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Score 8.3 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Appian

Appian is very well suited for complex business processes. If implementing using traditional methods is daunting, then Appian would be a good alternative. It follows that simpler business processes would be a breeze. Also, it's well suited for situations where sharing data across processes/applications is likely. There's no need to "integrate" from Appian app to Appian app, so sharing data within the platform is trivial from a technical implementation perspective. Appian may not be as well suited for dealing with very large datasets (tens of thousands of records), it seems too much data may start taxing the system.
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Visual Studio IDE

If you want seamless transition between source control and a development IDE, as well as ease of debugging between client-side JavaScript and back-end C#, then it really the only tool to use. The one thing you may not need is the Enterprise Edition; it comes with a lot of features we almost never use. The professional version is most likely enough.
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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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  • The object browser and intellisense simplify finding the method or property needed.
  • The capability of creating a vertical selection can really increase the efficiency of the find and replace.
  • To be able to use the alt key to enter characters not available on the keyboard allows the selection of a delimiter guaranteed not to be in the user input.
  • Even though the current version is much more robust than earlier versions, occasionally it can crash. The auto recover feature proves invaluable in these situations.
  • Customizing the IDE works really well with the ability to not only dock to any edge but also to dock to a tabbed container. This allows frequently used windows to remain visible while allowing other windows that are sometimes needed to be combined into a tabbed window.
  • The most recent projects not only speeds opening of frequently used projects but also can help determine which version was the last one edited when working with multiple versions.
  • When dealing with a complex form the Document Outline can not only help to find hidden or lost controls but also view the hierarchy at a glance.
  • The ability to encapsulate groups of functions into collapsible regions can really help when working on large code bases.
  • With the editable toolbar, any frequently used menu item can be directly placed for immediate access.
  • The tabbed text editing window can make debugging easier especially when stepping through code in different assemblies and languages.
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Cons

  • Training. While configuration is accessible, being really effective requires either a lot of hands on trial and error and/or the supervision and guidance of an experienced user. Appian training is a forced march overview and not at all effective in getting a user up to speed.
  • Documentation. The online documentation, in the end, seems to be get lucky in finding what you are looking for or asking for help and waiting for an answer that may or may not be responsive. What may work well for their professional service people becomes problematic if you don't have a good understanding of the product in the first place.
  • Sales. it's an impressive product and that makes it easy for anxious salespeople to oversell capabilities to executives who may not be in a position to be critical about promises and implications. This can lead to unfulfilled expectations that limit additional applications.
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  • As a developer only thing I could think of is heavy memory consumption.
  • Would be nice to have a build in code decompiler
  • Integrated resharper kind of software would be nice to have
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Likelihood to Renew

Appian9.5
Based on 11 answers
Other prosed applications are under review or developement
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Visual Studio IDE10.0
Based on 3 answers
It is the best tool for the job.
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Usability

Appian8.8
Based on 28 answers
Appian is very easy to use and configure, it's very customizable and takes seconds to move around user interfaces to suit.The process builder is drag and drop, which emphasizes the rapid development.
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Visual Studio IDE9.0
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

Appian8.3
Based on 52 answers
Support for Appian is fairly good. However I have found sometimes that the on-premise support can be a little lacking as this is not Appian's strategic route.
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Visual Studio IDE5.0
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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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

Appian is a much more well rounded tool that is easy to learn and provides a much cleaner user interface.
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Return on Investment

  • With thoughtful planning, engineering and Appian development, we improved efficiency in one of the processes by 75% with a 100% internal and external adoption rate.
  • It placed the business ahead of the "cloud" game by being one of the first adopters of cloud technology
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  • Visual Studio is our primary development platform. I spend probably 90% of my day in Visual Studio.
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Appian

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No
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Visual Studio IDE

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Free Trial
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