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"The most valuable feature is the ability to share the logic within the rules engine with the business, so you can put it up for everybody to read.""When I compare it with other BPM tools, like IBM, it is great, open source, and free when you use the community version.""The solution is easily compatible with HTML forms and HTML language programming and that is the most significant part.""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."

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"vCenter Orchestrator is easy to use.""The most valuable feature is that this solution is complete, and you don't need any add-ons.""The solution's ability to template and easily implement are the most valuable features. It offers good replication as well.""It is the most cost-effective method for moving data between machines.""The most valuable feature is workflow automation.""The most valuable feature is affinity rules.""The open, flexible architecture has brought in the agile computing environment along with better Dr capabilities. Automation management and operational tasks across VMware and third-party applications, like our HMIS and other business productivity applications, have delivered peace of mind.""The backup and recovery times are very quick."

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"The DevOps for infrastructure capabilities has saved time for our developers by automating processes and reducing provisioning time. Task time has been reduced by 40 percent.""vRA has enabled us to derive value from the cloud faster. It is five to six times faster than traditional solutions.""We provided the ability to request virtual machines to our end users. Before, this was a very manual process, which took engineers to do. Now, it's an automated process.""A lot of its DevOps for infrastructure capabilities improve reliability. Much effort was put in by some customers, like a large automobile manufacturer, a large telecom, and two large banks, to achieve a certain level of capabilities in this space. These DevOps for infrastructure capabilities have saved time for developers. In one use case for a large marketplace, a typical release cycle took about 80 hours and was brought down to three hours by automating deployment for developers. The quicker that deployments happen, the faster that they can do their product release cycles.""Having an enterprise service catalog and being able to automate various parts of our infrastructure are among the most important components."

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"I would like to see the forms engine available in the open-source version of this solution.""I would like to have a feature for audit logging, audit logs and audit log management. And some history of use for the audit logs.""I would also like a very easy to use form builder.""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."

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"The interface could be improved to bring greater user-friendliness and ease of use.""In the next release, to make it easier to write the workflows, I would l like to see more HTML GUIs.""The solution needs to integrate with Cloud facilities like AWS and Azure.""The licensing is expensive and should be improved.""This solution needs to have more built-in workflows.""Using this solution requires a lot of experience.""It is practically difficult at this stage to really comment on the improvisations of V central. But more tech events and PoC cases would help the EA to design better solutions and utilization.""The GUI should be enhanced in the future."

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"They should concentrate on navigation and service improvements.""The initial setup was complex from beginning to delivery. The current version is a bit more complex than version 7 to deploy.""VMware needs to make it to where it is not as custom. Right now, you spend a lot of time making the services work. In order to get it up and running initially, that takes time.""With the workflow aspect, which has manual intervention, a policy needs to be approved by somebody. There could be better management of that piece with better templates. It is like a workflow engine, but does not have enough example templates to do certain things. A lot of people waste a lot of time trying to figure out the same thing, and everybody is trying to figure out the same thing, e.g., how to make a MySQL cluster in a Windows environment?""It needs to be more dynamic with variable customization to make new workloads more reliable. It also needs to be faster. We are exploring vRA version 8 right now and maybe what I'm requesting is available in the new version, but we haven't yet explored it fully."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"We are using the open-source version of this solution.""Camunda is much cheaper.""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."

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"This solution is expensive and the licensing is more attractive for Haveri.""The price is reasonable, and one of the reasons that this product was selected.""We provide the VMware solution to our clients, for which they pay a perpetual license."

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"From a budget point of view, the pricing is a bit on the higher side.""It is pricey for what you get.""Customers say this solution is costlier compared to its competitors.""The pricing is very high."

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Camunda BPM
VMware vRealize Automation, vRA, VMware DynamicOps Cloud Suite
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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.

VMware vCenter Orchestrator simplifies the automation of complex IT tasks and integrates with VMware vCloud Suite components to adapt and extend service delivery and operational management, effectively working with existing infrastructure, tools and processes.

VMware vRealize Automation automates the delivery of personalized infrastructure, applications and custom IT services.

This cloud automation software lets you deploy across a multi-vendor hybrid cloud infrastructure, giving you both flexibility and investment protection for current and future technology choices.

Agility Through Automation

Automate the end-to-end delivery and management of infrastructure, and accelerate application deployment and releases.

Choice Through Flexibility

Provision and manage multivendor, multicloud infrastructure and applications by leveraging existing infrastructure, tools and processes.

Personalization Through Governance Policies

Ensure that users receive the right size resource or application at the appropriate service level for the jobs they need to perform.

Efficiency Through Cost Containment

Provide consistent, automated delivery and management of IT services and reduce time-consuming, manual processes. Reclaim inactive resources for reuse with automated reclamation, providing cost savings.

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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
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Rent-a-Center, Amway, Vistra Energy, Liberty Mutual
Top Industries
REVIEWERS
Financial Services Firm24%
Computer Software Company24%
Comms Service Provider18%
Government12%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company25%
Comms Service Provider18%
Financial Services Firm12%
Government7%
REVIEWERS
University18%
Comms Service Provider18%
Financial Services Firm9%
Media Company9%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company29%
Comms Service Provider22%
Financial Services Firm9%
Government8%
REVIEWERS
Financial Services Firm22%
Healthcare Company14%
Comms Service Provider12%
Retailer9%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company35%
Comms Service Provider21%
Government6%
Financial Services Firm6%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business54%
Midsize Enterprise20%
Large Enterprise26%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business17%
Midsize Enterprise27%
Large Enterprise57%
REVIEWERS
Small Business39%
Midsize Enterprise28%
Large Enterprise33%
REVIEWERS
Small Business12%
Midsize Enterprise12%
Large Enterprise77%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business18%
Midsize Enterprise16%
Large Enterprise66%
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vCenter Orchestrator is ranked 8th in Process Automation with 10 reviews while VMware vRealize Automation (vRA) is ranked 2nd in Cloud Management with 5 reviews. vCenter Orchestrator is rated 8.2, while VMware vRealize Automation (vRA) is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of vCenter Orchestrator writes "Central point for configuring, provisioning, and managing virtualized IT environments". On the other hand, the top reviewer of VMware vRealize Automation (vRA) writes "Automated deployment for developers, saving time on their release cycles". vCenter Orchestrator is most compared with VMware vRealize Operations (vROps), vCloud Director, Cisco UCS Director, Microsoft System Center Orchestrator and ServiceNow Orchestration, whereas VMware vRealize Automation (vRA) is most compared with VMware vRealize Operations (vROps), vCloud Director, Ansible, SaltStack and Nutanix Calm.

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