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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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K2 Platform

It is well suited when being used outside of SharePoint by custom applications or when all you are looking for is Forms and workflows. As a SharePoint embedded workflow engine it has a long way to go to compete with the likes of Nintex
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Feature Rating Comparison

Reporting & Analytics

Appian
K2 Platform
7.7
Dashboards
Appian
K2 Platform
7.5
Standard reports
Appian
K2 Platform
7.6
Custom reports
Appian
K2 Platform
7.9

Process Engine

Appian
K2 Platform
7.9
Process designer
Appian
K2 Platform
8.7
Process simulation
Appian
K2 Platform
7.7
Business rules engine
Appian
K2 Platform
6.9
SOA support
Appian
K2 Platform
8.1
Process player
Appian
K2 Platform
9.0
Support for modeling languages
Appian
K2 Platform
6.8
Form builder
Appian
K2 Platform
7.5
Model execution
Appian
K2 Platform
8.3

Collaboration

Appian
K2 Platform
7.7
Social collaboration tools
Appian
K2 Platform
7.7

Content Management Capabilties

Appian
K2 Platform
7.9
Content management
Appian
K2 Platform
7.9

Pros

  • 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
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  • K2 BlackPearl provides exclusive activity/event library addressing common systems and scenarios ( AD integration for user management, Exchange integration, SharePoint integration for actions such as document management, user management, CRM). It also provides excellent framework to connect to LOB systems using Smart Objects. This helps developers focus on core process logic than interface details.
  • K2 offers ability to version control process definitions and process instances. It also provides mechanism to recover from errors (such as retry, or move process instance to newer definition). This feature is critical especially for long running processes involving multiple approvals/user actions. K2 also provides excellent, powerful reporting out of the box. Custom reports can be built leveraging the existing skill set such as SSRS.
  • Unlike many other specialized workflow platform (SharePoint workflow, Nintex etc), K2 BlackPearl platform is powerful and allows integration with any system that supports standards such as .NET, Web Services etc. Developers can build reusuable custom activities, custom functions etc. or leverage growing list of community developed library at K2 Underground. K2 also allows Visio based plugin to allow Business users to define process flow and then have it imported into Visual Studio for developer to implement it. K2 also provides multiple ways to define processes targeting different audiences (K2 For SharePoint designer, K2 Studio for less complex processes and Visual Studio for developers)
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Cons

  • 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 or Groovy out of the box.
  • Debugging has proved difficult.
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  • Better integration with TFS automated build tools is one feature that is missing out of box. My organization has controls on code migration and deployment and use TFS for other code and builds. We cannot use the automated build for K2 workflow projects.
  • Ability to define business rules in external rules engine/repository which can be used by workflow processes
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Likelihood to Renew

Appian9.5
Based on 11 answers
The amount of time and effort that we have spent on our applications with Appian almost guarantees that we will be renewing our licenses. The ROI of Appian has been very benfical
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K2 Platform8.1
Based on 7 answers
Considering the outcome of the project and the ease of maintaining the forms etc. it stands to reason to continue with K2.
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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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K2 Platform8.9
Based on 3 answers
K2 platform has multiple designers (Web based designer ,k2 studio, visual studio) each targeted at business analysts,power users, and developers. The platform provides consistent web experience in workspace navigation for users and admins and provides excellent reports out of box.
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Support

Appian8.4
Based on 52 answers
Appian updates happen automatically and regularly (about every two months or so). We are informed when updates are coming to understand the timing, and in our short timeframe (about 6 months) we have had no issues with functionality breaking
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K2 Platform10.0
Based on 1 answer
They were always super helpful when I was learning how to use the program, and assisted me frequently when I came across unknown errors in the workspace
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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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K2 Platform9.0
Based on 1 answer
It was a complete online training with virual machine provided by K2. All the infrastructure was set up before hand. The training material was pretty thorough. The instructor was knowledgeable.
Overall the training program was well designed and planned.
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Alternatives Considered

When evaluating Appian we were asked to compare it to other enterprise tools we currently use such as Atlassian's JIRA and Rally. It is really impossible to compare the two for the simple fact that within Appian you can build the workflows and data capture mechanisms that each of these tools offer. The difference is that with Appian you can customize the workflows to an infinite degree whereas with an off the shelf application you are relatively limited to what the developer provides.
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1) Nintex Worklows for SharePoint: This product is integrates with SharePoint really well. Also it is less expensive. Developers/Power users doesn't have to leave SharePoint to develop the workflows.2) SharePoint workflows : Most of the cases we are able to address the business requirements using SharePoint workflows.
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Return on Investment

  • 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!
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  • Increase employee efficiency.
  • Improved reporting
  • Less paper based approvals
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Pricing Details

Appian

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
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K2 Platform

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

K2 Platform More Information