Compare Appian vs. Zudy VINYL

Appian is ranked 7th in Rapid Application Development Software with 6 reviews while Zudy VINYL is ranked 2nd in Rapid Application Development Software with 21 reviews. Appian is rated 8.2, while Zudy VINYL is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of Appian writes "Low-code characteristics lead to fast development cycles". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Zudy VINYL writes "Lite Integration enables us to easily pull data together from several systems, without coding". Appian is most compared with Pega BPM, ServiceNow and Camunda BPM, whereas Zudy VINYL is most compared with QuickBase, OutSystems and Mendix. See our Appian vs. Zudy VINYL report.
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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.

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The product is super fast at getting things done.It's made things seamless and it's more efficient, and there's an audit trail where it wasn't there before.One of the most valuable features of the solution is how rapid we can implement it, going from a design to an operational concept in a very short period of time.VINYL has given us the ability to really improve the speed with which we deploy releases and respond to the good ideas that our people have.There are two most valuable features: one is the ability to pull data from a bunch of different places and put them together. And the second is the speed at which you can get a new app developed. So instead of waiting months for this new app to come out, if you have an internal team putting it together, you can roll it out in weeks. I've even seen days. It's incredible how fast you can make changes.VINYL has really helped us speed up application development at a reasonable cost.We have been able to leverage the platform to rapidly build custom solutions, and tailor-make them to our needs.It's extremely easy to use in getting into the IDE and then back down to your applications, and getting from your applications to your pages, and navigating through all your tables. That's very simple and pretty intuitive.

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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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There are some acknowledged technical limitations. I was looking to do some metadata manipulation, which is very atypical. Zudy said that they will work on building me a workaround. If there is a weakness, that would be it.Right now it's very dependent on having an imagination to understand.I'd like to see the next release of VINYL have more user interface solutions to it, so that it could be a more user-friendly product on the front end for the customers that are utilizing the tool. We didn't have a solution to help automate all of our reporting in the past which identified the need to make sure that we could tap into our data sources and automate all of our reporting, which is exactly why we needed the tool.The features that I'd like to see in VINYL next would be the ability to have more control over, or have a rule-based control over column headings and column labels.Some new features I think I'd like to see is visibility into running jobs so that we can see what the status is, or it's not stuck in its process and doing its thing, or how much longer it's going to take. I'd also like to see a native calendaring function so we can put calendars into our apps with maybe even recurring tasks or appointments and that sort of thing. We'd also like to see multi-select lists. The users being able to pick multiple things to filter on and get a list and be able to export that list.The ease of use for individuals to self-serve could be improved. The solution is no-code, but there is still a decent learning curve associated with the product and some app design principles necessary before people can self-serve.When you are trying to delete certain columns or delete or drop tables, it will throw an error and it will force you to hunt down every location where those things are being referenced. You have to delete them from the very end and work your way backward... It would be easier, when you're deleting that table, if it would concatenate all the way down.There are a lot of almost "hidden" features captured in these Edge Case settings... If you want a scroll bar at the bottom, instead of having it select rows to show, you have to select Disable Panel Location Service, which doesn't sound at all like what it's supposed to do. Naming conventions could be changed a little bit.

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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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Compared to if I used traditional methods, such as hiring developers and setting up systems, VINYL is costing me less than half of what it would normally cost.The value for us for VINYL is that we've got one fee that we're paying per year and we can deploy and build as many apps and bring in as many users as we need.The licensing costs we pay are, I believe about 5,000 a month. That's every quarter. We've been doing it for about a year now, and the prices have remained steady. We feel it's a reasonable cost for what we're getting because it's unlimited users. So as big as you want to make it, you're not constrained by a per-user licensing cost or any of those other restrictions, so that's going to stifle your development.Our licensing costs are approximately 100K annually, and from my perspective, that really is quite the value with the flexibility and what we're getting from the product.The pricing is moderate. It's okay.Pricing and licensing are expensive.We have seen a 30 percent decrease in time for some of our workflows.I feel the product’s pricing is a good value. The licensing model is very straightforward. You license the platform and you can build however many solutions you want with it.

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Also Known As
Appian BPM, Appian AnyWhere, Appian Enterprise BPMS
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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.

Zudy is a visionary enterprise application development company with a breakthrough low-code platform known as VINYL. VINYL’s patented technology-agnostic development environment turns mobile and web into one, enabling enterprises to build highly configurable applications in just days rather than months or years. Using VINYL, enterprises can dramatically increase the number of new applications they can build from an average of three per year to more than 50.

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Hansard Global plc, Punch Taverns, Pirelli, Crawford & Company, EDP Renewables, Queensland Government Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning (, Bank of TennesseeBrooks Brothers, Stericycle, DXL, Aetna, JCrew, Barstool Sports, iHeart Media, Cal-Maine Foods Inc, Collette Travel, Kraft Sports Group, Fresh Direct
Top Industries
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Financial Services Firm50%
Transportation Company13%
Software R&D Company13%
Healthcare Company13%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Software R&D Company32%
Financial Services Firm14%
Comms Service Provider11%
Government7%
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Manufacturing Company16%
Healthcare Company11%
Retailer11%
Pharma/Biotech Company11%
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Software R&D Company36%
Manufacturing Company10%
Retailer9%
Pharma/Biotech Company5%
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Small Business33%
Midsize Enterprise22%
Large Enterprise44%
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Small Business11%
Midsize Enterprise19%
Large Enterprise70%
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Small Business27%
Midsize Enterprise32%
Large Enterprise41%
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