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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

Microsoft Power BI

Power BI is well suited for flat file databases, although the pivot column feature can help other types. Particularly great where visualizations can provide better insights than data tables so great for deep insights into trend evolution. Can be challenging to build profit & loss statements with subtotals and percentages based on sales as one single neat statement.
Jay Mistry | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Low-Code Development

Appian
8.2
Microsoft Power BI
Visual Modeling
Appian
7.6
Microsoft Power BI
Drag-and-drop Interfaces
Appian
8.2
Microsoft Power BI
Platform Security
Appian
9.3
Microsoft Power BI
Platform User Management
Appian
7.6
Microsoft Power BI
Reusability
Appian
7.9
Microsoft Power BI
Platform Scalability
Appian
8.6
Microsoft Power BI

BI Standard Reporting

Appian
Microsoft Power BI
8.2
Pixel Perfect reports
Appian
Microsoft Power BI
7.8
Customizable dashboards
Appian
Microsoft Power BI
8.7
Report Formatting Templates
Appian
Microsoft Power BI
8.1

Ad-hoc Reporting

Appian
Microsoft Power BI
8.3
Drill-down analysis
Appian
Microsoft Power BI
8.5
Formatting capabilities
Appian
Microsoft Power BI
8.1
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Appian
Microsoft Power BI
8.2
Report sharing and collaboration
Appian
Microsoft Power BI
8.6

Report Output and Scheduling

Appian
Microsoft Power BI
8.2
Publish to Web
Appian
Microsoft Power BI
8.9
Publish to PDF
Appian
Microsoft Power BI
8.5
Report Versioning
Appian
Microsoft Power BI
8.0
Report Delivery Scheduling
Appian
Microsoft Power BI
8.2
Delivery to Remote Servers
Appian
Microsoft Power BI
7.5

Data Discovery and Visualization

Appian
Microsoft Power BI
8.5
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Appian
Microsoft Power BI
8.7
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Appian
Microsoft Power BI
8.7
Predictive Analytics
Appian
Microsoft Power BI
8.1

Access Control and Security

Appian
Microsoft Power BI
8.7
Multi-User Support (named login)
Appian
Microsoft Power BI
8.6
Role-Based Security Model
Appian
Microsoft Power BI
8.6
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Appian
Microsoft Power BI
8.7
Single Sign-On (SSO)
Appian
Microsoft Power BI
8.9

Mobile Capabilities

Appian
Microsoft Power BI
8.4
Responsive Design for Web Access
Appian
Microsoft Power BI
8.6
Dedicated iOS Application
Appian
Microsoft Power BI
8.1
Dedicated Android Application
Appian
Microsoft Power BI
8.3
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Appian
Microsoft Power BI
8.4

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

Appian
Microsoft Power BI
8.1
REST API
Appian
Microsoft Power BI
8.1
Javascript API
Appian
Microsoft Power BI
8.2
iFrames
Appian
Microsoft Power BI
8.1
Java API
Appian
Microsoft Power BI
7.8
Themeable User Interface (UI)
Appian
Microsoft Power BI
8.2
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
Appian
Microsoft Power BI
8.2

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

Microsoft Power BI

  • Reporting, reporting, reporting. Power BI is great for reporting. I can create a number of different charts, views, and dashboards for a number of different audiences. It's very helpful for executives to see the big picture, but dynamic enough to take the same data sources and create detailed reports on very specific elements.
  • Power BI is easy to use. We went from manual data entry and report creation in Excel to Power BI. There was a learning curve, but I was able to find enough training online to get started.
  • Automating the report creation is wonderful. It takes all the manual work out of my old daily processes. My supervisors and bosses have been impressed too. They think it's magic, which makes me look good.
Richard Crane | 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

Microsoft Power BI

  • Initial creation of reports, even from processed data sets is not simple.
  • The on-premises reporting (crucial for a defense industry company) is extremely expensive, as it is only included in the Power BI Premium package.
  • User training is usually required to ensure that full functionality of the dashboards and their built in features are utilized.
Rick Botha | 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

Microsoft Power BI

Microsoft Power BI 10.0
Based on 1 answer
I find it helpful and easy to use
jim paroly | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

Microsoft Power BI

Microsoft Power BI 8.0
Based on 10 answers
The languages within Power BI can be quite the learning curve, but the actual dashboard functionality is a breeze. The most difficult aspect for me has been learning different languages to get the most out of Power BI (DAX, M). But the ease of creating great looking and interactive dashboards has been outstanding.
Anonymous | 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

Microsoft Power BI

Microsoft Power BI 8.0
Based on 7 answers
[Microsoft] Power BI support is pretty generic, and it does take time to reach a right resource. Very often their solutions are KB articles not really relevant to my problem. This an area for improvement. I always try to research my issue on PBI message boards/user community sites.
Anonymous | 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

Microsoft Power BI

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

Microsoft Power BI

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

Microsoft Power BI

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

Microsoft Power BI

I am not a data analyst, but as a user, I prefer the UI of Power BI compared to Periscope Data. Periscope Data has some really great functionality and can build some really useful reports, but Power BI seems to have more useful visuals and is easier for non-database admins/non-data analysts to generate some interesting, basic reports that help them in their role. I've also found courses to help you learn how to use Power BI, from the simple functions up to more complex processes (and get a certification for it) for which I was unable to find for Periscope Data.
Steffany Winkelmann | 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

Microsoft Power BI

  • I'm using the free version, so the only investment was the time spent to learn how to use the product (which as an Excel user, was very short).
  • I use Excel to store every single bit of information about all the projects I do, and being able to see them visualized helped me see some redundant steps I was taking.
  • No negative impact at all for me.
jim paroly | 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

Microsoft Power BI

General

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

Microsoft Power BI Editions & Modules

Edition
Pro$9.991
  1. Per Month
Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Appian
8.3
Microsoft Power BI
8.7

Likelihood to Renew

Appian
9.0
Microsoft Power BI
10.0

Usability

Appian
8.6
Microsoft Power BI
8.0

Support Rating

Appian
8.1
Microsoft Power BI
8.0

In-Person Training

Appian
9.0
Microsoft Power BI

Online Training

Appian
10.0
Microsoft Power BI

Implementation Rating

Appian
9.0
Microsoft Power BI

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