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Likelihood to Recommend

Appian

Surely Appian is not a Site Development Tool. So we should avoid the use of a system for just UX development. We should look for process automation as much as we can mature the use cases.
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Bonita BPM

Bonita bpm is well suited for workflow applications. Bonita was the easiest to understand and develop with however I wouldn't recommend this in a bank environment.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Reporting & Analytics

Appian
Bonita BPM
8.4
Dashboards
Appian
Bonita BPM
8.8
Standard reports
Appian
Bonita BPM
8.7
Custom reports
Appian
Bonita BPM
7.8

Process Engine

Appian
Bonita BPM
8.5
Process designer
Appian
Bonita BPM
8.9
Process simulation
Appian
Bonita BPM
6.9
Business rules engine
Appian
Bonita BPM
7.7
SOA support
Appian
Bonita BPM
9.4
Process player
Appian
Bonita BPM
6.7
Support for modeling languages
Appian
Bonita BPM
9.4
Form builder
Appian
Bonita BPM
9.6
Model execution
Appian
Bonita BPM
9.5

Collaboration

Appian
Bonita BPM
9.6
Social collaboration tools
Appian
Bonita BPM
9.6

Content Management Capabilties

Appian
Bonita BPM
6.9
Content management
Appian
Bonita BPM
6.9

Pros

  • Allows the use of BPMN to describe and implement a business process.
  • Forms can be build relatively easily and with 17.2 (which we haven't upgraded to yet - I have a copy for development) will allow for a lot of flexibility in the layout too.
  • The ability to build Java plugins where needed is a huge benefit as there are very few solutions that can't be implemented using Appian.
  • Can port to multiple platforms relatively easily.
  • Database access is abstracted away, so trivial to move from one DB engine to another.
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  • Bonita simplifies the way to produce interfaces between applications of the market.
  • Bonita reduces time to implement interface and time to maintain interfaces, using standard connectors.
  • The IDE helps to draw a user friendly chart to accelerate deployment of process and increase process governance.
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Cons

  • We haven't found the on-premise upgrade process straightforward. The versions seem to change fairly significantly and the installation guide isn't a good as it could be.
  • Appian doesn't seem as resilient as other applications. For example, a VMware server recently had a failure and automatically failed over to a secondary. Every application running on the server recovered without intervention, but Appian didn't and was unavailable for around 2 hours whilst we worked with Appian support to diagnose and fix the issue.
  • Lacking flexibility around proxy servers but this seems to have been resolved in version 17.3
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  • Task assignment
  • User interface
  • Data saving
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Likelihood to Renew

Appian9.5
Based on 11 answers
The amount of time and effort that we have spent on our applications with Appian almost guarantees that we will be renewing our licenses. The ROI of Appian has been very benfical
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Usability

Appian8.8
Based on 28 answers
Usability can refer to a number of different things. From a customer's perspective, using the product to set up their profile and complete the service requests is easy and straightforward.From a provider's perspective, we would like to have had a chance to try out the low code drag and drop capabilities to create our own business processes and forms, but relied instead on the Appian developers (who were awesome) to build our prototype. Maintaining users and cleaning up data in the prototype is very easy, which has made having a clean system to demonstrate to people has been very simple.
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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

Appian8.4
Based on 52 answers
In general, the Support team respond quickly and are knowledgeable and helpful. Account Management has been good and we have recently had an onsite visit from an Appian Architect and Account Manager to discuss Appian in the Cloud. Follow up from this meeting has been good with further information and pricing information received on a timely basis.
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Bonita BPM6.0
Based on 1 answer
Resolution time is sometimes slow
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In-Person Training

Appian9.0
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.
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Online Training

Appian10.0
Based on 1 answer
Really great training platform. Very visual and easy to use.
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Implementation

Appian8.0
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.
Bonita BPM7.3
Based on 4 answers
It is better implemented with in-house expertise.
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Alternatives Considered

We were attracted to Appian for the following reasons:- industry leader for business process management systems- ease of use- low development platform- ability to build once and deploy to different environments- the availability of a java API enables us to interface with our online systems- simple to use and provides a common application to make adoption easier and reduce training requirements.
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Bonita BPM has much more connectors than SAP NetWeaver BPM. It's easier and cheaper to develop processes with Bonita and also the consultants are less expensive on that technology.
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Scalability

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Bonita BPM7.5
Based on 10 answers
Because the business is still unhappy about Bonita, it's a great tool but today workflow applications are not well understood by the public.They are not ready for this... Workflow application, for Bonita, need to improve his reporting features. It's really limited today and we have to plug some BI software to retrieve and build the data
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Return on Investment

  • Reduced headcount by removing manual processing and cross checking.
  • Reduced errors by automatically inputting data rather than manually keying.
  • Simplified training as processes are now standardised and far easier to use than previously.
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  • no ROI yet as it's still in development phase
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Pricing Details

Appian

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

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

Bonita BPM More Information