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Score 7.7 out of 100
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Score 7.8 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

    Workload Automation

    7.0

    ActiveBatch Workload Automation

    70%

    Kissflow

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    ActiveBatch Workload Automation ranks higher in 6/6 features

    Multi-platform scheduling

    5.9
    59%
    9 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Central monitoring

    6.7
    67%
    11 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Logging

    7.9
    79%
    10 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Alerts and notifications

    6.7
    67%
    11 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Analysis and visualization

    8.9
    89%
    10 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Application integration

    5.9
    59%
    10 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Reporting & Analytics

    ActiveBatch Workload Automation

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    7.6

    Kissflow

    76%
    Kissflow ranks higher in 3/3 features

    Dashboards

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    6.4
    64%
    18 Ratings

    Standard reports

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.3
    83%
    16 Ratings

    Custom reports

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.1
    81%
    16 Ratings

    Process Engine

    ActiveBatch Workload Automation

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    8.4

    Kissflow

    84%
    Kissflow ranks higher in 8/8 features

    Process designer

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0
    80%
    16 Ratings

    Process simulation

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    10.0
    100%
    5 Ratings

    Business rules engine

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.2
    82%
    12 Ratings

    SOA support

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.2
    82%
    11 Ratings

    Process player

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.1
    81%
    10 Ratings

    Support for modeling languages

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.1
    91%
    2 Ratings

    Form builder

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0
    80%
    14 Ratings

    Model execution

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.8
    78%
    13 Ratings

    Collaboration

    ActiveBatch Workload Automation

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    7.1

    Kissflow

    71%
    Kissflow ranks higher in 1/1 features

    Social collaboration tools

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.1
    71%
    7 Ratings

    Content Management Capabilties

    ActiveBatch Workload Automation

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    8.5

    Kissflow

    85%
    Kissflow ranks higher in 1/1 features

    Content management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.5
    85%
    15 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • Kissflow is rated higher in 2 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Support Rating

    Likelihood to Recommend

    6.6

    ActiveBatch Workload Automation

    66%
    11 Ratings
    7.3

    Kissflow

    73%
    19 Ratings

    Usability

    7.9

    ActiveBatch Workload Automation

    79%
    3 Ratings

    Kissflow

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Support Rating

    4.0

    ActiveBatch Workload Automation

    40%
    2 Ratings
    9.7

    Kissflow

    97%
    4 Ratings

    Likelihood to Recommend

    Redwood Software

    I can only speak for our environment, but it has allowed us to get away from the unfriendly Informatica PowerCenter workflow schedule. And coordination of Informatica/Tableau/ICEDQ has been a BIG help to us. We have not tried to drill down to the Informatica session-level of detail, just stayed with running workflows. The session-level logic seemed complicated.
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    Kissflow, Inc (OrangeScape)

    Workflow. I would absolutely, 100% recommend it for a school, in Admissions, and I would recommend it to any small company who has an issue with workflow. The best thing about the program is that it knows what it is, and knows what it wants to be. You aren't going to sit down to work with KiSSFLOW and end up being sold an HR program. To make it work just right, find the person who truly understands how your business works. Have them build a workflow which takes care of the tedious tasks, and then let them train others on the process. You will find that your productivity increases, and that your paper costs decrease.
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    Pros

    Redwood Software

    • File management - moving, archiving, and folder cleanup are a drag-and-drop breeze. The visual representation of file management steps includes date/time filtering, file/folder/both specification, and recursion all in an easy and intuitive unit.
    • FTP/SFTP/FTPS - while one must still write the FTP scripts, the interface simplifies much of the infrastructure, allowing the developer to encapsulate the script text in a graphical package that is easy and intuitive.
    • PowerShell integration - for anything that isn't easy in ActiveBatch's GUI, simply drop in a PowerShell step and write the task in PoSh - anything returned from PoSh can then be used by the following steps.
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    Kissflow, Inc (OrangeScape)

    • Ease of Use: It's easier to use and see workflow tasks that are assigned to you, workflows that you've participated in, or workflows that are pending other peoples approvals. From a development side, it's easy to pick up and begin creating processes if you know Excel formulation, which is easily researched as well.
    • Ease of Access: Since KiSSFLOW is hosted in the cloud, you can access the site from any internet connected device. All you have to do is sign in with your account, as opposed to needing to be on the network to access like our previous system.
    • The App: This is a feature we really hope to get a lot of use out of. With the way our business is structured, there are a lot of Regional positions that are always on the go. Because our current system requires a user to be on the network to access, this makes it hard for these roles to respond to tasks, causing bottlenecks. With an app available, along with push notifications, we can keep these tasks responses on pace with the associates required in that task.
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    Cons

    Redwood Software

    • While I like being able to reuse scheduling objects and the like, more work needs to be done to help one not reinvent the same scheduling object without realizing it and to then find scheduling objects that have similar schedules even if they are worded slightly differently than what I'm expecting. It needs to be "smarter". It was easy to accumulate a pool of scheduling objects that while named differently, had exactly the same schedule. It was also hard to sift through to find the little differences between similarly named scheduling objects.
    • The logger had a clean enough interface but it could be more legible and offer contextual help to describe the messages one is reading. I remember trying to read black text on a medium gray background with Courier size 10-11 font. Not so easy to read quickly and to parse through the relevant parts. I think some selective color coding would be good and links to message definitions or any form of further information would be nice. Maybe the ability to export the log file to various formats would also be helpful.
    • I don't remember a dashboard that at a glance on the top level would highlight what jobs failed completely and which jobs might have warnings or non-critical errors. I got emails because I defined to get them. Maybe again if there was a way to color-code the type of error would be good nice-to-have.
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    Kissflow, Inc (OrangeScape)

    • The reporting could use some improvement. The actual reports are OK, it is access to the reports that is the problem. This is related to the permission schema. It really just has user, admin, and nothing in-between. There really needs to be something like report admin or something. Excel exports for data are needed as well.
    • The user workflow selection UI is not the best. There is a big red + sign in the lower right of the browser window that is not labeled. That is not clear. Also the selection list is just a pop-up window, it really should be a full page.
    • The mobile app does not have all the features that the browser version has, especially admin tools.
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    Pricing Details

    ActiveBatch Workload Automation

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    ActiveBatch Workload Automation editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules

    Footnotes

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      Optional

      Additional Details

      Kissflow

      Starting Price

      $9 per user

      Editions & Modules

      Kissflow editions and modules pricing
      EditionModules
      Standard Edition$91

      Footnotes

      1. per user

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

      Minimum of 10 users

      Usability

      Redwood Software

      ActiveBatch's usability is where it shines. It is pretty straight-forward to learn and administer. Our engineers like it because you can use a GUI to manage it or leverage the command line & api's. You can also create templates or clone existing "jobs" so you don't have to recreate the wheel. It is easy to chain jobs together to make them run in a specific sequence as well.
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      Kissflow, Inc (OrangeScape)

      No answers on this topic

      Support Rating

      Redwood Software

      We have been pretty happy with ActiveBatch support so far. Luckily, we have not had any major issues with it - so we haven't logged a lot of support tickets. The response time to tickets is about average and the level of expertise of the support engineers seems about average as well. Our sales team has been helpful in getting faster responses when necessary as well.
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      Kissflow, Inc (OrangeScape)

      I haven't encountered a need for support with KiSSFLOW. It's not a perfect platform, but it's functional, dependable, and reasonably intuitive. I can't fault a support team just because their product works!
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      Alternatives Considered

      Redwood Software

      We looked at several other workload automation solutions and hands down we all looked at each other after seeing the demo and we all understood the genius of the application. To be honest we were all stunned and talked about it for weeks afterward. It didn't even compare to the other platforms we had demos of. We knew instinctively that this was the one.
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      Kissflow, Inc (OrangeScape)

      KiSSFLOW is much easier to set up, less coding and easier to explain to those that are being trained. The company already had SharePoint, but it is a very difficult system to set up. A class had to be taken, along with getting books in order to understand the process of the workflow. With KiSSFLOW, it is simple to understand, the helpdesk is quick with their response, help topics are laid out simply and you can even talk with someone on that side to ask your questions. Overall, KiSSFLOW is a much easier workflow and system to use.
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      Return on Investment

      Redwood Software

      • ActiveBatch [Workload Automation] has increased our nightly processing stability exponentially. Our prior automation software was unreliable and often failed without explanation. Since moving to ActiveBatch [Workload Automation] we have had incredible stability, and any nightly processing errors that happen now are attributed to a cause other than automation. It's the most reliable software we currently use at our company.
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      Kissflow, Inc (OrangeScape)

      • Kissflow has helped us keep careful records of costs and pricing for various products, which indirectly impacts our margin.
      • Our owner had trouble with the phone app, so ultimately we stopped using Kissflow for purchase requests. There is some lost potential there.
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