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A Fair Review of the Top .NET CMS Platforms - Epi

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EPISERVER INC. http://www.episerver.com
Market Position: Mid-Market to Enterprise Platform: ASP.NET
Licence Model: Proprietary Current Version: v.10
Base Price: On-Premise – $40,000 to $100,000 / SaaS – $50,000 to $150,000
Founded In: 1994 CEO: Mark Duffell (2-years)
NA Offices: Nashua, New Hampshire NA Partner Network: 54 – as of Jan 2017
Hosting Type: On-premise and SaaS Closest Comparison: Sitecore
Free Trial Version? No (request a demo only) Certified Training? Yes

Episerver (aka Epi), a provider of a single platform to manage digital content, commerce, and marketing was founded in 1994 in Stockholm, Sweden by Mikael Runhem. Epi powers over 30,000 websites and has an estimated 8,800 customers worldwide including Reebok, VISA, Pizza Hut, Electrolux, Greenpeace, IBM, UNICEF, and Superdry.

Episerver has locations in Nashua, New Hampshire, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Germany, the UK, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, UAE, South Africa, Australia, Singapore, and Vietnam.

In January 2015, Ektron and Episerver merged under the Epi brand and continue to support and extend the Ektron platform. In August 2016, Episerver acquired Peerius, an omnichannel commerce personalization company. Epi is also currently listed in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant and in Forrester’s Wave for WCM.

At the time of this review, their latest versions were - Core CMS 9.10; CMS UI 9.7, Commerce 9.17; Find 12.0. Episerver is on a continuous release cycle, so customers see product updates and enhancements every two weeks.

Comments from Episerver

Episerver is the only company to provide a unified platform to help agile, mid-market organizations to smartly manage digital content, commerce and marketing, using the cloud.

We do that so that they can deliver these really differentiated experiences for their customers, wherever they engage, and they can do it fast. And that’s what I think the Episerver proposition is, rapid time to value which is so important in the mid-market, you don’t have the luxury of the one year, 7 figure implementation, you need to get results quick and that’s what we do.”
James Norwood, Executive Vice President Strategy and CMO 

Differentiators

Episerver is 100% ASP.NET MVC based. It offers an all-in-one product with CMS, eCommerce and digital marketing features. There are many add-ons available, and you will likely need to install some basic add-ons for even the simplest website. There is an active developer forum that makes finding support and tips from others easy. Epi has a very customizable system architecture that supports multi-site architecture and web farms. 

Strengths

  • Episerver’s ease of use and intuitive UI, coupled with their rich list of features, makes it a favorite amongst .NET editors and developers. 
  • Very few vendors offer a seamless content and commerce platform, which sets Epi apart in this review.
  • Although they are fairly late in offering a packaged cloud service, their Digital Experience Cloud is impressive, with a full stack wrapped up in a pay as you go service model. Worth a deep-dive if cloud is at the top of your mid-market WCM requirements.
  • Focused on what they feel is an underserved area of the market, the upper mid-market to lower enterprise.
  • Recently made major investments to address enhanced personalization. 

Weaknesses

  • Although Episerver has recently ramped up their North American partner channel, finding experienced integration partners is still a challenge, along with a lack of third-party and peer support in North America.
  • Still thought of as only a content management system, out in the marketplace. 
  • Episerver customers have highlighted the need for further enhancements to the Digital Experience Hub (from Epi's earlier merger with Ektron) as a significant priority. 
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  • epi
  • Ingeniux
  • Kentico
  • Progress Sitefinity
  • Sitecore
  • Umbraco

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Gary Eisenstein

Gary Eisenstein

Gary has been working in the IT industry for over 23-years and is a Principle Analyst at CMS-Connected. If you would like to receive additional advice or consultation on selecting a “best-fit” Web Content Management solution, Gary can be reached at gary.eisenstein@cms-connected.com.