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179 Ratings
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Score 8 out of 100
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Likelihood to Recommend

Appian

I believe that Appian is very well-suited to provide an approval work-flow. For making requests where there is a specific hierarchy of approvals that must occur, it is great. For example, if an employee needs to make a capital request for a long term project, the number of approvals can be set based on the amount of the items/work that is to be capitalized. If the amount is < 10000, maybe only manager approval is required. If the amount is over 10,000, Department Budgetary approval is also required. Over 25,000, Finance approval is required. Over 100,000, executive approval is required. Appian makes it very easy to set these conditions and send out tasks based on them. Appian also Excels at reporting. Appian provides the tools to report on any of the data that is captured in the request. This data can be exported to Excel to be used for audits or data management. Data can be reported in a variety of ways grid format, generate a pdf, or with charts and graphs. I don't believe that Appian should be used to replace any cost accounting type of functions. There are enterprise systems, such as Oracle that do a better job with that. Appian's strength is providing workflows.
Christine Mulready | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM FileNet

I would highly recommend IBM FileNet Content Manager to anyone who has needs that align with the following constraints:
  1. A client who needs highly resilient storage for content such as documents, media files, etc.
  2. A client who has a skilled support team that can perform periodic maintenance tasks on FileNet servers, WebSphere, and database
Ahmed Anwar Nasr | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Low-Code Development

Appian
8.2
IBM FileNet
Visual Modeling
Appian
7.6
IBM FileNet
Drag-and-drop Interfaces
Appian
8.2
IBM FileNet
Platform Security
Appian
9.3
IBM FileNet
Platform User Management
Appian
7.6
IBM FileNet
Reusability
Appian
7.9
IBM FileNet
Platform Scalability
Appian
8.6
IBM FileNet

Enterprise Content Management

Appian
IBM FileNet
8.3
Content capture & imaging
Appian
IBM FileNet
7.3
File sync, storage & archiving
Appian
IBM FileNet
9.6
Document management
Appian
IBM FileNet
9.3
Records management
Appian
IBM FileNet
9.6
Content search & retrieval
Appian
IBM FileNet
9.6
Enterprise content collaboration
Appian
IBM FileNet
7.6
Content publishing & creation
Appian
IBM FileNet
7.3
Security, risk management & information governance
Appian
IBM FileNet
8.9
Contract lifecycle management
Appian
IBM FileNet
8.6
Automated workflows
Appian
IBM FileNet
9.0
Artificial intelligence
Appian
IBM FileNet
6.0
Mobile support
Appian
IBM FileNet
8.0
Integration
Appian
IBM FileNet
7.3

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
Ravi Joshi, PMI-ACP® | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM FileNet

  • Security.
  • Classification.
  • Organization.
  • Good encryption.
Ben Williams | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Appian

  • Advanced functionality requires use of the Appian expression language. The more advanced the logic, the harder it is to build with the expression language. This means development expertise is more relevant if you need advanced functionality, which I imagine applies almost all the time. I would much prefer if they allowed some common language such as JavaScript out of the box.
  • Debugging has proved difficult. It’s easy for developers to get the app to or feature to a “working” state but it needs robust alpha testing.
  • Deployment can be tricky. When a solution gets big and there are many teams and dependencies, it needs a careful process to ensure things don’t break.
  • Reasuability of Appian objects is both a pro and con. Reusing objects across apps may be more trouble than its worth because of creating heavy dependencies. Experience is helpful to strike the right balance.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM FileNet

  • User Interface could be better
  • Pricing could be better
  • Product training and documentation
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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
Michael Campbell, PMP,CSM | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM FileNet

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Usability

Appian

Appian 8.6
Based on 45 answers
Great platform for providing business process management. Fairly easy to learn tool (especially now that I have seen the evolution over 5 years). More difficult to master, but there is a great community that is always willing and able to help solve your problem.
Helmut Arnold | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM FileNet

IBM FileNet 9.0
Based on 1 answer
From a developer's perspective, IBM FileNet Content Manager is definitely usable but the user experience and user interface for some of the development tools used in IBM FileNet Content Manager need a big improvement.From an end user's perspective; however, the usability is excellent. IBM Content Navigator, which is the default UI shipped with FileNet, is very good in terms of UI/UX, extendibility, customization options, and feature set.
Ahmed Anwar Nasr | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Appian

Appian 8.1
Based on 123 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.
Paul Cabrelle | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM FileNet

IBM FileNet 8.7
Based on 2 answers
It's a great tool for our legacy system however the implementation, management time and lack of a niche provided by IBM makes it a difficult tool to recommend in a fast-paced market.
Ben Williams | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

Appian

Appian 9.0
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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM FileNet

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Online Training

Appian

Appian 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Really great training platform. Very visual and easy to use.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM FileNet

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Implementation Rating

Appian

Appian 9.0
Based on 8 answers
It was really seamless. SaaS in the true definition of the word. We logged on and started using the product. Very easy.
Peter Newnam | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM FileNet

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM FileNet

FileNet v ApplicationXtender
FileNet - much more robust.
ApplicationXtender - far more lightweight, easier to deploy and configure. Much more limited in scope.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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!
Lynley Johnston | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM FileNet

  • A lot of improvement is required to FileNet error descriptions when we encounter with any FileNet errors.
  • For document management, workflow management and content repository. FileNet's capability to manage large number of files is awesome and robust.
  • Automation of business process which we developed for our last client has significantly improved their day to day process.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

Appian

General

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

Appian Editions & Modules

Edition
Free$0
Standard60.002
Flat FeeContact Sales3
EnterpriseContact Sales4
  1. per user per month
  2. one fixed price per app, unlimited users
  3. unlimited number of apps, priced by user
Additional Pricing Details

IBM FileNet

General

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

IBM FileNet Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Appian
8.3
IBM FileNet
8.9

Likelihood to Renew

Appian
9.0
IBM FileNet

Usability

Appian
8.6
IBM FileNet
9.0

Support Rating

Appian
8.1
IBM FileNet
8.7

In-Person Training

Appian
9.0
IBM FileNet

Online Training

Appian
10.0
IBM FileNet

Implementation Rating

Appian
9.0
IBM FileNet

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