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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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"The solution's most valuable aspect is the fact it is highly configurable. We can do configurations very easily.""The most valuable feature is automation, which is quite strong and we are quite happy with it.""The business process modeling is the most valuable feature.""The dashboards are helpful because you can display reports directly on your screen.""It provides a solution for integration orchestration. This solution is for any organization in the banking, telecommunications, healthcare, manufacturing, and all domains and industries.""It's a flexible solution."

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"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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"The UI of the solution is not good. They should work to update the solution and make it better and fresher.""The setup and installation process could be made easier.""In terms of improvement, it could be less complex.""Sometimes, we feel like we are not getting the full features of the content management capabilities.""The initial setup is actually a really complicated process.""I feel that the features are not user-friendly."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"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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"When you compare with Laserfiche and M-Files, IBM is expensive."

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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: The ease of use for the front end within IBM is most valuable. It is a quick win for creating any process because IBM… more »
Top Answer: Its price is all right. It is a yearly contract. It needs to be renewed every year.
Top Answer: The upgrades that IBM does every three to six months become a bit of a pain. It is the major reason for us to move away… more »
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Airflow
Business Automation Workflow
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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 Automation Workflow combines business process management and case management capabilities in one workflow solution. It integrates the capabilities of business process and case management into a single workflow offering. It unites information, process, and users to provide a 360-degree view of work to drive more successful optimized business outcomes. IBM Business Automation Workflow on Cloud provides the same capabilities that are offered in the IBM Business Automation Workflow offering, all within a ready-to-use, cloud-based environment that is hosted in IBM Cloud data centers and managed by IBM.

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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
Key Bank, Barclays, Control€xpert, MIR Insurance Brokers, Conqord Oil
Top Industries
REVIEWERS
Financial Services Firm24%
Computer Software Company24%
Comms Service Provider18%
Non Profit12%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company27%
Comms Service Provider17%
Financial Services Firm12%
Government7%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company24%
Comms Service Provider18%
Media Company12%
Financial Services Firm11%
REVIEWERS
Financial Services Firm71%
Engineering Company14%
Government14%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company28%
Financial Services Firm16%
Comms Service Provider15%
Insurance Company8%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business53%
Midsize Enterprise22%
Large Enterprise25%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business17%
Midsize Enterprise25%
Large Enterprise57%
REVIEWERS
Small Business38%
Midsize Enterprise13%
Large Enterprise50%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business10%
Midsize Enterprise56%
Large Enterprise34%
REVIEWERS
Small Business25%
Large Enterprise75%
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Apache Airflow is ranked 8th in Business Process Management (BPM) with 7 reviews while IBM Business Automation Workflow is ranked 12th in Business Process Management (BPM) with 6 reviews. Apache Airflow is rated 7.8, while IBM Business Automation Workflow is rated 7.4. 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 Business Automation Workflow writes "Offers the ability to create a case file identification". Apache Airflow is most compared with Amazon Step Functions, IBM BPM, Informatica Cloud Api and App Integration, Informatica Business Process Manager and OpenText 360 for SharePoint, whereas IBM Business Automation Workflow is most compared with IBM BPM, IBM Case Foundation, ARIS BPA, K2 and Studio Creatio. See our Apache Airflow vs. IBM Business Automation Workflow report.

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