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Score 7.9 out of 101
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Likelihood to Recommend

Bonita BPM

As indicated in previous answers: less suitable for 'automated' processes
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Bubble Innovator

No stage gate or portfolio reporting solution can overcome poor input data. The organization has to be willing to commit to consistent and rigorous updates of the information, or the reporting becomes useless. From what I've seen of competitive systems, Bubble Innovator is the easiest to use in this regard, so the excuse of not having good data because it's painful to upload or cumbersome to retrieve goes away. And the ease with which you can produce customized reports allows you to immediately find the gaps and weak points in your data, and take action to address them. That's not to say that every report and function in Bubble Innovator is perfect. But the close collaboration and responsiveness of the Bubble Innovation team has made it relatively easy to triage, prioritize, and implement improvements along the way.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Reporting & Analytics

Bonita BPM
8.6
Bubble Innovator
Dashboards
Bonita BPM
8.9
Bubble Innovator
Standard reports
Bonita BPM
8.9
Bubble Innovator
Custom reports
Bonita BPM
7.9
Bubble Innovator

Process Engine

Bonita BPM
8.7
Bubble Innovator
Process designer
Bonita BPM
8.9
Bubble Innovator
Process simulation
Bonita BPM
6.9
Bubble Innovator
Business rules engine
Bonita BPM
7.9
Bubble Innovator
SOA support
Bonita BPM
9.7
Bubble Innovator
Process player
Bonita BPM
6.7
Bubble Innovator
Support for modeling languages
Bonita BPM
9.7
Bubble Innovator
Form builder
Bonita BPM
9.8
Bubble Innovator
Model execution
Bonita BPM
9.7
Bubble Innovator

Collaboration

Bonita BPM
9.8
Bubble Innovator
Social collaboration tools
Bonita BPM
9.8
Bubble Innovator

Content Management Capabilties

Bonita BPM
7.0
Bubble Innovator
Content management
Bonita BPM
7.0
Bubble Innovator

Pros

Bonita BPM

  • Bonita seems particularly suited for processes requiring a great deal of human interaction. Its user model allows you to control access to business processes in a fine-grained way. This allows for business processes to move smoothly between users and services as the process advances.
  • The definition and usage of custom forms from the latest version of Bonita seems particularly powerful. It allows for a thorough customization of the look-and-feel and does not require complex developments.
  • The web interface and administration section have greatly improved in the latest versions. Installation and configuration of processes has become more flexible and more structured. The administration section gives a good view on failed processes, allowing to analyse problems in an efficient way.
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Bubble Innovator

  • I already mentioned the simple user interface for data upload, and the equally intuitive customized reporting. Leadership and "supporting" functions for product development get tremendous value from this because they don't need to hunt down answers anymore. Everything from pipeline planning to operational planning can be built on the same foundation of objective data, rather than many different sources interpreted through many different lenses.
  • But the greatest value I think Bubble Innovator delivers is not really the product itself. It's the sense of partnership and responsiveness from the Bubble Innovation team. The Bubble Innovation team becomes a part of your team. They are valued consultants with helpful input on best practices for stage gate management, portfolio analytics, and report visualization. I have continually been impressed with the responsiveness and effort that their team brings to the table. When we have challenges and need to customize our data or analytics or reporting, they are right there beside us, finding the best solution, sharing prototypes in a test environment, and implementing as fast as possible.
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Cons

Bonita BPM

  • From a technical point of view, Bonita is not well-suited for integration in a development environment.
  • Upcoming support for 'unit' testing and continuous integration seems bloated and overly complex. Its starting point is clearly the Bonita point of view, not the development point of view.
  • To integrate Bonita efficiently in a continuous integration process, it should be possible to: completely build a process .bar without having to start the studio and/or server (typically a single maven plugin); deploy .bar files in a maven (or other) repository; start an embedded Bonita server automatically when running unit tests.
  • The usage of images and the (apparently mandatory) integration with Jenkins make this more complex than it should be.
  • The constraint to deploy only one database model on the server is particularly painful.
  • It necessitates that unrelated processes are combined into the same repository. In fact, it completely nullifies the possibility of having multiple repositories.
  • While it is definitely a great idea to allow process parameters to be configured in the web interface, it would be useful to allow import (and export) of these parameters as a .properties file. Currently, a re-install of a process requires you to reconfigure these parameters manually (not nice if there are more than a few parameters).
  • It is very unintuitive (and even illogical) that the XOR operator is named as such, while it does not act as an Exclusive Or when used with multiple incoming flows.
  • A formal ticketing system for encountered issues with Bonita studio and server would be nice. (if it exists, I was never pointed to it)
  • Mapping of values (message variables, process and sub-process variables, step variables) is often inconsistent. Certain cases allow the usage of scripts, others don't. Same for calling Java methods on an Object. Making this more consistent would avoid surprises and probably create lesser bugs. Data operations at the entry of a step would be useful too.
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Bubble Innovator

  • The biggest issue we've had in the past is customized reporting. But this has now been addressed with a new module dedicated to enabling any user to build the report to exactly meet their needs and address the questions being asked by their leaders. There is always room for improvement here, and the leadership demands for alternative views are frequently evolving, but with the customized reporting ability we can deal with this evolution far better than ever before, and beyond the capabilities of any competitive product I've seen.
  • Detailed resource & capacity planning is not the strength of this tool. Compiling and packaging data to drive highly constructive conversations during stage gate reviews, pipeline reviews, and portfolio optimization discussions is. With that said, the Bubble Innovation team rose to the challenge of creating a high-level resource & capacity planning tool that now gives us reasonable ability to plan for forward-looking functional resource gaps in the context of a prioritized project list. It won't address detailed capabilities/competencies at the individual employee level.
  • For senior level reporting, we tend to speak in PowerPoint. While it is pretty effortless to create Excel and pdf output from Bubble Innovator, it would be nice to be able to export reports/data/charts/content to PowerPoint.
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Likelihood to Renew

Bonita BPM

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Bubble Innovator

Bubble Innovator 9.1
Based on 3 answers
Bubble Innovator is a great strategic tool for the organization to use to help make our decisions.
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Usability

Bonita BPM

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Bubble Innovator

Bubble Innovator 8.2
Based on 1 answer
The user interface is highly visual and simple. Literally within 10-15 minutes of my introduction to the software, I was up and running. Of course, deeper capabilities become apparent after additional use, but the basic functionality is very simple to grasp. Where there are consistent challenges reported by multiple users, the Bubble Innovation team is quick to connect and put plans in place to address the challenges.
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Performance

Bonita BPM

Bonita BPM 8.0
Based on 2 answers
Engine itself is efficient enough for most cases I dealt with. It can also be extended by clustering. I have done performance tests with JMeter and only managed to induce the crash of... JMeter. If there are efficiency issues they usually concern bad design/implementation of created apps or bottlenecks in integrated systems. Although I have met two cases with efficiency loss.
1. Java 7 related PermGen saturation caused by big number of installed apps (there is no jar dependency reusal between apps option).
2. Big number of waiting event handlers in processes stresses the database.
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Bubble Innovator

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support

Bonita BPM

Bonita BPM 6.0
Based on 1 answer
Resolution time is sometimes slow
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Bubble Innovator

Bubble Innovator 9.1
Based on 2 answers
I've mentioned it already in this review, but this is really a strength of Bubble Innovator. The team is highly engaged in helping solve challenges to make their customer's lives easier.
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Implementation

Bonita BPM

Bonita BPM 7.2
Based on 4 answers
It is better implemented with in-house expertise.
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Bubble Innovator

Bubble Innovator 8.1
Based on 2 answers
The number of variables made this extremely challenging (org changes, stage gate harmonization, pipeline prioritization, and new governance model). I think the implementation was handled very well in spite of this, and managed to deliver on time and on budget.
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Alternatives Considered

Bonita BPM

Implementing Bonita was more cost effective than the other options.
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Bubble Innovator

I don't have deep experience with this product, but with my limited exposure, the user interface and ability to customize reports are not comparable to Bubble Innovator. I can't speak for their service beyond the product, but have already mentioned that responsiveness is one of the greatest strengths of the Bubble Innovation team.
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Scalability

Bonita BPM

Bonita BPM 7.5
Based on 10 answers
Bonita BPM has an efficient engine which can be tuned and clustered. Although I came across a case when the engine did not manage to handle a great number of event handlers and the process required redesign.
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Bubble Innovator

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Return on Investment

Bonita BPM

  • Unclear so far as we are still early in our deployment
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Bubble Innovator

  • Increased employee efficiency - one place for all information, one place to run consistent reports.
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Pricing Details

Bonita BPM

General

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

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Required
Additional Pricing Details

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