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Score 8.3 out of 101

GlobiFlow for Podio

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Score 8.6 out of 101

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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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GlobiFlow for Podio

GlobiFlow should be considered advanced software for a limited number of employees. If users of GlobiFlow don't work together, they could easily create processes that cancel out other work. GlobiFlow works very well when one person understands the program well and uses it to help coworkers think through processes. The most helpful way we've used it is in automating our hiring process somewhat. Instead of receiving hundreds of emails with job applications, we set up an app in Podio and used Globiflow to notify supervisors when applications were received through our website. As a candidate moves through the hiring process, GlobiFlow processes provide triggers to help us remember what needs to happen at each step along the way by automatically generating tasks, emails, and items in other apps.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Reporting & Analytics

Appian
GlobiFlow for Podio
8.0
Custom reports
Appian
GlobiFlow for Podio
8.0

Process Engine

Appian
GlobiFlow for Podio
8.3
Process simulation
Appian
GlobiFlow for Podio
8.0
Business rules engine
Appian
GlobiFlow for Podio
9.0
Model execution
Appian
GlobiFlow for Podio
8.0

Collaboration

Appian
GlobiFlow for Podio
8.0
Social collaboration tools
Appian
GlobiFlow for Podio
8.0

Pros

  • The team we had to build the prototype (including the consultants from Appian) was fantastic. We implemented the prototype in three short Agile sprints (6 weeks in total), and the resulting prototype was high quality with lots of functionality of excellent quality.
  • Because Appian is a product suite, all the components worked seamlessly together - we had no issues with integration and could focus on the experience for the business customer, the concepts to prove and the problems we were there to solve.
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  • GlobiFlow allows one event to prompt a task or notification automatically, which greatly improves workflows and internal communications.
  • GlobiFlow makes it possible to automate some interactions we have with people outside the agency, for example, responding immediately to an application when it is received, creating a Sharefile folder to collect submitted documents all in one secure location, etc.
  • GlobiFlow suggests new ways of setting up workflows that makes us think through and improve our processes.
  • GlobiFlow helps us keep track of events in new and improved ways. For example, when a leave request is approved GlobiFlow automates the process for putting that date on an agency-wide calendar.
  • GlobiFlow helps us use Podio and Sharefile better so we communicate with employees in other offices and out in the field more effectively.
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Cons

  • Licensing model is too restrictive both from a purchasing perspective (blocks) as well as cost for use (need license even if the only step in a process is to approve or initiate something).
  • The memory database should archive process execution results to a SQL database versus needed to build this to reporting analysis and trending reports for process metrics.
  • Canned reporting should be available for process metrics so these do not need to be built, i.e. this is a BPM tool so I should be able to report on metrics not just what is current or completed in the memory database but for whatever timeframe I decide to keep.
  • Improved support model in which you can talk to someone versus submitting ticket and getting bogus responses.
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  • There is a steep learning curve for your typical PC user. I've used GlobiFlow for over a year but there are many things I still don't understand about it. The help pages are somewhat helpful, but there is a whole vocabulary associated with GlobiFlow that is a bit mysterious at the front end.
  • Any limitations in Podio are repeated in GlobiFlow.
  • Setting up processes in GlobiFlow is somewhat complicated, which makes it a little tedious when employees change and responsibilities shift, as they often do in a growing organization. Naming your processes well is important so you can go back and find places where changes need to be made.
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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.
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Usability

Appian8.8
Based on 28 answers
It’s relatively easy to configure custom applications out of the box. Accessibility of the cloud environments is a huge plus with customers being located in various locations.
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Support

Appian8.3
Based on 52 answers
Would like a more personal support mechanism (i.e. if a ticket has gone back and forth, say 3 times, and still not resolved, people should get on the phone).
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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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Alternatives Considered

Appian's biggest advantage over most packages is the ability to rapid develop operational processes, while maintaining a very uniformed user experience.
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We acquired GlobiFlow at the same time that we GlobiFlow Podio and ShareFile. GlobiFlow helped us use both Podio and ShareFile more efficiently. Podio has an internal automation function that performs some of the same tasks as GlobiFlow but is far more limited, which is why we decided to go ahead and learn how to implement GlobiFlow.
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Return on Investment

  • Learning curve it too big because documentation is too spread and voluminous, and training [is] a trash with mistakes and bad examples.
  • Once basic learning is done, a developer can become productive.
  • Overall, impact is positive since it takes the headache of browser compatibility and responsive layouts [away].
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  • GlobiFlow saves time once you get it up and running.
  • GlobiFlow improves internal communication and cross-agency collaboration.
  • GlobiFlow helps us communicate with external clients and applicants in a more efficient and professional manner.
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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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GlobiFlow for Podio

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