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Find out what your peers are saying about IBM Blueworks Live vs. Visual Paradigm and other solutions. Updated: November 2020.
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"It enables decisions based upon processes that we do model, and ultimately move forward with."
"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."
"The solution is stable. All the refreshes run very well."
"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."
"It has a built-in capability to capture process owners and managers against processes along with other process governance roles."
"For me, what I find to be the most valuable is its simplicity and the association with Microsoft Office."
"It's a powerful tool."
"Using the Component Diagram, Visual Paradigm helps with design and control, reusing components."
"I like the fact that this solution is complete."
"The solution is stable. It hasn't crashed, stopped or caused any issues in any way."
"The solution is very user-friendly. It's easy to just open it and start working."
"The pricing model is attractive."
"The initial setup is straightforward."
"It is easy-to-use and it helps understand its data modeling structure through the intuitive user interface."
"We haven't yet been able to dabble in case management with Blueworks Live, as it is not yet offered with the product."
"We would like the ability to add additional custom colors. We would like to color additional items to add notes to the blueprint."
"The solution is a very basic discovery product so it doesn't have that much modeling capability. This can be improved."
"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 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."
"We don't like the user interface. It's complex. It's a powerful tool but it's complex to implement and requires a lot of manual work."
"I would like to see the ability to easily export to groupware, such as Atlassian Confluence."
"I would like to see something for visualizing innovation work maps."
"The solution is not user-friendly. It uses a lot of memory and CPU. You have to have a good computer to use it."
"The solution could be more compatible with other products in the future."
"There are some connectivity issues that crop up rarely when used with SQL Server."
"The solution can be heavy on resource usage."
Pricing and Cost Advice
"We are seeing ROI from this solution. The solution has saved us time."
"They have a free subscription model that gives a lot of power to the users."
"Over the years I've seen an increase in price, and it makes it difficult for a single person company, like me, to decide whether to extend the license."
"You can use Paradigm on a subscription basis and you can choose from different tiers of subscription."
"You can move between the tiers from month to month so you are not restricted to one pricing model."
Questions from the Community
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|IBM Lombardi Blueprint|
|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.||Visual Paradigm is a UML tool. The tool is designed for a wide range of users including software engineers, system analysts, business analysts and system architects, or for anyone who is interested in reliably building large-scale software systems using an object-oriented approach. In addition, Visual Paradigm supports the latest standards of UML notation.|
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IBM Blueworks Live is ranked 14th in Business Process Design with 7 reviews while Visual Paradigm is ranked 10th in Business Process Design with 5 reviews. IBM Blueworks Live is rated 7.2, while Visual Paradigm is rated 8.0. 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 Visual Paradigm writes "Data modeling through an interface that makes it easy-to-use and understand". IBM Blueworks Live is most compared with Visio, ARIS BPM, Lucidchart, ARIS Cloud and Bonita, whereas Visual Paradigm is most compared with Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect, Visio, ARIS BPM, Bizagi and iServer. See our IBM Blueworks Live vs. Visual Paradigm report.
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