Appian Review

Helps ensure accountability throughout the organization, knowing a task is assigned and completed

What is our primary use case?

We use Appian for HR onboarding and a couple other places in the company.

In particular we use it for workflows in HR onboarding. Any time that we're hiring new people, we have an application that assigns different tasks for computers, for making sure they're set up on insurance, their emails; all of that stuff is assigned to them prior to starting to work.

How has it helped my organization?

Accountability is probably the most affected. Knowing that a task has been assigned, that you're following a specific process, and that the task has been completed, gives you that accountability throughout the organization. It enables us to know that, when we bring new people on, they're ready to start right away.

What is most valuable?

It's being able to manage the workflow, to assign tasks, to have notification that a task has been completed. It's basically what any BPM solution is going to provide.

What stands out are the 

  • speed of the product
  • quick, easy development 
  • visual diagramming. 

Those are the features that really stand out.

What needs improvement?

I don't know that I would have any specific areas for improvement.

For how long have I used the solution?

One to three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It's very stable. We have not experienced any problems with it.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Considering that organizations like the US Army use it, worldwide, globally, it's able to scale up from supporting an organization of 50 to an organization of thousands. There is no issue with scalability.

How are customer service and technical support?

I have not had any reason to call tech support, but my peers that I've talked with, who have interfaced with tech support, say it's fast, it's responsive. They get the issues resolved immediately.

Again, we haven't had any problems with tech support whatsoever.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We had used a homegrown solution. We do custom development, software development work, or that was our legacy. Maintaining that homegrown solution over time just proved to be ineffective. Appian provided a much better solution at a lower overall cost.

How was the initial setup?

It's very straightforward. If you've got somebody who comes from a workflow background they're going to understand it, and find it very simple. It's very intuitive. We didn't have any issues in setting it up or getting started with it.

What was our ROI?

I think that most companies do not do a good job of really looking at the return on investment. They typically do not have a good feel for what their costs are, going in, of manual processes or of a homegrown solution they've developed.

Being able to calculate an ROI, I've seen that to be very difficult for most clients that I've dealt with. I think that's an element that's missing a lot in technology today. Make sure you evaluate your total cost before you're ready to make a decision.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

I think that if somebody is really serious at looking at business value, then by all means, the product is well worth the value. You get representative business value for the price that you pay for the product, and for the implementation of the product.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated several different options. Pegasystems is one. I'm not sure about K2, but there were multiple options available. If you look at the industry reports there are numerous solutions listed. We felt that Appian, for the value and for the ease of use, and for the mobile capability, was the best solution.

What other advice do I have?

I would give it a nine out 10. I don't think any product is ever perfect, but I think that Appian is one of them that comes closest to that mark. When you consider the capability, what it can do, consider the price, consider the different advantages that it has, I think it's a superior product. It's one that we use. We're very pleased with it. Most customers that I've talked to have been very, very pleased with their selection.

I understand that you can go with an off-the-shelf product that's going to get you 70%, maybe 75% of the capability you want. You're going to have to tweak it and do some elements of custom work that are most likely going to drive the cost up. You need to consider that, versus a product like Appian that allows you to really tailor the solution to fit your particular environment. I think that's the best advice I would give somebody, is to make sure that you're looking at it honestly before you go down that road.

**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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