Compare Adobe ColdFusion vs. Appian

Adobe ColdFusion is ranked 15th in Rapid Application Development Software with 3 reviews while Appian is ranked 3rd in Rapid Application Development Software with 11 reviews. Adobe ColdFusion is rated 8.6, while Appian is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of Adobe ColdFusion writes "A mature, reliable, consistent platform, which offers outstanding customer service and product support". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Appian writes "We are creating workflows in an agile manner". Adobe ColdFusion is most compared with Microsoft Azure App Service, OutSystems and Salesforce App Cloud, whereas Appian is most compared with Pega BPM, ServiceNow and Camunda BPM. See our Adobe ColdFusion vs. Appian report.
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Pros
Apart from providing a mature, reliable, consistent platform, Adobe also offers outstanding customer service and product support.No need to import libraries from outside the environment.The ability to write SQL queries was very helpful as we did not need to bother our DBAs in writing stored procedures for simple tasks.This tool was very easy learn, yet powerful enough to manage many sites on a single instance.We save enormous amounts of time in development using this tool.

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Form building capabilities and well thought out process modelling are key points to this product.The process models provide self-documenting systems.Since implementing we have had a faster time to solution, with fewer resources needed.Process culture is making noise inside the organization because now, everybody knows that their time is being monitored.Another advantage of this tool is its reports and records. You can maintain dashboards, layouts. If you with a Java solution, it takes six months time. If you use this tool, you can finish in one or one and a half months' time.There is a version coming out every six months with performance improvements.Call Web Service Smart Service - Web service integrations with other systems are super simple and fast to create, supported by low code menus.Write to Data Store Entity - Saving data in SQL databases is done easily using entities. Entities (CDTs in Appian terminology) define relationships and target schema tables via XSD files.

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Cons
Need to be able to Be able to inject Python, Java, Groovy, or PHP code into a CFML page.Installation of the server software was formidable due the number of configurable options.

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Authoring tool is slow to use resulted in limitations on how quickly solutions can be built.My only request is that they decrease the license costs.We would like to have more granular control for interface styling.The documentation needs to be improved.Even though the company has made great improvements in online documentation, featuring rich material which includes case studies of real-life use cases, the material could definitely be better in quality and coverage of use cases.A point of improvement would be the SAIL forms. The built-in tool used to generate forms does not have debugging support (to view local variables as they change on live preview, and step-by-step valuation) which is a big drawback for form development. Moreover, the script language used to build SAIL forms does not support inheritance or lambda expressions (functions as arguments of other functions), which makes the code base more verbose.The reporting is not as good as in similar products. They could also improve the dashboards.It needs better integration with our existing application ecosystem.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
If you really want to save money, there is a free open source CFML engine (former Railo, now Lucee) out there.It is a very effective solution and worth the price.

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The cost depends on the number of users, although I recommend taking an unlimited license.It's good value for the price.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.Product pricing compared to some of the earlier vendors, like IBM, CA, and Oracle, is quite well-priced. Although, we do feel that as we increase the number of users and the workload increases, we will have to spend more.We will have to have a dialogue or negotiate a price for future use. To start with, it is a reasonable price. As we go ahead, we will have to make sure the costs are inline with our expectations as we grow our user base and workloads.

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Appian BPM, Appian AnyWhere, Appian Enterprise BPMS
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Overview

Get a tried and tested application server that simplifies complex coding tasks. Rapidly develop robust, scalable, secure applications. Use the all-new API Manager to implement your API strategy faster, and get unprecedented control over PDF generation and manipulation

With Appian, your organization can rapidly build, deploy, use, and scale problem-solving apps. And with the flexibility of on-premises and cloud portability, you'll always address your unique challenges the way that makes the most sense for you.
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Sample Customers
Inspirus, Promisan, Webapper, Giva, Frontech Solutions Inc, Digicon, ITX Corp, Wall Street Magnate, SimulTV, ten24 Digital Solutions, Prospective Medical Data International Inc, Alcatel-LucentHansard Global plc, Punch Taverns, Pirelli, Crawford & Company, EDP Renewables, Queensland Government Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning (, Bank of Tennessee
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Financial Services Firm50%
Software R&D Company13%
Healthcare Company13%
University13%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Software R&D Company24%
Financial Services Firm18%
Comms Service Provider7%
Transportation Company6%
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REVIEWERS
Small Business29%
Midsize Enterprise18%
Large Enterprise53%
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Small Business11%
Midsize Enterprise18%
Large Enterprise72%
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