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Find out what your peers are saying about IBM BPM vs. K2 and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
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Pros
"It is open-source. It supports microservice orchestration. This is what we are really interested in. We can customize our products depending on the use cases.""We can share, discuss, and develop the model together — from a distance. It's really helped us during these times of isolation.""Ease of use and ability to streamline a process model.""I can use any other tools to create services and the UI, and then use them together with the Camunda BPMN engine.""The solution is good for data models.""Camunda Platform has a very good interface for workflow and business process design.""The most valuable feature is the scheduling.""It has an open BPM"

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"This solution has always been lacking in the user interface (UI), it needed to be improved a lot. However, from the acquisition of Spark UI, the UI is much better. Overall the solution is robust and has the ability to integrate with any product for complex workflows.""It has an elaborated way to explore the IBM BPM processes.""IBM BPM is equipped with all the functionalities which are needed for building BPM enterprise-level applications.""The integration and design are valuable features.""Some of the features that I like the most are team management and process performance. They are both very useful and very powerful with regard to the workflow.""IBM BPM is both scalable and stable.""IBM's deployment box is one huge black box. We can create all the services with our own code or without a codebase, however, we have a huge amount of space with practically no limitation.""This is one of the best tools to support the business and the way we work, and the numerous processes we need to implement."

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"The workflow engine of K2 is its main strength. Its workflow engine is probably one of the best, and that's the reason why Nintex bought K2. It can clearly handle any complex process or scenario. K2 is almost low-code. It is a no-code or low-code solution. You don't have to read a whole lot of code. It is pretty much GUI based. Their support is also excellent. The biggest advantage of K2 is SmartObjects, which allow you to separate the data from the application. It is a standalone application that allows you to build a data source from different places, which a lot of other applications also do. It is called SmartObjects technology, which is pretty powerful. If I have data from different applications, such as JD and ServiceNow, I can just create a SmartObject based on a data source and use it. I have some forms that have six, seven, or eight applications in a single form with data from different places.""The solution offers very good integration capabilities. We've never had issues integrating it without solutions.""The integration capabilities have been very useful.""The most valuable features of this solution are that it's no code, it's very flexible, and it's easy to design.""Easily maintained and customization is quite simple.""Out of box connectivity with UiPath."

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Cons
"The only drawback is the time that it takes to have a complete set of workflows implemented on the Camunda platform.""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.""I don't like the UI of the Camunda Platform, I have found the Signavio solution to be much better for me to create the process designs and execute them. Additionally, I have found the tools in the Camunda Platform are not compatible with some of my other tools. They should improve this in the future.""I'm from the .NET world and I would like to use it, rather than Java.""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 initial set up could be simplified, it's complex.""I would like to see better pricing.""The migration strategy needs to be improved."

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"The price and the overall installation process could be improved.""The coaches and the user interface are the areas that can be improved a lot. It is good in terms of data processing, but the UI, scripting, and coaches are not very user-friendly and developer-friendly. Performance is always an issue. The scripting and the pattern that it uses are very tedious for new developers to understand, and it takes time to master it in depth. When comparing IBM BPM with IBM APN, a lot of things are provided out of the box in IBM APN. We don't have to write code or a Java connector to make a functionality work. It would be very helpful and time-saving for developers if IBM BPM is improved in this area to provide many functionalities or drag-and-drop options so that the developers don't have to write the code.""This is technology, and there's always room for improvement. It would be better to have a single solution. Trying to have an overview in terms of this solution brings together the concepts of BPM processes, customer journeys, and an automation part for KPIs. All of this working together and coming up with a single solution with privacy is more commercial than anything else.""We are a government organization, and we are the largest government power sector in India. We generate around 30% of power in India. Therefore, our processes are quite complex. Although IBM BPM is a low-code or no-code software, if you want to have extremely complex workflows, just the business process diagrams are not helpful in creating those workflows. While implementing complex workflows, only the process flow diagrams did not help us. We had to write a lot of Java scripts and Java queries to achieve what we wanted. Its integration capabilities with the SAP environment have to be improved. At present, we are only talking at the web services environment level. Its price also needs to be improved. It is currently expensive. Previously, Active Directory required a heterogeneous environment, but now they want a homogeneous environment. We had onboarded employees through Microsoft Active Directory, and now I have to implement Microsoft AD only from the cloud for my vendors.""IBM BPM lacks openness, that is, the ability to become open for new options in terms of APIs, front-end development, and ecosystem. IBM BPM has been quite closed. One of the main improvements would be to somehow embed the rules engine into IBM BPM. Merging IBM BRMS and the rules engine with IBM BPM would be helpful. If there was some simpler way to define rules without having to put IBM BRMS on top of it, it would be good. It's something that we can get out of Camunda but not out of IBM BPM.""There needs to be better documentation for IBM BPM in a central place. There is not any standard documentation for each component available and has been a barrier for developers.""I believe that if the license were cheaper, it would have a greater impact.""The integration could be improved."

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"The licensing needs to be improved. Right now, we find it's getting more expensive to use the product.""Currently, it's taking quite some time to deploy a package, it needs improvement""The Workflow Designer needs improvement.""Difficult to include external partners with the solution deployed on-premise.""K2 is a workflow solution, and there is no RPA solution with K2. This is where K2 lacks a little bit. It is just a heavy workflow solution. It doesn't have a supplemental product like RPA. If you want to use RPA, you have to use Blue Prism, UIPath, or something else. If you use Nintex, it has an RPA solution. It is a form-based application, and they are doing everything electronically. The initial investment in K2 is heavy because it is a BPM software. It does not have a low cost because they charge you the same for one workflow or 100 workflows.""Heavy, cumbersome and inflexible."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"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.""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.""We're using the open-source version for now.""The cost of this solution is better than some competing products.""We have an annual subscription to this solution.""We use the open-source version, which can be used at no cost.""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."

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"The price of the solution is fair for an enterprise solution that has both cloud and on-premise deployments and when comparing to competitors. Recently IBM has introduced Cloud Pak which allows for more flexible licensing options for automation and other features.""I wish it was less expensive. I don't know why their pricing model is so high for a piece of software that could benefit so many. It just seems to me that they could have a lower cost, maybe with fewer features or whatever, but it should be possible to do a lower cost workflow software that uses the same interface and underlying engine but does not cost so much that you have to be a Fortune 50 company to buy it. It is annoying to me. There are a lot of solutions that IBM has that are really powerful but nobody can afford them. They know their business, but I still feel that there are a lot of customers who would benefit from this sort of thing. I don't know what this elitism is all about. I am sure they have people doing the money numbers, but it seems like you can make a lot more money by selling it to way more people for a little bit less.""Its price is on the higher side, and it can be improved. Its licensing is on a yearly basis. There are no additional costs.""It's expensive. All software is always extremely high. The manufacturing cost that we have compared to the selling cost, it's not like you're building a house or building a car. But putting that aside, considering that it's expensive, it's a lot of money. If you compare it with some of the other alternatives in the market, it's a similar price. For instance, if you compare it with Pegasystems, it's a similar price.""Licensing is managed by the client, but we know it is yearly. Camunda is relatively cheaper. There is not much difference in pricing of IBM and PEGA. For large licensing, there are discounts as well.""IBM could improve the price. It is far too expensive.""I already compared some solutions related to business process management, and I saw that the cost of IBM BPM is more expensive compared with that of Camunda, for example.""When considering the features of the solution the price is expensive compared to competitors."

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"The initial investment in K2 is heavy. Currently, the expenditure is $28,000 for a year. After we go to the cloud, it is going to be per seat and probably cheaper. Currently, there are unlimited users.""There is an initial fee when purchasing and a fee for maintenance afterward."

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Top Answer: We had a yearly license. I believe that if the license were cheaper, it would have a greater impact.
Top Answer: The integration capabilities have been very useful.
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Camunda BPM
WebSphere Lombardi Edition, IBM Business Process Manager, IBM WebSphere Process Server
K2 blackpearl, K2 Five
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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.

IBM Business Process Manager is a comprehensive BPM platform giving you visibility and insight to manage business processes. It scales smoothly and easily from an initial project to a full enterprise-wide program harnesses complexity in a simple environment to better meet customer needs.

K2's process automation platform helps your company grow and take automation to a new level. Tackle any business problem—large or small—and create an app to solve it, without writing lines of code.

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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
Barclays, EmeriCon, Banca Popolare di Milano, CST Consulting, KeyBank, KPMG, Prolifics, Sandhata Technologies Ltd., State of Alaska, Humana S.A., Saperion, esciris, Banco Espirito Santo
SEA Corp, Omnicom Group, Verizon, STIHL
Top Industries
REVIEWERS
Financial Services Firm22%
Comms Service Provider22%
Computer Software Company22%
Non Profit11%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company28%
Comms Service Provider17%
Financial Services Firm11%
Government7%
REVIEWERS
Financial Services Firm59%
Insurance Company15%
Computer Software Company10%
Energy/Utilities Company5%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company30%
Comms Service Provider17%
Financial Services Firm17%
Insurance Company6%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company24%
Comms Service Provider18%
Government8%
Energy/Utilities Company6%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business53%
Midsize Enterprise23%
Large Enterprise25%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business17%
Midsize Enterprise26%
Large Enterprise57%
REVIEWERS
Small Business22%
Midsize Enterprise10%
Large Enterprise69%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business8%
Midsize Enterprise22%
Large Enterprise69%
REVIEWERS
Small Business55%
Midsize Enterprise9%
Large Enterprise36%
Find out what your peers are saying about IBM BPM vs. K2 and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
554,873 professionals have used our research since 2012.

IBM BPM is ranked 4th in Business Process Management (BPM) with 24 reviews while K2 is ranked 11th in Business Process Management (BPM) with 6 reviews. IBM BPM is rated 7.8, while K2 is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of IBM BPM writes "A very stable and powerful tool for handling lots of concurrent users, but it is expensive, and the Eclipse-based tool has performance issues when you have a lot of developers". On the other hand, the top reviewer of K2 writes "Doesn't require customized coding but lacks flexibility and can feel cumbersome". IBM BPM is most compared with IBM Business Automation Workflow, Pega BPM, Apache Airflow, Appian and IBM WebSphere Application Server, whereas K2 is most compared with Nintex Workflow, Pega BPM, Bizagi, Appian and Oracle BPM. See our IBM BPM vs. K2 report.

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