Compare Appian vs. Microsoft PowerApps

Appian is ranked 7th in Rapid Application Development Software with 6 reviews while Microsoft PowerApps is ranked 12th in Rapid Application Development Software with 5 reviews. Appian is rated 8.2, while Microsoft PowerApps is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Appian writes "Low-code characteristics lead to fast development cycles". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Microsoft PowerApps writes "Affordable, customizable, and easy to set up ". Appian is most compared with Pega BPM, ServiceNow and Camunda BPM, whereas Microsoft PowerApps is most compared with Oracle Application Express (APEX), OutSystems and Mendix. See our Appian vs. Microsoft PowerApps report.
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Pros
Form building capabilities and well thought out process modelling are key points to this product.The process models provide self-documenting systems.Since implementing we have had a faster time to solution, with fewer resources needed.Process culture is making noise inside the organization because now, everybody knows that their time is being monitored.Another advantage of this tool is its reports and records. You can maintain dashboards, layouts. If you with a Java solution, it takes six months time. If you use this tool, you can finish in one or one and a half months' time.There is a version coming out every six months with performance improvements.Call Web Service Smart Service - Web service integrations with other systems are super simple and fast to create, supported by low code menus.Write to Data Store Entity - Saving data in SQL databases is done easily using entities. Entities (CDTs in Appian terminology) define relationships and target schema tables via XSD files.

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The most valuable feature is the simple data connectivity components.The initial setup was very easy.There are a lot of different applications; you can connect PowerApps, or Flow, or Power BI to many different types of applications to interchange data.It's a very workable solution because it's an automated way of making applications. You have a template, you have the application know-how,I can have a SharePoint list and connect with users through PowerApps to present the information.

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Authoring tool is slow to use resulted in limitations on how quickly solutions can be built.My only request is that they decrease the license costs.We would like to have more granular control for interface styling.The documentation needs to be improved.Even though the company has made great improvements in online documentation, featuring rich material which includes case studies of real-life use cases, the material could definitely be better in quality and coverage of use cases.A point of improvement would be the SAIL forms. The built-in tool used to generate forms does not have debugging support (to view local variables as they change on live preview, and step-by-step valuation) which is a big drawback for form development. Moreover, the script language used to build SAIL forms does not support inheritance or lambda expressions (functions as arguments of other functions), which makes the code base more verbose.

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Integration with databases and other tools needs to be improved.I have always felt that you need an IT background to use this solution.The solution is evolving very fast and every month new features are introduced. Sometimes it's difficult to catch up with all the evolution that's happening. I had to focus on Power BI for a while and left PowerApps at the side for a couple of months and when I came back, it had changed its interface and moved components around.The product could be improved by making it a production application and enabling the export of apps.The editor in the Web browser could be improved because it can be difficult to implement the commands in the buttons.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
The cost depends on the number of users, although I recommend taking an unlimited license.

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12,411
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8.2
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4,050
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4
Average Words per Review
590
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8.0
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Also Known As
Appian BPM, Appian AnyWhere, Appian Enterprise BPMSPowerApps
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Overview
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.

PowerApps enables a broad range of app scenarios to be created that infuse digital transformation into manual and outdated processes. Use both canvas and model-driven apps to build PowerApps that solve business problems for task and role-specific scenarios like inspections, field sales enablement, prospect to cash, and integrated marketing views.

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Sample Customers
Hansard Global plc, Punch Taverns, Pirelli, Crawford & Company, EDP Renewables, Queensland Government Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning (, Bank of Tennessee
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Top Industries
REVIEWERS
Financial Services Firm50%
University13%
Transportation Company13%
Software R&D Company13%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Software R&D Company31%
Financial Services Firm14%
Comms Service Provider11%
Government8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Software R&D Company37%
Government10%
Comms Service Provider9%
Insurance Company5%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business33%
Midsize Enterprise22%
Large Enterprise44%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business11%
Midsize Enterprise18%
Large Enterprise71%
REVIEWERS
Small Business43%
Midsize Enterprise43%
Large Enterprise14%
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