Likelihood to Recommend:Not LikelyExtremely Likely
Pros: I suppose, if there is a pro, it is that since it is a publish platform, if the platform dies , your sites will remain up.
The interface builder is fairly easy to use, but the coding and indexing is a nuissance
Cons: -It is a publish platform
-In order to set it up you require a skilled developer
-Once setup there are still limitations as there isn't really server side logic
-not well known so good luck finding a skilled developer
-The data is trapped in Cascade once it is in there
-Runs on TomCat and crashes occaisionally
Overall: First off, there are two sides to Cascade, the side which the 'admin' sets up and the side where other content entry admins use. Setting up Cascade for your typical developer is no real treat. You must work with either XSLT or Velocity to transform the generated XML into pages.
You have to be incredibly structured on how to use this platform. To do any kind of "serverside" logic, you must use indexes which bog down the system. At Hannon Hill conferences, the staff have implied the system is meant to be used to create micro-sites versus large sites (the way my institution uses it)
If this system was shown to me 10 years ago, I'd have been impressed, but now it largely trails behind other platforms, especially given its a push platform. I do know Cascade 8 will be launched at some point, but it is more of a UI overhaul than anything.
Recommendations to other buyers: The support and marketing team at Hannon Hill are good, but do your due diligence. Try the platform out before you buy it.