What users are saying about

Appian

Top Rated
159 Ratings

Bonita BPM

65 Ratings

Appian

Top Rated
159 Ratings
<a href='https://www.trustradius.com/static/about-trustradius-scoring' target='_blank' rel='nofollow'>trScore algorithm: Learn more.</a>
Score 8.3 out of 101

Bonita BPM

65 Ratings
<a href='https://www.trustradius.com/static/about-trustradius-scoring' target='_blank' rel='nofollow'>trScore algorithm: Learn more.</a>
Score 7.6 out of 101

Add comparison

Likelihood to Recommend

Appian

The most suitable scenario is every company with low digitalization involvement. Appian is very flexible and can be adapted to different processes, starting from the oldest one. For companies with standard processes, Appian is going to work effectively and fast. Probably nowadays it is not the best for small companies that don't have the budget to spend on consultants or in the creation of an excellence team inside.
No photo available

Bonita BPM

It is well suited for well defined workflows. It could be tricky if the process and its subprocesses work on the same data. Dynamic case management is not supported.
Maciej Michalak profile photo

Feature Rating Comparison

Reporting & Analytics

Appian
Bonita BPM
8.3
Dashboards
Appian
Bonita BPM
8.7
Standard reports
Appian
Bonita BPM
8.5
Custom reports
Appian
Bonita BPM
7.7

Process Engine

Appian
Bonita BPM
8.3
Process designer
Appian
Bonita BPM
8.8
Process simulation
Appian
Bonita BPM
6.9
Business rules engine
Appian
Bonita BPM
7.6
SOA support
Appian
Bonita BPM
9.1
Process player
Appian
Bonita BPM
6.7
Support for modeling languages
Appian
Bonita BPM
9.0
Form builder
Appian
Bonita BPM
9.3
Model execution
Appian
Bonita BPM
9.2

Collaboration

Appian
Bonita BPM
9.4
Social collaboration tools
Appian
Bonita BPM
9.4

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.
No photo available
  • The modeling tool is very easy to use, it took me less than 20 minutes to create and deploy my first application.
  • The large number of connectors is a plus, we manage to connect our application to SAP & Alfresco.
  • We use a lot Bonita APIs, that way you can use the BPM engine in any business application.
Gilles Godart profile photo

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
No photo available
  • The studio is very heavy
  • The portal is a handicap for users. Takes too many steps to complete a task
  • Why did they not implement gmail authentication?
DaviD EL-BAZE profile photo

Likelihood to Renew

Appian9.5
Based on 11 answers
If given the chance I would use Appian again. It was a good tool and they are constantly improving it. It was fairly easy to use and any developer who knows JavaScript can customize it to their hearts desire. Once I got used to how it operated my creativity increased and I began thinking of many different types of workflows I could create both for the company and for myself.
Galen Chock profile photo
No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Usability

Appian8.8
Based on 28 answers
I think anyone should be able to use the product. It doesn't take a programmer to use it even though I am a programmer and it did help me to understand things quickly, it isn't a requirement and most people who are able to understand basic workflow concepts can pick up the product easily.
Galen Chock profile photo
No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Performance

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
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.
Maciej Michalak profile photo

Support

Appian8.3
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.
No photo available
Bonita BPM6.0
Based on 1 answer
Resolution time is sometimes slow
No photo available

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.
No photo available
No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Online Training

Appian10.0
Based on 1 answer
Really great training platform. Very visual and easy to use.
No photo available
No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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.
Olatunji Akanbi profile photo

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.
No photo available
Before we made our choice on BonitaBPM, we evaluated a number of different BPM solutions: jBPM, JBoss BPM, Oracle BPM, AtosBPM and etc.
No photo available

Scalability

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
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
No photo available

Return on Investment

  • We were not able to implement all of the projects we had going before our company was bought out by another competing company. The new company decided to abandon Appian even though it was a good tool.
  • That being said, I was able to roll out three of the projects that I was working on even though they were not used by the company due to the selling of our company.
Galen Chock profile photo
  • BPM has been purchased when it has been demonstrated that one process lack of efficiency was costing around 80k€ per year to the company in manual administrative tasks
  • The use of a BPM to synchronise some common fields between two database has improve velocity and reliability of customer support communication on our bug tracking system.
No photo available

Pricing Details

Appian

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

Appian More Information

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