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Appian

Top Rated
159 Ratings

Winshuttle

47 Ratings

Appian

Top Rated
159 Ratings
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Score 8.3 out of 101

Winshuttle

47 Ratings
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Score 5.9 out of 101

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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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Winshuttle

Winshuttle is well suited to help any company who has data that needs to move from SAP to 'somewhere'. The output file can be Excel, Text, or Access. Query has been greatly expanded in its ability to use SQL statements directly in the product at the 'pre-download' point. For example, you want to have one column do calculations on the data that is being pulled out of SAP via the Query and placed in a specific cell - this can be done - right in the Query script and the result will be produced in your receiving Excel file. I have another small scenario I call 'On the fly" uses. When our asset team had to change their depreciation on a very large number of assets mid-year, Winshuttle Transaction was very helpful. The update would have taken DAYS and lots of shredded nerves to update.
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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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  • One of the issues solved with Winshuttle Transaction; we receive a very large expense file with over 100,000 lines that used to take 2 to 3 days to input manually into SAP. This process now takes minutes. And the issue with SAP's restriction of 999 lines per posting is dealt with by having a second script linked scripts to continue to on with the data to post within the 999 limitations of SAP. This saves our accounts payable person time and wear and tear on their hands.
  • Another excellent use of Winshuttle products is using Winshuttle Query, in the area of audit/monitoring of data. When making a sale via a credit card, we can only accept USD. There have been some issues where the person taking the order and doing the charge will accept it in Canadian currency, and this has caused some accounting issues. So to watch that this does not happen, I set up a query to 'watch' a particular field in that process and if that equal field CAD then sends a message. The "CAD CHECK" Query is a little process, but it helps to save time at the end of the line, during close. A small problem solved.
  • Now for the large application using Query; the need for SAP data into Excel format was a very large 'pain' issue. The way to get the proper data from SAP into a place where it could be pulled into a formatted template was what was requested by the business owners. I built an SQL Database Tables and Views based on tables and particular fields from SAP. I then created the Winshuttle Queries that would pull the data nightly into files that would then be pulled into the SQL database. This data would then be pulled forward into the front end reporting tool. Winshuttle is helpful for the business user because they did not have to cut and paste all their data from their SAP Report Writer reports into their Excel files
  • We use Winshuttle products in various departments - Finance, Controlling, Accounts Payable, Customer Service, Product Costing to mention a few. One of the other ways that I use the product is to support the business with a very large ad-hoc process. The QM department needs to unblock orders for use. Updating Purchase Price 1. There are many ways to use Winshuttle products. My motto for Winshuttle products is: "Winshuttle is great for what you know you need it for, but it is 'Fantastic' for what you DID NOT know you needed it for. Winshuttle is like the insurance policy of data control. You have to get this product! Because you don't know everything you need this product for but when you own it you will find out!"
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Cons

  • Even if Appian is working a lot on it, it should improve the low-coding features.
  • Improvement of the form design not using sail.
  • Foster the connection for different customers, all of them using Appian. Having a process across companies and not only offices could be great.
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  • Cannot use Excel when WinShuttle is in use.
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Likelihood to Renew

Appian9.5
Based on 11 answers
The amount of time and effort that we have spent on our applications with Appian almost guarantees that we will be renewing our licenses. The ROI of Appian has been very benfical
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Winshuttle8.7
Based on 12 answers
Fantastic tool and honestly the best out there for the particular need. I cannot think of any reason we wouldn't renew as it truly offers the perfect solution to what is often a supremely difficult process. Also, I believe that from a cost perspective it is quite agreeable given the amount of benefit/ROI received
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Usability

Appian8.8
Based on 28 answers
The usability is quite high thanks to the modern appeal of the platform. In general, the possibility to build the form in a flexible way, lets the designers thinking about UX design principles and mostly co-design the front-end with users that will use it. By the last release, Appian added a lot of new items for form design that are improving a lot the possibilities designers have. The only doubt I have is in the evolution of the Record, Report and News section that sometimes can solve the same problem and you should choose only one of them.
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Winshuttle7.4
Based on 3 answers
It is very good software, and it is technical software to a point. To use it to its maximum level you have to learn it like any good tool
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Support

Appian8.3
Based on 52 answers
In general, the Support team respond quickly and are knowledgeable and helpful. Account Management has been good and we have recently had an onsite visit from an Appian Architect and Account Manager to discuss Appian in the Cloud. Follow up from this meeting has been good with further information and pricing information received on a timely basis.
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Winshuttle9.2
Based on 3 answers
This is by far the best support group for an outside vendor I have dealt with. They really care about our issues, and work to resolve them quickly.
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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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Implementation

Appian8.0
Based on 1 answer
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Winshuttle9.1
Based on 1 answer
Our design was simple. Originally we implemented two developer licenses, and 2 runner licenses
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Alternatives Considered

We were attracted to Appian for the following reasons:- industry leader for business process management systems- ease of use- low development platform- ability to build once and deploy to different environments- the availability of a java API enables us to interface with our online systems- simple to use and provides a common application to make adoption easier and reduce training requirements.
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Originally we were using LSMWs in SAP but the error logs were not an easy read and you did not know if you had an issue until the entire LSMW was complete. With WinShuttle you can easily read the error logs right away and see if you have any issues with your script and stop the script to fix any data issues and then restart again.
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Return on Investment

  • Reduced headcount by removing manual processing and cross checking.
  • Reduced errors by automatically inputting data rather than manually keying.
  • Simplified training as processes are now standardised and far easier to use than previously.
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  • The impact is very positive. You will save money, improve your employee's wellness and people will be happy because all is simple.
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Pricing Details

Appian

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

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

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