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Alpha Anywhere

We use Alpha Anywhere to develop large scale business applications. So far, we haven't found any real limitations. This is exemplified by my response to my customers who frequently ask, "Is it possible..." I always interrupt them before this sentence goes any further by telling them, "with our development platform, anything's possible" (then we have to discuss whether the time/cost is worth the added benefit of what they're requesting).
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Bonita BPM

If you need a complete BPM Suite, easy to use and with rich UI development tools, Bonita BPM is the only way to go
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Feature Rating Comparison

Reporting & Analytics

Alpha Anywhere
Bonita BPM
8.4
Dashboards
Alpha Anywhere
Bonita BPM
8.8
Standard reports
Alpha Anywhere
Bonita BPM
8.7
Custom reports
Alpha Anywhere
Bonita BPM
7.8

Process Engine

Alpha Anywhere
Bonita BPM
8.5
Process designer
Alpha Anywhere
Bonita BPM
8.9
Process simulation
Alpha Anywhere
Bonita BPM
6.9
Business rules engine
Alpha Anywhere
Bonita BPM
7.7
SOA support
Alpha Anywhere
Bonita BPM
9.4
Process player
Alpha Anywhere
Bonita BPM
6.7
Support for modeling languages
Alpha Anywhere
Bonita BPM
9.4
Form builder
Alpha Anywhere
Bonita BPM
9.5
Model execution
Alpha Anywhere
Bonita BPM
9.5

Collaboration

Alpha Anywhere
Bonita BPM
9.6
Social collaboration tools
Alpha Anywhere
Bonita BPM
9.6

Content Management Capabilties

Alpha Anywhere
Bonita BPM
6.9
Content management
Alpha Anywhere
Bonita BPM
6.9

Pros

  • Our company had been creating small business applications since the 1980's, when we used DBase IV (don't laugh... that's what was available). Then, we got more "sophisticated" with Microsoft Access. Clearly, we would always be limited with what we can do with those two programs. By accident, during an Internet search, we saw and ad for Alpha Anywhere (back then, it was called Alpha V). After working with the 30 free trial for just two weeks, we retired Access, for good. The best part was Alpha's flexibility in its use of "back end" data tables. That allowed us to use existing Access tables as we redesigned the front-end program (Alpha ships with its own DBF system, but we prefer SQL-Based tables). You can choose, SQL Server, MySQL, Oracle, Access, Paradox (actually, too many to name) for your tables. You can even create links to Excel spreadsheets or QuickBooks Tables. It's outstanding!
  • Alpha allows developers to create very large and very complex programs. However, it's also a great choice for RAD (Rapid Application Development) for those who need to be up and running quickly or for less experienced programmers. Actually, the interface truly allows for "codeless" development of your application (more on that later). That means you can design a fully functional application, without typing a single line of code. They have some examples on their website.
  • My favorite part of Alpha is that it is constantly adding features and functions that allow us to do more with our applications. In fact, one of my biggest problems is that I need more time to learn and practice the added features as fast as they are introduced
  • Prior to Alpha Anywhere, we never considered creating/developing "mobile" applications (for tablets, smartphones, etc.). Alpha created a unique "panel" system that makes those application work great... and allows for the design of very sophisticated Apps.
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  • Connection to other legacy systems, ERP, CRM.
  • Easy UI development
  • Fast time to market
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Cons

  • Whenever I'm asked to criticize Alpha Anywhere, my first comment refers to the documentation. For sure, they've made some improvements, this year, but I still wish it were better. Because I moved from another development package, I really had to start learning from scratch... I've been at it, for years, and I still feel like I have a way to go. The good news is that Alpha has a very active Message Board and there are lots of people who generously give their time to answer questions and help solve problems. There's no "tech support" line to call for help. Alpha DOES offer a paid "mentoring" service, which I used, several times. Unfortunately, my experience with the mentors wasn't as positive as I hoped it would be.
  • Alpha needs to improve its "templates" to make them more modern for users. I've never had a complaint from users, but I'd like my applications to have a newer, flashier look.
  • Alpha advertises itself as "codeless" programming. It is! You can certainly develop an entire application without writing a single line of "code." Unfortunately, that application will be pretty basic. If you're a serious developer, you'll want to learn "javascript" and "XBasic"... it'll come in very handy, as will an understanding about how to create SQL views and queries (and, Stored Procedures), etc.
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  • Bonita needs to improve its low code development
  • It needs a BRMS functionality
  • It needs a Document Records functionality
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Performance

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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

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Bonita BPM6.0
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Resolution time is sometimes slow
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Implementation

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Bonita BPM7.3
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It is better implemented with in-house expertise.
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Alternatives Considered

Alpha Anywhere is a more robust, complete and lower cost solution for rapid desktop, web and mobile application cross platform development.
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  • Consulting capability in order to quickly kick off operational processes within the company

  • Respect of BPMN standard over the long term
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Scalability

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Bonita BPM7.5
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With Bonita, a company can use connectors to communicate with the external world. Several connectors are already supplied and you can develop new ones if necessary. BonitaSoft can scale out over 1,000 requests per second, and you can scale the machine hosting the Bonitasoft solution to adapt it depending on the number of processes you run in parallel.
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Return on Investment

  • Alpha is our sole Development Platform. It has enabled us to contract for some pretty large jobs. AND, we are regularly told, by our customers, that our programs have helped them improve their organizations, workflows and profits.
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  • One positive impact is that this BPM tool aims to control your process by furnishing an application layer in addition to the process itself to achieve a PDCA way of driving processes.
  • Bonita helped to make money by saving on external companies specialized in programming competencies with interfaces.
  • Bonita helped to reduce time to maintain code and focus on execution and control instead of customizations and devs.
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Pricing Details

Alpha Anywhere

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional
Alpha Anywhere Editions & Modules
Alpha Anywhere
On-premise Edition
Alpha Anywhere Business
$1,499/year
Alpha Anywhere Business Pro
$2,499/year
Alpha Anywhere Enterprise
Call Us +1 781.850.46002
Alpha TransForm (no-code component)
35/month
2. Volume Discounts
SaaS Edition
Alpha Anywhere
$1,499/year
Additional Pricing Details
Questions? Call us: +1 781.229.4500

Bonita BPM

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