Camunda Platform Valuable Features

Joscelyn Jean - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Solution Architect at a government with 10,001+ employees

We can easily define and deploy business processes. Camunda provides the tools that allow business people to design business processes. We don't have to have developers for it. It is so easy to use that our business people can go into the tool and model their business processes. We get time to do other things than just designing business processes. They are called business processes because it is the business that's driving them. So, it is better that they can design them because they're the right people to design them. The tool is great for that.

Transition-wise also, it is good. For example, if you have a defined business process with an invoice, and then for some reason, the business people decide that they want to add the business rules in their business process, they just can take the latest version of the business process, add the business rule, and easily deploy the new process to Camunda. Magically, all the new invoices will go to the new process, and the old ones will remain until all the invoices are processed. It is very easy to transition between all those business process definitions. These are the two most interesting features that Camunda provides.

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arjones - PeerSpot reviewer
CTO at ank Platform

The BPMN diagram is valuable. For our use case of transferring money from one account to another, the connections have to be done in the traditional financial ways. There are a lot of unexpected errors and a lot of instability with this kind of system, and we are using Camunda in order to have clear flows. With BPMN, I can show a flow to my business partner, and the business team can easily understand what's going on. The technical team can understand what the implementation is, and we can model different errors and the process for recovering from these errors. For example, it is very common that you make a transaction, but you don't have a response from a bank. You sent the money, but the bank didn't confirm this. Such errors have to be handled because it may mean that you have to do a reverse transaction. We are able to solve a lot of orchestration problems by using Camunda. Most of them are related to payments or sending and receiving money.

The feature where you can have dynamic tables with values and actions inside the BPMN is very good when you don't have all the possible responses. We may think that the payment system is very robust, but it is not. Sometimes, we receive an error code that we weren't expecting, and this kind of solution helped a lot with that.

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AJ
Staff Software Engineer at a retailer with 1,001-5,000 employees

The integration with almost any language, product, and even human tasks, is valuable. It's very seamless to integrate into existing systems. It doesn't require you to rewrite a lot of your existing system. That's where it really stands out.

We have used a couple of connectors, including the Kafka connector a lot because we have mostly a Kafka-based architecture. The connectors are really seamless. They just fit in. They don't require you to make a lot of changes to your existing infrastructure. That's what connectors are primarily meant for, to enable enterprise-level integrations. We also build out custom connectors for our use cases.

In addition to Kafka, we can easily integrate it using any microservice or legacy microservice. All you need to do is include their library and put in a couple of annotations on your existing methods, and they can act as Camunda workers. You can transform your existing code into Zeebe components and that requires very minimal coding. We are also working on building more connectors, and that will smooth out further adoption of this technology within our ecosystem. We can orchestrate almost any remote system if it's accessible over the network and it implements any protocol. If it's reachable, we should be able to orchestrate it via the Camunda platform.

In terms of its ease of use for engineers, it's pretty easy. We have an engineer who joined us two weeks back and he has been onboarded. He's able to make changes in the BPMN. That's very important for modifying business processes.

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Mohammed Sulty - PeerSpot reviewer
Principal Consultant at Palmira

We are using the BPMN engine of Camunda; we are not using the user interface. We are using just the engine, the back end of this. For us, it is working quite well.

The stability of the solution is quite good.

Technical support is good for getting alerts about bugs.

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Ivana Sabatova - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Business Consultant, Managing Partner at sabi consulting

I think that the positives of Camunda Platform are that our customers can start with the free version. I think it is the most important.

I do not recommend anybody use the free version for production without paying for a support subscription. I always recommend to use the free version only for testing and learning purposes. And I think for that purpose, it is perfect.

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SjefVan Leeuwen - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Software Engineer at a non-profit with 201-500 employees

The number of client implementations and cross-language capabilities to support multiple frameworks is very pluggable compared to other BPM engines out there. It's also more portable than most of them. Next to being open source, the modellers are made in HTML and can be embedded in your own website with little effort.

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SeanMcClellan - PeerSpot reviewer
Managing Director at Cheltenham Consultants

The most valuable features are that it's lightweight, can be embedded in existing Java code, and keeps track of the workflow state and the instances that we need.

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Piotr Mazur - PeerSpot reviewer
Digital Transformation Solution Manager at Altkom Software & Consutling
Oscar Mejia - PeerSpot reviewer
IT-Services Manager & Solution Architect at Stratis

There's this graphic that tells you how many lines or how many tickets are in each step. In that way, you know where you stand. I find this feature very valuable.  

These are your bottlenecks, and you can see what the tasks are, the problems, see how much time must be spent on them. Then you can propose to fix it or make some improvements to make things go faster.

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EC
PMO Office Digital Transformation, Ministry of the Interior at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees

The most valuable feature is that, with a visual system, you can try to have a process client before beginning the programming for the application. 

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Alberto Margarido - PeerSpot reviewer
CGL at Dynamus Clube

Overall, the solution has been very solid.

The solution is very customizable.

We're currently using the community version, which is open-source and free to use.

The solution is stable.

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MARCELOLIMA - PeerSpot reviewer
Gerente do Escritório de Processos at SEAD

We like the idea of working with Cawemo because it enables us to keep on working, remotely or not. It allows us to collaborate between areas. It's easy to model and easy to use. It's a great tool for communicating at the beginning of a project.

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Uday Shankar Tummala - PeerSpot reviewer
Practice Lead at Sky Solutions, LLC

I like everything about the entire BPM that comes with the BPM suite. It's more intuitive and they are enhancing the product very effectively year after year.

It's a customizable product and it's user-friendly.

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PedroPeres1 - PeerSpot reviewer
Head Of Architecture at Syone

Camunda provides an easy way to integrate with the architectural environment and it offers us flexibility.  

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Dmitry Kositsyn - PeerSpot reviewer
CTO at Unitarius

The flexibility is great. 

I appreciate the compact and clear source code.

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Rodrigo Carlstrom - PeerSpot reviewer
BPM Consultant at a tech services company with 1-10 employees

I love that Camunda is a very developer-friendly platform, and my customers have evaluated the pricing as reasonable. Personally, I also like that the Camunda platform as a whole helps us to easily measure the life cycle of all the relevant processes. For example, the Camunda platform includes Cawemo for business analysts, Cockpit for process engine configuration, and modeling tools for developers. Then you have Optimize, which is helpful in managing processes and continuously improving on them.

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Uday Shankar Tummala - PeerSpot reviewer
Practice Lead at Sky Solutions, LLC

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.

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SM
Head Of Applications & Data Architecture at a maritime company with 501-1,000 employees

The headless nature of the Camunda Platform is something that has helped us to build our own logic and platforms on it.

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VR
Engineering Manager at nagra

The ease with which I can define workflows is most valuable. The latest updates and flexibility that it provides around a task activity are interesting for me.

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MB
Founding partner at a government with self employed

It is simple to use. The user experience is very good.

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IM
Enterprise Architect/Team Manager at a tech services company with 201-500 employees

We are system integrators, and the value of Camunda for us is that it's easy to integrate into the products and applications we provide for our customers. The product is based on BPMN and is closely integrated with that standard. It's not complicated and generally easy to use, particularly for students and junior developers who come to learn from us as part of their studies.

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VamsiKrishna2 - PeerSpot reviewer
Software Trainee at Eidiko

Camunda Platform is better than IBM BPM, and Azure. It is more elaborate. 

It is divided across the platform.

The integration is separated as well as the UI, and the internal work.

It also integrates well.

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PawanSingh2 - PeerSpot reviewer
Principal Solution Architect at Marsh & McLennan Companies

The most valuable features are the workflow, the task list, and the modeler where we use VPN.

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HM
Founder at a tech vendor with 1-10 employees

The modeler is useful for creating the flow. The way to access the data through their REST API is also valuable. This is what we're using right now.

The way to create workflows is straightforward, which is one of the major benefits of the Camunda platform.

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Rahul Aryan - PeerSpot reviewer
Business process manager at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees

The solution is good for data models.

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BL
E-Commerce Business Partner at a tech vendor with 501-1,000 employees

Camunda Platform has a very good interface for workflow and business process design.

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Sergey Stepanov - PeerSpot reviewer
Enterprise Architect at a financial services firm with 11-50 employees

The most valuable features are the management of internal processes, the ability to execute from design and the model for internal processes, the ability to make processes visible, and the ability to have information about the current state of each instance.

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PB
Managing consultant at a computer software company with 10,001+ employees

The most valuable feature is that it is easy to use. I train my colleagues and customers and I don't want them to need to learn how the solution works. I want to be the one who learns about the product and teach them BPMN. 

It's user friendly, much better than most tools I have seen.

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