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Score 7.5 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

    Low-Code Development

    8.5

    Appian

    85%

    K2 Software

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    Appian ranks higher in 6/6 features

    Visual Modeling

    8.4
    84%
    71 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Drag-and-drop Interfaces

    8.5
    85%
    70 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Platform Security

    8.6
    86%
    69 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Platform User Management

    8.2
    82%
    70 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Reusability

    8.8
    88%
    73 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Platform Scalability

    8.6
    86%
    71 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Reporting & Analytics

    Appian

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    7.4

    K2 Software

    74%
    K2 Software ranks higher in 3/3 features

    Dashboards

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.5
    75%
    10 Ratings

    Standard reports

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.4
    74%
    10 Ratings

    Custom reports

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.2
    72%
    9 Ratings

    Process Engine

    Appian

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    8.0

    K2 Software

    80%
    K2 Software ranks higher in 8/8 features

    Process designer

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.9
    89%
    12 Ratings

    Process simulation

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.6
    76%
    10 Ratings

    Business rules engine

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0
    80%
    12 Ratings

    SOA support

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.8
    78%
    11 Ratings

    Process player

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.9
    89%
    8 Ratings

    Support for modeling languages

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.6
    76%
    9 Ratings

    Form builder

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.0
    70%
    11 Ratings

    Model execution

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.2
    82%
    11 Ratings

    Collaboration

    Appian

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    7.8

    K2 Software

    78%
    K2 Software ranks higher in 1/1 features

    Social collaboration tools

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.8
    78%
    6 Ratings

    Content Management Capabilties

    Appian

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    7.6

    K2 Software

    76%
    K2 Software ranks higher in 1/1 features

    Content management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.6
    76%
    8 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • Appian is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Renew
    • K2 Software is rated higher in 4 areas: Usability, Support Rating, Online Training, Implementation Rating
    • Appian and K2 Software are tied in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

    Likelihood to Recommend

    8.7

    Appian

    87%
    138 Ratings
    8.7

    K2 Software

    87%
    20 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    9.0

    Appian

    90%
    19 Ratings
    8.1

    K2 Software

    81%
    7 Ratings

    Usability

    8.6

    Appian

    86%
    96 Ratings
    8.9

    K2 Software

    89%
    3 Ratings

    Availability

    Appian

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0

    K2 Software

    80%
    2 Ratings

    Support Rating

    8.1

    Appian

    81%
    174 Ratings
    10.0

    K2 Software

    100%
    2 Ratings

    In-Person Training

    9.0

    Appian

    90%
    1 Rating

    K2 Software

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Online Training

    6.0

    Appian

    60%
    2 Ratings
    9.0

    K2 Software

    90%
    1 Rating

    Implementation Rating

    1.6

    Appian

    16%
    9 Ratings
    9.0

    K2 Software

    90%
    2 Ratings

    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.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    K2 Software

    Not well suited for:
    - automation of knowledge work (Adaptive/Dynamic Case Management);
    - use cases requiring application of very advanced business rules. There is a third party business rules engine that works well with K2 though;
    - Java engineers- wanna-be-BPM consultants - K2 is best suited for Business Technologists aka Citizen Developers;
    - outsourcing based delivery model - you need to train your onshore people;
    - teams and companies that don't want to learn on their own. if you want to outsource your DPA program to a foreign based IT services provider, pick a different vendor;

    Well suited for:
    - 60-70% of all digital process automation uses cases you will find in your organization;
    - department and enterprise-grade process automation applications;
    - Citizen Developer adoption;
    - integration intensive use cases;
    - software teams not afraid to extend K2 with their own code through well-documented APIs;
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    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.
    Richard Owens | TrustRadius Reviewer

    K2 Software

    • K2 BlackPearl provides better versioning of processes than other BPM products I have used. Because of the feature-rich capabilities available being built on the MS Workflow framework, you can ultimately reach the level of code customization you need - but also leverage the tooling and code automating features of K2.
    • Its level of extensibility is fantastic. To say it is extensible and interoperable means a lot, because a lot of products SAY you can extend a feature, but it requires ripping out the kitchen of the house. K2 Blackpearl doesn't require kitchen replacement... you can upgrade the sink, replace the cabinetry, and extend pretty much everything. I have not run into a situation in the 6 years of using the product that I could NOT customize/extend a capability.
    • K2 Blackpearl's physical architecture options are plentiful. If you understand the product components and the granularity of the specific business need, you can provide an accurate blueprint installation of the product initially, and adapt or scale the product capabilities with relative ease via configuration and distributed options. They even offer training on physical infrastructure deployments if you are concerned about future use or growth.
    Brent Heezen | TrustRadius Reviewer

    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.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    K2 Software

    • 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
    Ajay Mandke | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Pricing Details

    Appian

    General

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

    Starting Price

    $0

    Appian Editions & Modules

    Edition
    Free$0
    Standard60.002
    Flat FeeContact Sales3
    EnterpriseContact Sales4
    1. none
    2. per user per month
    3. one fixed price per app, unlimited users
    4. unlimited number of apps, priced by user
    Additional Pricing Details

    K2 Software

    General

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

    Starting Price

    $2,000 per month

    K2 Software Editions & Modules

    Edition
    K2 Software$2000.001
    K2 Software EnterpriseRequest a Quote
    1. per month
    2. none
    Additional Pricing Details

    Likelihood to Renew

    Appian

    Appian 9.0
    Based on 19 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

    K2 Software

    K2 Software 8.1
    Based on 7 answers
    While K2 blackpearl is powerful, it shouldn't be an automatic selection for all situations. A careful analysis of business requirements, cost, and projected long-term use is required before choosing a K2 offering over a competitor, as is true with almost any other business product. The more hands-on development you can get with K2 blackpearl the better you will be at determining if it's the correct product for your needs. Don't let a sales pitch sway you into purchasing or using the product; experience what it can do for yourself!
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Usability

    Appian

    Appian 8.6
    Based on 96 answers
    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.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    K2 Software

    K2 Software 8.9
    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.
    Ajay Mandke | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Support Rating

    Appian

    Appian 8.1
    Based on 174 answers
    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.
    Nabin Poudel | TrustRadius Reviewer

    K2 Software

    K2 Software 10.0
    Based on 2 answers
    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
    Kristen Roskob | 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

    K2 Software

    No score
    No answers yet
    No answers on this topic

    Online Training

    Appian

    Appian 6.0
    Based on 2 answers
    Very boring; hard to get through quickly, but rather effective in demonstrating the use of the platform.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    K2 Software

    K2 Software 9.0
    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.
    Deepak Kadam | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Implementation Rating

    Appian

    Appian 1.6
    Based on 9 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

    K2 Software

    K2 Software 9.0
    Based on 2 answers
    No answer on this topic is available.

    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]?
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    K2 Software

    What previously stood K2 apart from Nintex was purely the ability to have workflows executed outside of SharePoint. Nintex are due to release a product that resides in Azure that provides this feature as well. K2 should really look into redesigning the development GUIs they are not good at all, and perhaps look at providing a cloud solution to mitigate the risk of clients having to maintain hardware as well as their workflow solutions.
    Paul Keys | TrustRadius Reviewer

    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.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    K2 Software

    • Positive impact on process discipline.
    • Excellent tools for measure process cycle time, identifying process delays, and making significant improvements to processes.
    • Increased efficiency through delivery of process information to stakeholders that minimizes delays, especially when processes are running across multiple time zones, and involve people who are traveling or away from their desktop.
    Mark Johnston | TrustRadius Reviewer

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