SDL Tridion (aka SDL Web 8) being one of the leading web content management system has some edges over its other competitors for a long time.
In the previous part, we have seen the strategies behind selecting any cms and here we will see how do we identify the right choice for the customer.
Mostly this concerns comes up when one need to opt for one CMS (all want the best though) and other is when there is a question on migration or version update.
Why we need to compare the CMS products? Since we know what is the best in the market….
A tool X can be best fit for Customer ‘A’ but may not be the one for Customer ‘B’, it requires proper analysis on facts like how many sites they have, how many languages do they support, who are their business users, what are the channels they want to have for marketing their content etc. etc.
The reason for performing a comparative study of various CMS’s available in market is to be ready for any market changes , technology upgrade or a need to change platform. We will see based on what parameters a proactive counseling can be done for best selection of CMS as per any customer needs or change/ upgrade to a new CMS. This R&D is being performed keeping two aspects in mind : Technical and Functional. You can always add/remove parameters if you think that is needed and let me know if i have missed important ones.
I have excluded other tools as it may vary in your case based on the language (.net/java/php) or the customer needs. I have listed standard technical and functional aspects for SDL Tridion 2013 and Web 8 only, you can add other tools while doing the actual comparison.
The Technical Parameters:
The Functional Parameters:
As per the analysis done based on the parameters, it seems SDL Tridion/ Web 8 is the one with all required features included. Among other licensed tools, Adobe CQ5, Sitecore, EPI Server, OpenText, IBM Portal Server are close.
Tridion, A right Choice, Indeed!!
Tridion seems to be the best fit as it supports multiple languages and multiple channels, when you have many a sites to be managed. It supports both Java and .Net platforms which makes it more flexible. Multiple delivery end frameworks (open source) are extensible as per the need and huge no of add-ons /power tools/ extensions are available which speed up the CMS functionalities.
But, choosing a CMS for any customer needs proper understanding of their actual need, where a CMS can be plugged in to solve their existing problems or new setup to achieve their goal in best possible way. Hope this article will give you in understanding your business cases and If Tridion is the right choice for your customer or not.
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