1) Acrobat Standard vs Acrobat Pro ($13 / mo vs $15 mo)
** Geared towards CAD firms - BlueBeam is the leader
** Some of the features like electronic signature seem nice on the surface, but are a pain to implement correctly - which is why DocuSign and Adobe e-sign exist. It doesn't sound like that's a driver, but didn't want you to chase that rabbit without knowing that up front (all the apps tout that capability).
If you just need very basic PDF edits (re-organizing pages, basic markup, etc.) -- CutePDF or PDF Architect are sufficient. If you want to reliably convert to Excel or Word, Acrobat still reigns supreme there.
All of this may be a moot point if you really just need to change your workflow -- instead of trying to hack PDFs together, you might need to do a mixture of screen grab / capture and save as a .PNG format -- which can be dropped in your Word / Excel file (manipulating the document) -- the final version is saved as PDF. Instead of taking data elements from 2 or 3 PDFs and cutting / pasting together.
Some folks may be saving as PDF, when really a screen capture is more appropriate -- reference to Windows Snipping Tool
Acrobat and PDFforge are the 2 most popular products we see folks actually using.