Bonita Platform

Bonita Platform

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BonitaSoft review

5 out of 10
May 17, 2022
Building a solution to modelize client processes and use Bonita API to link our Bonita model with our custom micro-services.
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9 out of 10
May 17, 2022
Bonita Platform is a process manager and process orchestrator that is used to control the business process and create an organized …
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Amazing BPM suite

8 out of 10
April 25, 2022
Bonita platform defines the processes within the organization. It also helps in identifying the types of existing processes and merging …
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Bonita at a glance

7 out of 10
December 29, 2021
For workflow automation to save time and cost, which will be an ongoing process and change based on business requirements. We are …
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Bonitasoft your best partner

10 out of 10
December 15, 2021
We implement Bonitasoft on different organizations, Educational, Insurance, Invoice delivery. It has a core based on services [that] helps …
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Bonita BPM Developer Review

10 out of 10
November 23, 2021
Bonitasoft BPM is our go to platform for all automation requests. It is easy to build and develop custom applications with BPM studio. We …
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Popular Features

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  • Process designer (48)
    8.9
    89%
  • Form builder (44)
    7.9
    79%
  • Business rules engine (39)
    7.9
    79%
  • Model execution (43)
    7.7
    77%

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What is Bonita Platform?

Bonita is an open-source business process and workflow management platform created by the French National Institute for Research in Computer Science. It is available as a free community edition or as a commercial subscription product.

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Features Scorecard

Reporting & Analytics

7.6
76%

Process Engine

7.9
79%

Collaboration

8.4
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Content Management Capabilties

6.1
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Product Details

What is Bonita Platform?

Bonitasoft supports digital operations and modernization of information systems with Bonita, an open-source and extensible platform for automation and optimization of business processes.

Presented as easy to handle and integrate into heterogeneous information systems, Bonita accelerates development and deployment of process automation projects, service orchestration and application development. This is made possible by its low code capabilities, reusable components, and unified deployment on-premise and on the cloud.

CIOs can confront both short-term challenges (often from requests from business teams who wish to support their business development), and the long-term challenge of modernizing IT to deliver on business needs and customer expectations.

Open-source, extensible and integrated, Bonita is based on an architecture that clearly separates the process, data and user interface layers. All project team members can collaborate effectively to develop, deploy and maintain sustainable processes in line with the expectations of business users. Project governance, specific to each company, is respected by a clear separation between visual programming and coding capabilities. Each project team member can leverage their specific know-how and skills to add value. The technologies used do not require learning new languages ​​or methods, but instead rely on commonly used components such as Java, enterprise services such as SSO and LDAP, continuous delivery, and the ability to develop in SDKs. These capabilities avoid the need for additional resources.

The use of BPMN, reusable components, numerous extension points, deployment on premise or in the cloud all help guarantee rapid and agile developments.

Even the most complex business processes gain visibility thanks to centralized monitoring. Traceability, execution control and reduced risk of errors allow teams to focus on optimizing and improving operational efficiency on an ongoing basis.

Bonita Platform Features

Process Engine Features

  • Supported: Process designer
  • Supported: Business rules engine
  • Supported: SOA support
  • Supported: Support for modeling languages
  • Supported: Form builder
  • Supported: Model execution

Collaboration Features

  • Supported: Social collaboration tools

Reporting & Analytics Features

  • Supported: Dashboards
  • Supported: Standard reports
  • Supported: Custom reports

Content Management Capabilties Features

  • Supported: Content management

Bonita Platform Screenshots

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Bonita Platform Technical Details

Deployment TypesOn-premise, SaaS
Operating SystemsWindows, Linux, Mac
Mobile ApplicationMobile Web
Supported CountriesWorldwide
Supported LanguagesEnglish, French, Spanish

Frequently Asked Questions

Bonita is an open-source business process and workflow management platform created by the French National Institute for Research in Computer Science. It is available as a free community edition or as a commercial subscription product.

Reviewers rate Process designer and SOA support highest, with a score of 8.9.

The most common users of Bonita Platform are from Enterprises (1,001+ employees) and the Information Technology & Services industry.

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Reviews

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Score 3 out of 10
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We use the platform to allow the FDJ core domain team, the ability to develop and create business workflow without technical skills. We developed all the tooling around the Bonita Platform to interact with the rest of the FDJ software platform.
  • Change the business logic without redeploy
  • Licencing - ability to share keys and account
  • Premium users website area - there are serveral bugs
Difficulties to implement Bonita platform in custom Kubernetes chart Difficulties to manage licensing file into docker images -> No minor or native volume management Jar implemented in Platform API
A good application generally, but needs some improvement to fit the market IMO. Need some improvement and tooling to implement the platform in a complex system.
Difficult, some team's responsibilities issues, Need more segregation parts
Score 9 out of 10
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We are using the Bonita Platform to automate some HR processes that are country-specific and very difficult to find OTS available software.
  • Multiple integration points (emails, storage systems, databases, etc.)
  • BPMN used to model the process
  • Low-code development
  • Updates to the Business Data Model are not as smooth as they could be
It is a great tool to automate from the simplest to the most difficult processes inside an organization Anonymous user support is quite limited and complicates the interaction with users refusing to register with the company
Very simple integration with digital signature platforms, even for non-expert developers
Managed to deploy it in less than a day in Production
December 29, 2021

Bonita at a glance

Score 7 out of 10
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Verified User
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For workflow automation to save time and cost, which will be an ongoing process and change based on business requirements. We are targetting the workload that currently has to be done by individual staff users, which could be automated and has repeated workload and the organization is looking for a proper solution and we are doing POC and testing with a few different products.
  • Support workflow
  • Support process model
  • Good UI
  • Prebuilt integration support
  • Process as code
  • Detailed doco

It seems to be working well in our testing for small and straightforward workflow processing, but we haven't really built any complicated ones for a production, such as to engage mutiple stakeholders, talking to different backend or a long runner etc. so can't really say much from that perspective.
Easy to learn and build the capability within the existing team. Performs well in small and straightforward processes. Reasonable pricing; could do better for integration support for Cloud-based platform feature
We have quite a few legacy systems from different technical stack and venders, which it doesn't support very well
Antoine Chami | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Verified User
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We can easily implement new ways of working for companies. We help organizations have a better quality of work by implementing BPM solutions using Bonita. We can easily discuss with stakeholder on a BPMN basis then work with IT teams on the integration with IT ecosystem. Bonita is a marvelous tool to discuss with a large portion of [the] non-IT population and help them industrialize low value added tasks.
  • Modelization.
  • Task distribution.
  • Workflow.
  • The number of columns in basket.
  • Database writing of buffered information.
A good scenario for Bonita is for example office changes process where we need to connect with AD and be sure to update specific IT tools used by a large portion of company workers.

A less appropriate scenario would be to implement lots of specific rules with various webpages that would deliver a huge number of ending scenarios.
First onboarding was very quick and easy. The community is a real strength as we can have a lot of interactions in the forum and easily get help. Non software teams can implement BPMN scenarios and experiment complexity of having all ending possibilities to address an efficient workflow. I enjoy very much the web designer even if non IT teams are only concerned by design.
API implementation presents some issues due to specifications interpretation. Not easy to have specific queries with M3 for example. It is not always easy to discuss with different sources of data connection and interfaces. Databases are more sensitive as we can encounter some freezing behavior due to internal motor mechanism. Meanwhile major software are already ready to be interfaced with Bonita.
Score 9 out of 10
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We optimize business processes thanks to Bonita. The various business lines of the company are affected, from the management of customer files to support services, including mail management. The Bonita solution allows the company to automate some of the low value-added tasks, but it also helps users in more complex processes through request forms and an intelligent task allocation system that considers assignments and the skills of each employee.
  • Automation of business processes.
  • Managing task assignment.
  • Use by non-technical trades.
Bonita is trained for the automation of business processes by a development team. The solution is less suitable for the realization of complex interfaces.
Compared to other BPM solutions on the market, Bonita is simpler and more intuitive. This does not prevent the use of advanced scripts, allowing a multitude of possibilities.
The Bonita BPM solution natively offers in its paid version many connectors to other solutions on the market: CRM, database, API, EDM, etc. It is also possible to develop your own "homemade" connectors to connect all types of systems.
Score 9 out of 10
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Verified User
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Bonita BPM is the principal tool we are currently using to automate our processes. So far, the experience has been excellent. We have deployed two processes with Bonita BPM to manage employee travel requests and vendor payment. We have also deployed our credit approval process on the platform and so far, we have seen great improvement in the credit approval process.
  • Task assignment
  • Process monitoring
  • Process analysis
  • A document management function needs to be added
  • Process analytics needs to be improved
Bonita BPM will work well for any organization, big or small. It is simple to use and robust at the same time.
Support from Bonita has not been as good as we would want it to be
It is so simple to use that sometimes we don't have to train people on how to use our processes or navigate the platform.
richard gay | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Verified User
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BONITA has been used for 2 kinds of automation processes:

  • Dynamic interfacing between IT applications including human interaction. The interface has been dynamically adapted according to the various events managed by the BPM process. It's used at the company level to enable communication with the Customer Services team using CRM Salesforce cases, and with R&D team using Clearquest as a bug management tool. The Bonita BPM process is the basis for dialog between Customer Services and R&D teams.
  • Automating the HR process for employees changing their job within the company (change of manager, location, cost center, position in the HR org in the ERP, IT tools)
  • Mixing interactions between several IT applications with human interaction through automatic email receipt and response
  • Offering several formats for comminicating with IT applications: web services, email, files
  • Provides an effective form editor, including fields where values entered by humans drive the next actions of the business process
  • Not easy to delpoy new releases
  • License key management has to be renewed too frequently, even with a commercial contract in place
  • Adding more standard interfaces to common IT applications such as ERP systems
  • Change the culture from a technical / engineering culture to a customer-focused culture - this is already underway with the arrival of BONITA Customer success

It is well suited to mixing IT applications and human interactions in numerous dynamic combinations.

It is less suited for mass data transfer with few case management combinations, where an ETL tool would be more efficient.

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.

John Wadie | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Verified User
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We have used Bonita to replace a couple of manual approval processes for our procurement department.
  • Modeling the business data.
  • Building a responsive UI for the process users.
  • Building integration with LOB systems in the form designer now requires implementing REST API's. This is a development overhead, and should be simplified.
  • The studio should include more options for handling exceptions.
Environments which have dedicated engineers and testers can benefit the best from Bonita.
Score 8 out of 10
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Bonita helped us to address two challenges: connecting editor applications to make interfaces and data exchanges between them, and processing workflows of dedicated processes within the company. The main challenges were to be able to create interfaces without having to hire external contractors to develop them, and taking advantage of this BPM tool, just by setting up the tool and by making the way we follow data exchanges between applications easy.
  • Bonita simplifies the way to produce interfaces between applications of the market.
  • Bonita reduces time to implement interface and time to maintain interfaces, using standard connectors.
  • The IDE helps to draw a user friendly chart to accelerate deployment of process and increase process governance.
  • Bonita forms are not highly customizable in terms of design.
  • Some updates may break down your interface. A "test mode" on a virtual appliance with replicated copy of your [production] environment would be a great improvement.
  • There is no ctrl-Z, no undo or redo, in the UI Designer editor.
The in/out arrival process for interns and employees is an example of a process where a company can achieve a significant result in a reduced amount of time. This is particularly right with the prepackaged processes fully furnished by Bonitasoft when you pay for annual maintenance. More pre-packaged processes based on standards exist and are furnished by Bonitasoft.
With Bonita, a company can use connectors to communicate with the external world. Several connectors are already supplied and you can develop new ones if necessary. BonitaSoft can scale out over 1,000 requests per second, and you can scale the machine hosting the Bonitasoft solution to adapt it depending on the number of processes you run in parallel.
Clive Rethman | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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First Digital Solutions provides implementation and support to Bonitasoft users/customers. The platform is very user friendly and enables complex business processes to be designed and associated applications implemented quickly and efficiently. Furthermore, the extensive range of connectors means that applications can be easily integrated with other systems. We look forward to working with Bonitasoft on a mutually-beneficial basis in the long term.
  • Easily design workflows & business processes using the GUI studio tool.
  • Develop responsive web-based applications quickly and efficiently.
  • End users can easily modify BPM applications without needing any code expertise.
  • Be able to be implemented on LAMP Stack.
  • Make it easier to upgrade between versions.
  • Reduce the need for high-level Java expertise for developing applications.
Bonitasoft is very well suited for workflow based applications where there are dependencies on both human and computer-related tasks.
It has proven to be successfully able to support high-end applications with 1,000 of users.
David Edson | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Verified User
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Bonita BPM provides a single design and runtime environment for business functionality. Using the Bonita Forms and BPM process runtime we can enable accurate electronic data capture, assign responsibilities and escalation for form pressing and monitor and measure the effectiveness of our business functions. Further we have compared Bonita to a range of other BPM providers and found that it meets the expectations with a competitive advantage in agility and price. Delighted to recommend Bonita.
  • Dynamic form data capture, with validation and cross references.
  • Process flow control with excellent roles and responsibilities allowing the ability to get the right information to the right person at the right time.
  • Fantastic extensibility, both in the GUI and workflow connectors. Allows us to make the product meet customer requirements.
  • Great bang for your buck, compared to other BPM products in the marketplace.
  • I would love to see the process activities pre populate GUI fields, there are excellent REST capabilities, however a gap from the uplift from v6 to v7 is the auto mapping of data form a process activity into a the form. Having to retrieve it from the inside the form is cumbersome.
  • Would love to see GIT support in the designer to allow for integration into modern SDLC and CI/CD tools.
  • The ability to have a subscription licence work after an AWS node rebuild or a docker container rebuild would be a definite need. Licensing tools that support modern CI/CD and cloud scalability models.
  • Run the Forms GUI as a web view inside the Eclipse runtime, better continuity of design tools and stops the incessant screen hopping.
  • Auto start the browser developer tools in the preview mode, leverage the existing debug capabilities for REST, AJAX and JavaScript.
Well suited for small to medium business who require forms capture and agile data processing.
  • Satisfied Customers
  • Satisfied Developers
  • Ease of Implementation and fit for purpose
Score 7 out of 10
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Bonita BPM is mainly used in our organisation to synchronise data between two database systems (SFDC and Clearquest) based on decision workflows for bug resolution tracking.
  • Make interfaces between two system easy to modelise and to maintain in the long run.
  • Avoid customised development or specific webservice interfacing to exchange data between systems following a workflow.
  • Give the needed flexibility and ease of maintenance to automate internal activity processes in a versatile and agile way.
  • Stability of the solution was a real issue in a first stage, latest release software is now much more reliable
  • Modelisation and maintenance still need a significant initial investment in knowledge aquisition where end users or managers remains dependant from IT department
  • BPM is still highly IT oriented from my point of view where needs are on end-users or enterprise core activities, continue to improve marketing target towards non-IT users may give a better adoption by mid-size companies
HR workflows look to be an easy target for Bonita to automate - for example, new arrival or departure of employees in a company. Approval and escalations can also be a good business case, where specific industry-oriented applications can be eased by Bonita such as Media asset management in Digita TV production environment.
Score 4 out of 10
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Bonita BPM is used to provide tools and workflows for some of our procedures. It's been implemented across a few departments.
  • Build great work flow logic
  • Great API
  • Good customizations
  • Documentation
  • Implementation of variables and code
  • Product installation
Sometimes it helps, but most of the times creates more problems than solutions.
March 14, 2016

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DaviD EL-BAZE | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
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We are using it for dispatching leads between salers
  • Interfacing our CRM with Bonitasoft APIs
  • Modeling simple business processes
  • The studio is very heavy
  • The portal is a handicap for users. Takes too many steps to complete a task
  • Why did they not implement gmail authentication?
Bonita is powerful tool for implementation of process.
Score 6 out of 10
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We are a university consortium and we offer Bonita BPM as a facility for our customers, for many uses - for example new student enrollment or for the management of various administrative aspects. Also currently under evaluation is the adoption of Bonita BPM for internal use.
  • Very friendly user interface
  • Really easy to implement workflows
  • The software installation process has some redundancies
  • Complicated license management if you're using the subscription version
  • Frequent release of new versions of the software. Lot of work for the system admins for the upgrade, and no chance to do it without service downtime
Very useful in an identity management scenario
Resolution time is sometimes slow
Score 6 out of 10
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Verified User
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Bonita BPM is used by the IT integration team to manage certain business processes. Other departments (typically customer care) may use the Bonita web application if they are involved in the process at some point. Bonita is used for processes that typically involve human interaction (not necessarily via Bonita) or long-running asynchronous operations. Such processes concern mostly life cycles of certain transactions that require asynchronous input from multiple systems. In this regard, Bonita is not so much used by humans as controlled by messages sent by other systems.
  • 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.
  • From a technical point of view, Bonita is not well-suited for integration in a development environment.
  • Upcoming support for 'unit' testing and continuous integration seems bloated and overly complex. Its starting point is clearly the Bonita point of view, not the development point of view.
  • To integrate Bonita efficiently in a continuous integration process, it should be possible to: completely build a process .bar without having to start the studio and/or server (typically a single maven plugin); deploy .bar files in a maven (or other) repository; start an embedded Bonita server automatically when running unit tests.
  • The usage of images and the (apparently mandatory) integration with Jenkins make this more complex than it should be.
  • The constraint to deploy only one database model on the server is particularly painful.
  • It necessitates that unrelated processes are combined into the same repository. In fact, it completely nullifies the possibility of having multiple repositories.
  • While it is definitely a great idea to allow process parameters to be configured in the web interface, it would be useful to allow import (and export) of these parameters as a .properties file. Currently, a re-install of a process requires you to reconfigure these parameters manually (not nice if there are more than a few parameters).
  • It is very unintuitive (and even illogical) that the XOR operator is named as such, while it does not act as an Exclusive Or when used with multiple incoming flows.
  • A formal ticketing system for encountered issues with Bonita studio and server would be nice. (if it exists, I was never pointed to it)
  • Mapping of values (message variables, process and sub-process variables, step variables) is often inconsistent. Certain cases allow the usage of scripts, others don't. Same for calling Java methods on an Object. Making this more consistent would avoid surprises and probably create lesser bugs. Data operations at the entry of a step would be useful too.
As indicated in previous answers: less suitable for 'automated' processes
Maria Francesca Emiliani | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Bonita BPM is currently used in the department that manages system integration and identity management projects. It's also going to be used for managing internal processes in our organization. Typically it addresses digital identity lifecycle management requisites (enrollment of users, enrollment of services, and workflows for managing internal authorizations).
  • User interface programming
  • Business Data Model
  • API extensions for complete separation between the process and the user interface
  • SAML authentication
  • Features that in the new version are no longer supported.
No, as a general tool there are a lot of scenarios for which Bonita is well suited. It is less appropriate in processes where there are very few actors.
Score 6 out of 10
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Bonita BPM is being used by the whole organization. At the moment it addresses the need create incident systems and business processes.
  • Easy workflow creation.
  • BDM makes better integration.
  • Escalations between organization entities.
  • Front end is not easy for non developer users.
  • BDM has some disadvantages.
  • Migration tools for update arent easy to deal with.
It is well suited if you want to make workflows that integrate with multiple levels of an organization.