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Score 7.3 out of 100
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Score 8 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

  • K2 Software ranks higher in 3 feature sets: Reporting & Analytics, Collaboration, Content Management Capabilties
  • K2 Software and webMethods Business Process Management Suite (BPMS) are tied in 1 feature set: Process Engine

Reporting & Analytics

7.4

K2 Software

74%
6.7

webMethods Business Process Management Suite (BPMS)

67%
K2 Software ranks higher in 3/3 features

Dashboards

7.5
75%
10 Ratings
6.0
60%
1 Rating

Standard reports

7.4
74%
10 Ratings
7.0
70%
1 Rating

Custom reports

7.2
72%
9 Ratings
7.0
70%
1 Rating

Process Engine

8.0

K2 Software

80%
8.0

webMethods Business Process Management Suite (BPMS)

80%
webMethods Business Process Management Suite (BPMS) ranks higher in 5/8 features

Process designer

8.9
89%
12 Ratings
10.0
100%
1 Rating

Process simulation

7.6
76%
10 Ratings
8.0
80%
1 Rating

Business rules engine

8.0
80%
12 Ratings
8.0
80%
1 Rating

SOA support

7.8
78%
11 Ratings
7.0
70%
1 Rating

Process player

8.9
89%
8 Ratings
8.0
80%
1 Rating

Support for modeling languages

7.6
76%
9 Ratings
8.0
80%
1 Rating

Form builder

7.0
70%
11 Ratings
8.0
80%
1 Rating

Model execution

8.2
82%
11 Ratings
7.0
70%
1 Rating

Collaboration

7.8

K2 Software

78%
5.0

webMethods Business Process Management Suite (BPMS)

50%
K2 Software ranks higher in 1/1 features

Social collaboration tools

7.8
78%
6 Ratings
5.0
50%
1 Rating

Content Management Capabilties

7.6

K2 Software

76%
5.0

webMethods Business Process Management Suite (BPMS)

50%
K2 Software ranks higher in 1/1 features

Content management

7.6
76%
8 Ratings
5.0
50%
1 Rating

Attribute Ratings

  • K2 Software is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

8.7

K2 Software

87%
20 Ratings
8.0

webMethods Business Process Management Suite (BPMS)

80%
1 Rating

Likelihood to Renew

8.1

K2 Software

81%
7 Ratings

webMethods Business Process Management Suite (BPMS)

N/A
0 Ratings

Usability

8.9

K2 Software

89%
3 Ratings

webMethods Business Process Management Suite (BPMS)

N/A
0 Ratings

Availability

8.0

K2 Software

80%
2 Ratings

webMethods Business Process Management Suite (BPMS)

N/A
0 Ratings

Support Rating

10.0

K2 Software

100%
2 Ratings

webMethods Business Process Management Suite (BPMS)

N/A
0 Ratings

Online Training

9.0

K2 Software

90%
1 Rating

webMethods Business Process Management Suite (BPMS)

N/A
0 Ratings

Implementation Rating

9.0

K2 Software

90%
2 Ratings

webMethods Business Process Management Suite (BPMS)

N/A
0 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Nintex

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;
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Software AG

Where webMethods Business Process Management Suite (BPMS) is well suited is for any use case where there is a business process that can executed over a long period of time (days rather than seconds) and that traverses multiple business applications and/or multiple lines of business and requires manual input from end users to approve or action specific steps. It is not well-suited for any business processes that can be distilled into a traditional integration solution between business applications that does not involve manual end user input, these types of uses cases will execute more efficiently on a traditional integration broker or enterprise service bus style solution.
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Pros

Nintex

  • 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.
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Software AG

  • Great process design user interface and usability
  • Excellent tools for monitoring processes at runtime
  • Business rules can be managed and updated by non-technical resources
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Cons

Nintex

  • 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
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Software AG

  • Pricing is opaque and higher than we'd like
  • Some of the user interfaces are outdated and looking their age
  • Require buy in from business to achieve return on investment
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Pricing Details

K2 Software

Starting Price

$2,000 per month

Editions & Modules

K2 Software editions and modules pricing
EditionModules
K2 Software$2000.001
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Offerings

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services

Entry-level set up fee?

No setup fee

Additional Details

webMethods Business Process Management Suite (BPMS)

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

webMethods Business Process Management Suite (BPMS) editions and modules pricing
EditionModules

Footnotes

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    Likelihood to Renew

    Nintex

    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!
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    Software AG

    No answers on this topic

    Usability

    Nintex

    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.
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    Software AG

    No answers on this topic

    Support Rating

    Nintex

    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
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    Software AG

    No answers on this topic

    Online Training

    Nintex

    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.
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    Software AG

    No answers on this topic

    Alternatives Considered

    Nintex

    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.
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    Software AG

    We found webMethods Business Process Management Suite (BPMS) to be the most feature complete product in the BPM market when we evaluated it against other products available in the market. It provides the most features, the easiest to use process design and simulation tools, and the most efficient runtime process and rules engine. Just be aware that its pricing reflects this position in the market, but you get what you pay for.
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    Return on Investment

    Nintex

    • 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.
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    Software AG

    • Initial adoption of BPMS was slow and required buy in from the business, which was only achieved through upper management buy in applying KPIs down the line
    • Once a critical mass of business processes being automated with BPMS is reached, any processes that remain manual will stand out like a sore thumb and the business will be invested to automate those remaining processes too, so adoption of BPMS is like a slow snowball effect
    • Not requiring technical resources such as developer to design and build out processes is a pipe dream and impossible to realise. You will always need experts in the automation tools you apply in your organisation, and webMethods BPMS is no exception
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