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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

I started my coding experience without using a formal IDE - it was really just a text editor. NetBeans was my first formal IDE experience. It was hard for me to use - probably because I was a total novice. As I've grown up using various IDEs, Visual Studio has become my IDE of choice because it is so well-suited to the projects I've worked on. I've been a semi-professional Microsoft stack developer for the last 5 years so using Microsoft tools has just made sense. For the most part, they've had my needs in mind as new features of Visual Studio have become available. It has been my preferred tool for the last two years.
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Pros

  • I took the Appian training in Reston, VA and was impressed by the flexibility of the product. I am a software developer and found their JavaScript tools to be helpful and useful to customize and manipulate the various forms. It helped me leverage the out of the box product and add what I wanted to add without having to wait for them to develop a node that I needed to use.
  • There is a user community from which you can get help on almost any question or problem you may encounter. This helps when you have something you want to do and don't have the expertise yet to accomplish it. There are many who have come before you that probably know at least one if not 5 different ways to accomplish what you want to do.
  • The documentation of a workflow process uses standard BPMN language. It makes this more universal to have a process be created using third party tools and have it represent the workflow correctly in Appian.
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  • Ability to add plug-ins that support non-Microsoft solutions (such as PHP and Python).
  • Power to organize and support even large enterprise applications.
  • Well-structured. The built-in organization of VS makes it easy to keep track of complex projects.
  • Intuitive. The controls in VS are easy to find and use.
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Cons

  • I mainly had to get used to the different paradigms that the software has. They are constantly making changes to improve the software so I didn't encounter things that were so hard to work with that I couldn't figure out a work around.
  • At the time I was using the tool, I encountered some technical limitations when using certain browsers. Some browsers don't support the date controls so I had to do some work arounds. The revision control isn't too bad but it does create a lot of revisions that you may have to sort through in order to find what you were looking for if you wanted to revert to a previous revision.
  • We used a Cloud implementation rather than hosting it locally. There are limitations when you do that in that it is harder to access local databases but I was able to eventually get access to local data but I had to do some custom programming outside of Appian to get that to happen.
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  • While stability in recent years is so much better, Visual Studio still crashes from time-to-time
  • Better feature parity between C# and Typescript
  • Since each team at Microsoft builds their own tooling, there are feature sets that you think would work similarly (EG, web apps vs Azure Functions), but they work completely differently.
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Likelihood to Renew

Appian9.5
Based on 11 answers
Appian has become an integral part of our organisation and is heavily relied on
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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
It has been easy so far to use what I have learned, but I have not learned enough to use the application in great detail.
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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

Appian8.4
Based on 52 answers
I am very satisfied with my Appian suppport team, and as I am continuing to learn more about the product, I am hoping to receive similar support.
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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
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Really great training platform. Very visual and easy to use.
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Alternatives Considered

Experience with TIBCO business process design, however, that was several years ago. No other experience with other business process design software.
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I've used evaluated IBM Rational Developer for i, IBM Rational Application Developer, Android Studio, Eclipse for Java, and a few others. Visual Studio is the best. Other tools require longer setup times, don't always have all the tools integrated into the IDE or require additional 3rd party tools to complete the experience. VS shines at being basically install and go type of software. That's rare in the industry and is remarkable how well it works. A second place would be the Android Studio which has improved dramatically in the past few years. Visual Studio, coupled with supporting services like Azure DevOps (or whatever source control you use), nuget.org, integration of unit testing, various project types, etc makes the other IDEs feel cumbersome and dated.
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Return on Investment

  • Appian is agood workflow tool and solves many problems, but for us the main challenge is to train people. So, there should be more support from Appian's side to make learning easy.
  • Appian study videos also should have more examples. I do not see any examples, they just talk about the theory. Now I am seeing some of the newer videos which are better.
  • Appian should work on training videos more, and should provide more support to the community.
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  • Without Visual Studio, we'd be juggling a multitude of third-party IDEs and tools. The convenience of having all the tools we need wrapped up in a single IDE makes for an efficient development environment.
  • If you're a Microsoft development shop, and your back-end is SQL Server, Visual Studio lets you install a free package called SQL Server Development Tools. This Microsoft add-in gives you the ability to walk-through debugging stored procedures. The process could certainly be better documented or made seamless, but debugging stored procedures can take a lot of time and using the add-ins such as this one can save your team time and frustration.
  • The only negative point with Visual Studio is that we need administrative rights to change our installation of features. At our firm admin rights are removed from our machines so whenever wee need to upgrade or change Visual Studio we always have to contact our support staff to temporary elevate our rights to add or remove features in Visual Studio.
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Visual Studio IDE

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