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Likelihood to Recommend

Appian

Appian is very well suited for complex business processes. If implementing using traditional methods is daunting, then Appian would be a good alternative. It follows that simpler business processes would be a breeze. Also, it's well suited for situations where sharing data across processes/applications is likely. There's no need to "integrate" from Appian app to Appian app, so sharing data within the platform is trivial from a technical implementation perspective. Appian may not be as well suited for dealing with very large datasets (tens of thousands of records), it seems too much data may start taxing the system.
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Cornerstone OnDemand

Tracking online learning completion for compliance or other reasons is easy within Cornerstone. Performance reviews are easy to set up and manage from the system as well. Searching for training can sometimes be difficult. Users do not know what types of subjects are available and can be confused as to how they can find a course.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Low-Code Development

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

Onboarding

Appian
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.0
New hire portal
Appian
Cornerstone OnDemand
6.6
Manager tracking tools
Appian
Cornerstone OnDemand
6.8
Compliance tracking and reporting
Appian
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.6

Performance and Goals

Appian
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.4
Corporate goal setting
Appian
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.5
Subordinate goal setting
Appian
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.5
Individual goal setting
Appian
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.0
Line-of sight-visibility
Appian
Cornerstone OnDemand
6.9
Performance tracking
Appian
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.9

Performance Management

Appian
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.0
Performance plans
Appian
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.0
Plan weighting
Appian
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.2
Manager note taking
Appian
Cornerstone OnDemand
6.8
Performance improvement plans
Appian
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.4
Review status tracking
Appian
Cornerstone OnDemand
6.4
Rater nomination workflow
Appian
Cornerstone OnDemand
6.5
Review reminders
Appian
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.0
Workflow restrictions
Appian
Cornerstone OnDemand
6.4
Multiple review frequency
Appian
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.9
Reporting
Appian
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.8

Succession Planning

Appian
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.2
Create succession plans/pools
Appian
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.9
Candidate ranking
Appian
Cornerstone OnDemand
6.6
Candidate search
Appian
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.8
Candidate development
Appian
Cornerstone OnDemand
6.6

Recruiting / ATS

Appian
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.7
Job Requisition Management
Appian
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.8
Company Website Posting
Appian
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.0
Publish to Social Media
Appian
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.1
Job Search Site Posting
Appian
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.0
Customized Application Form
Appian
Cornerstone OnDemand
8.8
Resume Management
Appian
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.9
Duplicate Candidate Prevention
Appian
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.9
Candidate Search
Appian
Cornerstone OnDemand
8.7
Applicant Tracking
Appian
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.9
Collaboration
Appian
Cornerstone OnDemand
6.9
Task Creation and Delegation
Appian
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.1
Email Templates
Appian
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.9
User Permissions
Appian
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.9
Notifications and Alerts
Appian
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.9
Reporting
Appian
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.7

Learning Management

Appian
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.4
Course authoring
Appian
Cornerstone OnDemand
6.7
Course catalog or library
Appian
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.5
Player/Portal
Appian
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.6
Learning content
Appian
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.5
Mobile friendly
Appian
Cornerstone OnDemand
6.9
Progress tracking & certifications
Appian
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.6
Assignments
Appian
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.8
Compliance management
Appian
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.8
Learning administration
Appian
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.9
Learning reporting & analytics
Appian
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.4
Social learning
Appian
Cornerstone OnDemand
6.4

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
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Cornerstone OnDemand

  • Custom email configuration allows us to communicate not only the expectations but help our team members understand what is asked of them. The ability to target messages based on completion of items allow team members to take the next steps and stay focused on their learning and development.
  • Robust reporting - coupled with experienced LMS admins with excellent analytical skills, you can track progress with a high level of accuracy.
  • We have a LinkedIn Learning integration which has been a grand slam, in less than a year we have over 10,000-course completions. I personally have developed a "thirst to learn" because of this tremendous partnership and the easy to access content on my mobile device.
  • Custom Pages, we have over 50,000+ team members without company email and we use Custom pages as a Bulletin Board to layout all details for our career development program. This keeps our team members in the loop at all times.
  • If you have a dynamic, talented team which I am fortunate to have, who is eager to use this LMS with an excellent attitude you can make a great impact on your organization and truly develop a culture of learning and accountability.
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Cons

Appian

  • Appian is continually improving the product but having to learn new features every 3 months (upgrade schedule) can be a challenge.
  • Graphical user interface could use some additional improvements but it has come a long way already.
  • Sites could use some additional modifications. Currently, the News Feed is not available on a site.
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Cornerstone OnDemand

  • It's an off the shelf package, so while you can add in custom fields (a big plus), it's very rigid in terms of how it is designed to be used. Not every company works in the same way, and I've found that a lot of the recruitment functionality is more suited to high level or blue chip hires, rather than seasonal or bulk hires.
  • Specific issues we are having revolve around the references functionality. We ended up having to develop something in-house, as the system doesn't let you verify referee details o relationships prior to triggering the reference request. In addition, the form for capturing referee details only requests a name and email address. As a company working with children and young adults, we need to ensure the references we obtain are professional and tie in with a person's work history.
  • The self-scheduling of interviews is a great feature, but it could be so much better. It's impossible to see what slots you have offered to someone, and it's also impossible to see what slots each recruiter has free. As such, you end up inviting people to book in an interview...only for them to discover that all the slots are already filled.
  • Notifications. Generally, this is poor in Cornerstone. If, for example, a candidate requests alternative interview dates, there is no notification that goes to the recruiter or person who initially created the invite. Likewise, if you use the email functionality within Cornerstone (which we'd like to do, as this helps to maintain a full history) when a candidate replies to the email there is no easy way of knowing they have replied unless recruiters go into the user's profile. As a high volume recruiter, this just isn't workable.
  • There are a number of other areas in the system that are 'OK' but with some development could be great. They include: Offer Letters, Editing/Deleting Data (if you want to update a field on an application form or delete a document you've uploaded...you need to put in a service request with Cornerstone), Reporting, and the overall 'bigger picture/ view' of a candidate and their application/work history.
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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
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Cornerstone OnDemand

Cornerstone OnDemand 8.4
Based on 22 answers
As long as pricing stays reasonable, we will likely stay with Cornerstone for at least one more contract renewal. It would be a large task to migrate all of our content to a new system. However, the LMS landscape is diversifying with new startups that are showing some real innovation.
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Usability

Appian

Appian 8.1
Based on 32 answers
The interface is as difficult to use as you make it. We like to follow the KISS principle and automate the mundane so that our staff can concentrate on their day job and not have to worry about what happens next.
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Cornerstone OnDemand

Cornerstone OnDemand 8.4
Based on 19 answers
Cornerstone OnDemand in general has very good usability. It is easy for end users to start using it. We don`t need to provide any trainings for learners or line managers. At maximum we can create one pager with general information. It is easy to search trainings. You don’t need to know the ID or full name of training.
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Reliability and Availability

Appian

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Cornerstone OnDemand

Cornerstone OnDemand 8.2
Based on 2 answers
I've never felt like i've been left high and dry by Cornerstone. we may be frustrated with some problems but they are always there with us working for solutions
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Performance

Appian

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Cornerstone OnDemand

Cornerstone OnDemand 2.7
Based on 2 answers
Pages do not load quickly. Often times any action or selection of a box, drop down, check, pretty much ANY Javascript interaction causes the whole entire page to load/reload/start doing something in the background. This makes a nightmare for having to mass edit courses or upload ILT sessions. It's the one of the archaic web designs they use that really bugs me as an admin and makes working in the portal at times intolerable and insufferable
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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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Cornerstone OnDemand

Cornerstone OnDemand 5.5
Based on 15 answers
They are still working out issues with their support ticket system. I think we are now experienced enough that when we submit a ticket, there is not a quick easy answer and involves higher levels of support so it does tend to take a LONG time to get assistance. When there is a major issue, their communication is getting better but when you have a defect to report or a high level support it's going to be a while. They do have EXCELLENT online help, a very active online community where customers help customers and great user groups so there is other avenues of help
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In-Person Training

Appian

Appian 9.0
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

Cornerstone OnDemand

Cornerstone OnDemand 5.3
Based on 2 answers
Very personable and patient. Features that I'm sure to them are very simple and repetitive were trained with patience and understanding.
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Online Training

Appian

Appian 10.0
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

Cornerstone OnDemand

Cornerstone OnDemand 7.7
Based on 4 answers
Training was thorough.
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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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Cornerstone OnDemand

Cornerstone OnDemand 7.7
Based on 6 answers
No answer on this topic is available.

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.
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Cornerstone OnDemand

Cornerstone is simply more flexible, powerful and easier to use and manage than previous Learning Management systems that we have managed. I would say this carry's over to the implementation process as well. Far easier with Cornerstone.
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Scalability

Appian

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Cornerstone OnDemand

Cornerstone OnDemand 9.1
Based on 1 answer
It can accomodate any number of users (that you're willing to pay for) and serves as a training archive
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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!
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Cornerstone OnDemand

  • One of the main reasons we switched to Cornerstone OnDemand was to deliver video training seamlessly. Cornerstone OnDemand has been able to support most of the video training we do. This has allowed us a single source delivery point, lowering the costs of having multiple delivery providers for SCORM and non-SCORM compliant content.
  • Cornerstone OnDemand is far more difficult to administer for our trainers. This has taken up more time from training operations. Cornerstone OnDemand takes approximately 20% more effort to maintain, enroll, and communicate with our users and regional support staff across our nine offices.
  • Cornerstone OnDemand has a robust reporting system that is too difficult to use. We spend 65% more time getting reporting than we did with our previous LMS.
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Pricing Details

Appian

General

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

Cornerstone OnDemand

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Required

* One-time fee

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