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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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K2

K2 is best suited for business process that involve
    • Human participants (User tasks with rules around task assignment, escalations)
    • Integration with multiple systems such as AD, SharePoint, Exchange, CRM, any custom in house application with supported database layer
    • Ability to manage versions, robust error handling
    • Reporting and audit for workflow processes
With other process automation such as BizTalk, it is important to distinguish that K2 is not well suitable for system workflows that involve data transformation, manipulation and exchange between systems.K2 excels at business process automation compared to other common products because it can integrate with multiple systems and can truly be enterprise grade workflow platform leveraging common skill set of .NET, Web services, SSRS etc.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Reporting & Analytics

Adobe LiveCycle ES4
K2
7.6
Dashboards
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
K2
7.4
Standard reports
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
K2
7.6
Custom reports
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
K2
7.9

Process Engine

Adobe LiveCycle ES4
K2
7.8
Process designer
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
K2
8.6
Process simulation
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
K2
7.6
Business rules engine
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
K2
6.7
SOA support
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
K2
8.2
Process player
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
K2
9.2
Support for modeling languages
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
K2
6.5
Form builder
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
K2
7.4
Model execution
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
K2
8.3

Collaboration

Adobe LiveCycle ES4
K2
7.7
Social collaboration tools
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
K2
7.7

Content Management Capabilties

Adobe LiveCycle ES4
K2
7.9
Content management
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
K2
7.9

Pros

  • It enables me to quickly update and distribute forms that have been changed.
  • The layout features help ensure that the forms look professional.
  • The ability to preview what the final form will look like and how it will work, while still editing, is extremely helpful.
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  • Incredible flexibility: K2 blackpearl has so-called "smart objects" that serve to encapsulate properties of data from a wide variety of sources and platforms, and to re-use those objects in various processes.
  • Good tools for representing processes visually and developing the K2 blackpearl assets needed to represent real-world process flows.
  • Support for delivery of data to process approvers and other stakeholders that includes the information they need to perform their role in the process in a friendly format. Ability to show them the data they need to make a decision on a variety of devices, and to record their decisions.
  • Good tools for monitoring and reporting process performance and identify delays.
  • Ability to handle role delegation, parallel and serial approvals, and other non-standard process scenarios.
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Cons

  • There are so many bells and whistles it can be intimidating.
  • It is not a product you just pick up and use, there is some training needed.
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  • It is very difficult to find/hire K2 talent to build up a development team. Without Resources, it is hard for K2 to succeed in an organization.
  • The learning curve to digest all that K2 has to offer and development methodology is very steep. This steep learning curve makes getting a development team using K2 a slow process.
  • K2 can be buggy which causes issues which are harder to resolve then when using a standard development environment such as .Net or Java.
  • It is arguable whether hiring some really good object oriented .Net developers would be more productive than investing in K2 considering the money saved could pay for some really top of the line developers. Especially considering .Net developers are much easier to find than K2 developers.
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Likelihood to Renew

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K28.1
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It is cost efficient.
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Usability

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K28.9
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K2 platform has multiple designers (Web based designer ,k2 studio, visual studio) each targeted at business analysts,power users, and developers. The platform provides consistent web experience in workspace navigation for users and admins and provides excellent reports out of box.
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Support

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K210.0
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They were always super helpful when I was learning how to use the program, and assisted me frequently when I came across unknown errors in the workspace
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Online Training

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K29.0
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It was a complete online training with virual machine provided by K2. All the infrastructure was set up before hand. The training material was pretty thorough. The instructor was knowledgeable.
Overall the training program was well designed and planned.
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Alternatives Considered

I have only ever used LiveCycle for our PDF form creation. I am not sure what other options there are, but we have never needed to look into anything else as LiveCycle works for us.
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K2 delivers much more efficient enterprise level solutions to our organization. The K2 workflow engine and forms tools are superior to Nintex in what they can deliver. Nintex however, was much easier to learn and the team got up and running much more quickly using Nintex. Heave use of Nintex eventually slowed down out SharePoint farm due to resiging and running on the web front end servers. This caused us to migrate to K2 where we could develop more robust workflows that did not have a negative impact on our SharePoint farm.
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Return on Investment

  • LiveCycle has ensured that we are able to get a lot done, with little manpower.
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  • Our team of 20 loan officers could be reduced to 2 once our automated process was put into place that completely streamlined their processes.
  • One team had to work across 5 different applications and K2 brought data from all of them into one place where it could all be seen in one place. This streamlined their process and reduced opportunity for errors.
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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
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K2

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