Compare IBM Blueworks Live vs. Visio

IBM Blueworks Live is ranked 7th in Business Process Design with 10 reviews while Visio is ranked 5th in Business Process Design with 9 reviews. IBM Blueworks Live is rated 8.2, while Visio is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of IBM Blueworks Live writes "The stability is highly available, which is key. You don't lose your work and can autosave". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Visio writes "Provides Key Collaboration With Other Microsoft Applications Like SharePoint and Excel". IBM Blueworks Live is most compared with Visio, ARIS BPM and Lucidchart, whereas Visio is most compared with Bizagi, Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect and Visual Paradigm. See our IBM Blueworks Live vs. Visio report.
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For me, what I find to be the most valuable is its simplicity and the association with Microsoft Office.It has a built-in capability to capture process owners and managers against processes along with other process governance roles.The business process discovery is excellent. The diagram or blueprinting functionality of the solution are very good. It's quite easy. You can link the sub-processes and get a big overview of the whole process then.The solution is stable. All the refreshes run very well.It has the ability to document in different formats. It is not tied to a specific model. You can look at it from different angles and see the intuitive nature of it. It always generates a valid diagram. You cannot create something that is not BPMN compliant.It enables decisions based upon processes that we do model, and ultimately move forward with.You can use if from your mobile device or you can be on the desktop. It doesn't matter. You are always connected. It is cloud-based, so you don't have to install anything.The stability is pretty good. It is highly available, which is key. You don't lose your work and can autosave.

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I like to use Visio because it gives me a quick view of the things I had to put in a model for a company. I don't use it as an interface, though.The Data Objects are hyperlinked to the Standard Operating Procedures, Letters, and Forms.Visio has improved our organization through an essential collaboration with the other Microsoft applications like SharePoint and Excel. So basically in the earlier days, what used to happen, a majority of the organization captured all the as-is process, the time and motion data in the form of Excel and then they used to create process diagrams using other freeware applications. Collaboration allows easy and convenient sharing with other stakeholders, that is really helpful with Visio.I enjoy the fact that I can go into detail with Visio. In shared communications, I can inspect for any fault in my processes.It is easy to learn and implement.Putting details into the process flow and being able to link other objects into the diagrams are very helpful features.The most valuable feature is the ability to draw models quickly.The diagramming and swimlane features allow for separating business functions.

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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.The user interface is quite easy at first but process analysts soon run into roadblocks of limited functionality, which is disappointing.The font size is really, really small and it's really not useful to print out process models because you cannot read what's written in different boxes. This makes it necessary for people to have access to the tool. We view licenses to see how the printing or output is. It's not very good.The solution is a very basic discovery product so it doesn't have that much modeling capability. This can be improved.We would like the ability to add additional custom colors. We would like to color additional items to add notes to the blueprint.We haven't yet been able to dabble in case management with Blueworks Live, as it is not yet offered with the product.The ability to create a very structured rule. With the capability that we have right now, Blueworks Live is more process focused. We should be able to enhance it to include a lot more of decisions as well.I wish Blueworks Live had simulations built in, but it doesn't. It also lacks a feature of reporting; ad hoc, drag and drop reporting. A lot of senior people are always asking for reports, and there's no reporting feature within IBM Blueworks.

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Something that needs to improve, is the interface interaction with other tools.The Auto-Align has improved significantly from the previous release; however, it still jumbles the model if your process diagram has a fair degree of complexity.The one particular thing which I would like to see improved is in comparison to other products in the market, and is still lacking in Visio, is publishing on a web application. For example, there is a freeware application business process modeling tool, Bizagi.I would like to see included in the next release is the implementation of web publishing.Transferring data was one of the issues that I expected Visio to have resolved. I use the older version.It does not integrate well with other solutions.I would like to be able to present diagrams in multiple ways, such as a Swimlane diagram.I would like to see traceability. It doesn't have it. You cannot find one object amongst several sheets of Visio diagrams.

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They have a free subscription model that gives a lot of power to the users.We are seeing ROI from this solution. The solution has saved us time.Based on the licenses purchased, from a footprint perspective, you can have as many people as you want. You have multiple different categories of licenses to keep the cost low.

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The cost of the software is reasonably priced.It has a lower price point than the competition.

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Overview
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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Sample Customers
Cloudsoft Corp. Ltd., Bayer, S¾SS, Essex County CouncilThomas 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
REVIEWERS
Financial Services Firm38%
Government13%
Comms Service Provider13%
Retailer13%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Software R&D Company21%
Financial Services Firm20%
Media Company9%
Non Profit6%
REVIEWERS
Financial Services Firm36%
Healthcare Company9%
Transportation Company9%
Analyst Firm9%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Software R&D Company21%
Media Company9%
Government8%
Comms Service Provider8%
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