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"We have a lot of users, almost 1,800, and we needed something affordable, stable and something that could be used by a large financial company. This solution truly fit the bill.""For an internal project, this is a solution that you can install and have up and running quite quickly.""We are documenting all of the processors and VPN. Then we are sharing it with our business users.""I've found the active community most valuable but it also provides you with a lot of other features.""The number of client implementations and cross-language capabilities to support multiple frameworks is very pluggable compared to Pega. It's also more portable.""The most valuable feature is the ability to share the logic within the rules engine with the business, so you can put it up for everybody to read.""When I compare it with other BPM tools, like IBM, it is great, open source, and free when you use the community version.""The solution is easily compatible with HTML forms and HTML language programming and that is the most significant part."

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"This is a simple tool to automate using Python.""The reason we went with Airflow is its DAG presentation, that shows the relationships among everything. It's more of a configuration-driven workflow."

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"Process culture is making noise inside the organization because now, everybody knows that their time is being monitored.""Since implementing we have had a faster time to solution, with fewer resources needed.""The process models provide self-documenting systems.""Form building capabilities and well thought out process modelling are key points to this product.""We appreciate the drag and drop functionality and the easy to access plug and play features.""Appian also has very flexible local integration.""Good workflow engines that bridge the gaps of processes."

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"If Camunda could develop something that creates user forms that would be a great feature to have. They also need to improve the UI.""The GUI needs to be improved, with more configuration options.""When you search for Camunda BPM resources or books on how to utilize Camunda BPM, it is lacking. When it comes to Alfresco, there are thousands of resources that can help you to utilize within AWS and its Group Services. I would like to see the usage of Camunda BPM on Amazon Web Services be improved.""I would say that Camunda should actually focus on small cases as well. There's a lot of space out there, for small businesses. If they can, they should cater to them.""The user interface needs improvement. It should be more tailored to the end-user and offer a better user experience design over the user interface itself.""I would like to see the forms engine available in the open-source version of this solution.""I would like to have a feature for audit logging, audit logs and audit log management. And some history of use for the audit logs.""I would also like a very easy to use form builder."

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"We need to develop our workflow description and notations because out of the box, Apache Airflow does not provide some features that are needed.""One specific feature that is missing from Airflow is that the steps of your workflow are not pipelined, meaning the stageless steps of any workflow. Not every workflow can be implemented within Airflow."

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"The documentation needs to be improved.""We would like to have more granular control for interface styling.""My only request is that they decrease the license costs.""Authoring tool is slow to use resulted in limitations on how quickly solutions can be built.""The solution could use some more tutorials to help brand new users figure out how to use the product effectively.""They should provide more flexibility so designers can create a more picture perfect device.""Lacks integration with other products."

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"It is less cost-prohibitive than other solutions on the market. This solution was in our price range.""We are using the open-source version of this solution.""Camunda is much cheaper.""I use the open-source free version.""The open-source version of the product is free to use.""The cost of this solution is better than some competing products.""Licensing costs are anywhere from $80,000 to $100,000 USD per year."

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"Apache Airflow is a free solution that can be downloaded and ready for use at any moment."

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"The cost depends on the number of users, although I recommend taking an unlimited license.""The solution offers a monthly subscription model. That's what we use. I recall it being about $90 a month. They do have different tiers."

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Top Answer: The speed and execution of DMN was a big selling point for us. It's very good at conducting business processes that are… more »
Top Answer: It's free, open-source. I use the open-source free version.
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Top Answer: The reason we went with Airflow is its DAG presentation, that shows the relationships among everything. It's more of a… more »
Top Answer: One specific feature that is missing from Airflow is that the steps of your workflow are not pipelined, meaning the… more »
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AirflowAppian BPM, Appian AnyWhere, Appian Enterprise BPMS
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Overview

Camunda BPM is a light-weight, open source platform for Business Process Management. It is a perfect match for general software development and provides powerful business-IT-alignment based on BPMN for structured workflows, CMMN for less structured cases and DMN for business rules.

Typical use cases for Camunda BPM are:

  • Straight Through Processing (STP)
  • Human Workflow Management
  • (Dynamic) Case Management
  • Business Rule Automation

Airflow is a platform to programmatically author, schedule and monitor workflows.

Use airflow to author workflows as directed acyclic graphs (DAGs) of tasks. The airflow scheduler executes your tasks on an array of workers while following the specified dependencies. Rich command line utilities make performing complex surgeries on DAGs a snap. The rich user interface makes it easy to visualize pipelines running in production, monitor progress, and troubleshoot issues when needed.

When workflows are defined as code, they become more maintainable, versionable, testable, and collaborative.

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
AT&T Inc., Allianz Indonesia, Deutsche WertpapierService Bank AG, CSS Insurance, Provinzial NordWest Insurance Services, VHV Group, freenet Group, Swisscom AG, Zalando SE, AccruentAgari, WePay, AstronomerHansard Global plc, Punch Taverns, Pirelli, Crawford & Company, EDP Renewables, Queensland Government Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning (, Bank of Tennessee
Top Industries
REVIEWERS
Financial Services Firm33%
Comms Service Provider25%
Non Profit17%
Government8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company35%
Comms Service Provider16%
Financial Services Firm7%
Media Company6%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company34%
Media Company18%
Comms Service Provider16%
Financial Services Firm6%
REVIEWERS
Financial Services Firm42%
University17%
Computer Software Company17%
Healthcare Company8%
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Computer Software Company37%
Comms Service Provider11%
Financial Services Firm9%
Government7%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business48%
Midsize Enterprise16%
Large Enterprise36%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business11%
Midsize Enterprise20%
Large Enterprise69%
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Small Business29%
Midsize Enterprise21%
Large Enterprise50%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business14%
Midsize Enterprise18%
Large Enterprise68%
Find out what your peers are saying about Apache Airflow vs. Appian and other solutions. Updated: September 2020.
442,283 professionals have used our research since 2012.
Apache Airflow is ranked 12th in Business Process Management with 2 reviews while Appian is ranked 7th in Business Process Management with 7 reviews. Apache Airflow is rated 7.0, while Appian is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of Apache Airflow writes "Helps us maintain a clear separation of our functional logic from our operational logic". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Appian writes "Offers flexible local integration that we have used extensively to integrate with our Legacy system". Apache Airflow is most compared with Amazon Step Functions, IBM BPM, IBM Business Automation Workflow, Informatica Cloud Application Integration and Bonita, whereas Appian is most compared with ServiceNow, Pega BPM, Mendix, IBM BPM and Microsoft Azure App Service. See our Apache Airflow vs. Appian report.

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