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Score 8.4 out of 100
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Score 8.6 out of 100

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

OutSystems

Well suited for internal exposure of business processes (invoicing, API layer to other systems, customer maintenance etc), whether a UI is required or not.Not so well suited for full fledged web design. An OutSystems application must serve one particular business need, if gets too much functionalities and responsibilities it tends to get chaotic and complex.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Reporting & Analytics

K2 Software
7.4
OutSystems
Dashboards
K2 Software
7.5
OutSystems
Standard reports
K2 Software
7.4
OutSystems
Custom reports
K2 Software
7.2
OutSystems

Process Engine

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

Collaboration

K2 Software
7.8
OutSystems
Social collaboration tools
K2 Software
7.8
OutSystems

Content Management Capabilties

K2 Software
7.6
OutSystems
Content management
K2 Software
7.6
OutSystems

Low-Code Development

K2 Software
OutSystems
7.7
Visual Modeling
K2 Software
OutSystems
8.7
Drag-and-drop Interfaces
K2 Software
OutSystems
9.0
Platform Security
K2 Software
OutSystems
7.7
Platform User Management
K2 Software
OutSystems
7.1
Reusability
K2 Software
OutSystems
6.8
Platform Scalability
K2 Software
OutSystems
7.1

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

OutSystems

  • Developing end user interfaces with ease and speed with a modern look and feel.
  • First class low code development to reduce time to market with visual programming
  • Their technical support team is fast and responsive. We've yet to have any issues they could not resolve.
Christopher Fowers | 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

OutSystems

  • Price – The licensing model of OutSystems is very expensive and not suitable for small scale developments. This is offset by the time to develop and stability for larger scale developments
  • Flexibility on PaaS version – The PaaS hosted version of OutSystems limits your flexibility to access the front end and backend database systems which can significantly restrict your options on high data volume developments or where anything requiring slightly out of the ordinary access is required
  • Same price for PaaS and self-hosted system. Licensing model dictates that you pay the same price even when you host the system on your own hardware which effectively means you pay more to manage the infrastructure yourself
John Williams | 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

OutSystems

OutSystems 8.2
Based on 4 answers
We are very happy with OutSystems and our developers deliver good work. OutSystems lets us build new software on a regulare (2 weekly) basis, which is highly flexible and adjustable. Even without very much experience, our developers manage to build usefull software, which is working a lot better than our previous (legacy) software.
Erik Hagen | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

OutSystems

OutSystems 8.2
Based on 3 answers
I am really happy using OutSystems in my work. It gives me the opportunity to create good working software without having had very much IT-experience before. It also made me more interested in the background of IT and learning different languages.
Erik Hagen | 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

OutSystems

OutSystems 7.4
Based on 46 answers
The tech support is very reachable. Usually by [email] from but also by phone if needed. We had some difficulties at the start with understanding "what our machine was doing" under high performance load. After some good sessions understanding our needs they delivered good solutions for our problems we had in the beginning.
Anonymous | 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

OutSystems

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Implementation Rating

K2 Software

K2 Software 9.0
Based on 2 answers
No answer on this topic is available.

OutSystems

OutSystems 7.3
Based on 3 answers
In a large company, patiently and consistently work the behind the scenes politics with business and IT partners across the firm.
This is transformational - you will need a solid set of key business partners to lock arms together to move forward.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

OutSystems

I tried to use WordPress with some success. Also looked at Joomla. But when I saw OutSystems I knew I had been wasting my time there. It takes you longer to get going with OutSystems - but even I as a novice realized immediately that Outsystems is simply in another league. Outsystems is powerful. (Can you compare WordPress and Joomla to Outsystems - I don't think so).
Willem Norval | 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

OutSystems

  • The ease of use of the OutSystems development process has been the biggest ROI for us. We have developed our Framework product and maintained/enhanced it with only 4 workers.
  • OutSystems has enhanced their product very significantly over the last 4 years. They have gone from a simple to use tool to a very simple to use sophisticated tool that covers the standard mainframe-based computing apps and the apps used on handheld mobile devices all using the same basic set of development tools.
Lee Penning | 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

OutSystems

General

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

OutSystems Editions & Modules

Edition
Basic$4,000.001
Pro$10,000.001
  1. Per Month
Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

K2 Software
8.7
OutSystems
8.9

Likelihood to Renew

K2 Software
8.1
OutSystems
8.2

Usability

K2 Software
8.9
OutSystems
8.2

Reliability and Availability

K2 Software
8.0
OutSystems

Support Rating

K2 Software
10.0
OutSystems
7.4

Online Training

K2 Software
9.0
OutSystems

Implementation Rating

K2 Software
9.0
OutSystems
7.3

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