have used Magento, some time ago, and I found that the technical support was better. It may not be a fair comparison because I have worked more with Salesforce than Magento, but I found that the Magento interface was more user-friendly.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is of medium complexity. For somebody that knows Salesforce, it can be picked up quite quickly. They don't have to know Salesforce Commerce Cloud, but another product like Salesforce Cloud. These people will pick it up very quickly and they can do the implementation.

For somebody who has already done it one time, it's easy.

On average, I would say that it takes a month to deploy. Part of the reason it takes this long is that customers want to add new things. Perhaps they have another Commerce Cloud solution and they want the same information. It costs a lot in terms of time.

The length of time for deployment also depends on the size of the company.

In terms of a deployment strategy, you can do a basic implementation of the solution but sometimes they want, for example, more customization. They want you to develop a specific thing that is not part of the solution. This can be a problem because it puts more into the requirements. For example, you have to see how it works with other solutions. This will increase the amount of time it takes.

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

Customers for this product normally purchase in bulk because it's not a cheap license.

What other advice do I have?

If I had to choose, I don't know if I would select Salesforce Commerce Cloud. Perhaps for medium to large companies, I would. However, for smaller companies with between 15 and 100 users, I believe that I would go with another product.

One of the reasons that developing with Salesforce is not cheap. You have to hire people, for example. 

If somebody tells me that they are interested in implementing this product then the first question that I would ask is whether they have another Commerce Cloud or another e-commerce platform in place. Then, if so, I would ask why they are trying to change. I see a lot of people buying it just because it is a known brand, globally.

The advantages are that your data will be secure and it will never crash.

My advice for anybody who implements it is to contact somebody that really knows what to do, instead of wasting time trying to figure it out. They need technical people, and even for them, this is not something that is very easy to do.

The bottom line is that this is not a solution for everyone. It costs a lot of time and a lot of money, but different customers will get more value out of it than others.

I would rate this solution a six out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Public Cloud
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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Senior Consultant at a computer software company with 501-1,000 employees
Consultant
Top 20
Good visualization, stable, scalable, useful filters, and user-friendly

Pros and Cons

  • "The filters are very useful, and easy to customize. it's very easy to operate."
  • "There is always room for improvement with any solution."

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the lead matrix that Commerce provides, which helps us to filter out the leads. It also filters out the companies that are right for us and need to target.

The visualization is very good. It's not confusing. If you are doing an analysis on your Commerce, It's very easy.

The filters are very useful and easy to customize. It's very easy to operate.

The user-friendly interface is better when compared with other CRMs.

For everything that we have used this solution for, we have had the best experience. This si the reason that we have not switched to another CRM. We will continue with this for a very long time.

They are constantly iterating and that is a good thing.

What needs improvement?

There is always room for improvement with any solution.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been working with Salesforce Commerce Cloud for approximately three years.

We are using the latest version.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Definitely, this is a stable solution. In terms of volume, and capability, it's very stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It is very stable. We started using it in a very small segment of our company and now we've expanded it. We have distributed it in geography.

First, we were using it only for the North American client base, and have now, expanded for global usage.

It's very scalable for us.

How are customer service and technical support?

I haven't used technical support because I haven't required it.

From what I understand, it's pretty fast, and they have a 24 hour turnaround time policy that they follow. Any query is responded to within 24 hours.

Some of my team members have been in contact with technical support, but I have not personally.

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

I have used Marketo and HubSpot. There are many pre-existing filters, but they're not always useful.

There is a lot of filtration which makes it difficult to customize.

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

While the price is reasonable for what you are getting, it could still be better. For a small business, it might be too expensive.

Initially, when we installed Salesforce, we thought that it was a bit pricey, but I think for the value that we're getting, it’s suitable.

It is something that is not too off-the-shelf or too expensive, but the price could be better.

What other advice do I have?

I am very satisfied with this solution. I don't need any changes in it for what I use. They may provide other features in the future that may be very helpful for me, but I have not thought about what I would like to see.

When you are first starting, you should go through all of the tutorials. When we look at the product or look at a tool, we realize that we use the basic aspects of it. You want to have a full understanding of how to customize it for your needs, and data analysis. It's very customizable, unless you don't know how to do it then it won't be utilized fully.

There are several tutorials available online to use, that will teach you how to use it, and to customize it for your usage and requirements.

Take the time to go through the tutorials beforehand.

I would rate Salesforce Commerce Cloud a nine out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Public Cloud
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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Oscar Del Ama
Deputy CEO at Pedro Garcia
Real User
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Stable with good data analysis capabilities by difficult to set up

Pros and Cons

  • "I wouldn't say they have artificial intelligence, as it's not really AI, however, the data analysis that they provide to you is good."
  • "The solution is expensive."

What is most valuable?

I wouldn't say they have artificial intelligence, as it's not really AI, however, the data analysis that they provide to you is good.

The stability, from what I have heard, has been good.

What needs improvement?

What I don't like is the price.  The solution is expensive.

Once you get into the Salesforce universe, it's very difficult to get out. It's very difficult to connect with other platforms. I find that once you get into Salesforce, you are too trapped in their tech. The obvious technology is the CRM they offer to you, however, I don't like it. A software product should be good in and of itself, yet manageable enough to attach or to connect with other products. Integration with other products is impossible as they do have APIs, and functionality-wise is not the best. There are other platforms that offer more integration potential.

The initial setup is complicated, as is the initial integration.

Technical support could be better. I still don't have the full experience as a client, however, on the after-sales side, I feel a little abandoned after the signing of the contract. It was really pushy at the beginning. They were right on you. Then, after that, you feel a little abandoned as they just aren't there, in the same way, checking in and making sure you are okay. It's more on the after-sales of things that they should take care a little more about their clients already signed on to them.

For how long have I used the solution?

This solution is quite new for us. We haven't used it for that long.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

I don't have experience personally with stability, however, based on what I understand from clients as well as from other partners, the stability is good. If I was to rate the stability of I would say it's eight out of ten. I have not heard of bugs or glitches, and I have not heard of it crashing or freezing.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support requires that you depend on their partner. Otherwise, while Salesforce is good at sales, the after-sales portion of the experience is lacking, mostly due to the fact that they're really lacking experience. It's not the greatest. 

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

We just switched from Magento to Commerce Cloud. I'd say this solution is a little bit better.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is not straightforward. It's very difficult. The integration with other solutions also isn't easy.

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

The price is a little bit too high, however, you pay for what you get.

What other advice do I have?

I'm a customer and an end-user.

I'd rate the solution at a seven out of ten. It depends on the appliance. For startups, it's really not good. For big companies like us, it is good, and for a medium company, it is probably not as good eighter. It's much more suited to something with size and infrastructure.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Public Cloud
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RK
Manager at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Real User
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The implementation team can customize the implementation to the customer's needs

What is our primary use case?

We use it for eCommerce, which is similar to ATG.

What is most valuable?

The sign-up process is easy, as you can link it to other products and sign with your Gmail account, for example. The implementation team can customise the implementation to customer needs. 

What needs improvement?

It is similar to ATG, but some features can be exchanged between the 2.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using Salesforce cloud for about 2 years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Salesforce is a stable solution. We have not encountered any issues.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Salesforce is scalable.

How are customer service and technical support?

We have not had to use technical support. …

What is our primary use case?

We use it for eCommerce, which is similar to ATG.

What is most valuable?

The sign-up process is easy, as you can link it to other products and sign with your Gmail account, for example. The implementation team can customise the implementation to customer needs. 

What needs improvement?

It is similar to ATG, but some features can be exchanged between the 2.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using Salesforce cloud for about 2 years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Salesforce is a stable solution. We have not encountered any issues.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Salesforce is scalable.

How are customer service and technical support?

We have not had to use technical support.

How was the initial setup?

Set up and configuration of Salesforce is straight forward.

What about the implementation team?

In our team, we have 5 people involved in the use and implementation of salesforce, including managers, developers and administrators. Implementation can take up to 2 months. 

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

The licensing works on a per-user basis.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We have considered using ATG.

What other advice do I have?

I would rate this product 8 out of 10. It is a good eCommerce solution. Compared to ATG, it would be down to choosing which product you needed for your business long term.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Integrator
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