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"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.""The most valuable feature is the scheduling.""Ease of use and ability to streamline a process model."

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"The solution's most valuable aspect is the fact it is highly configurable. We can do configurations very easily.""The most valuable feature is automation, which is quite strong and we are quite happy with it.""The business process modeling is the most valuable feature.""The dashboards are helpful because you can display reports directly on your screen.""It provides a solution for integration orchestration. This solution is for any organization in the banking, telecommunications, healthcare, manufacturing, and all domains and industries.""It's a flexible solution."

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"Easily maintained and customization is quite simple.""Out of box connectivity with UiPath.""The solution offers very good integration capabilities. We've never had issues integrating it without solutions.""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 most valuable features of this solution are that it's no code, it's very flexible, and it's easy to design.""The integration capabilities have been very useful."

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Cons
"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.""The initial set up could be simplified, it's complex.""Process interfaces between diagrams could be improved."

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"The UI of the solution is not good. They should work to update the solution and make it better and fresher.""The setup and installation process could be made easier.""In terms of improvement, it could be less complex.""Sometimes, we feel like we are not getting the full features of the content management capabilities.""The initial setup is actually a really complicated process.""I feel that the features are not user-friendly."

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"Difficult to include external partners with the solution deployed on-premise.""Heavy, cumbersome and inflexible.""The licensing needs to be improved. Right now, we find it's getting more expensive to use the product.""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.""Currently, it's taking quite some time to deploy a package, it needs improvement""The Workflow Designer needs improvement."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"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.""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."

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"When you compare with Laserfiche and M-Files, IBM is expensive."

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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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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: In a broad perspective when you compare Camunda & Bonita they have the below features: Camunda features: BPM… more »
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: We researched both IBM solutions and in the end, we chose Business Automation Workflow. IBM BPM has a good user… more »
Top Answer: The ease of use for the front end within IBM is most valuable. It is a quick win for creating any process because IBM… more »
Top Answer: Its price is all right. It is a yearly contract. It needs to be renewed every year.
Top Answer: The integration capabilities have been very useful.
Top Answer: I am unsure of the exact pricing. Nintex acquired K2 in 2020 and there may be a shift in the cost structure. I can't… more »
Top Answer: The Workflow Designer needs improvement. For example, when you design a workflow on K2, it shows the entire area between… more »
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Camunda BPM
Business Automation Workflow
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 Automation Workflow combines business process management and case management capabilities in one workflow solution. It integrates the capabilities of business process and case management into a single workflow offering. It unites information, process, and users to provide a 360-degree view of work to drive more successful optimized business outcomes. IBM Business Automation Workflow on Cloud provides the same capabilities that are offered in the IBM Business Automation Workflow offering, all within a ready-to-use, cloud-based environment that is hosted in IBM Cloud data centers and managed by IBM.

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
Key Bank, Barclays, Control€xpert, MIR Insurance Brokers, Conqord Oil
SEA Corp, Omnicom Group, Verizon, STIHL
Top Industries
REVIEWERS
Financial Services Firm24%
Computer Software Company24%
Comms Service Provider18%
Non Profit12%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company27%
Comms Service Provider17%
Financial Services Firm11%
Government7%
REVIEWERS
Financial Services Firm71%
Engineering Company14%
Government14%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company28%
Financial Services Firm16%
Comms Service Provider15%
Insurance Company8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company24%
Comms Service Provider18%
Government8%
Energy/Utilities Company6%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business53%
Midsize Enterprise24%
Large Enterprise24%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business17%
Midsize Enterprise25%
Large Enterprise58%
REVIEWERS
Small Business25%
Large Enterprise75%
REVIEWERS
Small Business55%
Midsize Enterprise9%
Large Enterprise36%
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IBM Business Automation Workflow is ranked 12th in Business Process Management (BPM) with 6 reviews while K2 is ranked 11th in Business Process Management (BPM) with 6 reviews. IBM Business Automation Workflow is rated 7.4, while K2 is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of IBM Business Automation Workflow writes "Offers the ability to create a case file identification". On the other hand, the top reviewer of K2 writes "Doesn't require customized coding but lacks flexibility and can feel cumbersome". IBM Business Automation Workflow is most compared with IBM BPM, Apache Airflow, IBM Case Foundation, ARIS BPA and Studio Creatio, whereas K2 is most compared with Nintex Workflow, IBM BPM, Pega BPM, Bizagi and Kofax TotalAgility. See our IBM Business Automation Workflow vs. K2 report.

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