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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 Platform

Not well suited for:
- automation of knowledge work (Adaptive/Dynamic Case Management);
- use cases requiring application of very advanced business rules. There is a third party business rules engine that works well with K2 though;
- Java engineers- wanna-be-BPM consultants - K2 is best suited for Business Technologists aka Citizen Developers;
- outsourcing based delivery model - you need to train your onshore people;
- teams and companies that don't want to learn on their own. if you want to outsource your DPA program to a foreign based IT services provider, pick a different vendor;

Well suited for:
- 60-70% of all digital process automation uses cases you will find in your organization;
- department and enterprise-grade process automation applications;
- Citizen Developer adoption;
- integration intensive use cases;
- software teams not afraid to extend K2 with their own code through well-documented APIs;
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Feature Rating Comparison

Reporting & Analytics

Adobe LiveCycle ES4
K2 Platform
7.7
Dashboards
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
K2 Platform
7.5
Standard reports
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
K2 Platform
7.6
Custom reports
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
K2 Platform
7.9

Process Engine

Adobe LiveCycle ES4
K2 Platform
7.9
Process designer
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
K2 Platform
8.7
Process simulation
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
K2 Platform
7.6
Business rules engine
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
K2 Platform
7.0
SOA support
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
K2 Platform
8.1
Process player
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
K2 Platform
9.0
Support for modeling languages
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
K2 Platform
6.8
Form builder
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
K2 Platform
7.5
Model execution
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
K2 Platform
8.3

Collaboration

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

Content Management Capabilties

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

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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  • Extremely thorough documentation provides quick paths to self-enablement. Forget BPM consulting vendors that charge you the premium for that secret sauce knowledge required to run their products. K2 is very transparent about their technology.
  • K2 recognizes the fact that Digital Transformation can be a grass roots approach, growing from small projects into larger programs and their licensing model supports such scenarios. Compared to other top-tier vendors from the Forrester and Gartner reports, K2's pricing model is based on solid footing. Their Customer Success team will help you remove roadblocks so common with software implementations. The company stands behind the product.
  • K2 infrastructure has been very reliable so far. Sure, you will run into occasional bugs here and those will require attention, however, the whole platform is designed very well. K2 hosted on Microsoft Azure offers the best of both worlds mix of scalability and feature rich, technical sophistication. Any gaps in product monitoring can be offset through Azure out of the box tools.
  • K2 Sales and Professional Services teams are professional, pleasant to work with, helpful and lack huge egos so often found at other vendors.
  • Quick innovation and constant feedback loop - K2 releases frequent fix packs enhancing their platform very frequently. They listen to their customers.
  • Mature training paths for Citizen Developers and DevOps Pros. Let's face it, the reason why you are rolling out Digital Process Automation is to bring value to your organization vs. drive profits of consulting companies that offer delivery services. K2 offers quick ramp up via multiple training courses that can be tailored to your organization needs. Some training is available online at no charge for folks interested in the self-study model.
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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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  • The UI is horrific
  • The SharePoint integration is poor from a development point of view
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Likelihood to Renew

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K2 Platform8.1
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Considering the outcome of the project and the ease of maintaining the forms etc. it stands to reason to continue with K2.
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Usability

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K2 Platform8.9
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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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K2 Platform10.0
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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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K2 Platform9.0
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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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1) Nintex Worklows for SharePoint: This product is integrates with SharePoint really well. Also it is less expensive. Developers/Power users doesn't have to leave SharePoint to develop the workflows.2) SharePoint workflows : Most of the cases we are able to address the business requirements using SharePoint workflows.
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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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  • Avoiding hiring some new people let us save some money
  • Better delivery of particular projects
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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 Platform

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