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Appian

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159 Ratings

Appian

Top Rated
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Score 8.3 out of 101

Cornerstone OnDemand

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Score 7.3 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Appian

The possibilities are endless once you start looking at individual processes. You really start to question why you have previously implemented solution specific systems when workflows and apps can do the same job without the added expense. You are really only limited by your organisation's ability to develop apps and flows. We have a high contractor population in technology so building an in-house capability is somewhat restricted.
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Cornerstone OnDemand

Their learning system is unmatched - it really has most of the features we required in our environment which is heavily instructor led as well as online. If they can get their support lined out to provide timely support they will be the leader in this area and I would be able to give them a 10
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Feature Rating Comparison

Onboarding

Appian
Cornerstone OnDemand
8.0
New hire portal
Appian
Cornerstone OnDemand
6.5
Manager tracking tools
Appian
Cornerstone OnDemand
8.0
Compliance tracking and reporting
Appian
Cornerstone OnDemand
9.6

Performance and Goals

Appian
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.7
Corporate goal setting
Appian
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.7
Subordinate goal setting
Appian
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.3
Individual goal setting
Appian
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.8
Line-of sight-visibility
Appian
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.9
Performance tracking
Appian
Cornerstone OnDemand
8.0

Performance Management

Appian
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.6
Performance plans
Appian
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.8
Plan weighting
Appian
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.4
Performance improvement plans
Appian
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.6
Review status tracking
Appian
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.4
Rater nomination workflow
Appian
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.7
Review reminders
Appian
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.2
Workflow restrictions
Appian
Cornerstone OnDemand
8.0
Multiple review frequency
Appian
Cornerstone OnDemand
6.9
Reporting
Appian
Cornerstone OnDemand
8.7

Succession Planning

Appian
Cornerstone OnDemand
6.4
Create succession plans/pools
Appian
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.3
Candidate ranking
Appian
Cornerstone OnDemand
5.4
Candidate search
Appian
Cornerstone OnDemand
5.9
Candidate development
Appian
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.0

Recruiting / ATS

Appian
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.1
Job Requisition Management
Appian
Cornerstone OnDemand
6.6
Company Website Posting
Appian
Cornerstone OnDemand
8.3
Publish to Social Media
Appian
Cornerstone OnDemand
8.4
Job Search Site Posting
Appian
Cornerstone OnDemand
6.9
Customized Application Form
Appian
Cornerstone OnDemand
8.7
Resume Management
Appian
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.4
Duplicate Candidate Prevention
Appian
Cornerstone OnDemand
6.9
Candidate Search
Appian
Cornerstone OnDemand
6.5
Applicant Tracking
Appian
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.0
Collaboration
Appian
Cornerstone OnDemand
6.4
Task Creation and Delegation
Appian
Cornerstone OnDemand
4.6
Email Templates
Appian
Cornerstone OnDemand
8.3
User Permissions
Appian
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.7
Notifications and Alerts
Appian
Cornerstone OnDemand
7.8
Reporting
Appian
Cornerstone OnDemand
5.2

Pros

  • Tempo was the key to providing flexibility and visibility to a varied and complex review and approval process while at the same time enforcing fundamental rules.
  • The configurability of Appian allowed us to rapidly prototype application processes and re-adjust and re-assemble as required in sprints. I estimate there was less than 8 hours of actual coding involved in building it out.
  • Business rules formulas, and constants can be very powerful in producing all the requirements of a process. If you can competently write an Excel macro you can learn Appian configuration.
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  • Single admin console with granular control over user access and reporting. They continue to keep the admin in mind when rolling out new features. Giving us additional tools and improvements to more easily manage a large organization of learners.
  • A complete solution. Cornerstone OnDemand is a human performance management solution. This includes: compensation, on-boarding, performance reviews, succession, training, and social interaction. All of the areas of the product are cohesively tied to one another for convenience and powerful cross-feature functionality. It has been developed organically from the ground up, so everything works together for a competent experience.
  • Increasing support for mobile learning. Our field is relying on mobile devices to stay connected. Cornerstone OnDemand continues to improve their support for mobile through web browser support and mobile apps.
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Cons

  • Training. While configuration is accessible, being really effective requires either a lot of hands on trial and error and/or the supervision and guidance of an experienced user. Appian training is a forced march overview and not at all effective in getting a user up to speed.
  • Documentation. The online documentation, in the end, seems to be get lucky in finding what you are looking for or asking for help and waiting for an answer that may or may not be responsive. What may work well for their professional service people becomes problematic if you don't have a good understanding of the product in the first place.
  • Sales. it's an impressive product and that makes it easy for anxious salespeople to oversell capabilities to executives who may not be in a position to be critical about promises and implications. This can lead to unfulfilled expectations that limit additional applications.
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  • Global Product Support. Their support team can be slow to respond and resolve issues. They are constantly blaming it on growing pains. However, that cannot be an excuse. Every company wants to grow bigger and they need to adjust their support model to accommodate it.
  • Multimedia support. Cornerstone OnDemand does support video learning and embedding videos on custom pages, however, they just rolled this out to everyone and it has some catching up to do. Competitors have supported this feature for quite some time and are ahead of the curve on it.
  • Responsive design support for Welcome and Custom pages. Cornerstone OnDemand is making much of their system responsive for mobile use. However, the page builder that is used to make your Welcome and Custom pages has not been updated for some time. It doesn't always support some HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript functions. The work-arounds to get some designs to work correctly is troublesome.
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Likelihood to Renew

Appian9.5
Based on 11 answers
Appian has become an integral part of our organisation and is heavily relied on
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Cornerstone OnDemand6.6
Based on 16 answers
It meets all of our business needs at the moment. It is the most robust tool for LMS out on the market right now. the automation assigning of training for over 120+ job titles has us rooted and flows our daily training per new hire perfectly
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Usability

Appian8.8
Based on 28 answers
Very good at process model design and very easy to use due to wizard type capabilities when designing process models and complex business rules. Reporting could be a bit more intuitive/easier to use, however, we are using software that is not their most current technologically advanced software and they have made the software much easier to design with in recent releases.
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Cornerstone OnDemand6.8
Based on 12 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

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Cornerstone OnDemand8.2
Based on 2 answers
It was down for a couple of hours in our first month. Occasionally, in the evening we have trouble logging in even though it is not a maintenance window.
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Performance

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Cornerstone OnDemand2.7
Based on 2 answers
It’s surprisingly slow for a SAAS product. When you click on links, there’s no hourglass or waiting indicator, so it’s difficult to tell if the system is going to respond.
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Support

Appian8.3
Based on 52 answers
Never had any issues - any problems we had were dealt with quickly and efficiently. Suggestions for improvement were always taken on board.
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Cornerstone OnDemand5.0
Based on 8 answers
My issues have always been understood and resolved. I don't feel like I'm explaining it to someone who doesn't understand the system. Often times they know the issue and have quick fixes from their experiences.
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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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Cornerstone OnDemand8.2
Based on 1 answer
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

Appian10.0
Based on 1 answer
Really great training platform. Very visual and easy to use.
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Cornerstone OnDemand9.1
Based on 2 answers
The interface not great. It would be nice to have a full video vs. slide by slide.

They use their LMS tool – it’s a curriculum. It is slow going.
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Implementation

Appian8.0
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.
Cornerstone OnDemand6.4
Based on 4 answers
Dig deep on what your current processes are and how they match up to Cornerstone OnDemand functionality. It's not that the Cornerstone OnDemand is bad, it just the amount of work it requires you to do to get your current data to fit into their system.
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Alternatives Considered

Limited experience with this product but did find it was harder and took longer to produce a usable product
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Other products were either inferior or too expensive. The one product that was closest to what we needed was Halogen. In the end, our selection of Cornerstone was based on:
  • Breadth of services
  • Overall cost
  • Product functionality and performance
  • Product roadmap and future vision
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Scalability

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Cornerstone OnDemand9.1
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

  • Improved business efficiency
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  • Cornerstone has already helped us deliver training from two major projects to our user base. In order to remain in compliance and avoid SOX violations, we used Cornerstone to distribute mandatory training to our users as well. The reporting capability is powerful and easy to use and allowed us to easily track our users' progress.
  • Cornerstone is not cheap. However, the travel costs the training team will save from moving from instructor-led training to eLearning modules are projected to be huge.
  • Users are becoming more apt to take eLearning modules. The median age at my company is 47, so we have had some resistance to change from instructor-led training to eLearning. However, they now understand that they have resources available to them 24/7, which has been a huge win to them.
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Pricing Details

Appian

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

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Required
1.  One-time fee
Additional Pricing Details

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