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05.10.20 5 min read Technology

Pimcore vs. Akeneo - what's better for your company

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If you are looking for a way to improve your product information management, you are bound to come across the Pimcore and Akeneo systems. Both options are free of charge and available in an open source form. They are based on Symfony Framework 4, but differ in many aspects. Which product should you decide on for your company, if each of them offers different functionalities? In this article, we present a comparison of these products, which will definitely help you decide.

Pimcore with more integration possibilities

With Pimcore, you can collect all the files and data in a company of any size and from any industry. The platform has a "connect anything" architecture, giving you great possibilities of integration via API. It enables integration with CRM, ERP, ESB, BI, Magento, Adobe Experience Manager, SAP and other enterprise applications. There are also no restrictions when it comes to opening imported or exported files in a given format. 

Akeneo is not so comprehensive when it comes to integration possibilities. It has its own customised integrators. It does not support connections to Java Message Queues or Hotfolders. Data can only be imported and exported in Excel or CSV formats.

Flexibility and scalability

Pimcore is an extremely scalable platform

The Pimcore product information management system allows you modify data using typical APIs. For example, you can transform blogs and articles into a content service. With the MDM (Master Data Management) system, you can easily have all resources relating to offer descriptions, media, attributes, customer, product and supplier information under control. It lets you easily manage products in multiple hierarchies, with access to unlimited product configurations. All data shaping is done using a convenient GUI (Graphical User Interface).

Pimcore is a scalable platform that can be used to work in a global environment. It also works well when managing large amounts of data and digital resources. It even allows millions of users and editors who visit a site to maintain its functionality and performance. The system uses leading technologies. More on this topic in the article "How to use Pimcore in practice".

Flexibility of Akeneo

Akeneo does not use MDM solutions, but instead uses EAV (Entity Attribute Value) to manage products. You can only configure product families in a single-level hierarchy. When it comes to configuring products, there are only two differentiations available for each product variant.

The scalability of Akeneo is quite high. Using this platform, you can easily manage all product catalogues. However, modelling and data processing is possible only to a limited extent.

Main features

What makes Pimcore and Akeneo so different?

Pimcore provides, among others:

  • A central product data warehouse;
  • Data quality control;
  • Flexible data modelling;
  • A high level of integration and information provision;
  • Improved data quality and semantics;
  • Efficient workflow management;
  • Advanced power mechanism;
  • Scalability and performance

Pimcore offers these and many other key features. It is much more powerful than Akeneo. 

Akeneo provides:

  • Advanced rights management*;
  • Validation workflow for data quality control*;
  • Reference units for the creation of data and enrichment of the products made available*;
  • The Franklin Insights* API;
  • Organisation and classification of products.

*Only in the paid version of the Enterprise Edition

Personalisation opportunities in Pimcore and Akeneo

Pimcore allows you to personalise content based on user behaviour analysis. This means that your customers receive attractive messages, individually tailored to their preferences.

With Akeneo, only product data can be managed, so message personalisation is not possible. However, it is possible to personalise content, but with the help of external software.

Pimcore vs Akeneo price and offer comparison

Pimcore costs and functionalities

The cost associated with the paid version of Pimcore Enterprise Edition starts from 7,200 USD/EUR per year. This provides full access to SLA (Service Level Agreement), LTS (Long Term Support) and consulting.

However, the free version of the Open Source Community Edition includes extensive features as well, such as:

  • Omnichannel support,
  • Workflow management, unlimited products;
  • Unlimited number of users;
  • PIM/MDM product modelling;
  • DAM (Digital Asset Management – management of digital resources, image library and workflow);
  • CMS (Content Management System);
  • E-commerce.

The free version of Pimcore can be fully used in the corporate environment.

Price and possibilities of the paid version of Akeneo compared to the free version

The paid version of Akeneo Enterprise Edition costs at least USD/EUR 40,000 per year. One output channel and 10 users are supported. The free Open Source version of the Akeneo Community Edition is very limited in terms of functionality. It supports up to two users, and does not provide content in the form of images. Only simple directories can be used. Furthermore, DAM is available in a paid version with a limited number of possibilities. Akeneo does not support MDM, either in the free or the paid version.

Pimcore vs Akeneo: conclusions

The free version of Pimcore guarantees comprehensive support for PIM, CMS, MDM, DAM and e-commerce. It allows you to manage product data, digital resources, available content and online activities. The scalable application ensures an effective management of workflow and information integration. The system is recommended for medium and large companies, including those operating on the international market, as it supports multiple language versions. Pimcore has enormous capabilities, which may affect the level of difficulty in implementing and managing it.

With Akeneo, you can only manage product data (PIM). Akeneo supports small- and medium sized e-commerce companies and can meet their multi-channel needs. The interface is easy to use, so you do not have to spend a large budget on training in this area.

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Maciej Pałubicki
CEO of Tandemite

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