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Score 8 out of 100
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Score 7.6 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

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

Automation Anywhere

Where we are having huge manpower expenditures for our internal processes and all the processes where we can't take the risk of compliance issues or errors with respect to data processing. If there are too many human interventions required then for such kind of processes this software is not suitable.
Chakravarthy SSNTK | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Low-Code Development

Appian
8.2
Automation Anywhere
Visual Modeling
Appian
7.6
Automation Anywhere
Drag-and-drop Interfaces
Appian
8.2
Automation Anywhere
Platform Security
Appian
9.3
Automation Anywhere
Platform User Management
Appian
7.6
Automation Anywhere
Reusability
Appian
7.9
Automation Anywhere
Platform Scalability
Appian
8.6
Automation Anywhere

Pros

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

Automation Anywhere

  • Exception handling is pretty decent. WE don't have to worry about process being stuck as it moves to the next iteration on its own.
  • Automation is easier to achieve as it doesn't require high coding skills or designing a specific framework.
  • It can achieve PDF editing and automation, which in our case of policy documents has been valuable.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

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

Automation Anywhere

  • Automation Anywhere doesn't come with easy installation, We need to install Java, IDEs and Databases in an orderly fashion which we are not able to do.
  • Automation Anywhere has no workflow design which is not making us to understand the process.
  • Automation Anywhere has no fit to size object cloning.
Premnath R | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

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

Automation Anywhere

Automation Anywhere 9.4
Based on 4 answers
It is the best automation tool.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

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

Automation Anywhere

Automation Anywhere 8.0
Based on 6 answers
On more complex use cases, Automation Anywhere requires technical background like knowledge on network protocols and database language on task creation, and even people with technical background might have some trouble in the beginning because of the product particularities on how variable manipulation works, or how to get the object cloning (a more resilient screen manipulation command) to work as intended.The scheduling of tasks on the Control Room and the autologin feature isn't intuitive as they should, so much of this works requires documentation analysis to get it done on the first time.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

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

Automation Anywhere

Automation Anywhere 8.5
Based on 11 answers
Automation Anywhere is a great tool for a low cost, fairly easily scalable, and quickly learned. The company is growing by leaps and bounds and continually pushing the automation boundaries. The problem with fast expansion is that sometimes you can grow more quickly than you can appropriately support your products. While Automation Anywhere has an excellent support structure in place, every company and situation is different, and they often struggle with why problems arise in the system and how to fix them.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

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

Automation Anywhere

Automation Anywhere 9.0
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

Online Training

Appian

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

Automation Anywhere

Automation Anywhere 8.4
Based on 2 answers
Perfect training from the online academy the software offers it for free
Chakravarthy SSNTK | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

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

Automation Anywhere

Automation Anywhere 8.6
Based on 3 answers
Nothing in particular
Chakravarthy SSNTK | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

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

Automation Anywhere

Other than Automaton Anywhere I have also used UiPath. What I like about Automation Anywhere is the object cloning and the way you can move the mouse and either go to a particular point or go to an element. That's very easy and intuitive in Automation Anywhere. It gets the job done in terms of getting the data out of the pages. Although I have other tools, I still have this habit of going through the clicks. If you're going through the clicks, Automation Anywhere is the best.
Albert Jose | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Appian

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Automation Anywhere

Automation Anywhere 9.0
Based on 2 answers
Highly reliable once you start experiencing the results. It helps you to have a clear cut results with better productivity numbers and financial savings
Chakravarthy SSNTK | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

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

Automation Anywhere

  • Our overall business has saved numerous hours of work where individuals were freed up to perform higher level thinking tasks.
  • Following a necessary reduction in workforce that was not driven by RPA, we were able to automate processes that kept the remaining workload from overwhelming the remaining workforce.
  • The use of robotics process automation has inspired many workers to come up with different approaches to problems including both automation and analytics.
Brady Rothrock CPA, CFE, ACDA, MS-BIA | TrustRadius Reviewer

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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

Automation Anywhere

General

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

Automation Anywhere Editions & Modules

Edition
Cloud-Only Starter Pack$7501
Advanced Pack (Cloud or On-Premises)Contact for quote
  1. per month
Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Appian
8.3
Automation Anywhere
8.0

Likelihood to Renew

Appian
9.0
Automation Anywhere
9.4

Usability

Appian
8.6
Automation Anywhere
8.0

Reliability and Availability

Appian
Automation Anywhere
8.4

Performance

Appian
Automation Anywhere
9.0

Support Rating

Appian
8.1
Automation Anywhere
8.5

In-Person Training

Appian
9.0
Automation Anywhere
9.0

Online Training

Appian
10.0
Automation Anywhere
8.4

Implementation Rating

Appian
9.0
Automation Anywhere
8.6

Scalability

Appian
Automation Anywhere
9.0

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