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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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SharePoint Designer

Well Suited - WORKFLOWS!To a SharePoint Developer, workflows are like a hammer to a carpenter. If there is a business process that needs automation, the first thing I look to is what are we automating? What/where is the data? How can we minimize the number of keystrokes by end-users to get from the start to finish? The answer to all of these is "build a workflow". With the introduction of "Call HTTP Web Service" action, you can now access data anywhere in a site collection and consume it in any site, on any list, for any form. SharePoint Designer Workflows makes the SharePoint world go round. Less Appropriate - Building SharePoint PagesI have attempted to use SharePoint Designer to build custom pages, but it just is the worst tool to use. There are many other tools to use to develop customized pages. The techniques of designing custom page layouts, CSS files to populate in pages, JavaScript Snippets for pages have changed so much over the years, and SharePoint Designer did not change with them. In fact, it is my opinion the 2013 version made it 100 times more difficult than the 2010 Version.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Low-Code Development

Appian
7.6
SharePoint Designer
Visual Modeling
Appian
7.1
SharePoint Designer
Drag-and-drop Interfaces
Appian
7.5
SharePoint Designer
Platform Security
Appian
8.8
SharePoint Designer
Platform User Management
Appian
7.8
SharePoint Designer
Reusability
Appian
7.8
SharePoint Designer
Platform Scalability
Appian
6.4
SharePoint Designer

Pros

Appian

  • Process Modeling - The Appian designer interface is extremely intuitive and easy to use. It allows a designer, once familiar with the basic setup to quickly create process models
  • Flexibility - We often tell our end users that Appian is a blank slate from which they can request and design practically whatever process and or business solution they can envision. Where as users are often relegated to and limited by what an off the shelf application provides Appian provides tremendous flexibility.
  • Mobile - Appian has successfully accomplished the build once deploy to all platforms for BPM. Their mobile versions of the application are excellent.
  • Cloud Services - Appian offers a cloud service that is simple to set up and insures that you are always up to date with the latest of versions.
  • Integration - Appian's API capabililties to push/pull data allows it to become what we call the "spine" of our organization. Connecting to and interacting with other enterprise platforms to provide its users with a one stop complete picture.
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SharePoint Designer

  • Allows me to go directly to the file structure I want to examine.
  • Allows me to move files from one area within a site to another.
  • Good for editing the HTML code within a page.
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Cons

Appian

  • Process Modeling - Appian is currently moving away from their desktop portal model and into web-based access. This requires some significant reworking of their underlying structures. That being said, their new technology and modeling options are extremely exciting and should provide significant enhancements and flexibility over the plain portal environment option.
  • Form Design - I would like to see greater flexibility in form design and form preview.
  • Training - Appian offers a plethora of training but the ability to tailor training to meet specific needs of an audience would be a welcomed addition.
  • Reports - There needs to be greater flexibility in configuring and printing of reports.
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SharePoint Designer

  • Navigation between sub-sites and beyond the entry point is not seamless. I find it difficult to get to the root of a directory structure if I have not started there.
  • Would love to be able to do WYSIWYG in some form. I have only used it for a year but I have not found anything fancy to do.
  • I would like to be able to work in a development site and easily move to the production site.
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Likelihood to Renew

Appian

Appian 9.1
Based on 16 answers
Due to management decision, we decided not to move forward with Appian
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SharePoint Designer

SharePoint Designer 10.0
Based on 1 answer
It is a helpful tool that we use every day.
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Usability

Appian

Appian 8.4
Based on 32 answers
Very good at process model design and very easy to use due to wizard type capabilities when designing process models and complex business rules. Reporting could be a bit more intuitive/easier to use, however, we are using software that is not their most current technologically advanced software and they have made the software much easier to design with in recent releases.
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SharePoint Designer

No score
No answers yet
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Support

Appian

Appian 8.4
Based on 55 answers
There are some people in the Appian community who who can provide good support, but better support should be available. All the documents should have more examples. Don't just try to make short videos. Try to make videos which are easy for people to understand. It depends a lot on the person's voice in training videos. Please make them better.
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SharePoint Designer

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Implementation

Appian

Appian 8.2
Based on 3 answers
It was really seamless. SaaS in the true definition of the word. We logged on and started using the product. Very easy.
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SharePoint Designer

No score
No answers yet
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Alternatives Considered

Appian

Appian has more functionality and features which I can use but it is difficult to achieve same in QuickBase. Again it depends on the requirement we have but Appian is surely the future because i can see its evolution.
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SharePoint Designer

I prefer InfoPath for designing forms for use in SharePoint over SharePoint Designer. I have not used SharePoint Designer for designing pages in SharePoint. I have found it easier to work directly in SharePoint. Granted I have only had the product for a little over a year.
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Return on Investment

Appian

  • ROI is reduced as licensing is one time cost to organisation which can be shared among different applications.
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SharePoint Designer

  • SharePoint Designer is free to download. What can be better than having a free tool to manage SharePoint?
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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

SharePoint Designer

General

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

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