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Score 8.6 out of 100
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Likelihood to Recommend

Alfresco Content Services

If you have regulatory or business needs that require saving email into Alfresco and you are using Outlook for Mac, you may need to perform significant customization to make it work. Additionally, if you will have users that will be members to a large numbers of sites over time, you need to thoroughly explore what functionality will be degraded or lost and how to mitigate the impact. Other than these two scenarios, I cannot think of any scenarios where Alfresco would not be well suited to an organization's needs.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Appian

I believe that Appian is very well-suited to provide an approval work-flow. For making requests where there is a specific hierarchy of approvals that must occur, it is great. For example, if an employee needs to make a capital request for a long term project, the number of approvals can be set based on the amount of the items/work that is to be capitalized. If the amount is < 10000, maybe only manager approval is required. If the amount is over 10,000, Department Budgetary approval is also required. Over 25,000, Finance approval is required. Over 100,000, executive approval is required. Appian makes it very easy to set these conditions and send out tasks based on them. Appian also Excels at reporting. Appian provides the tools to report on any of the data that is captured in the request. This data can be exported to Excel to be used for audits or data management. Data can be reported in a variety of ways grid format, generate a pdf, or with charts and graphs. I don't believe that Appian should be used to replace any cost accounting type of functions. There are enterprise systems, such as Oracle that do a better job with that. Appian's strength is providing workflows.
Christine Mulready | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Enterprise Content Management

Alfresco Content Services
8.1
Appian
Content capture & imaging
Alfresco Content Services
5.5
Appian
File sync, storage & archiving
Alfresco Content Services
9.3
Appian
Document management
Alfresco Content Services
9.9
Appian
Records management
Alfresco Content Services
8.6
Appian
Content search & retrieval
Alfresco Content Services
9.8
Appian
Enterprise content collaboration
Alfresco Content Services
8.6
Appian
Content publishing & creation
Alfresco Content Services
7.0
Appian
Security, risk management & information governance
Alfresco Content Services
9.1
Appian
Contract lifecycle management
Alfresco Content Services
7.6
Appian
Automated workflows
Alfresco Content Services
9.2
Appian
Artificial intelligence
Alfresco Content Services
8.0
Appian
Mobile support
Alfresco Content Services
3.9
Appian
Integration
Alfresco Content Services
9.3
Appian

Low-Code Development

Alfresco Content Services
Appian
8.2
Visual Modeling
Alfresco Content Services
Appian
7.6
Drag-and-drop Interfaces
Alfresco Content Services
Appian
8.2
Platform Security
Alfresco Content Services
Appian
9.3
Platform User Management
Alfresco Content Services
Appian
7.6
Reusability
Alfresco Content Services
Appian
7.9
Platform Scalability
Alfresco Content Services
Appian
8.6

Pros

Alfresco Content Services

  • Integration with other applications, namely Drupal and Moodle, was simple and works beautifully.
  • The UI is intuitive, clean, and friendly. Users have required little training for basic functionality.
  • We have been pleased with the overall system performance of Alfresco Enterprise Content Management.
Julie Henn | TrustRadius Reviewer

Appian

  • I have observed after version 17.1 we have a lot of good features in Appian that improve usability (UX). This adds real value in this competitive Digital space.
  • You can understand business use case and convert it to a logical process automation.
  • Process Modeller has improved a lot and providing smart services use adds more value.
  • Service integration helps us to seamlessly integrate with third-party systems
Ravi Joshi, PMI-ACP® | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Alfresco Content Services

  • Alfresco Process Services and Alfresco Application Development Framework integration makes for best functionality/application of ECM.
  • Use case alignment - Marketing content and documentation of specific business requirements and user stories being available as reference material/documentation.
  • Integration with multiple silos for content.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Appian

  • Advanced functionality requires use of the Appian expression language. The more advanced the logic, the harder it is to build with the expression language. This means development expertise is more relevant if you need advanced functionality, which I imagine applies almost all the time. I would much prefer if they allowed some common language such as JavaScript out of the box.
  • Debugging has proved difficult. It’s easy for developers to get the app to or feature to a “working” state but it needs robust alpha testing.
  • Deployment can be tricky. When a solution gets big and there are many teams and dependencies, it needs a careful process to ensure things don’t break.
  • Reasuability of Appian objects is both a pro and con. Reusing objects across apps may be more trouble than its worth because of creating heavy dependencies. Experience is helpful to strike the right balance.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Alfresco Content Services

Alfresco Content Services 9.0
Based on 9 answers
As per the current market and the line of products that are available for content and document management system, Alfresco is a very good option compared to other systems in terms of features and cost. Plus the community support is great. Also since the product is open source, it can be extended or understood in a better way.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Appian

Appian 9.0
Based on 16 answers
We recently renewed our license with Appian. We are convinced that its flexibility, relative ease of use, the support they provide, there mobile advancements and their general willingness and desire to see us succeed all contributed to our reason to renew our agreement with Appian
Michael Campbell, PMP,CSM | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Alfresco Content Services

Alfresco Content Services 5.0
Based on 1 answer
Alfresco Content Services' UI has never been its strength from the beginning. Therefore, rating it from a usability standpoint, I will not rank it high. However, Alfresco Content Services can easily be integrated with any application and leveraged as a backend CMS or DM system. With the new Angular-based UI approach, it's very much possible to create custom UI on top of it as required.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Appian

Appian 8.6
Based on 45 answers
Great platform for providing business process management. Fairly easy to learn tool (especially now that I have seen the evolution over 5 years). More difficult to master, but there is a great community that is always willing and able to help solve your problem.
Helmut Arnold | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Alfresco Content Services

Alfresco Content Services 8.0
Based on 3 answers
I am not big fan of Alfresco Content Services' support; it works on its own speed and sometimes it becomes challenging to achieve business needs. However, I appreciate regular delivery of security patches and updates
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Appian

Appian 8.1
Based on 123 answers
We have a mixture of onsite and offshore support by Appian and their partner Cognizant. Our stated support hours for the business are 9-5pm Mon-Fri. Cognizant being located in India provides us with coverage up to 9pm should anything happen that needs urgent attention. Appian Cloud Support are also there should we have any issues connecting to the application.
Paul Cabrelle | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

Alfresco Content Services

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Appian

Appian 9.0
Based on 1 answer
As analyst I participated in a developer boot camp. At times it was hard to keep up but most of the time it made sense. Trainer took the time to explain and slowed pace down to answer questions etc.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

Alfresco Content Services

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Appian

Appian 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Really great training platform. Very visual and easy to use.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Alfresco Content Services

Alfresco Content Services 9.0
Based on 2 answers
Process was relatively smooth and overall, downtime minimal. MSI was very responsive to our needs and made the transition easier than it otherwise might have been.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Appian

Appian 9.0
Based on 8 answers
It was really seamless. SaaS in the true definition of the word. We logged on and started using the product. Very easy.
Peter Newnam | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Alfresco Content Services

All software has some pros and some cons. Alfresco has some good pluses, and suits our environment very well. It fit perfectly in the place that we are working on. That is why we decided to go with this software. Overall, the kind of content management that needs to be done in an organization is what would determine which software to use.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Appian

The main advantage of Appian is the cost structure that is more suitable for starting a test-project to see how develop in Appian and most of all how Appian is accepted inside the company. In few weeks you can show the first results and start the journey on digitalization.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Alfresco Content Services

  • Instant document lookup - No paper files to mail which saves in all areas of postage, truck delivery, physical storage warehouse space, printing, etc
  • No longer losing important documents - Previously with paper files things would go missing and those could be costly reports/assessments.
  • Ability to secure documents and provide access to only those who should be allowed to see that content
Jeff Neeve | TrustRadius Reviewer

Appian

  • Our objective to reduce customer effort when dealing with government by 25% was exceeded. In the process of applying for an alcohol licence renewal alone, we saw approximately 80% reduction in time and effort for the business customer - and that was just a prototype! Imagine the possibilities when this is taken into a live environment!
Lynley Johnston | TrustRadius Reviewer

Screenshots

Alfresco Content Services

Pricing Details

Alfresco Content Services

General

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

Alfresco Content Services Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Appian

General

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

Appian Editions & Modules

Edition
Free$0
Standard60.002
Flat FeeContact Sales3
EnterpriseContact Sales4
  1. per user per month
  2. one fixed price per app, unlimited users
  3. unlimited number of apps, priced by user
Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Alfresco Content Services
8.6
Appian
8.3

Likelihood to Renew

Alfresco Content Services
9.0
Appian
9.0

Usability

Alfresco Content Services
5.0
Appian
8.6

Support Rating

Alfresco Content Services
8.0
Appian
8.1

In-Person Training

Alfresco Content Services
Appian
9.0

Online Training

Alfresco Content Services
Appian
10.0

Implementation Rating

Alfresco Content Services
9.0
Appian
9.0

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