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Score 8.4 out of 100
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Likelihood to Recommend

K2 Software

Not well suited for:
- automation of knowledge work (Adaptive/Dynamic Case Management);
- use cases requiring application of very advanced business rules. There is a third party business rules engine that works well with K2 though;
- Java engineers- wanna-be-BPM consultants - K2 is best suited for Business Technologists aka Citizen Developers;
- outsourcing based delivery model - you need to train your onshore people;
- teams and companies that don't want to learn on their own. if you want to outsource your DPA program to a foreign based IT services provider, pick a different vendor;

Well suited for:
- 60-70% of all digital process automation uses cases you will find in your organization;
- department and enterprise-grade process automation applications;
- Citizen Developer adoption;
- integration intensive use cases;
- software teams not afraid to extend K2 with their own code through well-documented APIs;
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft BizTalk

BizTalk is well suited as middleware. Where you wish to translate an input file into an output file and send it to some endpoint. In our case, we used it to convert and send files to SAP. In many ways, it very flexible, and you can do almost anything you want with it. In many ways, it's a better solution than your SAP XI or PI as middleware, since it's much less expensive, and allows you do interface with non-SAP systems.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Reporting & Analytics

K2 Software
7.4
Microsoft BizTalk
Dashboards
K2 Software
7.5
Microsoft BizTalk
Standard reports
K2 Software
7.4
Microsoft BizTalk
Custom reports
K2 Software
7.2
Microsoft BizTalk

Process Engine

K2 Software
8.0
Microsoft BizTalk
Process designer
K2 Software
8.9
Microsoft BizTalk
Process simulation
K2 Software
7.6
Microsoft BizTalk
Business rules engine
K2 Software
8.0
Microsoft BizTalk
SOA support
K2 Software
7.8
Microsoft BizTalk
Process player
K2 Software
8.9
Microsoft BizTalk
Support for modeling languages
K2 Software
7.6
Microsoft BizTalk
Form builder
K2 Software
7.0
Microsoft BizTalk
Model execution
K2 Software
8.2
Microsoft BizTalk

Collaboration

K2 Software
7.8
Microsoft BizTalk
Social collaboration tools
K2 Software
7.8
Microsoft BizTalk

Content Management Capabilties

K2 Software
7.6
Microsoft BizTalk
Content management
K2 Software
7.6
Microsoft BizTalk

Pros

K2 Software

  • K2 BlackPearl provides better versioning of processes than other BPM products I have used. Because of the feature-rich capabilities available being built on the MS Workflow framework, you can ultimately reach the level of code customization you need - but also leverage the tooling and code automating features of K2.
  • Its level of extensibility is fantastic. To say it is extensible and interoperable means a lot, because a lot of products SAY you can extend a feature, but it requires ripping out the kitchen of the house. K2 Blackpearl doesn't require kitchen replacement... you can upgrade the sink, replace the cabinetry, and extend pretty much everything. I have not run into a situation in the 6 years of using the product that I could NOT customize/extend a capability.
  • K2 Blackpearl's physical architecture options are plentiful. If you understand the product components and the granularity of the specific business need, you can provide an accurate blueprint installation of the product initially, and adapt or scale the product capabilities with relative ease via configuration and distributed options. They even offer training on physical infrastructure deployments if you are concerned about future use or growth.
Brent Heezen | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft BizTalk

  • It is very user friendly. Users can change rules during run time and change workflow.
  • Huge capacity for queueing messages. It supports all types of adapters like Oracle, Salesforce, SMTP, FTP, etc. Also users can built custom adaptors.
  • If users want to dynamically deploy their solution without any downtime, this is a perfect solution. BizTalk will be a good fit, especially for public-facing websites.
  • Well-proven in the market. I used it when developing a website for Virgin Trains, catering more than 800K user requests per day.
  • Helps in load balancing.
Viral Patel | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

K2 Software

  • Better integration with TFS automated build tools is one feature that is missing out of box. My organization has controls on code migration and deployment and use TFS for other code and builds. We cannot use the automated build for K2 workflow projects.
  • Ability to define business rules in external rules engine/repository which can be used by workflow processes
Ajay Mandke | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft BizTalk

  • Microsoft BizTalk is over engineered for some situtations
  • Microsoft BizTalk can be frustrating to use as it forces you to use the GUI as opposed to code
  • Microsoft BizTalk is very resource intensive to create integrations
Kyle Kochtan | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

K2 Software

K2 Software 8.1
Based on 7 answers
While K2 blackpearl is powerful, it shouldn't be an automatic selection for all situations. A careful analysis of business requirements, cost, and projected long-term use is required before choosing a K2 offering over a competitor, as is true with almost any other business product. The more hands-on development you can get with K2 blackpearl the better you will be at determining if it's the correct product for your needs. Don't let a sales pitch sway you into purchasing or using the product; experience what it can do for yourself!
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft BizTalk

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Usability

K2 Software

K2 Software 8.9
Based on 3 answers
K2 platform has multiple designers (Web based designer ,k2 studio, visual studio) each targeted at business analysts,power users, and developers. The platform provides consistent web experience in workspace navigation for users and admins and provides excellent reports out of box.
Ajay Mandke | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft BizTalk

Microsoft BizTalk 5.0
Based on 1 answer
Microsoft BizTalk is not an intuitive product. It requires many hours of looking through the settings to achieve what you need. Using 3rd party DLLs is a nightmare as you are forced to register them in the GAC of the server and this process is quite cumbersome just to use a DLL.
Kyle Kochtan | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

K2 Software

K2 Software 10.0
Based on 2 answers
They were always super helpful when I was learning how to use the program, and assisted me frequently when I came across unknown errors in the workspace
Kristen Roskob | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft BizTalk

Microsoft BizTalk 9.3
Based on 2 answers
BizTalk Server has been supported for more than 15 years. It is well proven in the market. Microsoft has provided excellent support with technical issues.
Viral Patel | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

K2 Software

K2 Software 9.0
Based on 1 answer
It was a complete online training with virual machine provided by K2. All the infrastructure was set up before hand. The training material was pretty thorough. The instructor was knowledgeable.
Overall the training program was well designed and planned.
Deepak Kadam | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft BizTalk

No score
No answers yet
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Alternatives Considered

K2 Software

What previously stood K2 apart from Nintex was purely the ability to have workflows executed outside of SharePoint. Nintex are due to release a product that resides in Azure that provides this feature as well. K2 should really look into redesigning the development GUIs they are not good at all, and perhaps look at providing a cloud solution to mitigate the risk of clients having to maintain hardware as well as their workflow solutions.
Paul Keys | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft BizTalk

BizTalk was selected here mainly because it is easy to integrate to a .NET application (most of them are Web Service, WCF SOAP, WCF REST and Web API) and many backend databases are Microsoft SQL Server. Another benefit is that the monitoring job is easy to set up and centralize with other .NET application monitoring jobs.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

K2 Software

  • Positive impact on process discipline.
  • Excellent tools for measure process cycle time, identifying process delays, and making significant improvements to processes.
  • Increased efficiency through delivery of process information to stakeholders that minimizes delays, especially when processes are running across multiple time zones, and involve people who are traveling or away from their desktop.
Mark Johnston | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft BizTalk

  • A positive impact has been the quicker turnaround time of a part request and that part showing up in SAP using Biztalk as middleware.
  • A somewhat negative impact has been the somewhat insufficient error logging/message capture settings that Biztalk provide. This has caused occasional delays when attempted to create parts for the business.
  • A somewhat negative impact has been the need to have a specialized developer who understands Biztalk to troubleshoot issues with the Biztalk and SAP interaction when creating parts, and when adding new fields to the parts.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

K2 Software

General

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

K2 Software Editions & Modules

Edition
K2 Software$2000.001
K2 Software EnterpriseRequest a Quote
  1. per month
Additional Pricing Details

Microsoft BizTalk

General

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

Microsoft BizTalk Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

K2 Software
8.7
Microsoft BizTalk
8.6

Likelihood to Renew

K2 Software
8.1
Microsoft BizTalk

Usability

K2 Software
8.9
Microsoft BizTalk
5.0

Reliability and Availability

K2 Software
8.0
Microsoft BizTalk

Support Rating

K2 Software
10.0
Microsoft BizTalk
9.3

Online Training

K2 Software
9.0
Microsoft BizTalk

Implementation Rating

K2 Software
9.0
Microsoft BizTalk

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