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Likelihood to Recommend

Adobe LiveCycle ES4

We use PDF forms for our submissions to the USPTO as well as for obtaining signature documents. With LiveCycle, I can update forms, save them, load them into my docketing database, and have them pre-populated with data. This process ensures continuity, less chance for error, and the ability to save the paralegals time when it comes to preparing filings.
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Bonita BPM

As indicated in previous answers: less suitable for 'automated' processes
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Feature Rating Comparison

Reporting & Analytics

Adobe LiveCycle ES4
Bonita BPM
8.4
Dashboards
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
Bonita BPM
8.7
Standard reports
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
Bonita BPM
8.6
Custom reports
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
Bonita BPM
7.8

Process Engine

Adobe LiveCycle ES4
Bonita BPM
8.4
Process designer
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
Bonita BPM
8.8
Process simulation
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
Bonita BPM
6.9
Business rules engine
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
Bonita BPM
7.7
SOA support
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
Bonita BPM
9.3
Process player
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
Bonita BPM
6.7
Support for modeling languages
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
Bonita BPM
9.2
Form builder
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
Bonita BPM
9.4
Model execution
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
Bonita BPM
9.4

Collaboration

Adobe LiveCycle ES4
Bonita BPM
9.5
Social collaboration tools
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
Bonita BPM
9.5

Content Management Capabilties

Adobe LiveCycle ES4
Bonita BPM
6.9
Content management
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
Bonita BPM
6.9

Pros

  • Ease of use for end users - the forms made from LiveCycle work flawlessly
  • Adding sections dedicated to pictures or other elements - there is some room for design here
  • Variety of choices for types of input to be added to each form and many options for configuring each of them
  • Works REALLY well for forms that just require text information to be filled in
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  • Easily design workflows & business processes using the GUI studio tool.
  • Develop responsive web-based applications quickly and efficiently.
  • End users can easily modify BPM applications without needing any code expertise.
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Cons

  • Biggest issue is the user friendliness for the designer. It is hard to get elements to do what you want if you are adding any sort of design to your form. In my case I make flyers which require not only the form fills, but also other elements like pictures and background design elements.
  • The import from PSD or AI function does not work properly most of the time. If you create a document with lots of visual elements, your best bet is to convert as much of that as possible to a rasterized image and then popping that in as the background rather than trying to import elements. They come out very wonky, colors are lost in conversion, and the layout doesn't come over.
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  • Be able to be implemented on LAMP Stack.
  • Make it easier to upgrade between versions.
  • Reduce the need for high-level Java expertise for developing applications.
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Performance

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No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Bonita BPM8.0
Based on 2 answers
Engine itself is efficient enough for most cases I dealt with. It can also be extended by clustering. I have done performance tests with JMeter and only managed to induce the crash of... JMeter. If there are efficiency issues they usually concern bad design/implementation of created apps or bottlenecks in integrated systems. Although I have met two cases with efficiency loss.
1. Java 7 related PermGen saturation caused by big number of installed apps (there is no jar dependency reusal between apps option).
2. Big number of waiting event handlers in processes stresses the database.
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Support

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Bonita BPM6.0
Based on 1 answer
Resolution time is sometimes slow
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Implementation

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Bonita BPM7.3
Based on 4 answers
It is better implemented with in-house expertise.
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Alternatives Considered

Because LiveCycle comes with the Adobe Suite, I've never really looked outside of it because it was something I already had access to.
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Bonitasoft is easier to implement and support.
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Scalability

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Bonita BPM7.5
Based on 10 answers
Because the business is still unhappy about Bonita, it's a great tool but today workflow applications are not well understood by the public.They are not ready for this... Workflow application, for Bonita, need to improve his reporting features. It's really limited today and we have to plug some BI software to retrieve and build the data
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Return on Investment

  • Having LiveCycle enables me to offer more products in my lineup, so that is always a good thing. Most clients like the idea of being able to purchase a template and then making changes themselves, so I've had quite a few sales here. However it's not really something that will make me rich overnight or anything. It's just a tool that enables me to have different products.
  • If they could figure out a way to improve the limitations in terms of design capability in the form creation process, I could probably leverage this software a lot better since I would use it more.
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  • Meets expectations.
  • Community version excellent for getting business case established before committing to purchase. Bonita is generous with trial licenses to take the next step in evaluation.
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Pricing Details

Adobe LiveCycle ES4

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details

Bonita BPM

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details