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Find out what your peers are saying about IBM Blueworks Live vs. Visio and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
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"I like everything about the entire BPM that comes with the BPM suite.""Camunda Platform has a very good interface for workflow and business process design.""The solution is good for data models.""Overall, the solution has been very solid.""The Camunda BPMN Platform is very flexible and gives several options to deploy and scale it.""I can use any other tools to create services and the UI, and then use them together with the Camunda BPMN engine.""The best feature is the automation.""Being able to use a Java-based solution makes the product flexible."

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"For me, what I find to be the most valuable is its simplicity and the association with Microsoft Office.""Collaboration is most valuable. You can collaborate online with many people. People can comment, and you can comment back. It is just like a social network, and that, for me, is very good.""It has a built-in capability to capture process owners and managers against processes along with other process governance roles.""This solution is good at utilizing standards rules for connectivity."

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"Good interface and good tool configuration.""Great at illustrating advanced topics which helps my team understand what I'm trying to get across.""I haven't needed to reach out to technical support the entire time I've used the product. It's very basic and very simple, and therefore I've never run into any issues I haven't been able to deal with personally.""I like the solution's ease of use and its the integration with different templates from a variety of manufacturers.""A good designation feature.""The most valuable features are process mapping and identifying responsibilities.""I like the way you can hypertext across tabs so you can actually create an interactive that you can export as a website. You can also extend it to a monitoring tool if you really wanted to.""Visio makes it easier than with other tools to do such tasks as changing things or coming up with one's own visual style for presentation purposes."

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"The user interface needs improvement. It should be more tailored to the end-user and offer a better user experience design over the user interface itself.""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 initial set up could be simplified, it's complex.""The migration strategy needs to be improved.""In the future, I would definitely like to see the process administration (migration, audit, tracking) and process evaluation (optimize) features added to the community edition.""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.""Documentation can be improved.""I would like to see better pricing."

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"Spaces are not well organized; space controls are lacking.""There should be an option to import from and export to Microsoft Visio. Being able to move files back and forth between Blueworks Live and Visio would be good.""The user interface is quite easy at first but process analysts soon run into roadblocks of limited functionality, which is disappointing.""It is BPMN-compliant but the tool needs to be more involved to get into a completely 2.0 oriented tool. It has a few things but it's not the complete BPMN model."

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"One thing that I always felt was missing was the ability to integrate with other Microsoft products, particularly with things like SharePoint or other Excel Office tools. It may be available, but it is not as good as it could be.""The big downside to Visio is that it's very difficult to push the design through to Power Automate, to become a workflow that you can use.""I would like to see better integration with external data sources.""The database modeling has deteriorated significantly in the more current versions.""It thinks that it knows what you want to do, but it doesn't. It has a way of behaving that can be very frustrating from time to time. Either it moves things about because it thinks its placement should be at a certain place, or it's keeping track of things that you don't necessarily see, so it moves something elsewhere.""System architecture could be improved.""Visio could be improved by adding more features. If you look at draw.io, they have more features. Also, if you want to design something for the cloud, Microsoft Azure still isn't enabled, so you need to install the plugin. This prototype is easily available, though.""The behavior of the interface can sometimes be unpredictable."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"The cost of this solution is better than some competing products.""We use the open-source version, which can be used at no cost.""We pay for the license of this solution annually.""The open-source version of the product is free to use.""There is an open-source version available, that in its core features (workflow and decision engine, modeler) is exactly the same as in the enterprise version.""Licensing costs are anywhere from $80,000 to $100,000 USD per year.""Generally, the price could be better, as well as the licensing fees.""We have an annual subscription to this solution."

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"They have a free subscription model that gives a lot of power to the users.""Making it less expensive would be good."

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"While I don't recall the exact price I do recall that it was quite high.""There is a licensing fee, but it is fairly priced.""I haven't looked at the prices lately. We have an older copy, and it was a couple of hundred dollars for this software. That's a huge expense.""There are some cheaper as well as free solutions.""You can purchase a corporate license for more users to use the solution. We have purchased a stand-alone license and which could be cheaper.""The price of Visio is reasonable.""Visio is about a $180 dollars to purchase. It is a one-time licensing fee.""I know you can pick it up in retail for under a thousand per person. You can also pick it up for cheaper than that. Microsoft has about 7,000 licensing models, and you get certain percentages off specific licensing. If you're a partner, you get specific numbers of licenses with the partnership price."

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Camunda BPM
IBM Lombardi Blueprint
Microsoft Visio
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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.

IBM Blueworks Live is a cloud-based business process modeling tool that helps discover, map and document processes and accessible anywhere through a browser and that generates industry-standard BPMN 2.0 layouts, documentation and output. Tutorial videos guide you through creating and editing a simple process model, allowing you to learn and perform business process modeling in minutes.
Microsoft Visio is an advanced diagramming solution that helps IT professionals simplify, connect, and share information. Visio provides tools and resources for interpreting, acting upon, updating, and sharing complex information about IT processes, infrastructure, and applications - effectively and efficiently.
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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
Cloudsoft Corp. Ltd., Bayer, S¾SS, Essex County Council
Thomas College, Hamburg Port Authority, Portigon AG, Conseil G_n_ral du d_partement des Hautes-Alpes, AAA Auto a. s., Commonwealth Financial Network, ICA, Abu Dhabi National Energy Company
Top Industries
Financial Services Firm22%
Comms Service Provider22%
Computer Software Company22%
Non Profit11%
Computer Software Company28%
Comms Service Provider17%
Financial Services Firm11%
Financial Services Firm25%
Manufacturing Company25%
Comms Service Provider17%
Computer Software Company25%
Financial Services Firm17%
Comms Service Provider11%
Insurance Company8%
Financial Services Firm22%
Computer Software Company12%
Insurance Company10%
Manufacturing Company10%
Comms Service Provider20%
Computer Software Company19%
Financial Services Firm10%
Company Size
Small Business53%
Midsize Enterprise23%
Large Enterprise25%
Small Business17%
Midsize Enterprise26%
Large Enterprise57%
Small Business21%
Midsize Enterprise7%
Large Enterprise71%
Small Business29%
Midsize Enterprise17%
Large Enterprise54%
Find out what your peers are saying about IBM Blueworks Live vs. Visio and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
554,873 professionals have used our research since 2012.

IBM Blueworks Live is ranked 11th in Business Process Design with 4 reviews while Visio is ranked 4th in Business Process Design with 53 reviews. IBM Blueworks Live is rated 8.0, while Visio is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of IBM Blueworks Live writes "A Simple and cost-effective tool with responsive technical support ". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Visio writes "A stable and scalable solution for business-oriented presentations". IBM Blueworks Live is most compared with Lucidchart, ARIS Cloud, ARIS BPA, SAP Signavio Process Manager and iGrafx, whereas Visio is most compared with Bizagi, Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect, ARIS BPA, SAP Signavio Process Manager and draw.io. See our IBM Blueworks Live vs. Visio report.

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