Most Helpful Review
Researched Appian but chose Pega BPM: User interface and ease of workflow development help cut down on dev time
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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.
It is easy to use, easy to understand, easy to implement and easy to enhance and we can do it as a Cloud. Also it is very user friendly.
The stability has been good. We haven't had any issues.
The interface is quite simple and easy to use, even for beginners.
The solution's most valuable feature is its quick setup. Nowhere else you can create a good-looking application this quick. It's a fairly robust system.
Powerful, full-featured business process management with excellent support
While Pega technical support is okay, it also depends on the issues you need help with and who your contact is with Pega.
The most valuable features are case management and integration services.
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.
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.
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.
Sometimes when we are patching some data from the database, we are getting added as a timeout.
The solution would benefit from more integration capabilities.
Pega currently is trying to add chatbots to their systems, and it's still quite immature. This part definitely needs to be improved.
The pricing model needs to be improved. Right now, it's too expensive.
Lack of stronger cloud support is somewhat inconvenient for users and implementation.
What should be included is some UI features and maybe some integrations. This includes documentation on how the UI works.
The unit testing needs to improve, as well as the user interface.
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.
Pricing and Cost Advice
The cost depends on the number of users, although I recommend taking an unlimited license.
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.
May be somewhat more expensive than other solutions initially, but should have enhanced return on investment.
The licensing fees are based on the number of users.
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.
out of 76 in Business Process Management
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|Appian BPM, Appian AnyWhere, Appian Enterprise BPMS||Pegasystems, SmartBPM|
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