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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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Smartsheet

I believe this tool is well suited for any individual or company that can utilize it efficiently. This day and age we are so technology driven software always needs to be the latest and greatest with a core of being simple and effective.Ask what it can do? How will it help me
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Feature Rating Comparison

Project Management

Appian
Smartsheet
8.3
Task Management
Appian
Smartsheet
8.6
Resource Management
Appian
Smartsheet
8.4
Gantt Charts
Appian
Smartsheet
9.0
Scheduling
Appian
Smartsheet
8.5
Workflow Automation
Appian
Smartsheet
8.7
Team Collaboration
Appian
Smartsheet
9.2
Support for Agile Methodology
Appian
Smartsheet
8.2
Support for Waterfall Methodology
Appian
Smartsheet
8.1
Document Management
Appian
Smartsheet
8.8
Email integration
Appian
Smartsheet
7.4
Mobile Access
Appian
Smartsheet
7.8
Timesheet Tracking
Appian
Smartsheet
7.9
Change request and Case Management
Appian
Smartsheet
7.7
Budget and Expense Management
Appian
Smartsheet
7.9

Professional Services Automation

Appian
Smartsheet
7.6
Quotes/estimates
Appian
Smartsheet
6.8
Invoicing
Appian
Smartsheet
6.4
Project & financial reporting
Appian
Smartsheet
8.4
Integration with accounting software
Appian
Smartsheet
8.7

Pros

  • Repeatable process. Once implemented in Appian, you have an automated process that will always work in the same way. No more dependencies on people remembering what needs to be done or how to do it.
  • Great integration with other applications. Appian allows you to integrate with many other applications to provide a seamless process flow.
  • Reporting capability. Appian has the ability to report on information from any connected system to provide real-time data. Very nice graphical and textual reports can be created.
  • Sites. The ability to create a place for a user to be able to perform their required job without having to see all of the other applications, reports and records. This allows a very focused approach for a user to interact with the system.
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  • Cloud-based Project Management Tool - can be used across all platforms which makes communication and workflow easier.
  • Modern and sophisticated tool supports many types of projects. Integration with other tools complements what we already use such as Google Calendar and Docs.
  • Uncanny customer support - the Smartsheet team is Awesome! They provide both free/paid workshops, one-on-one sessions, web conferences, lab - with more features in development to help users, and so much more!
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Cons

  • Appian is continually improving the product but having to learn new features every 3 months (upgrade schedule) can be a challenge.
  • Graphical user interface could use some additional improvements but it has come a long way already.
  • Sites could use some additional modifications. Currently, the News Feed is not available on a site.
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  • I would like to have a little more flexibility when it comes to adding dates to my spreadsheet. Right now it had a set column.
  • As online software systems become more competitive pricing wise, it might be better to bring down the price of the basic package so that more people are interested in upgrading. Or add more features to the basic package, like a limited version of the team package.
  • I would prefer if it automatically saved, instead of needing me to physically hit the button.
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Likelihood to Renew

Appian9.5
Based on 11 answers
Due to management decision, we decided not to move forward with Appian
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Smartsheet8.9
Based on 20 answers
Smartsheet has made my work life easier. Reduced my email significantly. Smartsheet and SaneBox have got me leaving the office with 0... Yes 0 emails in my inbox. My inbox would reach 150-250 email per day. Smartsheet brought that number down significantly and SaneBox took it the rest of the way. Do yourself a favor and check out SaneBox, too.
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Usability

Appian8.8
Based on 28 answers
The interface is as difficult to use as you make it. We like to follow the KISS principle and automate the mundane so that our staff can concentrate on their day job and not have to worry about what happens next.
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Smartsheet9.2
Based on 5 answers
Smartsheet is very easy to learn. However, while I have been able to pick it easily, Microsoft Excel and Project super users that I have trained on Smartsheet get bogged down in the differences and can find it frustrating. Explaining the differences ahead of time and why Smartsheet is being chosen instead of a different software seems to counteract those reactions
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Support

Appian8.4
Based on 52 answers
There are lots of materials online. However, it would be easier for users to have specific training and/or specific videos based on the projects they are working on.However, we are having 3rd party vendor (Bits in Glass Inc.) to provide us with support in Appian development. We are also going through various Appian training videos available online such as YouTube.
Kaisar Hossain (MBA PMP, 6 Sigma, Scurm/ profile photo
Smartsheet6.8
Based on 5 answers
I usually get a response within a few hours. I even followed up with a tech support specialist that I met while at the Smartsheet headquarters and he was able to help me out with another (very complex) formula.
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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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Smartsheet7.0
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

Implementation

Appian8.0
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.
Smartsheet9.7
Based on 5 answers
Involve as many people as possible in the process, so they are not surprised by it. Get an executive sponsor to send out an email expressing their support of Smartsheet to minimize resistance.
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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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It's cheaper than MPP and does all the MPP stuff that 90% of normal people need. If you need MPP but never use the super weird stuff, then you are all set. Smartsheet. And once you are there, the additional abilities will pleasantly surprise you.
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Return on Investment

  • The business users already are showing excitement to the idea that they can convert their manual process into automated and computerized process.
  • Managers are happy to find a place where they can track work and get a quick idea about how progress or lack of is there.
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  • There have not been ANY negative impacts to using Smartsheet - not one! It has completely changed the way we do business. we are able to offer high-tech, cloud-based solutions to our clients at a low cost that are user-friendly regardless of the user's comfort level with technology. It also improves employee efficiency as it relates to output as well as communication. I can't say enough about how much easier it has made everyone's jobs.
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Pricing Details

Appian

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

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
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