Drools vs. SAP NetWeaver BPM

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Drools
Score 7.0 out of 10
N/A
Drools is an open source business rules management system developed by Red Hat.N/A
SAP BPM
Score 7.7 out of 10
N/A
SAP NetWeaver Business Process Management is a business process management offering and application infrastructure. It supports joint modeling of processes, central process execution via a Java-based engine, provision of interfaces for users, and integration of business rules into processes.N/A
Pricing
DroolsSAP NetWeaver BPM
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
DroolsSAP BPM
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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Features
DroolsSAP NetWeaver BPM
Reporting & Analytics
Comparison of Reporting & Analytics features of Product A and Product B
Drools
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Ratings
SAP NetWeaver BPM
10.0
2 Ratings
22% above category average
Dashboards00 Ratings10.02 Ratings
Standard reports00 Ratings10.02 Ratings
Custom reports00 Ratings10.02 Ratings
Process Engine
Comparison of Process Engine features of Product A and Product B
Drools
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Ratings
SAP NetWeaver BPM
10.0
2 Ratings
18% above category average
Process designer00 Ratings10.02 Ratings
Process simulation00 Ratings10.02 Ratings
Business rules engine00 Ratings10.02 Ratings
SOA support00 Ratings10.02 Ratings
Process player00 Ratings10.02 Ratings
Support for modeling languages00 Ratings10.02 Ratings
Form builder00 Ratings10.02 Ratings
Model execution00 Ratings10.02 Ratings
Collaboration
Comparison of Collaboration features of Product A and Product B
Drools
-
Ratings
SAP NetWeaver BPM
10.0
2 Ratings
22% above category average
Social collaboration tools00 Ratings10.02 Ratings
Content Management Capabilties
Comparison of Content Management Capabilties features of Product A and Product B
Drools
-
Ratings
SAP NetWeaver BPM
10.0
2 Ratings
23% above category average
Content management00 Ratings10.02 Ratings
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User Ratings
DroolsSAP NetWeaver BPM
Likelihood to Recommend
7.0
(2 ratings)
10.0
(3 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
7.0
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
5.0
(2 ratings)
User Testimonials
DroolsSAP NetWeaver BPM
Likelihood to Recommend
Open Source
As an open source rule engine and product suite, Drools is well suited for the small and middle scale business to manage and integrate the rules to build the rule-driven system which can process the business-critical data and events to produce the automated decision. It is better to use Drools in the well-secured environment (back-end behind the DMZ), not putting it on the customer-facing front or exposing it directly the to public where may bring direct security risk in the enterprise environment. Drools still needs a lot hardening on the security side.
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SAP
It is well suited when we need to integrate business processes with SAP ERP and SAP CRM - the solution can be integrated with business rules/procedures defined in SAP ERP/CRM and NetWeaver can be used to monitor the rules and flag off exceptions. When there are multiple workflows running, it tends to slow down running of these processes. Also, it entirely depends on SAP portal for it to run efficiently.
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Pros
Open Source
  • Writing rules with business focus
  • Rules evolution and maintenance
  • separate business logic from program code
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SAP
  • Virtual paper trail. Iterations of process and current documentation are all stored as "artifacts", leaving a great trail.
  • Configuration of users. BPM somewhat magically determines which users will be impacted and automates rules.
  • A pro (that is also a con) is the design interface. If you know what you are doing, it is incredibly powerful and malleable.
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Cons
Open Source
  • Fusion doesn't support persistence of working memory, which brings some extra high availability risk to our business.
  • Guvnor still has a lot room to be implemented, it is not so user-friendly for non-technical people, so a lot of business users complain it is hard to master.
  • Rule execution server doesn't even have JMX implemented, hard to be monitored.
  • Drools is still lacking support for key Web services standards.
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SAP
  • Live readings would be nice.
  • Easier to maneuver
  • Work with all systems with the press of one keystroke
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Likelihood to Renew
Open Source
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SAP
As a big fan of SAP in general, the BPM solution fits right in with all the other things SAP does well, and does it with incredible efficiency
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Support Rating
Open Source
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SAP
We have our own tech support for systems, I would say they probably could use more training on it, I don't really think it's anything regarding the SAP system, but more the knowledge they have on the system itself. It seems to take longer for them to fix any issues we may come across.
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Alternatives Considered
Open Source
I did not participate in drools choice. I can only compare drools with the previous situation which was using nothing.
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SAP
I found the initial setup of NetWeaver is much simpler than other products especially in an SAP environment where we have SAP ERP/HRM/CRM as it can be well integrated with other SAP products. The only drawback is the need/dependency on SAP Portal. It is better suited in an environment where SAP ERP is running.
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Return on Investment
Open Source
  • The IT department quickly adopted Drools as it is a very good java-based rule engine, which saves a lot of time to meet the project timeline and balanced our business requirements.
  • Recently we start considering the OpenRules, which may be more business user-friendly.
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SAP
  • Helped us harness integrated benefit from having SAP ERP/CRM by leveraging NetWeaver to define business processes/rules and monitor exceptions
  • Did not have any negative experience except for the fact that at times when multiple rules run, it can be somewhat slow
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