K2 BlackPearl review by a SharePoint Consultant
July 12, 2014

K2 BlackPearl review by a SharePoint Consultant

Prashant Bhoyar | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 5 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with K2 blackpearl

The initial roll out started with IT department and later on upon its successful implementation, we rolled it out to other departments. We used it to create workflows which integrates with SharePoint 2010 and SQL reporting services.
  • It has excellent workflow engine.
  • The reporting is excellent.
  • Integrates well with Microsoft Products (SharePoint, CRM, SQL Server).
  • Power users can create workflows without writing code.
  • This product has steep learning curve. There are not many samples available online. The only way to learn is self learning and attending the K2 training events. The nature of the product is such that its very hard to remember the steps unless you do it more than 2 times. So if K2 can publish more how to videos on youtube or other media sharing platforms that will be nice.
  • Increase employee efficiency.
  • Improved reporting
  • Less paper based approvals
1) Nintex Worklows for SharePoint: This product is integrates with SharePoint really well. Also it is less expensive. Developers/Power users doesn't have to leave SharePoint to develop the workflows.
2) SharePoint workflows : Most of the cases we are able to address the business requirements using SharePoint workflows.
The key questions are following.
1) Budget
2) In house expertise (K2 BlackPearl resources are rare commodity)
3) Does it need to integrate with other Microsoft Products?
4) What will be duration of the workflows ( 1 month, 1-2 years)?
5) How many workflows requests/second are you anticipating?

Using K2 blackpearl

K2 Blackpearl implementation requires heavy investments. The initial learning curve is steep, but once the resources/developers/power users are comfortable with it, it provides lot of amazing features/options for business.