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Likelihood to Recommend

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

The in/out arrival process for interns and employees is an example of a process where a company can achieve a significant result in a reduced amount of time. This is particularly right with the prepackaged processes fully furnished by Bonitasoft when you pay for annual maintenance. More pre-packaged processes based on standards exist and are furnished by Bonitasoft.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Reporting & Analytics

Alpha Anywhere
Bonita BPM
7.8
Dashboards
Alpha Anywhere
Bonita BPM
7.4
Standard reports
Alpha Anywhere
Bonita BPM
6.6
Custom reports
Alpha Anywhere
Bonita BPM
9.6

Process Engine

Alpha Anywhere
Bonita BPM
7.7
Process designer
Alpha Anywhere
Bonita BPM
9.0
Process simulation
Alpha Anywhere
Bonita BPM
6.9
Business rules engine
Alpha Anywhere
Bonita BPM
7.2
SOA support
Alpha Anywhere
Bonita BPM
5.2
Process player
Alpha Anywhere
Bonita BPM
6.7
Support for modeling languages
Alpha Anywhere
Bonita BPM
9.2
Form builder
Alpha Anywhere
Bonita BPM
9.2
Model execution
Alpha Anywhere
Bonita BPM
8.4

Collaboration

Alpha Anywhere
Bonita BPM
9.9
Social collaboration tools
Alpha Anywhere
Bonita BPM
9.9

Content Management Capabilties

Alpha Anywhere
Bonita BPM
7.0
Content management
Alpha Anywhere
Bonita BPM
7.0

Pros

Alpha Anywhere

  • Mobile application development with true offline capability.
  • Low-code, rapid app development and deployment environment for building native-quality, cross platform web and mobile business applications.
  • Cross platform mobile apps created with HTML5.
  • Back-end database support for pretty much all the most popular SQL backends as well as NoSQL and Rest APIs.
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Bonita BPM

  • Bonita seems particularly suited for processes requiring a great deal of human interaction. Its user model allows you to control access to business processes in a fine-grained way. This allows for business processes to move smoothly between users and services as the process advances.
  • The definition and usage of custom forms from the latest version of Bonita seems particularly powerful. It allows for a thorough customization of the look-and-feel and does not require complex developments.
  • The web interface and administration section have greatly improved in the latest versions. Installation and configuration of processes has become more flexible and more structured. The administration section gives a good view on failed processes, allowing to analyse problems in an efficient way.
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Cons

Alpha Anywhere

  • 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 BPM

  • There is only one business data model. Even if deploying new processes does not require stopping the platform, the BDM update requires it.
  • During the platform evolution often new bugs were introduced so it was risky to deploy the platform in the low minor version. For example, there were memory leaks from 7.2.0 to 7.2.3.
  • The administrator portal could be improved. It is hard to look at subprocess data, for example and it is sometimes better to investigate with SQL queries. I don't like new (7.3) task list either.
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Performance

Alpha Anywhere

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Bonita BPM

Bonita BPM 8.0
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

Alpha Anywhere

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Bonita BPM

Bonita BPM 6.0
Based on 1 answer
Resolution time is sometimes slow
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Implementation

Alpha Anywhere

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Bonita BPM

Bonita BPM 7.2
Based on 4 answers
It is better implemented with in-house expertise.
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Alternatives Considered

Alpha Anywhere

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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Bonita BPM

The extensibility or ability to add functions or modify existing capabilities is much easier and better supported in Bonita. The ability to integrate the Bonita system into customer solutions is much easier and allows for tightener coupling to the existing customer portals. The range of connectors to allow integration without the extra cost of middleware is generous and very capable and we can roll our own connectors with the connector extensions kit.
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Scalability

Alpha Anywhere

No score
No answers yet
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Bonita BPM

Bonita BPM 7.5
Based on 10 answers
Respect of BPMN standard over the long term. Good enhancements by Bonitasoft for new use cases, for example the introduction of a real form editor even if it has been technically difficult to manage. Once done though, we have far greater possibility of human interaction.
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Return on Investment

Alpha Anywhere

  • 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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Bonita BPM

  • Business processes are now more transparent to the users as Bonita allowed us to integrate the data from multiple systems in one place, so decision making is now easier.
  • Process auditing is now straightforward based on the reporting features of Bonita.
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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

On-premise Edition
Alpha Anywhere Business$1,499/year
Alpha Anywhere Business Pro$2,499/year
Alpha Anywhere EnterpriseCall Us +1 781.850.46002
Alpha TransForm (no-code component)35/month
  1. Volume Discounts
SaaS Edition
Alpha Anywhere$1,499/year
    Additional Pricing Details
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    Bonita BPM

    General

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

    Bonita BPM Editions & Modules

    Additional Pricing Details

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