IBM Blueworks Live Pros and Cons
IBM Blueworks Live Pros
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.View full review »
For me, what I find to be the most valuable is its simplicity and the association with Microsoft Office.View full review »
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.View full review »
For me the most valuable feature is that it's one depository for our bank. So it's not like everybody has their critical processes on SharePoint or on their desktops. Everything is centrally located. It's very intuitive, easy to use. The support that I get from IBM is always great.View full review »
It has a built-in capability to capture process owners and managers against processes along with other process governance roles.View full review »
In terms of the collaboration features, from the point of discovery, it was useful to go to load up the policies and the rule sets that the client had. And in terms of exploring options and being able to model a variety of different processes, that was incredibly useful as well.
Valuable features include real-time modeling and design work, the ability to perform workshops with clients in real-time with the tool, and getting instant output.View full review »
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.View full review »
It enables decisions based upon processes that we do model, and ultimately move forward with.View full review »
The solution is stable. All the refreshes run very well.View full review »
Business users understand it really well, which means we can then help them automate their business processes.
We are you using the product as a process mapping tool and as part of a larger process improvement project. We use it with IBM BPM and IBM ODM. We get an automated workflow solution for our customers, an improved workflow automation.View full review »
IBM Blueworks Live Cons
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.View full review »
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.View full review »
We would like the ability to add additional custom colors. We would like to color additional items to add notes to the blueprint.View full review »
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.
The APIs are great, except the normal business user doesn't know how to create APIs. So it's hard because IBM comes to us as the business users and tell us to create reporting with APIs, except we don't know that, so we have to turn around and flip it to our IT people.
We'd also like to see it be Six Sigma or Lean compatible, a lot of people have asked about that.View full review »
The user interface is quite easy at first but process analysts soon run into roadblocks of limited functionality, which is disappointing.View full review »
Some of the import functionality was a bit restrictive, in terms of loading data in from other data sources. Something as simple as Excel, loading data tables from Excel, wasn't great. And vice-versa. Some of the export and import functionality with something like Visio - which, I know it's a slightly different tool - but being able to work seamlessly with those other tool sets would've been quite useful. I know it was something that was in the pipeline to be looked at. So that would be useful.View full review »
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.View full review »
We haven't yet been able to dabble in case management with Blueworks Live, as it is not yet offered with the product.View full review »
The solution is a very basic discovery product so it doesn't have that much modeling capability. This can be improved.View full review »