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Choosing the right PIM system for a commerce business can be an onerous task, and it shouldn’t be: finding your ideal partner for Product Information Management must feel like a happy occasion and not an impossible maze. Surely at this point you have heard about lots of PIM systems - how can you figure out which one is best?


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First of all, you should know that not all PIM systems work the same way, and there are two main categories with different features and capabilities:

  • Traditional PIM systems: Highly expensive, aimed to large enterprises and based on consolidated technologies. In this category you can find inRiver or Perfion.
  • New generation PIM systems: Easier and faster software, trend technologies and scalability for all types of businesses. They also can be open source or SAAS systems. Some options are Akeneo, Salsify or Sales Layer (that’s us!).

Take a look with us at some of the main PIM systems in the market and find which software is more suitable for your business.

→ Discover more: The best 2018 PIM systems

Akeneo vs Sales Layer

Both PIMs are quote based and very adaptable to small, mid-market and enterprise businesses. They offer good scalability and optional services that can make you product information management more simple or complex, according to your needs. Akeneo has big clients like Frankfurt Airport, whilst Sales Layer works with prestigious brands like Reebok or Le Coq Sportif.

The main difference between both PIMs is that Akeneo is an open source PIM while Sales Layer offers a SAAS system. But there’s more: an Akeneo vs Sales Layer comparison reveals all the advantages that you can find in Sales Layer’s PIM:

  • Great option for Spanish & Latin American markets
  • Advanced Cron Jobs: Autosync for Dropbox and FTP
  • Dropbox synchronization
  • Product Asset Manager
  • Teamwork assistant
  • CMS connectors: Magento, WooCommerce, PrestaShop…
  • Free marketplaces & API connectors
  • Free plugins available
  • Optional product images retouching profesional services
  • More workflows functionalities: Great for enterprises that work with several edition and revision groups
  • Roles and permissions admin
  • Total freedom at data imports: zips, files, URL, XLSX, CSV…
  • Image & files names SEO optimization
  • Columns autodetection and suggestions
  • Copy & Paste option
  • Superfast & Automatic columns creation
  • Automatic attributes suggestions
  • Smart search by attributes
  • Customized data backups
  • Time Layer: You can retrieve any old version
  • Automatic updates

→ Read more: What is an open source PIM?

If you look for an open source PIM, there are more options than Akeneo, like Pimcore. How’s the final score  in a comparison Pimcore vs Akeneo?

The main difference between Pimcore vs Akeneo is that Pimcore is basically a DAM system that supports digital assets management, while Akeneo offers a wider range of options. Pimcore also has a free (but much limited) account, and the possibility of an annual subscription that starts at $1.99/year.

It’s also a PIM more aimed at medium and large enterprise than Akeneo, which is more small enterprise-friendly and offers good scalability at the pace the company needs. Pimcore can be a good option for companies that need better image management and editing, because it can be integrated with software like Pixlr.

Salsify vs Akeneo

The most remarkable difference in a comparison Salsify vs Akeneo is that while Akeneo is a PIM system that can be used by every type of company, Salsify is more meant for leading brand manufacturers, retailers and wholesalers, especially ones that work with an e-commerce multichannel network. Salsify it’s also a SAAS PIM.

Salsify it’s more expensive and doesn’t offer a free version. Its interface and administration use is less intuitive and easy, and requieres more training and adaptation time. Also it doesn’t offer a bulk edition function, like we have at Sales Layer. On the bright side, their support service is highly qualified and valued by their users. Some services offered by Salsify that Akeneo lacks are Content Syndication and Documentation Management.

→ Discover more: How to manage product content in big companies?

Salsify vs inRiver

If you need an enterprise-level and more traditional PIM system, then maybe Salsify could be a bit limited for your company and you would prefer a classic contester like inRiver, founded in 2007. It’s a more expensive PIM (it offers a limited demo), and has a wider network than Salsify, with clients in the United States, the United Kingdom, Europe, Canada, India, and Australia.

Comparing Salsify vs inRiver you can find that the former is more used by retailers while the last one is a powerful option for B2B and B2C omnichannel commerce strategies that look for a one source of truth. inRiver lacks, however, some useful services like more training for clients, a friendly system use, dashboard customization and data import/export functionalities. If you already had a database system, it’s pretty difficult to merge that from external sources. 

→ Food for thought: Why is a PIM essential for an e-commerce strategy?


In short, if you are looking for the perfect PIM for your company, maybe you must stop thinking in terms of Akeneo vs Sales Layer, Pimcore vs Akeneo or Salsify vs inRiver, and better analyze what are your business needs, what’s the current state of your catalogs, product content and channel network, and how much you can spend in the software (we have a complete guide for that down below!). But if you already know we could be your best chance, then just click here and we can talk!


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