Appian vs. Pega BPM

As of April 2019, Appian is ranked 7th in Business Process Management with 12 reviews vs Pega BPM which is ranked 9th in Business Process Management with 3 reviews. The top reviewer of Appian writes "We are creating workflows in an agile manner". The top reviewer of Pega BPM writes "User interface and ease of workflow development help cut down on dev time". Appian is most compared with Pega BPM, ServiceNow and Camunda BPM. Pega BPM is most compared with Camunda BPM, Appian and IBM BPM. See our Appian vs. Pega BPM report.
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Pros
Form building capabilities and well thought out process modelling are key points to this product.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.The Application Designer is very user friendly. There are also lot of plug-ins that you can use and, for the most part, they are free.What stands out are the speed of the product, the quick, easy development, and visual diagramming.The tech support is quite good.

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It cuts down the time taken for coding. Earlier it used take for us four hours to do a particular code. Now this can be done in less than 30 minutes. That's the kind of productivity gains you can get.The user interface and the ease of developing the workflow for an application are valuable features.Decreased time for plane departures and landing, supported analytical insight for planning of three to six month forecasting, and helped with operational decision planning and support.Allowed us to develop and quickly release with confidence using cloud technologies.Fast prototyping.

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Authoring tool is slow to use resulted in limitations on how quickly solutions can be built.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.The reporting is not as good as in similar products. They could also improve the dashboards.It needs better integration with our existing application ecosystem.We would like to see more reduced latency. We would like to make sure that the scale-out factor will be much more as workloads come in.It would be nice if you could create your own customized apps when the business needed them.​​Appian is easy to set up, but JBoss is complex. JBoss is the application server for running Appian.

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The biggest thing I have seen is when going from one version to another and upgrading to the latest version, it takes a pretty long time for an organization to go through an upgrade process. I think that's an area where they can make it a little smoother.There have been some performance scalability issues. Suppose you want to add more users. You go from, say, 800 users to 1,500 users, and sometimes that creates issues for which there is no clear explanation. To fix it you have to escalate it with customer service and sometimes the response is not up to the mark in resolving those issues.It is scalable, but it also interacts with a lot of other systems. I think they thought that the interface to other systems, legacy systems, was its strength, but when problems do occur, quickly diagnosing those problems has been a challenge.Pega Cloud early adoption and use for cross enterprise capability was new to many. The early adoption meant version 2.0 of their cloud service may require refactoring and redesign of some services.Business specific functionality is needed.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
It's good value for the price.I think that if somebody is really serious at looking at business value, then by all means, the product is well worth the value. You get representative business value for the price that you pay for the product, and for the implementation of the product.Product pricing compared to some of the earlier vendors, like IBM, CA, and Oracle, is quite well-priced. Although, we do feel that as we increase the number of users and the workload increases, we will have to spend more.We will have to have a dialogue or negotiate a price for future use. To start with, it is a reasonable price. As we go ahead, we will have to make sure the costs are inline with our expectations as we grow our user base and workloads.It is expensive, but powerful. I would recommend comparing against cheaper licensing products and open source.BPM done right is a huge value proposition for almost any company, and with Appian's low code rapid development model, the ROI can be huge, while the break-even point should be accelerated tremendously.

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They have both on-premise and cloud licensing. If you are a small to medium company, go for the cloud option because that eliminates a lot of the setting up of your DevTest and performance environments, multiple environments, because you can buy that from Pega with the cloud option. So your setup time really goes down. If you're a large company, then you're better off putting it within your company. You have other skill resources within your company to create environments.They need to come up with licensing options. Right now they do have a cloud-based option, but the cloud prices I've seen are much more expensive compared to competing products.Licensing is expensive. You need to wisely select between per user and per case.

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12
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8.7
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Also Known As
Appian BPM, Appian AnyWhere, Appian Enterprise BPMSPegasystems, SmartBPM
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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.

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
Hansard Global plc, Punch Taverns, Pirelli, Crawford & Company, EDP Renewables, Queensland Government Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning (, Bank of TennesseeThe 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
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Financial Services Firm35%
Transportation Company14%
Construction Company9%
Consumer Goods9%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Financial Services Firm29%
Manufacturing Company16%
Pharma/Biotech Company13%
Comms Service Provider9%
Company Size
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Small Business27%
Midsize Enterprise9%
Large Enterprise64%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business13%
Midsize Enterprise23%
Large Enterprise63%
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