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Appian

The most suitable scenario is every company with low digitalization involvement. Appian is very flexible and can be adapted to different processes, starting from the oldest one. For companies with standard processes, Appian is going to work effectively and fast. Probably nowadays it is not the best for small companies that don't have the budget to spend on consultants or in the creation of an excellence team inside.
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Power BI For Office 365

If you're already using Office 365, Power BI for O365 is an easy choice. Start playing around with the free version and then easily add individual Pro licenses with little risk. However, if you anticipate using this with many users, it can get expensive quickly.
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Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

Appian
Power BI For Office 365
8.1
Pixel Perfect reports
Appian
Power BI For Office 365
8.0
Customizable dashboards
Appian
Power BI For Office 365
8.3
Report Formatting Templates
Appian
Power BI For Office 365
7.9

Ad-hoc Reporting

Appian
Power BI For Office 365
7.6
Drill-down analysis
Appian
Power BI For Office 365
7.3
Formatting capabilities
Appian
Power BI For Office 365
7.3
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Appian
Power BI For Office 365
7.9
Report sharing and collaboration
Appian
Power BI For Office 365
7.7

Report Output and Scheduling

Appian
Power BI For Office 365
7.0
Publish to Web
Appian
Power BI For Office 365
8.4
Publish to PDF
Appian
Power BI For Office 365
8.0
Report Versioning
Appian
Power BI For Office 365
6.5
Report Delivery Scheduling
Appian
Power BI For Office 365
6.0
Delivery to Remote Servers
Appian
Power BI For Office 365
6.0

Data Discovery and Visualization

Appian
Power BI For Office 365
8.3
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Appian
Power BI For Office 365
8.5
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Appian
Power BI For Office 365
8.7
Predictive Analytics
Appian
Power BI For Office 365
7.9

Access Control and Security

Appian
Power BI For Office 365
8.5
Multi-User Support (named login)
Appian
Power BI For Office 365
8.7
Role-Based Security Model
Appian
Power BI For Office 365
8.7
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Appian
Power BI For Office 365
7.7
Single Sign-On (SSO)
Appian
Power BI For Office 365
8.7

Mobile Capabilities

Appian
Power BI For Office 365
7.9
Responsive Design for Web Access
Appian
Power BI For Office 365
8.0
Dedicated iOS Application
Appian
Power BI For Office 365
8.0
Dedicated Android Application
Appian
Power BI For Office 365
8.0
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Appian
Power BI For Office 365
7.4

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

Appian
Power BI For Office 365
6.0
REST API
Appian
Power BI For Office 365
6.0

Pros

  • Allows the use of BPMN to describe and implement a business process.
  • Forms can be build relatively easily and with 17.2 (which we haven't upgraded to yet - I have a copy for development) will allow for a lot of flexibility in the layout too.
  • The ability to build Java plugins where needed is a huge benefit as there are very few solutions that can't be implemented using Appian.
  • Can port to multiple platforms relatively easily.
  • Database access is abstracted away, so trivial to move from one DB engine to another.
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  • Easy to make visual dashboards from SQL queries. Previously we had to use a third party application that had to run on a web server that was so complex to setup and run. PowerBI removes all that.
  • Ability to control who/which group has access to each dashboard or report. Ties in well with the rest of the Office 365 ecosystem.
  • Has many connectors to allow pulling data from various systems, both onsite (via gateway) or external (via APIs), and join the data to create a report/dashboard.
  • Ability to show data but also export the data, if permitted.
  • Easy to show PowerBI dashboards on SharePoint or on other websites via embedded code.
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Cons

  • No source control.
  • Very minimal debugging.
  • Appian boasts it is "low code", but it is anything but, especially if you want to do anything non trivial.
  • Very hard to install and upgrade. This should be easy, but very hard to get right, very easy to mess up.
  • Doesn't scale easily, this again is a lot of hard work to get right and hard to maintain.
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  • Once a report uses a Pro feature, it needs a Pro license, but a lot of these are just basic features and the users are just viewing and not using any of the advanced features. It would be nice to have a Pro / Viewing license and Pro / Interacting license.
  • Limited amount of refreshes per 24 hours period. 5 refreshes as of Dec 2018.
  • The emailing of reports is there but kind of basic. It will do a screen grab of a report, which doesn't turn out very well.
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Likelihood to Renew

Appian9.5
Based on 11 answers
We need more time in the real world to determine if it will be renewed. But it is definitely being used presently and is being evaluated
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Power BI For Office 3659.2
Based on 4 answers
If I were a small business owner, I would likely use Power BI for Office 365 for the sheer fact that I would get the Office licensing I need, along with powerful capabilities. As a Microsoft Partner, we continue to see Microsoft invest heavily in the Power BI capabilities, and will continue to implement and support BI solutions around this product, as we believe this is in the best interest of our clients.
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Usability

Appian8.8
Based on 28 answers
I think anyone should be able to use the product. It doesn't take a programmer to use it even though I am a programmer and it did help me to understand things quickly, it isn't a requirement and most people who are able to understand basic workflow concepts can pick up the product easily.
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Support

Appian8.4
Based on 52 answers
I have found the Appian support team to be both very responsive and dilligent in working with us to resolve any issues no matter how small. This does not always mean they are successful mind you but their attention to detail, knowledge of the platform, and responsiveness makes working with Appian a solid experience. The only thing I would look for better documentation. I realize this is labor intensive in maintaining but could be improved.
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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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Alternatives Considered

As a BPM team we evaluated several other products and narrowed the search down to IBM and Appian. We had the respective companies do a head to head demo and we were impressed with both but found that the cloud based nature of Appian was more appealing so we didn't have to support an infrastructure locally. There are pluses and minuses. As a developer it would have been more desirable to have a local installation so I had more direct access to our other local databases but the maintenance with keeping a local system up with a team of 3 IT people who were already stretched to the limits in bandwidth made the Cloud option more practical.
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Tableau and Qlikview are both faster and have easier many-to-many relationships. However, for the average user, Power BI is much easier as a true Self-service BI. Besides, the cost for Power BI is lower.
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Return on Investment

  • So far, my team has used Appian to replace a legacy system with the idea of improving the process. The ROI expected from this process should come in the form of increased productivity and faster turnaround. By integrating Appian, my team also expects a reduction in errors, and increased follow-upfront our customers that would otherwise have been missed.
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  • It's allowed us to better visualize large amounts of data.
  • It's an easy way to tie into an existing SQL database for users that don't know SQL.
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Pricing Details

Appian

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

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Power BI For Office 365

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

Power BI For Office 365 More Information