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"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.""It allows me to present or to demonstrate the business process flow, visually, without having to resort to PowerPoint, Visio, or other products.""It has an open BPM""The interface and the number of connectors that they provide are the most valuable features. The support here, it's kind of okay. But the main thing is with the number of connectors and the UI, the user interface.""Being able to use a Java-based solution makes the product flexible.""The best feature is the automation.""The most valuable feature is the scheduling.""Ease of use and ability to streamline a process model."

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"The reason we went with Airflow is its DAG presentation, that shows the relationships among everything. It's more of a configuration-driven workflow.""The product integrates well with other pipelines and solutions.""The initial setup was straightforward and it does not take long to complete.""We have been quite satisfied with the stability of the solution.""The best part of Airflow is its direct support for Python, especially because Python is so important for data science, engineering, and design. This makes the programmatic aspect of our work easy for us, and it means we can automate a lot.""I like the UI rework, it's much easier.""I found the following features very useful: DAG - Workload management and orchestration of tasks using."

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"Good user interface and good add option.""The solution offers great notifications.""I like the APIs and the BPM coach is a good tool. But if I had to pick one, it would be the API.""This tool is very useful when it comes to enterprise-grade automation and governmental processes for the security aspects, performance, and reliability.""One of the reasons for adopting this solution ten years ago was its ease of use. It had a lot of off-the-shelf functionality, and it did not need to be developed specifically for the project that we were implementing. That was the main reason for adopting it in the beginning.""This product does the job in terms of executing the workflow.""The most valuable feature for the organization is the Document Store.""IBM's deployment box is one huge black box. We can create all the services with our own code or without a codebase, however, we have a huge amount of space with practically no limitation."

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Cons
"Especially when you use the open-source version, there are issues with performance.""If there were some industry templates it would have helped significantly, because it is similar to a process map for a domain. That is what we are currently creating, a domain-relevant process map.""Lacking in forms visualization.""The support definitely can be improved. Apart from that, the language should be extendable to other platforms. If I want to write, I'll run a different platform, like Python code on top of it, or COBOL code on top of it, and it should support those languages.""The solution could use some enhancements like adding connectors, improving forms and having a mobile app, but everything is an enhancement rather than a flaw.""The only drawback is the time that it takes to have a complete set of workflows implemented on the Camunda platform.""The initial set up could be simplified, it's complex.""Process interfaces between diagrams could be improved."

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"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.""The scalability of the solution itself is not as we expected. Being on the cloud, it should be easy to scale, however, it's not.""Technical support is an area that needs improvement.""The dashboard is connected into the BPM flow that could be improved.""We're currently using version 1.10, but I understand that there's a lot of improvements in version 2. In the earlier version that we're using, we sometimes have problems with maintenance complexity. Actually using Airflow is okay, but maintaining it has been difficult.""I would like to see it more friendly for other use cases.""UI can be improved with additional user-friendly features for non-programmers and for fewer coding practitioner requirements."

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"Could increase vulnerability and security patches to make it more robust.""Finding errors and bugs on the system is not easy. We can't seem to use the events or logs to find them, so it makes it difficult to debug the system. They really need to work on their debugging features to make is much, much easier. It would improve the solution considerably and should be something they add in a future release.""The debugging needs improvement. There is some confusion surrounding the debugging.""Importing and exporting between multiple environments is more difficult with other tools.""IBM BPM lacks openness, that is, the ability to become open for new options in terms of APIs, front-end development, and ecosystem. IBM BPM has been quite closed. One of the main improvements would be to somehow embed the rules engine into IBM BPM. Merging IBM BRMS and the rules engine with IBM BPM would be helpful. If there was some simpler way to define rules without having to put IBM BRMS on top of it, it would be good. It's something that we can get out of Camunda but not out of IBM BPM.""Our developers are complaining that it's too complex to maintain.""They don't have a mechanism to achieve processes, data sources, and data.""If you want to use IBM BPM, you will have to invest a lot of money for licenses and you need to learn that there are limitations in developing applications. You cannot create anything you want."

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"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.""We use the open-source version, which can be used at no cost.""I think Camunda BPM can improve their licensing costs. It isn't easy to find clients with Camunda BPM licenses mainly because it's quite expensive.""When compared with the proprietary products, the pricing costs are much less, even though it is an enterprise edition.""There is an open-source version available, that in its core features (workflow and decision engine, modeler) is exactly the same as in the enterprise version."

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"The pricing for the product is reasonable.""Although Airflow is open source software, there's also commercial support for it by Astronomer. We personally don't use the commercial support, but it's always an option if you don't mind the extra cost.""We are using the open-source version of Apache Airflow."

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"Its price is on the higher side, and it can be improved. Its licensing is on a yearly basis. There are no additional costs.""IBM could improve the price. It is far too expensive.""I wish it was less expensive. I don't know why their pricing model is so high for a piece of software that could benefit so many. It just seems to me that they could have a lower cost, maybe with fewer features or whatever, but it should be possible to do a lower cost workflow software that uses the same interface and underlying engine but does not cost so much that you have to be a Fortune 50 company to buy it. It is annoying to me. There are a lot of solutions that IBM has that are really powerful but nobody can afford them. They know their business, but I still feel that there are a lot of customers who would benefit from this sort of thing. I don't know what this elitism is all about. I am sure they have people doing the money numbers, but it seems like you can make a lot more money by selling it to way more people for a little bit less.""When considering the features of the solution the price is expensive compared to competitors.""It's expensive. All software is always extremely high. The manufacturing cost that we have compared to the selling cost, it's not like you're building a house or building a car. But putting that aside, considering that it's expensive, it's a lot of money. If you compare it with some of the other alternatives in the market, it's a similar price. For instance, if you compare it with Pegasystems, it's a similar price.""The price of the solution is fair for an enterprise solution that has both cloud and on-premise deployments and when comparing to competitors. Recently IBM has introduced Cloud Pak which allows for more flexible licensing options for automation and other features.""Licensing is managed by the client, but we know it is yearly. Camunda is relatively cheaper. There is not much difference in pricing of IBM and PEGA. For large licensing, there are discounts as well.""I already compared some solutions related to business process management, and I saw that the cost of IBM BPM is more expensive compared with that of Camunda, for example."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: In a broad perspective when you compare Camunda & Bonita they have the below features: Camunda features: BPM… more »
Top Answer: The Camunda BPMN Platform is very flexible and gives several options to deploy and scale it.
Top Answer: There is an open-source version available, that in its core features (workflow and decision engine, modeler) is exactly… more »
Top Answer: Apache Airflow is a great orchestration and automation tool. Its connectivity with other systems is a great plus point… more »
Top Answer: We are using the open-source version of Apache Airflow.
Top Answer: I am using a Celery Executor and I find that it crashes and I can't see any logs. I can only assume that it's a memory… more »
Top Answer: Some of the features that I like the most are team management and process performance. They are both very useful and… more »
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Camunda BPM
Airflow
WebSphere Lombardi Edition, IBM Business Process Manager, IBM WebSphere Process Server
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Overview

Camunda Platform is a complete process automation tech stack with powerful execution engines for BPMN workflows and DMN decisions paired with essential applications for modeling, operations, and analytics.

With a clear vision to automate any process, anywhere, Camunda is reinventing process automation for the digital enterprise. Featuring a developer-friendly, open source approach, enterprises can use Camunda Platform to breakthrough technological, organizational, and infrastructure barriers, optimize their business processes, and drive their digital transformation initiatives forward.

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.

IBM Business Process Manager is a comprehensive BPM platform giving you visibility and insight to manage business processes. It scales smoothly and easily from an initial project to a full enterprise-wide program harnesses complexity in a simple environment to better meet customer needs.
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Sample Customers
24 Hour Fitness, Accruent, Allianz Indonesia, AT&T Inc., Atlassian, CSS Insurance, Deutsche Telekom, Generali, Provinzial NordWest Insurance Services, Swisscom AG, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, VHV Group, Zalando
Agari, WePay, Astronomer
Barclays, EmeriCon, Banca Popolare di Milano, CST Consulting, KeyBank, KPMG, Prolifics, Sandhata Technologies Ltd., State of Alaska, Humana S.A., Saperion, esciris, Banco Espirito Santo
Top Industries
REVIEWERS
Financial Services Firm24%
Computer Software Company24%
Comms Service Provider18%
Government12%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company27%
Comms Service Provider17%
Financial Services Firm11%
Government7%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company24%
Comms Service Provider18%
Media Company12%
Financial Services Firm11%
REVIEWERS
Financial Services Firm59%
Insurance Company15%
Computer Software Company10%
Energy/Utilities Company5%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company29%
Financial Services Firm17%
Comms Service Provider16%
Insurance Company6%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business53%
Midsize Enterprise22%
Large Enterprise25%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business17%
Midsize Enterprise25%
Large Enterprise58%
REVIEWERS
Small Business38%
Midsize Enterprise13%
Large Enterprise50%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business10%
Midsize Enterprise56%
Large Enterprise34%
REVIEWERS
Small Business22%
Midsize Enterprise10%
Large Enterprise69%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business7%
Midsize Enterprise25%
Large Enterprise68%
Find out what your peers are saying about Apache Airflow vs. IBM BPM and other solutions. Updated: September 2021.
542,029 professionals have used our research since 2012.

Apache Airflow is ranked 8th in Business Process Management (BPM) with 7 reviews while IBM BPM is ranked 4th in Business Process Management (BPM) with 24 reviews. Apache Airflow is rated 7.8, while IBM BPM is rated 7.8. 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 IBM BPM writes "A very stable and powerful tool for handling lots of concurrent users, but it is expensive, and the Eclipse-based tool has performance issues when you have a lot of developers". Apache Airflow is most compared with Amazon Step Functions, IBM Business Automation Workflow, Informatica Cloud Api and App Integration, Informatica Business Process Manager and OpenText 360 for SharePoint, whereas IBM BPM is most compared with IBM Business Automation Workflow, Pega BPM, Appian, ARIS BPA and IBM WebSphere Application Server. See our Apache Airflow vs. IBM BPM report.

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