Camunda BPM Review

Very good speed and execution with the capability to scale


What is our primary use case?

We primarily use the solution to run business processes that contain human tasks.

What is most valuable?

The speed and execution of DMN was a big selling point for us. It's very good at conducting business processes that are easily modeled and presented in a way that's easy to understand. 

What needs improvement?

Especially when you use the open-source version, there are issues with performance. 

The external programs that communicate with Camunda are kind of late 20th century in terms of style and need updating.

For how long have I used the solution?

We've been using the solution for two years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

In general, the solution is pretty stable. 

It's hard to get information to size it properly if you don't use a Camunda subscription. That might not really be a Camunda issue; it could be a sizing problem. For example, they have issues with very high usage of the database even when there are very few processes running. I had a situation in which the databases were at 100% and they should not have been. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Right now, we don't have too many users on the solution, but when it is done, we'll have about 25,000. It's quite scalable.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is straightforward, but if you need to tweak any part of the it, it can get complex.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did evaluate other options, but we were looking for something that was open source and small and there's not too much choice for those options.

What other advice do I have?

Right now we use a standalone Camunda in Docker. Before, on previous projects, we used embedded Camunda in Java applications. We use both cloud and on-premises deployment models. For cloud deployment, we use Microsoft Azure as the provider.

I'd rate the solution eight out of ten.

**Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner.
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