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Score 8.1 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

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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Visual Studio IDE

Visual Studio is well suited for: Developing console, system, mobile, or web applications using a cross-section of popular languages, with a special emphasis on C#. Managing resources in Azure or SQL Server databases. Automated, performance, and unit testing code. Code analytics (cyclomatic complexity, etc). Visual Studio is not as good at Proprietary programming languages with poor third-party support (EG, can't make a Swift app - you can make a Xamarin app on iOS). While one can use Visual Studio to write AI-integrated apps, actual data science applications wouldn't use Visual Studio (EG, not known for writing R applications).
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Feature Rating Comparison

Low-Code Development

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

Pros

Appian

  • Easy to modify the appreance of a form: you can do it with users.
  • Flexibility: you can really create a lot of different apps for different topics.
  • The speed in development in order to have the first functional mock-up as soon as possible.
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Visual Studio IDE

  • Great integration of tools to support the entire software development process.
  • Support for multiple languages like C#, Javascript and Typescript.
  • Very customizable and lightweight installation requirements.
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Cons

Appian

  • We had such a short timeframe for implementing the prototype that we did not get an opportunity to explore the drag and drop business process modelling functionality - this is available in the Appian product, and would enable low code development, but I can't really comment on how good it is.
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Visual Studio IDE

  • The major complaint I have with Visual Studio is that the user interface does not handle screen movement well at all if the SSIS steps extend beyond a single screen. It is very cumbersome to move steps around and you cannot even double click on a step to edit it because after the first click the step moves and you wind up opening a different step which happens to be wherever the cursor lands just prior to your second click. It is very frustrating and if Microsoft developers are reading this and my description of the problems are not clear, then I would be happy to discuss this on a phone call or via email to ensure these issues are fixed.
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Likelihood to Renew

Appian

Appian 9.1
Based on 16 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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Visual Studio IDE

Visual Studio IDE 10.0
Based on 3 answers
It is the best tool for the job.
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Usability

Appian

Appian 8.4
Based on 32 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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Visual Studio IDE

Visual Studio IDE 9.0
Based on 1 answer
The thing I like the most is Visual Studio doesn't suffer from Microsoft's over eager marketing department who feel they need to redesign the UI (think Office and windows) which forces users to loose large amounts of productivity having to learn software that they had previously known.
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Support

Appian

Appian 8.4
Based on 55 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.
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Visual Studio IDE

Visual Studio IDE 5.0
Based on 1 answer
The support consists of a forum. The problem with the forum is the categories are poorly designed and only reflect a subset of reality. So often you need to put a specific question in a general section. What makes this bad is your question gets reviewed by only the people who feel like it (it seems). If someone with knowledge of your issue sees your question you are in luck. If not, time to look elsewhere.
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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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Visual Studio IDE

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Alternatives Considered

Appian

As a matter of fact, I was not part of the selection process when Appian was selected for SADIE project. Appian was selected because of its quick application development capability. I heard - someone from the 3rd party development company mentioned - that anything can be built between 4-6 months (of course, enough time and adequate resource availability are factors to consider).
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Visual Studio IDE

I have used Visual Studio Code and while powerful, is not the same as the Visual Studio IDE functionality.
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Return on Investment

Appian

  • Master data process increased speed of processes 50%.
  • Product management processes increased timely information by 25% faster with decision making.
  • Improved accuracy of data across the enterprise as reduced issues by 20%.
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Visual Studio IDE

  • Visual Studio is not inexpensive
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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

Visual Studio IDE

General

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

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