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"The flexibility is great.""It has an open BPM""I like everything about the entire BPM that comes with the BPM suite.""We are using the BPMN engine of Camunda; we are not using the user interface. We are using just the engine, the back end of this. For us, it is working quite well.""Being able to use a Java-based solution makes the product flexible.""There's this graphic that tells you how many lines or how many tickets are in each step. In that way, you know where you stand. I find this feature very valuable.""I can use any other tools to create services and the UI, and then use them together with the Camunda BPMN engine.""The most valuable feature is the scheduling."

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"The initial setup was straightforward and it does not take long to complete.""The product integrates well with other pipelines and solutions.""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 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.""We have been quite satisfied with the stability of the solution.""I found the following features very useful: DAG - Workload management and orchestration of tasks using."

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"The ability to define processes, build reports, and get insights or analytics on data is most valuable. It is a powerful platform.""The most valuable feature is the situational layer cake.""In general, we use web services to integrate this solution with our other tools. It is the main approach we use with this solution and it integrates with all tools that we need. If you want to integrate with other solutions such ThreatFire or similar, it is possible as well.""The solution provides us with a very good dashboard.""The solution is operating well overall.""The most valuable feature is flexibility, as we can configure it to best suit our requirements.""It is quite configurable, which is the most exciting feature. We can easily configure it as per our needs.""The stability has been good. We haven't had any issues."

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Cons
"Process interfaces between diagrams could be improved.""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 user interface needs some polishing because it is too technical for end-users to use it.""Would be helpful if there were additional out-of-the-box activities.""The initial setup can be complex for business users.""As we experienced some difficulties in the beginning, deployment took almost a month.""I would like to see better pricing.""Documentation can 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.""Technical support is an area that needs improvement.""The dashboard is connected into the BPM flow that could be improved.""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.""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.""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."

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"It needs more integration with other platforms.""The previous versions had good training documents but the updated versions need to improve the documentation.""We need more light retail BPM tools within the Pega system. However, Pega is mostly for big companies.""They need to support the solution better, at this time the company does not have enough support.""Sometimes when we are patching some data from the database, we are getting added as a timeout.""From a technical point of view, it would be helpful to have some advanced analytics to help with configuration. We have a lot of unwanted features and it would be good to configure it more appropriately so that we are using just exactly what we need.""It's called a local platform but on the other hand, it needs a lot of experience. It's not all that easy to click and plug and play. If you really want to use all the features out of this platform, you definitely need a lot of experience and a lot of training to get there.""They are currently spending some time on improving the product with respect to machine learning, especially related to robotic automation. They probably could be a little more adept on that area would help."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"We have an annual subscription to this solution.""The open-source version of the product is free to use.""When compared with the proprietary products, the pricing costs are much less, even though it is an enterprise edition.""The cost of this solution is better than some competing products.""Licensing costs are anywhere from $80,000 to $100,000 USD per year.""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.""We're using the open-source version for now.""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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"We are using the open-source version of Apache Airflow.""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.""The pricing for the product is reasonable."

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"The price of this solution, including installation and configuration, is comparable to competing vendors.""The solution could be less expensive according to my customers. However, I think the price of the solution is fair.""The price is a bit expensive.""It is cost-effective for medium enterprises. It is cheaper than ServiceNow.""We mostly have a yearly license.""It's a user-based license where, as you scale the numbers of users, the price increases.""The pricing is pretty good, compared to other similar products."

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Top Answer: The initial setup is pretty straightforward.
Top Answer: It's a great product, Pega, however, cost-wise, it is a little expensive compared to other BPM tools. That's where I… more »
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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.

Pega BPM helps you simplify and automate your operations so that you can reduce costs and improve business agility. Pega's unique Build For Change technology delivers repeatable solutions that can be efficiently reused and tailored to meet the requirements of diverse customers, product lines, channels, and geographies.

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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
The State of Maine, ANZ, Coca-Cola, Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA), ME, New South Wales, OptumRx, Texas Department of Transportation, UnitedHealthcare Medicare & Retirement
Top Industries
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Financial Services Firm22%
Computer Software Company22%
Comms Service Provider22%
Government11%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company28%
Comms Service Provider17%
Financial Services Firm11%
Government7%
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Computer Software Company24%
Comms Service Provider19%
Financial Services Firm12%
Media Company11%
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Financial Services Firm38%
Computer Software Company29%
Real Estate/Law Firm10%
Retailer5%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company33%
Financial Services Firm15%
Comms Service Provider14%
Energy/Utilities Company6%
Company Size
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Small Business53%
Midsize Enterprise23%
Large Enterprise25%
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Small Business17%
Midsize Enterprise26%
Large Enterprise57%
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Small Business38%
Midsize Enterprise13%
Large Enterprise50%
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Small Business10%
Midsize Enterprise58%
Large Enterprise32%
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Small Business15%
Midsize Enterprise9%
Large Enterprise76%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business14%
Midsize Enterprise11%
Large Enterprise75%
Find out what your peers are saying about Apache Airflow vs. Pega BPM and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
554,382 professionals have used our research since 2012.

Apache Airflow is ranked 8th in Business Process Management (BPM) with 7 reviews while Pega BPM is ranked 3rd in Business Process Management (BPM) with 16 reviews. Apache Airflow is rated 7.8, while Pega BPM is rated 8.2. 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 Pega BPM writes "Good case management and BPM workflow with easy cloud implementation". Apache Airflow is most compared with Amazon Step Functions, IBM BPM, IBM Business Automation Workflow, Informatica Cloud Api and App Integration and Oracle BPM, whereas Pega BPM is most compared with ServiceNow, Appian, IBM BPM, Microsoft PowerApps and OutSystems. See our Apache Airflow vs. Pega BPM report.

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