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Likelihood to Recommend

Appian

You name a process that needs to be repeatable and requires interaction between multiple people or groups Appian should be considered. I have not found a situation that Appian could not perform. Are there better applications in some instances? Sure, but Appian can integrate with those applications and provide data and reporting of those applications.
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Bonita BPM

As indicated in previous answers: less suitable for 'automated' processes
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Feature Rating Comparison

Low-Code Development

Appian
7.6
Bonita BPM
Visual Modeling
Appian
7.1
Bonita BPM
Drag-and-drop Interfaces
Appian
7.5
Bonita BPM
Platform Security
Appian
8.8
Bonita BPM
Platform User Management
Appian
7.8
Bonita BPM
Reusability
Appian
7.8
Bonita BPM
Platform Scalability
Appian
6.4
Bonita BPM

Reporting & Analytics

Appian
Bonita BPM
8.6
Dashboards
Appian
Bonita BPM
8.9
Standard reports
Appian
Bonita BPM
8.9
Custom reports
Appian
Bonita BPM
7.9

Process Engine

Appian
Bonita BPM
8.7
Process designer
Appian
Bonita BPM
9.0
Process simulation
Appian
Bonita BPM
6.9
Business rules engine
Appian
Bonita BPM
7.9
SOA support
Appian
Bonita BPM
9.8
Process player
Appian
Bonita BPM
6.7
Support for modeling languages
Appian
Bonita BPM
9.8
Form builder
Appian
Bonita BPM
9.8
Model execution
Appian
Bonita BPM
9.8

Collaboration

Appian
Bonita BPM
9.9
Social collaboration tools
Appian
Bonita BPM
9.9

Content Management Capabilties

Appian
Bonita BPM
7.0
Content management
Appian
Bonita BPM
7.0

Pros

Appian

  • Repeatable process. Once implemented in Appian, you have an automated process that will always work in the same way. No more dependencies on people remembering what needs to be done or how to do it.
  • Great integration with other applications. Appian allows you to integrate with many other applications to provide a seamless process flow.
  • Reporting capability. Appian has the ability to report on information from any connected system to provide real-time data. Very nice graphical and textual reports can be created.
  • Sites. The ability to create a place for a user to be able to perform their required job without having to see all of the other applications, reports and records. This allows a very focused approach for a user to interact with the system.
  • With every release Appian adds more functionality
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Bonita BPM

  • Modeling the business data.
  • Building a responsive UI for the process users.
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Cons

Appian

  • Even if Appian is working a lot on it, it should improve the low-coding features.
  • Improvement of the form design not using sail.
  • Foster the connection for different customers, all of them using Appian. Having a process across companies and not only offices could be great.
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Bonita BPM

  • Building integration with LOB systems in the form designer now requires implementing REST API's. This is a development overhead, and should be simplified.
  • The studio should include more options for handling exceptions.
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Likelihood to Renew

Appian

Appian 9.1
Based on 16 answers
Other prosed applications are under review or developement
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Bonita BPM

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Usability

Appian

Appian 8.3
Based on 32 answers
The usability is quite high thanks to the modern appeal of the platform. In general, the possibility to build the form in a flexible way, lets the designers thinking about UX design principles and mostly co-design the front-end with users that will use it. By the last release, Appian added a lot of new items for form design that are improving a lot the possibilities designers have. The only doubt I have is in the evolution of the Record, Report and News section that sometimes can solve the same problem and you should choose only one of them.
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Bonita BPM

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Performance

Appian

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

Appian

Appian 8.4
Based on 55 answers
We have Appian support here full time who are always helpful and understand both the products and our needs. They help guide the product to help it stay stable.On the odd occasion we need to call Appian themselves, they have always been responsive and genuinely want to help us solve the issue.Recently I've needed to send in quite a few support tickets for various issues, none of them were critical and 2 or 3 of them were just questions. Each time I got a response very quickly and each time the help was what was needed.
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Bonita BPM

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

Appian

Appian 8.2
Based on 3 answers
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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Bonita BPM

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

Appian

We went through a light-touch Request for Proposal process, explaining the problem we were trying to fix and giving lots of examples of the current process and pain points. Appian was one of 10 respondents but stood out as having all of the components that would make putting the customer first, sharing information across multiple government agencies, workflow, low code and speed to build a working prototype that would work on multiple devices (pc, mobile, table) out of the box.Appian understood the problem we were trying to fix, and their response answered the majority of our concerns about how to solve the problems for the business customer by using and re-using information. Other providers could do some parts of the functionality needed, or offered to build the prototype from scratch, or couldn't meet our timeframes (due to length of delivery or lack of resources). Some of the respondents missed the point entirely and simply did not meet the requirements we set.Another factor was the cost estimate presented by the respondents - Appian was not the cheapest, but they were definitely not wildly expensive (unlike a couple of other respondents)!
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Bonita BPM

  • Consulting capability in order to quickly kick off operational processes within the company

  • Respect of BPMN standard over the long term
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Scalability

Appian

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Bonita BPM

Bonita BPM 7.5
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

Appian

  • Automation of business processes
  • Time taken per process
  • Update and expand those processes
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Bonita BPM

  • 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.
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Pricing Details

Appian

General

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

Bonita BPM

General

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

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