Bonita Platform vs. Google App Maker (discontinued)

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Bonita Platform
Score 9.1 out of 10
N/A
Bonita is an open-source business process and workflow management platform created by the French National Institute for Research in Computer Science. It is available as a free community edition or as a commercial subscription product.N/A
Google App Maker (discontinued)
Score 7.4 out of 10
N/A
Google AppMaker was a low-code development environment. App Maker is included with G Suite Business and Enterprise editions, as well as with G Suite for Education. It was discontinued in early 2021.N/A
Pricing
Bonita PlatformGoogle App Maker (discontinued)
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Bonita PlatformGoogle App Maker (discontinued)
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
YesNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
Bonita PlatformGoogle App Maker (discontinued)
Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
Bonita PlatformGoogle App Maker (discontinued)
Reporting & Analytics
Comparison of Reporting & Analytics features of Product A and Product B
Bonita Platform
7.8
41 Ratings
3% below category average
Google App Maker (discontinued)
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Ratings
Dashboards9.039 Ratings00 Ratings
Standard reports6.338 Ratings00 Ratings
Custom reports8.138 Ratings00 Ratings
Process Engine
Comparison of Process Engine features of Product A and Product B
Bonita Platform
8.1
51 Ratings
3% below category average
Google App Maker (discontinued)
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Ratings
Process designer9.151 Ratings00 Ratings
Process simulation6.910 Ratings00 Ratings
Business rules engine8.641 Ratings00 Ratings
SOA support8.639 Ratings00 Ratings
Process player6.78 Ratings00 Ratings
Support for modeling languages8.337 Ratings00 Ratings
Form builder8.447 Ratings00 Ratings
Model execution7.946 Ratings00 Ratings
Collaboration
Comparison of Collaboration features of Product A and Product B
Bonita Platform
7.8
22 Ratings
2% below category average
Google App Maker (discontinued)
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Ratings
Social collaboration tools7.822 Ratings00 Ratings
Content Management Capabilties
Comparison of Content Management Capabilties features of Product A and Product B
Bonita Platform
6.1
32 Ratings
26% below category average
Google App Maker (discontinued)
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Ratings
Content management6.132 Ratings00 Ratings
Low-Code Development
Comparison of Low-Code Development features of Product A and Product B
Bonita Platform
-
Ratings
Google App Maker (discontinued)
9.3
1 Ratings
6% above category average
Visual Modeling00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Drag-and-drop Interfaces00 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Platform Security00 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Platform User Management00 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Reusability00 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Platform Scalability00 Ratings10.01 Ratings
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Bonita PlatformGoogle App Maker (discontinued)
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Score 9.3 out of 10
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Quixy
Quixy
Score 9.8 out of 10
Quixy
Quixy
Score 9.8 out of 10
Enterprises
IBM Cloud Pak for Business Automation
IBM Cloud Pak for Business Automation
Score 9.1 out of 10
Bonita Platform
Bonita Platform
Score 9.1 out of 10
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User Ratings
Bonita PlatformGoogle App Maker (discontinued)
Likelihood to Recommend
9.3
(51 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
7.1
(3 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Usability
7.3
(23 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Performance
8.0
(4 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
4.7
(4 ratings)
6.0
(2 ratings)
Implementation Rating
4.5
(9 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Ease of integration
7.3
(10 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Product Scalability
7.5
(10 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
Bonita PlatformGoogle App Maker (discontinued)
Likelihood to Recommend
Bonitasoft
Very good : to design and execute business processes with just a few data. You can use BDM and it’s easy. It’s really easy to get data from external applications using custom connectors. less appropriate : if you use complex BDM tree objects, using them in form can significantly decrease performance. Be careful to follow guidelines that are given in Bonita Documentation.
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Google
App Maker is exceptionally strong when you need things to just get done, but your internal development team has a full queue. Or maybe you don't even have an internal development team! If you need a check-in system, an applicant tracking system, an office cleaning checklist with notifications and reports, etc. you can use App Maker to throw something together and make sure your team can use it. You can also collaborate on it, so teams can make this part of their process improvement goals.
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Pros
Bonitasoft
  • 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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Google
  • Minimal coding experience required. Javascript is a must-have, but the documentation is excellent, and once you're past the learning curve, it's great!
  • Great WYSIWYG editor. It's easy to see the layout and still have deep control over what you're putting together.
  • Excellent integrations with G Suite. There are methods built-in that allow you to easily authenticate and work with the G Suite APIs.
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Cons
Bonitasoft
  • There is a learning curve beyond the boot camps that needs to be addressed with more structured curriculum.
  • The full stack technologies are industry standard, but these [are] challenging to learn and could use a learning path and orientation. There's probably opportunity for third-parties here to help with learning and adoption.
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Google
  • Definitely not for beginners. App Maker certainly isn't usable by "everybody," but it's excellent for those who are willing to learn and get their hands dirty!
  • Experienced developers will have issues. The target user is someone who doesn't want to (or know how to) use something like App Engine or Kubernetes. People with more experience will certainly see limitations and find it difficult to use to the fullest extent.
  • Data sources can be iffy to manage. It used to be that App Maker would use a sheet or "Drive table" as a data source, but it now requires a GCP data source like CloudSQL.
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Likelihood to Renew
Bonitasoft
We just renewed our license
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Google
No answers on this topic
Usability
Bonitasoft
Bonita Platform has allowed us to develop GUI relatively fast using its UI Designer while being able to seamlessly integrate our business logic in Java in a BPMN2 process diagram. It gives a nice productivity boost but still requires programming know-how to be able to deliver the final solution to your business problems.
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Google
No answers on this topic
Performance
Bonitasoft
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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Google
No answers on this topic
Support Rating
Bonitasoft
It was sometimes difficult to get support on Bonita API.
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Google
App Maker is a very "do it yourself" platform. There is a huge amount of documentation and plenty of examples to begin learning, plus a vast community support through StackOverflow that can assist anywhere that you're stuck, but the great thing is that it's all up to you. If there are specific features that don't work, Google is always there to help troubleshoot.
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Implementation Rating
Bonitasoft
Nothing in particular
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Google
No answers on this topic
Alternatives Considered
Bonitasoft
The Bonita platform is by far the most complete and flexible solution as a BPM suite with the added advantage that the Community edition is usable for production deployment. From a cost perspective, Bonitasoft licenses the subscription edition per server with no limitations as to hardware, users, processes, etc.
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Google
App Maker is really kind of new in its own space. We haven't seen the level of functionality, nor the deep integrations, with anything else. It can replace a lot of products, and we've seen it in place in many applications across our organization, so it's been able to reduce our spend on products that offer specific functionality and still need to be customized.
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Scalability
Bonitasoft
Respect of BPMN standard over the long term. Good enhancements by Bonitasoft for new use cases, for example the introduction of a real form editor even if it has been technically difficult to manage. Once done though, we have far greater possibility of human interaction.
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Google
No answers on this topic
Return on Investment
Bonitasoft
  • Case management provided as better tracking which help us to meet SLAs.
  • Auto email notification helps to address "Where are my request" answers which eventually increased our customer delight index.
  • By using the third-party integration, we are able to provide visibility w.r.t end to end request status.
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Google
  • We have seen a reduction in time spent on manual processes by being able to automate functions in Google Sheets, take input with special functionality, and have App Maker do the work for us.
  • We have seen the internal development queue decrease, which allows us to focus on larger projects that couldn't be handled by App Maker.
  • We have seen ownership and process improvements increase in certain departments, as they are able to get to work themselves.
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ScreenShots

Bonita Platform Screenshots

Screenshot of Process designed in Bonita BPM StudioScreenshot of Bonita BPM project overviewScreenshot of Fully customized end user interfaceScreenshot of Bonita BPM Admin App