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"When I compare it with other BPM tools, like IBM, it is great, open source, and free when you use the community version.""The solution is easily compatible with HTML forms and HTML language programming and that is the most significant part.""The speed and execution of DMN was a big selling point for us. It's very good at conducting business processes that are easily modeled and presented in a way that's easy to understand.""It allows me to present or to demonstrate the business process flow, visually, without having to resort to PowerPoint, Visio, or other products.""It has an open BPM""The interface and the number of connectors that they provide are the most valuable features. The support here, it's kind of okay. But the main thing is with the number of connectors and the UI, the user interface.""Being able to use a Java-based solution makes the product flexible.""The best feature is the automation."

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"The ability to sort via multiple criteria to identify the relationships you need for a specific object.""ARIS is probably the most mature product in terms of modeling an enterprise architecture so that it has context.""The initial setup and installation are very straightforward.""The ease of use is the most valuable. I have tried a number of BPMN packages, and I find the user interface of ARIS BPM easier and more intuitive than others. If your team is knowledgeable on BPMN, it is really pretty easy to figure out on your own because it adheres to the standards extremely well. I have tried Bizagi, BizFlow, and a variety of such solutions, and I just liked ARIS BPM better.""The most valuable feature in the latest versions is the connect portal, where you can do very simple modeling using the web-based portal.""It provides the discovery functionality, and you can have a simulation on top of it to get your design corrected to ensure that it is within the right state of parameters. It is a complete package that you can use from strategy to execution because you have the design layer, and within the design, you can also do analytics.""The EPC modeling is very detailed, the semantic check is helpful, and auto-layout simplifies the formatting.""The most valuable feature is the process documentation. For us, ARIS is a lifestyle more than a tool. It helps us learn how to think and how to plan for our system."

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"The solution is pretty stable."

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Cons
"I would like to have a feature for audit logging, audit logs and audit log management. And some history of use for the audit logs.""I would also like a very easy to use form builder.""Especially when you use the open-source version, there are issues with performance.""If there were some industry templates it would have helped significantly, because it is similar to a process map for a domain. That is what we are currently creating, a domain-relevant process map.""Lacking in forms visualization.""The support definitely can be improved. Apart from that, the language should be extendable to other platforms. If I want to write, I'll run a different platform, like Python code on top of it, or COBOL code on top of it, and it should support those languages.""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 only drawback is the time that it takes to have a complete set of workflows implemented on the Camunda platform."

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"The governance mechanism could be better, as could automation.""The interface is a little archaic.""The workflow approval process could be represented better in the overviews.""I use it strictly for developing the business process model. I don't use it for the actual automation. I do that with Vtenext. I have standardized on Vtenext, and I don't use ARIS BPM anymore. The Vtenext UI is just as good, and it is much more tightly coupled to the underlying object model. I can get more done in one session with Vtenext rather than first going to ARIS BPM, then importing, and having to edit it for tight coupling.""If you want to create new reports then you have to use JavaScript, or ARIS script as they call it, which is beyond the competencies of most people.""Its governance tool and integration with ESB and execution engine can be improved. Their partner support can also be improved.""The model graphics can be exported in PDF, but the model is too small to read.""There is a lot of room for improvement. They need to increase the performance of the system flow. They need to support it more. ARIS Process Governance is still quite basic, and they are using an old BPM and process automation module."

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"The solution needs to better integrate with other products, like Microsoft."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"Camunda is much cheaper.""I use the open-source free version.""The open-source version of the product is free to use.""The cost of this solution is better than some competing products.""Licensing costs are anywhere from $80,000 to $100,000 USD per year.""We use the open-source version, which can be used at no cost.""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.""When compared with the proprietary products, the pricing costs are much less, even though it is an enterprise edition."

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"This is absolutely not the cheapest solution in the market, but for large companies, the price is fine.""It depends on different parameters.""The setup cost and pricing depend on the license (Modeler, Viewer, Administrator).""The price could be better.""The price of the solution is reasonable."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: The Camunda BPMN Platform is very flexible and gives several options to deploy and scale it.
Top Answer: There is an open-source version available, that in its core features (workflow and decision engine, modeler) is exactly… more »
Top Answer: In the future, I would definitely like to see the process administration (migration, audit, tracking) and process… more »
Top Answer: It provides the discovery functionality, and you can have a simulation on top of it to get your design corrected to… more »
Top Answer: Its governance tool and integration with ESB and execution engine can be improved. Their partner support can also be… more »
Top Answer: I didn't use the solution for very long, so it's hard to go too in-depth with what the solution may have been lacking… more »
Top Answer: When we selected this product, we were in an implementation of our ERC, and in that context, we had a lot of information… 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.

Software AG's ARIS Business Process Analysis Platform is ideal for organizations that want to document, analyze, standardize and improve their processes. Design, document, analyze, optimize and communicate processes to achieve business process excellence by using the ARIS Business Process Analysis Platform. With more efficient processes across business, IT and SAP systems, your Digital Enterprise can respond to changing business and market requirements more quickly.

IBM Rational System Architect is an enterprise architecture solution for visualizing, analyzing, and communicating enterprise architecture and business process analysis. This solution provides decision support, process optimization, and integration into solution delivery. Rational System Architect addresses all aspects of your organization's enterprise architecture, including modeling, publishing, analysis, and execution.
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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
Fujitsu, Coca Cola, ING, Credit Suisse, Electrolux
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Top Industries
REVIEWERS
Financial Services Firm24%
Computer Software Company24%
Comms Service Provider18%
Non Profit12%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company26%
Comms Service Provider18%
Financial Services Firm12%
Government7%
REVIEWERS
Financial Services Firm38%
Retailer13%
Pharma/Biotech Company6%
Renewables & Environment Company6%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company26%
Comms Service Provider21%
Financial Services Firm8%
Government8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company23%
Manufacturing Company15%
Comms Service Provider14%
Government10%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business54%
Midsize Enterprise20%
Large Enterprise26%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business17%
Midsize Enterprise27%
Large Enterprise57%
REVIEWERS
Small Business45%
Midsize Enterprise4%
Large Enterprise51%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business7%
Midsize Enterprise15%
Large Enterprise79%
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Find out what your peers are saying about Camunda, Signavio, Sparx Systems and others in Business Process Design. Updated: September 2021.
536,244 professionals have used our research since 2012.

ARIS BPA is ranked 7th in Business Process Design with 9 reviews while IBM Rational System Architect is ranked 11th in Architecture Management with 1 review. ARIS BPA is rated 7.8, while IBM Rational System Architect is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of ARIS BPA writes "Holistic views of process modeling show interrelated effects between new and old processes". On the other hand, the top reviewer of IBM Rational System Architect writes "Stable with good customization of the meta-model and good reporting". ARIS BPA is most compared with Signavio Process Manager, Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect, Visio, MEGA HOPEX and IBM BPM, whereas IBM Rational System Architect is most compared with Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect, UNICOM System Architect, SAP PowerDesigner, BiZZdesign HoriZZon and erwin Evolve.

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