Appian vs. ARIS

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Appian
Score 8.8 out of 10
N/A
Appian is a low-code development and business process management platform. It features drag-and-drop design for app building, automated work processes, unified data management, and cloud-based deployment.
$0
ARIS
Score 8.5 out of 10
N/A
Software AG's Business Process Analysis Platform, ARIS, uses robust architecture and process management / analysis capability to drive integrations with the existing business processes along with information technology and SAP systems.
$100
designer
Pricing
AppianARIS
Editions & Modules
Free
$0
Standard
$60
per user per month
Flat Fee
Contact Sales
one fixed price per app, unlimited users
Enterprise
Contact Sales
unlimited number of apps, priced by user
ARIS Elements
$100
designer
ARIS Advanced
$200
designer
ARIS Enterprise
contact us
ARIS Enterprise
contact us
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
AppianARIS
Free Trial
YesYes
Free/Freemium Version
NoYes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesYes
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Features
AppianARIS
Low-Code Development
Comparison of Low-Code Development features of Product A and Product B
Appian
8.7
75 Ratings
1% below category average
ARIS
-
Ratings
Visual Modeling8.673 Ratings00 Ratings
Drag-and-drop Interfaces8.672 Ratings00 Ratings
Platform Security8.871 Ratings00 Ratings
Platform User Management8.472 Ratings00 Ratings
Reusability8.975 Ratings00 Ratings
Platform Scalability8.973 Ratings00 Ratings
Reporting & Analytics
Comparison of Reporting & Analytics features of Product A and Product B
Appian
-
Ratings
ARIS
8.9
6 Ratings
10% above category average
Dashboards00 Ratings7.76 Ratings
Standard reports00 Ratings9.46 Ratings
Custom reports00 Ratings9.56 Ratings
Process Engine
Comparison of Process Engine features of Product A and Product B
Appian
-
Ratings
ARIS
7.5
6 Ratings
11% below category average
Process designer00 Ratings8.46 Ratings
Process simulation00 Ratings8.26 Ratings
Business rules engine00 Ratings6.76 Ratings
SOA support00 Ratings7.05 Ratings
Process player00 Ratings6.02 Ratings
Support for modeling languages00 Ratings9.06 Ratings
Form builder00 Ratings7.86 Ratings
Model execution00 Ratings6.82 Ratings
Collaboration
Comparison of Collaboration features of Product A and Product B
Appian
-
Ratings
ARIS
8.5
6 Ratings
6% above category average
Social collaboration tools00 Ratings8.56 Ratings
Content Management Capabilties
Comparison of Content Management Capabilties features of Product A and Product B
Appian
-
Ratings
ARIS
8.7
6 Ratings
9% above category average
Content management00 Ratings8.76 Ratings
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User Ratings
AppianARIS
Likelihood to Recommend
8.8
(139 ratings)
8.5
(6 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
8.7
(19 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Usability
8.6
(95 ratings)
7.0
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
8.2
(172 ratings)
8.0
(4 ratings)
In-Person Training
9.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Online Training
6.0
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Implementation Rating
1.0
(9 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Ease of integration
-
(0 ratings)
6.0
(2 ratings)
User Testimonials
AppianARIS
Likelihood to Recommend
Appian
Appian works great for automating manual processes and integrating multiple systems through its toolset. It gives great flexibility for establishing rules for approvals, routings, escalations, and the like. Because of the low code toolset, it's very easy to deploy and make changes as needed as processes evolve and as the organization learns to utilize the system better. Minimal maintenance is required to support the applications build on the platform. Some of the automated testing integration with tools like Jenkins is limited so that may be an issue for some.
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Software AG
Well suited for enterprise architecture modeling where the intent to document elements beyond processes as well, such as risks and controls, KPIs, systems, org charts, etc. It also has the excellent capability of creating custom reports, hence if looking for various views right from summary to detailed, this is a great tool. It is less appropriate for implementing the processes as it is not very strong in BPMN.
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Pros
Appian
  • Allows at a glance workflow documentation which assists in the need we have for information readiation.
  • Drag and drop interface for workflow development greatly speeds our apps time to market.
  • Using the advanced features of Appian, we are able to create working sites in a fraction of the time it would take to do so using "traditional" development.
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Software AG
  • Query feature is excellent to extract information in a specific manner.
  • Ability to create custom reports.
  • Collaboration feature is very good.
  • Semantic checks to check validation errors.
  • cloud based central repository.
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Cons
Appian
  • Search issues when type ahead and database search are used in the same field.
  • Buttons implementation where user is require[d] to click on the button description - if clicks on the button outside that text - button will not work.
  • Problems with using certain off-the-shelf performance tools like WebLoad or Neoload. That is because of different dynamic variables being used internally in Appian - which these tools are unable to correlate. We are still investigating using other tools like Jmeter to overcome dynamic correlation problem for performance testing.
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Software AG
  • Defining databases, use of entities and relationship diagrams, define data, like data models, there is still a part they could improve.
  • Providing more standard reports and improving on access rights and privileges functionality
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Likelihood to Renew
Appian
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
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Software AG
No answers on this topic
Usability
Appian
Appian is a low code environment, because of this, a very good visual interface is required. Appian is providing a feature-rich dashboard [that] we can use for building the dashboards and other interfaces. Appian also provides patches and releases to enhance these features. A developer can start off development just by going through a basic course from the Appian learning community.
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Software AG
I am a BPM and Enterprise Architect Consultant and hence have been using different BPM and EA tools for consulting practice. Until now I have used Opentext Provision EA,Sparx EA, MS Visio and IBM Blueworks. All of the tools used are good and have their own unique features and capabilities. ARIS BPA is widely used by my current organization for different projects.
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Support Rating
Appian
Appian is one of the leading low code business automation platforms that support RPA, decision rules, case management, workflow automation, and machine learning all in a single bundle. But it is also harder to implement and replace the traditional business process.
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Software AG
It has good, even complex functionality that is provided by its library and ability to create relations between items, yet it is not hard to use. Anyone can use it in a short time. It provides reporting abilities and good documentation with the availability of exporting options. The only drawback I have seen was user management/login issues.
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In-Person Training
Appian
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.
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Software AG
No answers on this topic
Online Training
Appian
Very boring; hard to get through quickly, but rather effective in demonstrating the use of the platform.
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Software AG
No answers on this topic
Implementation Rating
Appian
It was really seamless. SaaS in the true definition of the word. We logged on and started using the product. Very easy.
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Software AG
No answers on this topic
Alternatives Considered
Appian
Appian has enormously transformed and keeps on updating the product every quarter to meet the latest needs of the world with new innovations & technologies being integrated within the platform. What gives more pleasure than a product that keeps on continuous[ly] improv[ing]?
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Software AG
The Service area, they have been very useful. ARIS suite is covering number of applications. ARIS engine is very powerful and robust. The tool can be configured in many ways which can be beneficial but can be a curse at the same time. As a user, you need to apply this flexibility with care.
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Return on Investment
Appian
  • I believe it has negatively impacted our release dates. There may have been a misunderstanding as to the learning curve, even though it is "low code."
  • The look and feel of the applications created using Appian have uniformity and it's easier to have "reuse" between applications.
  • There is less developer control when it comes to features. I think this mainly has to do with the amount of plugins available. I would think there should be many more available plugins. But again, our use case is probably different than most others.
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Software AG
  • Documentation of processes made it possible for anyone to see who does what, how and using what systems.
  • Dependency on specific people is eliminated.
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ScreenShots

Appian Screenshots

Screenshot of Low-Code DevelopmentScreenshot of Business Process Management SuiteScreenshot of Dynamic Case ManagementScreenshot of Mobile App DevelopmentScreenshot of Appian RPA with Blue Prism

ARIS Screenshots

Screenshot of Start page of ARIS Elements.Screenshot of Modeling a BPMN diagram using the web-based ARIS designer.Screenshot of A process landscape in the ARIS portal.Screenshot of A customer journey landscape in the ARIS portal.Screenshot of The steps view of a process model, automatically generated, enriched with multi-media content. An easier way to get process knowledge to employees.Screenshot of A management dashboard in the ARIS portal.