I’ve recently written a blog post on Sense/Net being an open source alternative of Vignette v8 based on the preview video on Vignette v8 available online.
Stating that Sense/Net 6.0 is an alternative for Vignette v8 does sound really bold though. Vignette is (well, was, until Open Text acquired it) a company on NASDAQ with over 600 employees with an annual revenue well over $200M while Sense/Net is a company of 45 and an annual revenue of about $2M. Vignette probably spends 10x more money on R&D than the total annual income of Sense/Net. What are the chances that Sense/Net can make a software even comparable to Vignette? Practically nothing.
The reason however that I made this statement is because I couldn’t prove the other way round – that Vignette is far more advanced than Sense/Net. The easiest way would have been to place the two products next to each other and evaluate them (actually this is what some vendor neutral companies like CMS Watch or J.Boye do in the forms of reports). As a simple developer/blogger though I didn’t have that option. An evaluation version of Vignette is not available for me – or even my company: we are just too small for a such a giant. So that left me to compare with the sources Vignette provided: the video and their webpage. And based on this pretty much the same functionality can be achieved with our open source software. If you are a developer you can even install the portal featured in the video and try our yourself.
I know that the comparison is not fair at all and that Vignette has a huge number of features that Sense/Net does not. I would love to get more information on Vignette to have a better comparison so if there is any publicly available data/demo other than on the Vignette v8 page, please let me know.
Disclaimer: I am a member of the core team developing Sense/Net 6.0.