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Appian

Top Rated
159 Ratings

Nintex Platform

Top Rated
117 Ratings

Appian

Top Rated
159 Ratings
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Score 8.3 out of 101

Nintex Platform

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Score 8.3 out of 101

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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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Nintex Platform

Nintex Platform is well suited for larger organizations where there are a lot of repetitive tasks. Or a higher turnover in positions where someone may need to start a workflow. It is more accessible than Process Composer or the Salesforce workflows. This allows you to utilize more integrations, Outlook, Slack, Box, etc. I would not recommend this for a small office, because if you are in control of everything, more likely you'd write notes to yourself. It would work well for a high tech type company. There are capabilities for clients to fill out forms on apps. Can be used across many spheres - sale oriented companies, hospitality, standard 9 to 5 office job... really anything that has an input and an output or collecting information. If a task has more than one person involved, then, this can be utilized.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Reporting & Analytics

Appian
Nintex Platform
6.9
Dashboards
Appian
Nintex Platform
6.8
Standard reports
Appian
Nintex Platform
7.2
Custom reports
Appian
Nintex Platform
6.8

Process Engine

Appian
Nintex Platform
7.2
Process designer
Appian
Nintex Platform
8.1
Process simulation
Appian
Nintex Platform
6.7
Business rules engine
Appian
Nintex Platform
7.7
SOA support
Appian
Nintex Platform
7.3
Process player
Appian
Nintex Platform
7.2
Support for modeling languages
Appian
Nintex Platform
5.5
Form builder
Appian
Nintex Platform
7.7
Model execution
Appian
Nintex Platform
7.4

Collaboration

Appian
Nintex Platform
8.7
Social collaboration tools
Appian
Nintex Platform
8.7

Content Management Capabilties

Appian
Nintex Platform
8.3
Content management
Appian
Nintex Platform
8.3

Pros

  • Appian is great for sharing information across processes. The platform is designed such that objects from one application can be simply referenced in another (if your security permits it, of course.) This makes information sharing across processes quite simple from a technical implementation perspective.
  • Development cycles on Appian are shorter as compared to traditional methods. We're able to churn out solutions at a higher velocity.
  • Building a user interface is fast and simple. It has limited widgets but meets our needs 95% of the time out of the box.
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  • The WYSIWYG workflow designer makes workflow generation straightforward.
  • The ability to call external APIs makes integration with other systems outside of SharePoint easy.
  • Using SharePoint as a platform allows us to quickly distribute the workflows throughout the organization.
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Cons

  • We haven't found the on-premise upgrade process straightforward. The versions seem to change fairly significantly and the installation guide isn't a good as it could be.
  • Appian doesn't seem as resilient as other applications. For example, a VMware server recently had a failure and automatically failed over to a secondary. Every application running on the server recovered without intervention, but Appian didn't and was unavailable for around 2 hours whilst we worked with Appian support to diagnose and fix the issue.
  • Lacking flexibility around proxy servers but this seems to have been resolved in version 17.3
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  • The workflow designer seems to have some rendering issues in non-IE browsers.
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Likelihood to Renew

Appian9.5
Based on 11 answers
If given the chance I would use Appian again. It was a good tool and they are constantly improving it. It was fairly easy to use and any developer who knows JavaScript can customize it to their hearts desire. Once I got used to how it operated my creativity increased and I began thinking of many different types of workflows I could create both for the company and for myself.
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Nintex Platform9.3
Based on 14 answers
Renewal is mainly on the fact that Nintex is so widely used and it would be impossible to migrate all of these existing workflows to another engine. Third-party lock-in within SharePoint is pretty strong, which makes it difficult to move to something else. Our Nintex database is well-over 100 GBs.Nintex email support is very good, and I've been impressed. The Community however is non-existent and filled with unanswered questions.
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Usability

Appian8.8
Based on 28 answers
It’s relatively easy to configure custom applications out of the box. Accessibility of the cloud environments is a huge plus with customers being located in various locations.
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Nintex Platform10.0
Based on 7 answers
It's good for non-programmers, but also bad because they do really convoluted things to get certain tasks completed which are prone to failure and annoying to support.
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Reliability and Availability

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Nintex Platform6.7
Based on 4 answers
The product is amazing. If you can think it, then there is a workflow for it.
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Performance

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Nintex Platform3.7
Based on 2 answers
browser seems to play a big part in this, but sometimes it loads slower than others, like noticeably slower...
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Support

Appian8.3
Based on 52 answers
Information on the product and the support plans are very detailed. Also the people involved in the support are very helpful.
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Nintex Platform1.4
Based on 5 answers
The Tier 1 support is horrible. It wasn't always this way. Previously their support was great, but lately when submitting support tickets they get lost, I have to ask for status updates and engage with the VP of support to get results.
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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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Nintex Platform1.0
Based on 1 answer
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Implementation

Appian8.0
Based on 1 answer
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Nintex Platform5.5
Based on 3 answers
Everything went according to plan and the white papers were helpful.
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Alternatives Considered

I was not involved in the initial analysis but I know Appian came close with Pegasystems in the intelligent business process management suite.
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We got Nintex before Microsoft Flow was around and K2 at the time was more expensive and didn't have the mobile apps option. SharePoint is licensed per SharePoint Webfront end WFE server and we only had one WFE server.
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Scalability

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Nintex Platform8.0
Based on 1 answer
This product works well as you scale business processes but there is a point where things become too complex. Administratively it scales fine, number of users is no problem, and since Nintex relies on the build in SharePoint workflow manager, it falls under the same scalability perimeters. Business Process complexity is the limiter for scalability within Nintex.
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Return on Investment

  • Appian is an accelerator for us. We don't need to build in the business process management in house.
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  • We purchased Nintex Workflow along with Nintex Forms and together they have provided us the ability to eliminate several paper based processes. The combination of customizing the form and building a robust workflow behind it has brought forth immediate cost savings and really has the departments excited to further leverage the product.
  • We have a couple of Nintex Workflows built out for SharePoint site requests. The user fills out a form for a new SharePoint Site Collection or Subsite providing details on what type of site it is, why it is needed, the target audience, etc. The request goes through a few approval steps and once approved the site is automatically provisioned. The requester is notified as the workflow progresses so they know the status.
  • We use workflows to assist with our document lifecycle. For example the workflows are scheduled to execute on a regular interval and look for items which certain metadata attributes and meet certain age criteria. The content manager is notified when items are approaching an even such as archive or removal and given the opportunity to extend that time.
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Pricing Details

Appian

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

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Nintex Platform

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

Nintex Platform More Information