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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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"No matter what somebody's technical experience level is, the tool can start adding value immediately. Even if that is just an analyst who doesn't have any technical background, they can use some of these no quote accelerators to get things from ideation to deployment in a matter of minutes.""It helps develop applications very quickly. Once clients get used to it and familiar with the methodology, then they don't feel so locked in. It is able to add this element of agility to our clients' software development lifecycle. That is my favorite thing about it: You're not so locked in as you used to be when developing applications.""One of the most valuable features is the way that they are adapting to the market. Initially, it was doing only workflow. Now it has started bringing all the other components like rules within the workflow and then the integration with RPA.""It has integrated UI and deployment models, and it has a deep set of consultant and service provider ecosystem features.""It has had a positive effect on decision-making in my organization. It helps us with our dispute process.""It gives us the ability to create toolkits and use them across many different applications. It allows us to write things one time, instead of having to write a diary for every single different application. We can write at once and reuse it.""The workflow of BAW's automation is handled inside of BPM, so we can see what state it is at and how things are processing through.""The solution's most valuable aspect is the fact it is highly configurable. We can do configurations very easily."

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Cons
"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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"I would definitely like to see a unified interface between the BPM side of the house and the case side of the house. Something that just seems a bit more cohesive, because right now there is sort of a disconnect between the BPM and the case side of the house. That makes it a bit of a hard sell sometimes. That is definitely first and foremost on my wish list.""From what I understand, in the next release they're actually going to combine all of this together as one integrated solution... If we could have one unified way to build a solution, that would really help.""I would like to see more streamlined install and provisioning; preferably containerized IBM BPM would be helpful.""Every client is moving to the cloud. We are still a little behind with IBM, but we are catching up from my point of view.""The development UI is sometimes a little slow.""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."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"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 solution has saved us time.""There is still a relatively high total cost of ownership to actually implement, support, and stand up solutions.""Nowadays, clients are looking at pricing as one of the major factors. For IBM products, they always think it is expensive for them. We are still educating our clients on the IBM FlexPoints licensing."

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Questions from the Community
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 »
Top Answer: We are a technology, media, and entertainment-technology company. We are using Apache Airflow for architecting our media… more »
Top Answer: The business process modeling is the most valuable feature.
Top Answer: In terms of improvement, it could be less complex. It's quite a complicated software.
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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.

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
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, AstronomerKey Bank, Barclays, Control€xpert, MIR Insurance Brokers, Conqord Oil
Top Industries
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Financial Services Firm33%
Comms Service Provider25%
Non Profit17%
Government8%
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Computer Software Company35%
Comms Service Provider16%
Financial Services Firm7%
Media Company6%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company33%
Media Company18%
Comms Service Provider16%
Financial Services Firm6%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company42%
Comms Service Provider12%
Media Company9%
Financial Services Firm9%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business48%
Midsize Enterprise16%
Large Enterprise36%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business11%
Midsize Enterprise20%
Large Enterprise69%
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Small Business30%
Large Enterprise70%
Find out what your peers are saying about Apache Airflow vs. IBM Business Automation Workflow and other solutions. Updated: September 2020.
441,850 professionals have used our research since 2012.
Apache Airflow is ranked 12th in Business Process Management with 2 reviews while IBM Business Automation Workflow is ranked 11th in Business Process Management with 10 reviews. Apache Airflow is rated 7.0, while IBM Business Automation Workflow is rated 7.6. 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 IBM Business Automation Workflow writes "The tool is great for rolling processes out quickly without being too locked into them". Apache Airflow is most compared with Amazon Step Functions, IBM BPM, Informatica Cloud Application Integration, Appian and Bonita, whereas IBM Business Automation Workflow is most compared with IBM BPM and IBM Case Foundation. See our Apache Airflow vs. IBM Business Automation Workflow report.

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