Appian vs. IBM Operational Decision Manager

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Appian
Score 8.8 out of 10
N/A
Appian is a low-code development and business process management platform. It features drag-and-drop design for app building, automated work processes, unified data management, and cloud-based deployment.
$0
IBM Operational Decision Manager
Score 7.2 out of 10
N/A
IBM Operational Decision Manager is presented by the vendor as a comprehensive decision automation solution that helps users discover, capture, analyze, automate and govern rules-based business decisions, on premises or on cloud. It is formerly known as the IBM Websphere Operational Decision Management, and before that as the ILOG JRules Business Rules Management System (BRMS).N/A
Pricing
AppianIBM Operational Decision Manager
Editions & Modules
Appian Community Edition
$0
Application - Input-Only
$2
per month per user
Application - Infrequent
$9
per month per user
Application - Standard
$75
per month per user
Platform
Custom Quote Priced per user with unlimited apps.
minimum 100 users, no maximum
Unlimited
Custom Quote Priced per development with unlimited apps.
unlimited
Platform
Custom Quote Priced per user with unlimited apps.
Minimum 100, no maximum
Unlimited
Custom Quote Priced per development with unlimited apps.
Unlimited
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
AppianIBM Operational Decision Manager
Free Trial
YesNo
Free/Freemium Version
YesNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
AppianIBM Operational Decision Manager
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Appian

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IBM Operational Decision Manager
Top Pros
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Features
AppianIBM Operational Decision Manager
Low-Code Development
Comparison of Low-Code Development features of Product A and Product B
Appian
8.9
75 Ratings
2% above category average
IBM Operational Decision Manager
-
Ratings
Visual Modeling8.873 Ratings00 Ratings
Drag-and-drop Interfaces8.872 Ratings00 Ratings
Platform Security9.071 Ratings00 Ratings
Platform User Management8.772 Ratings00 Ratings
Reusability9.175 Ratings00 Ratings
Platform Scalability9.273 Ratings00 Ratings
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Small Businesses
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Score 9.2 out of 10

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Quixy
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Score 9.8 out of 10
IBM Cloud Pak for Business Automation
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Score 9.1 out of 10
Enterprises
Quickbase
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User Ratings
AppianIBM Operational Decision Manager
Likelihood to Recommend
9.0
(139 ratings)
7.2
(6 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
8.5
(19 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Usability
8.7
(95 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
8.4
(172 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
In-Person Training
9.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Online Training
6.0
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Implementation Rating
1.0
(9 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
AppianIBM Operational Decision Manager
Likelihood to Recommend
Appian
Appian works great for automating manual processes and integrating multiple systems through its toolset. It gives great flexibility for establishing rules for approvals, routings, escalations, and the like. Because of the low code toolset, it's very easy to deploy and make changes as needed as processes evolve and as the organization learns to utilize the system better. Minimal maintenance is required to support the applications build on the platform. Some of the automated testing integration with tools like Jenkins is limited so that may be an issue for some.
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IBM
IBM Operational Decision Manager can be used to manage complex business processes with less use of IT infrastructure and more use of centralized decision making. Decision-making depends on a logical framework and the creation of commands for better futuristic decisions with less time consumption and more precision and accuracy. IBM's Operational decision manager application is well suited for such scenarios where complex processes have to be streamlined.
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Pros
Appian
  • Allows at a glance workflow documentation which assists in the need we have for information readiation.
  • Drag and drop interface for workflow development greatly speeds our apps time to market.
  • Using the advanced features of Appian, we are able to create working sites in a fraction of the time it would take to do so using "traditional" development.
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IBM
  • Excellent stability and performance, as well as the possibility to deploy more quickly.
  • Simple but effective web-based user interface that enables us to make direct updates to our policies or rules.
  • Effective rule Execution Server, which allows us to assess the rules and their performance
  • After the rules are delivered, business users can make changes and keep them up to date without having to know a lot about technology.
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Cons
Appian
  • Search issues when type ahead and database search are used in the same field.
  • Buttons implementation where user is require[d] to click on the button description - if clicks on the button outside that text - button will not work.
  • Problems with using certain off-the-shelf performance tools like WebLoad or Neoload. That is because of different dynamic variables being used internally in Appian - which these tools are unable to correlate. We are still investigating using other tools like Jmeter to overcome dynamic correlation problem for performance testing.
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IBM
  • Business rule application development available only in Java, .net, and Cobol.
  • Integration supports with legacy system need to be improved (Mainframe).
  • Migration to latest -version (iLog JRules to ODM).
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Likelihood to Renew
Appian
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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IBM
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Usability
Appian
Appian is a low code environment, because of this, a very good visual interface is required. Appian is providing a feature-rich dashboard [that] we can use for building the dashboards and other interfaces. Appian also provides patches and releases to enhance these features. A developer can start off development just by going through a basic course from the Appian learning community.
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IBM
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Support Rating
Appian
Appian is one of the leading low code business automation platforms that support RPA, decision rules, case management, workflow automation, and machine learning all in a single bundle. But it is also harder to implement and replace the traditional business process.
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IBM
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In-Person Training
Appian
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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IBM
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Online Training
Appian
Very boring; hard to get through quickly, but rather effective in demonstrating the use of the platform.
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IBM
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Implementation Rating
Appian
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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IBM
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Alternatives Considered
Appian
Appian has enormously transformed and keeps on updating the product every quarter to meet the latest needs of the world with new innovations & technologies being integrated within the platform. What gives more pleasure than a product that keeps on continuous[ly] improv[ing]?
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IBM
When compared to other vendors in the business rule management system, IBM Operational Decision Manager stands out in dimensions of rule engine capabilities, deployment flexibility, and ease of maintenance. It offers a wide spectrum of configuration options to build applications that can be used by developed by technical and non-technical/business users.
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Return on Investment
Appian
  • I believe it has negatively impacted our release dates. There may have been a misunderstanding as to the learning curve, even though it is "low code."
  • The look and feel of the applications created using Appian have uniformity and it's easier to have "reuse" between applications.
  • There is less developer control when it comes to features. I think this mainly has to do with the amount of plugins available. I would think there should be many more available plugins. But again, our use case is probably different than most others.
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IBM
  • It has a positive impact as it provides a great way to define business rules, execute them, update them, manage different versions of rules.
  • Depending on the complexity of the applications, you can have thousands of rules.
  • It provides a nice way to test the rules, run simulations with different scenarios, different scales of requests and verify the decisions, performance, etc., and that helps a lot.
  • Since the decisions can be exposed through REST interface, it makes it very convenient to integrate with different applications, applications using different technologies.
  • The Business console makes it easy for business users to be able to define, modify rules and not have to depend on IT to do a lot of that work. This helps in bringing the time to change and use the rules to be very short as well as lets IT do more IT related tasks and provide better value to the organization.
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ScreenShots

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