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Score 9.9 out of 100
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Score 6.8 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Bonita BPM

Bonita BPM is well suited for:
  • UI design and experience in general.
  • Connectors: Data Base connectors with almost every DB suite.
  • BPMN language and standard: Very good instantiation of Business Process Management Notation.
  • Sub-process.
  • Roles and automation of business process.
  • Great business rule engine.
  • Perfect integration using Java code, which is easy to maintain and improve.
  • Great reporting tools.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SharePoint Designer

Well Suited - WORKFLOWS!To a SharePoint Developer, workflows are like a hammer to a carpenter. If there is a business process that needs automation, the first thing I look to is what are we automating? What/where is the data? How can we minimize the number of keystrokes by end-users to get from the start to finish? The answer to all of these is "build a workflow". With the introduction of "Call HTTP Web Service" action, you can now access data anywhere in a site collection and consume it in any site, on any list, for any form. SharePoint Designer Workflows makes the SharePoint world go round. Less Appropriate - Building SharePoint PagesI have attempted to use SharePoint Designer to build custom pages, but it just is the worst tool to use. There are many other tools to use to develop customized pages. The techniques of designing custom page layouts, CSS files to populate in pages, JavaScript Snippets for pages have changed so much over the years, and SharePoint Designer did not change with them. In fact, it is my opinion the 2013 version made it 100 times more difficult than the 2010 Version.
Nicholas Miller | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Reporting & Analytics

Bonita BPM
8.8
SharePoint Designer
Dashboards
Bonita BPM
8.5
SharePoint Designer
Standard reports
Bonita BPM
8.0
SharePoint Designer
Custom reports
Bonita BPM
10.0
SharePoint Designer

Process Engine

Bonita BPM
8.3
SharePoint Designer
Process designer
Bonita BPM
9.5
SharePoint Designer
Process simulation
Bonita BPM
6.9
SharePoint Designer
Business rules engine
Bonita BPM
8.5
SharePoint Designer
SOA support
Bonita BPM
7.1
SharePoint Designer
Process player
Bonita BPM
6.7
SharePoint Designer
Support for modeling languages
Bonita BPM
9.5
SharePoint Designer
Form builder
Bonita BPM
9.5
SharePoint Designer
Model execution
Bonita BPM
9.0
SharePoint Designer

Collaboration

Bonita BPM
9.9
SharePoint Designer
Social collaboration tools
Bonita BPM
9.9
SharePoint Designer

Content Management Capabilties

Bonita BPM
9.9
SharePoint Designer
Content management
Bonita BPM
9.9
SharePoint Designer

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SharePoint Designer

  • Allows ease and flexibility of creating custom workflows specific to the business needs. Emails can be configured to easily be sent based on specific conditions, and the inclusion of workflow variables allows increased functionality.
  • It gives a quick interface to add, edit, and remove site pages as well as the ability to edit list item pages creating a custom look and feel for every business need and increasing the functionality of SharePoint lists.
  • Allows a nicer user interface for the additions and management of the external content types linked to the specific sites.
Kristina Geiger | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Bonita BPM

  • There is only one business data model. Even if deploying new processes does not require stopping the platform, the BDM update requires it.
  • During the platform evolution often new bugs were introduced so it was risky to deploy the platform in the low minor version. For example, there were memory leaks from 7.2.0 to 7.2.3.
  • The administrator portal could be improved. It is hard to look at subprocess data, for example and it is sometimes better to investigate with SQL queries. I don't like new (7.3) task list either.
Maciej Michalak | TrustRadius Reviewer

SharePoint Designer

  • Navigation between sub-sites and beyond the entry point is not seamless. I find it difficult to get to the root of a directory structure if I have not started there.
  • Would love to be able to do WYSIWYG in some form. I have only used it for a year but I have not found anything fancy to do.
  • I would like to be able to work in a development site and easily move to the production site.
Doreen Giles | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Bonita BPM

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

SharePoint Designer

SharePoint Designer 10.0
Based on 1 answer
It is a helpful tool that we use every day.
Lorraine Marrero | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Maciej Michalak | TrustRadius Reviewer

SharePoint Designer

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

Bonita BPM

Bonita BPM 6.0
Based on 1 answer
Resolution time is sometimes slow
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SharePoint Designer

SharePoint Designer 8.0
Based on 1 answer
Support is good from Microsoft. They are quite responsive when we raise a ticket but SP Designer support will be ended by Microsoft in the near future as they have got new techs like PowerApps and Flow to achieve the same functionality SP Designer does and even more than that.
Krishn Garg | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Bonita BPM

Bonita BPM 7.2
Based on 4 answers
It is better implemented with in-house expertise.
Olatunji Akanbi | TrustRadius Reviewer

SharePoint Designer

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

Bonita BPM

Bonita BPM does have some nice visual tools. The annual maintenance is not so high and we particularly liked the visual tool to create business rules. Bonitasoft’s color-coded tools make life a bit simpler and more memorable for beginners or non-coder people. We really like Bonitasoft’s color-coded tools for creating rules.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SharePoint Designer

I'd say that Nintex is a lot easier to configure and identifying errors is less complex than SharePoint Designer. In addition, an alternative that developers may prefer using is Adobe Dreamweaver which is also a web development tool. A third option is Coda, a text editor that gives previews and allows management of local and remote files. Bluefish Editor is another tool, different from SharePoint Designer, that writes websites, scripts, and programming code.
Melissa Kattke | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Bonita BPM

Bonita BPM 7.5
Based on 10 answers
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.
richard gay | TrustRadius Reviewer

SharePoint Designer

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Return on Investment

Bonita BPM

  • Business processes are now more transparent to the users as Bonita allowed us to integrate the data from multiple systems in one place, so decision making is now easier.
  • Process auditing is now straightforward based on the reporting features of Bonita.
John Wadie | TrustRadius Reviewer

SharePoint Designer

  • Positive impact: End users love the custom look of their sites after I have used Designer to spice it up a bit.
  • Negative impact: Other end users now want *their* sites to be spiced up similarly. More work for my team is a good thing, but each time I work in Designer, I am afraid that I am adding another impediment to our eventual upgrade to 2013.
Mary Kay Scott | TrustRadius Reviewer

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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

SharePoint Designer

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Bonita BPM
10.0
SharePoint Designer
6.4

Likelihood to Renew

Bonita BPM
SharePoint Designer
10.0

Performance

Bonita BPM
8.0
SharePoint Designer

Support Rating

Bonita BPM
6.0
SharePoint Designer
8.0

Implementation Rating

Bonita BPM
7.2
SharePoint Designer

Scalability

Bonita BPM
7.5
SharePoint Designer

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