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Having taught Sharepoint, developed in Java and Ruby, and stood up
both Drupal and Joomla sites more than once, I can tell you that
comparing Drupal to Adobe CQ5 is flawed from the beginning.
If you are comparing drag and drop web-based development platforms
where the company wants templates to build fast websites, you should
be comparing joomla and drupal.
If you are comparing Apache stack platforms with robust workflow,
security, digital asset management, content targeting, and mobile
delivery ecosystems.... then you will have trouble finding something
to compare to CQ (just look at Gartner and Forrestor's report to
see they agree - Adobe is the Leader in both reports).
I spent almost 18 years trying to get a system that is as well
balanced as Adobe CQ5 across an enterprise. $500k seems cheap to me
when I think about the half-dozen developers it took to build and
maintain the sites we stood up for dozens of customers across multiple
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