Pega BPM Review

All the features that are related to case management are outstanding


What is our primary use case?

We use it for some insurance companies for underwriting.

What is most valuable?

The workflow designing and integration are the most valuable features. Also, the UI design was pretty easy. 

All the features that are related to case management are pretty outstanding.

What needs improvement?

It's called a local platform but on the other hand, it needs a lot of experience. It's not all that easy to click and plug and play. If you really want to use all the features out of this platform, you definitely need a lot of experience and a lot of training to get there.

Because the platform offers a lot of different features, it's rather complex and makes it very valuable for many different use cases, but what I would improve is that you can't tell all the people that it's a local platform, which suggests that it's for everybody, even for those people that do not have any clue about IT. They are using a lot of functionalities that try to help those developers and usually they make good jobs, but there are some situations where this automation will cause a lot of stress and trouble. This is something that creates more work at the end than if you just started from scratch. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It depends on the use case but in general, it's stable. We have two use cases where we use a lot of different tasks and if you have more than 1,000 use cases then there seems to be some problems with the stability. It may depend on other features like load balancing and those kinds of things. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It is definitely scalable.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support is quite good if you don't have very special requests or defects. It depends mostly on your own code. But if it's on the general code that is provided by Pega, it's quite easy to set up a question to the Pega team and it's usually answered within a couple of hours, sometimes even faster. 

There's a lot of information that can be found in the Pega community which is quite helpful.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is quite easy. If you use the cloud options, you get the full stack delivered and you do not have any hassle with setting up certain features or certain information. If you just install it on your local machine, it is also going to work pretty well. 

It's more complex if you set it up in a local environment on the local server, then you have to check a lot of different things and especially all the things that are related to securities.

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

I think the pricing reasonable. On the other hand, Pega has a clear focus on future companies. So, they say, "Okay, this is for our main customer focus," and this is, in my eyes, a bit of a pity because I think the technique and the software are really mature and could be very helpful for other companies as well that are not a main focus of them. 

What other advice do I have?

My advice would be to have a focus on what the main purpose of the VPN platform is. Are you really looking for a VPN platform, something that is gathering all the VPN processes in the whole company, or is it just for reporting some processes like a customer process and connecting it to an SAP process? 

If you are planning to use Pega as your main platform, then it's a really good choice. On the other hand, if you have different software in your company like microservices or other big platforms like SAP, then you really should think if adding Pega as another big solid piece of software is really a good idea or if you just look if you can find other ways to integrate the other pieces of software for the purpose.

I would rate Pega BPM a nine out of ten.

I would like to have a lightweight version of it; something like Appian. In the very beginning, you just had Word and Excel, and you were fine with that. Now, you have a complete suite starting from SharePoint and Teams, etc, but you don't need all the features because you have a specific purpose and for this purpose, you need the best software. But nevertheless, you don't need, for example, all these RPA stuff, which is heavily promoted. These are all things that you just buy-in and are reflected in the price. It would be helpful if they offered a lighter version. 

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