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Likelihood to Recommend

Appian

Surely Appian is not a Site Development Tool. So we should avoid the use of a system for just UX development. We should look for process automation as much as we can mature the use cases.
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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

  • Appian is great for sharing information across processes. The platform is designed such that objects from one application can be simply referenced in another (if your security permits it, of course.) This makes information sharing across processes quite simple from a technical implementation perspective.
  • Development cycles on Appian are shorter as compared to traditional methods. We're able to churn out solutions at a higher velocity.
  • Building a user interface is fast and simple. It has limited widgets but meets our needs 95% of the time out of the box.
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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

  • 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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  • 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
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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Support

Appian8.4
Based on 52 answers
We have a mixture of onsite and offshore support by Appian and their partner Cognizant. Our stated support hours for the business are 9-5pm Mon-Fri. Cognizant being located in India provides us with coverage up to 9pm should anything happen that needs urgent attention. Appian Cloud Support are also there should we have any issues connecting to the application.
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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

Our approach to selecting Appian was more of a solution based approach to an existing problem. Since then, our Enterprise Architect has been instrumental in mapping out where we will be taking Appian and how it can be applied across the organisation.
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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

  • We have only had the software since March 2017 so it's a bit premature to be able to quantify what effect on ROI. We have seen efficiency gains in processing times and throughput when compared to previous years statistics.
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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
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details

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GlobiFlow for Podio

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

GlobiFlow for Podio More Information