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Feature Set Ratings

    Low-Code Development

    8.5

    Appian

    85%

    Salesforce

    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

    Sales Force Automation

    Appian

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    8.0

    Salesforce

    80%
    Salesforce.com ranks higher in 9/9 features

    Customer data management / contact management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.3
    83%
    186 Ratings

    Workflow management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.1
    81%
    177 Ratings

    Territory management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.8
    78%
    146 Ratings

    Opportunity management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.5
    85%
    182 Ratings

    Integration with email client (e.g., Outlook or Gmail)

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.7
    77%
    170 Ratings

    Contract management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.9
    79%
    143 Ratings

    Quote & order management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.8
    78%
    135 Ratings

    Interaction tracking

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.2
    82%
    157 Ratings

    Channel / partner relationship management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.9
    79%
    128 Ratings

    Customer Service & Support

    Appian

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    8.5

    Salesforce

    85%
    Salesforce.com ranks higher in 3/3 features

    Case management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.0
    90%
    57 Ratings

    Call center management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.4
    84%
    43 Ratings

    Help desk management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.3
    83%
    47 Ratings

    Marketing Automation

    Appian

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    8.1

    Salesforce

    81%
    Salesforce.com ranks higher in 2/2 features

    Lead management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.3
    83%
    170 Ratings

    Email marketing

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0
    80%
    144 Ratings

    CRM Project Management

    Appian

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    7.7

    Salesforce

    77%
    Salesforce.com ranks higher in 3/3 features

    Task management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.8
    78%
    159 Ratings

    Billing and invoicing management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    6.7
    67%
    37 Ratings

    Reporting

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.4
    84%
    123 Ratings

    CRM Reporting & Analytics

    Appian

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    8.3

    Salesforce

    83%
    Salesforce.com ranks higher in 3/3 features

    Forecasting

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.1
    81%
    158 Ratings

    Pipeline visualization

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.3
    83%
    174 Ratings

    Customizable reports

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.4
    84%
    182 Ratings

    Customization

    Appian

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    8.3

    Salesforce

    83%
    Salesforce.com ranks higher in 4/4 features

    Custom fields

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.4
    84%
    175 Ratings

    Custom objects

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.5
    85%
    167 Ratings

    Scripting environment

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.1
    81%
    126 Ratings

    API for custom integration

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.2
    82%
    146 Ratings

    Security

    Appian

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    8.7

    Salesforce

    87%
    Salesforce.com ranks higher in 2/2 features

    Single sign-on capability

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.6
    86%
    144 Ratings

    Role-based user permissions

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.8
    88%
    136 Ratings

    Social CRM

    Appian

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    8.1

    Salesforce

    81%
    Salesforce.com ranks higher in 2/2 features

    Social data

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.1
    81%
    115 Ratings

    Social engagement

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.1
    81%
    113 Ratings

    Integrations with 3rd-party Software

    Appian

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    8.0

    Salesforce

    80%
    Salesforce.com ranks higher in 2/2 features

    Marketing automation

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.1
    81%
    149 Ratings

    Compensation management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0
    80%
    100 Ratings

    Platform

    Appian

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    8.2

    Salesforce

    82%
    Salesforce.com ranks higher in 1/1 features

    Mobile access

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.2
    82%
    158 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • Appian is rated higher in 4 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Usability, Support Rating, In-Person Training
    • Salesforce.com is rated higher in 3 areas: Likelihood to Renew, Online Training, Implementation Rating

    Likelihood to Recommend

    8.7

    Appian

    87%
    138 Ratings
    8.0

    Salesforce

    80%
    304 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    9.0

    Appian

    90%
    19 Ratings
    9.5

    Salesforce

    95%
    50 Ratings

    Usability

    8.6

    Appian

    86%
    96 Ratings
    8.3

    Salesforce

    83%
    91 Ratings

    Availability

    Appian

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.8

    Salesforce

    98%
    54 Ratings

    Performance

    Appian

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.0

    Salesforce

    90%
    36 Ratings

    Support Rating

    8.1

    Appian

    81%
    174 Ratings
    7.8

    Salesforce

    78%
    118 Ratings

    In-Person Training

    9.0

    Appian

    90%
    1 Rating
    7.9

    Salesforce

    79%
    11 Ratings

    Online Training

    6.0

    Appian

    60%
    2 Ratings
    9.1

    Salesforce

    91%
    15 Ratings

    Implementation Rating

    1.6

    Appian

    16%
    9 Ratings
    9.4

    Salesforce

    94%
    32 Ratings

    Contract Terms and Pricing Model

    Appian

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.1

    Salesforce

    91%
    10 Ratings

    Product Scalability

    Appian

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    10.0

    Salesforce

    100%
    2 Ratings

    Professional Services

    Appian

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.3

    Salesforce

    93%
    8 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

    Salesforce

    Ability to create dashboards. The project progress can be easily tracked. Tickets can be fed with all the right data and the same can be exported. You can customize the fields as per your usage. Can be used for multiple projects. The reports generated are accurate in nature and can be used for making important decisions and improvements.
    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

    Salesforce

    • Salesforce.com is extremely customizable. I would not consider it an out-of-the-box solution, although its standard fields allow for fundamental CRM activities and reporting.
    • Salesforce.com is able to integrate with 100s of third-party softwares—often times creating efficiencies in processes.
    • Reports within Salesforce.com have the ability to be simple as a standard Account report, or you can get very granular with your report filtering to segment a very specific result, eg. Accounts in California who are active clients and fall within the pharmaceutical industry and have a specified market capitalization.
    Erik Viager | 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

    Salesforce

    • Would like easier integration of Einstein data in Salesforce Dashboards so we do not have to navigate to the Analytics Studio.
    • Quicker adoption of custom objects into new offerings like the Pipeline Navigator.
    • Continued expansion of Salesforce Surveys for more features and flexibility.
    Anonymous | 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

    Salesforce

    General

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

    Starting Price

    $25 per month

    Salesforce Editions & Modules

    Edition
    Essentials$25.001
    Professional$75.001
    Enterprise$150.001
    Unlimited$300.002
    1. Per User/Per Month
    2. Per user/Per month
    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

    Salesforce

    Salesforce 9.5
    Based on 50 answers
    While it's not perfect and can be overly complicated at times, there is not another solution out there that can do what it does. To get the same functionality you would need numerous disparate tools to match the amount of functionality Salesforce has. Having it all aggregated on one platform makes the complicated parts far more bearable
    John Cupoli | 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

    Salesforce

    Salesforce 8.3
    Based on 91 answers
    Compared to the Salesforce Classic layout, the Lightning Experience is very user-friendly. Customize your top navigation bar to include quick links to your most frequently used records, objects, or reports. There are free online courses from Salesforce called "Trail Heads" to help new users get acquainted with the CRM. As a whole, it's a well-designed and user-friendly website. All is well, and there have been no problems so far.
    Al Mubassir Muin | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Reliability and Availability

    Appian

    No score
    No answers yet
    No answers on this topic

    Salesforce

    Salesforce 9.8
    Based on 54 answers
    Salesforce is always available securely from any internet-capable device anywhere in the world, UNLESS you choose to set security measures so that ONLY trusted IP ranges may access the system at certain times of the day. It's all about choice and flexibility with Salesforce products.
    Kyle Dugger | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Performance

    Appian

    No score
    No answers yet
    No answers on this topic

    Salesforce

    Salesforce 9.0
    Based on 36 answers
    Salesforce performance in general is excellent. "The cloud infrastructure beneath Force.com has been fine-tuned over the past 10 years. It powers nearly 100,000+ businesses running more than 185,000 applications that 3 million users count on every day."
    Points per Salesforce -
    1) Multitenant kernel - With a multitenant platform, each business that uses the app doesn’t have its own copy. Instead, all businesses share a single copy and then customize it for their specific needs.
    2) ISO 27001 certified security - You can’t compromise when it comes to enterprise-level security. Force.com is road-tested and trusted by nearly 100,000+ companies, including many of the world’s most security-conscious organizations, such as banks and health care providers.
    3) Proven reliability - All Force.com apps run on world-class data centers with backup, failover, and disaster-recovery facilities. Force.com has had a proven 99.9 percent uptime record for years.
    4) Proven, real-time scalability - Force.com is used by many of the world's largest enterprises, including Cisco, Japan Post Network, and Symantec. Applications can automatically scale from a few users to millions of page views, as needed.
    5) Real-time query optimizer - You need fast access to your data. The Force.com query optimizer delivers under 300ms response time, at a massive scale.
    6) Real-time transparent system status - You can always see real-time system performance, availability, and security information at trust.salesforce.com.
    7) Real-time upgrades - Unlike traditional software platforms, our upgrades never break your customizations, code, or integrations. We upgrade the platform for you 3 to 4 times each year. As a result, you’re always on the latest version, with access to the latest features, performance, and security enhancements.
    8) Real-time sandbox environments - With a single click, you can create copies of your applications, configuration, and data in separate environments for development, testing, and training.
    9) Three global production data centers and disaster recovery - Force.com runs on three geographically dispersed, mirrored data centers with built-in replication, disaster recovery, a redundant network backbone, and no single points of failure
    Rob Gottschalk | 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

    Salesforce

    Salesforce 7.8
    Based on 118 answers
    Account managers are awesome for the most part but change every year. So just as they are getting to know your business they usually switch accounts. We have premier success now which gives us 24/7 access to support, which has been helpful as we deal with integration issues with APIs and across Salesforce products.
    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

    Salesforce

    Salesforce 7.9
    Based on 11 answers
    I attended two training sessions. I would rate them a 4 as an advanced user. It was very basic – great for someone new – would give 8+ for new person.

    I had 3 years of experience at the time. I skipped basic and went onto advanced and still not helpful. A lot of it was best practices that didn’t feel relevant for our business
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    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

    Salesforce

    Salesforce 9.1
    Based on 15 answers
    I have gone through multiple. The content that’s delivered is quite basic – I wish they had more advanced training.

    We are grandfathered into premium support plus training. We get unlimited access to instructor led and online training for free. We have taken advantage of this
    Anonymous | 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

    Salesforce

    Salesforce 9.4
    Based on 32 answers
    Just from an organizational standpoint - we standardized our data prior to moving to Salesforce. But we essentially standardized it wrong. That's created a big disgusting mess for us know that I'll have to deal with as the Admin. Be sure you think through use cases prior to doing something like that - seek outside opinions on how the data will work best, especially depending on what else you're going to integrate with Salesforce.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    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

    Salesforce

    When evaluating a CRM solution for our company we had a fairly simple decision process. We had to decide to buy vs build an internal solution - which we found for the cost Salesforce would save from development / IT perspective and provide a more robust solution. The closest out of the box competitor we looked at was the Microsoft Dynamics CRM product -and again, we found Salesforce to be a more robust / cost effective solution.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Contract Terms and Pricing Model

    Appian

    No score
    No answers yet
    No answers on this topic

    Salesforce

    Salesforce 9.1
    Based on 10 answers
    The contract process was arduous. Some of that was because of the purchasing issues with our university, but as mentioned previously, we got a quote for a package and then they also recommended add-on fees. These were things we did not end up going with because we had budgeted based on the originally quoted amount. This has slowed down our implementation phase and meant we were paying for two CRM software for longer than I would have liked.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Scalability

    Appian

    No score
    No answers yet
    No answers on this topic

    Salesforce

    Salesforce 10.0
    Based on 2 answers
    I've worked with Salesforce since 2001 in companies ranging from 4 to hundreds of sales people and the system has been able to scale and perhaps more importantly expand (functionally) to the needs of larger organizations. In fact in my previous company, as a provider of a solution that integrated with Salesforce, we had customers that had thousands of sales people using Salesforce.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Professional Services

    Appian

    No score
    No answers yet
    No answers on this topic

    Salesforce

    Salesforce 9.3
    Based on 8 answers
    Using Salesforce.com has made my daily routines more efficient and simplified the manual tasks I had to perform independently. I can now access data from any device, online or offline, and provide better guidance to my team about the forecasts provided by the built-in artificial intelligence (AI). A chat with a Salesforce support specialist would be great. The knowledge base has a community forum where Salesforce users can ask questions and learn more about the product.
    Aononna Tazin | 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

    Salesforce

    • Companies that either hire consulting expertise or have in-house experts will benefit the most. It can be a powerful tool. Manage it correctly and there will be great benefits.
    • Conversely, if companies don't implement Salesforce.com with a plan, there will be frustration and small if any ROI realized.
    Quentin Goin | TrustRadius Reviewer

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