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"I found the following features very useful: DAG - Workload management and orchestration of tasks using.""We have been quite satisfied with the stability of the solution.""The reason we went with Airflow is its DAG presentation, that shows the relationships among everything. It's more of a configuration-driven workflow.""I like the UI rework, it's much easier.""The best part of Airflow is its direct support for Python, especially because Python is so important for data science, engineering, and design. This makes the programmatic aspect of our work easy for us, and it means we can automate a lot.""The initial setup was straightforward and it does not take long to complete.""The product integrates well with other pipelines and solutions."

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

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"The dashboard is connected into the BPM flow that could be improved.""UI can be improved with additional user-friendly features for non-programmers and for fewer coding practitioner requirements.""The scalability of the solution itself is not as we expected. Being on the cloud, it should be easy to scale, however, it's not.""We're currently using version 1.10, but I understand that there's a lot of improvements in version 2. In the earlier version that we're using, we sometimes have problems with maintenance complexity. Actually using Airflow is okay, but maintaining it has been difficult.""One specific feature that is missing from Airflow is that the steps of your workflow are not pipelined, meaning the stageless steps of any workflow. Not every workflow can be implemented within Airflow.""I would like to see it more friendly for other use cases.""Technical support is an area that needs improvement."

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

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  • "The pricing for the product is reasonable."
  • "Although Airflow is open source software, there's also commercial support for it by Astronomer. We personally don't use the commercial support, but it's always an option if you don't mind the extra cost."
  • "We are using the open-source version of Apache Airflow."
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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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    Camunda Platform allows for visual demonstration and presentation of business process flows. The flexible Java-based option was a big win for us and allows for the integration of microservices very… more »
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    Apache Airflow is a great orchestration and automation tool. Its connectivity with other systems is a great plus point. The interactive UI, the options for scheduling and the very fact that its… more »
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    We are using the open-source version of Apache Airflow.
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    The integration capabilities have been very useful.
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    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 speak directly to that, however.
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    The Workflow Designer needs improvement. For example, when you design a workflow on K2, it shows the entire area between one action and another action. However, you should be able to see the structure… more »
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    Overview

    Airflow is a platform to programmatically author, schedule and monitor workflows.

    Use airflow to author workflows as directed acyclic graphs (DAGs) of tasks. The airflow scheduler executes your tasks on an array of workers while following the specified dependencies. Rich command line utilities make performing complex surgeries on DAGs a snap. The rich user interface makes it easy to visualize pipelines running in production, monitor progress, and troubleshoot issues when needed.

    When workflows are defined as code, they become more maintainable, versionable, testable, and collaborative.

    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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    Agari, WePay, Astronomer
    SEA Corp, Omnicom Group, Verizon, STIHL
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    Comms Service Provider19%
    Government8%
    Energy/Utilities Company6%
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    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise50%
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    Large Enterprise32%
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    Midsize Enterprise9%
    Large Enterprise36%
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    Apache Airflow is ranked 8th in Business Process Management (BPM) with 7 reviews while K2 is ranked 10th in Business Process Management (BPM) with 6 reviews. Apache Airflow is rated 7.8, while K2 is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of Apache Airflow writes "Helps us maintain a clear separation of our functional logic from our operational logic". On the other hand, the top reviewer of K2 writes "Doesn't require customized coding but lacks flexibility and can feel cumbersome". Apache Airflow is most compared with Camunda Platform, Amazon Step Functions, IBM BPM, IBM Business Automation Workflow and Informatica Business Process Manager, whereas K2 is most compared with Nintex Workflow, Camunda Platform, IBM BPM, Pega BPM and Microsoft Dynamics CRM. See our Apache Airflow vs. K2 report.

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