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Executive Summary
Updated on Apr 10, 2022

We performed a comparison between Appian and Camunda Platform based on our users’ reviews in five categories. After reading all of the collected data, you can find our conclusion below.

  • Ease of Deployment: Appian users say that the initial setup is straightforward. Some Camunda Platform users say the initial setup is straightforward, while others feel it is complex.
  • Features: Reviewers of both products are happy with their stability, flexibility, and scalability. Appian users say that it is easy to develop with, and high performing. Camunda Platform users say it is user-friendly and integrates well with other solutions. Users of both products feel that their user interfaces could be improved.
  • Pricing: Reviewers of both products give mixed reviews for their prices. Some feel that their prices are reasonable, while others feel they are high.
  • ROI: Appian users report seeing an ROI. Camunda Platform users do not mention ROI.
  • Service and Support: Appian reviewers are satisfied with the level of support they receive. Most Camunda Platform users say the response of the support team is slow.

Comparison Results: Appian has an edge over Camunda Platform in this comparison. It is easier to deploy and has better customer support.

To learn more, read our detailed Appian vs. Camunda Report (Updated: November 2023).
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"It has very flexible adaptation and the ability to save and automate processes.""The most valuable features of Appian are the VPN engine, it is fast, lightweight, and easy to set up business rules. Business teams can do it by themselves. That is a very good feature.""The product's most valuable feature is the low code aspect of development. We can develop an end-to-end VPN solution using a single platform.""It has good integrations. We were looking for out-of-the-box integration with both on-prem and publicly accessible data sources. We needed integration with the cloud, OData, our REST API feed, and then on-prem passthrough to go to a SQL database or on-prem APIs through Azure local deployment, etc.""The application life cycle is very clear. I started learning it and giving some workshops to my team. Creating the users and the building is very structured. Documentation is nice and it's easy to learn.""I find the BPM the most valuable feature.""Technical support has been amazing overall.""Appian helps you do a lot of things. It's easy to configure and build an application platform, and it offers a lot of features that you find in an RPA solution. It's flexible so you can reuse it for a variety of use cases."

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"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.""The most valuable feature of Camunda Platform is its Microservices architecture, which is easily integrable with APIs.""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""Provides an easy way to integrate with the architectural environment.""The architecture is good because it's a headless workflow. I can create my own frontend, and it's fully API-based.""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.""It's user friendly, much better than most tools I have seen.""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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"Something I would like to see improved is an SQL database connection.""One room for improvement is the ease of UI UX development, like in OutSystems and Mendix.""One of the areas that Appian is working on is to improve its UI capabilities and give more flexibility to the UI.""The solution needs more features. For example, a way to connect to our viewing database, to record, and more interface and component design.""There is no UI customization possible.""Appian could be improved by making it a strict, no-code platform with free-built process packs.""Occasionally, certain pre-made modules may not be necessary and customers may desire greater customization options. Instead of being limited to pre-designed features, they may prefer a more flexible version that allows for greater customization.""The ability of the interface to load automatic data is not great."

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"In terms of features, it meets my needs, but I would like Camunda to have an office in Brazil and provide training in Portuguese. They should provide regional support and training courses in Portuguese.""I think that Camunda can try to do better when it comes to solving the complexities of all the products in its software stack.""An improvement would be to support Angular 2 instead of AngularJS, which is quite old.""The business model could be easier to understand.""There should be a multi-tenant solution for the platform where it supports multiple organizations on one platform instead of having to spin up multiple clusters for each organization. There should be an easy way to integrate different departments into one platform without having to operate multiple platforms. The operations should be easier with the enterprise solution. It should not create more overhead for the operations people.""The documentation could use improvement.""Camunda Platform's customer support could be improved because their response is quite slow.""While it's very scalable, it would be great if auto-scaling capabilities were added to it... one area that really could help out would be to have dynamic resizing of the cluster. Right now, you have to do capacity planning."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "You can't really test the software properly without actually buying the license first."
  • "More flexibility in the licensing model is still needed because initially there were customers who are looking at only one or two use cases of business areas, but now the business areas are changing and there is a larger scope. One license model may not fit everyone. They need to be a little more flexible on the licensing model."
  • "The cost is a bit higher than other low-code competitors, OutSystems and Mendix. The price needs to be more competitive."
  • "If you're doing an enterprise-wide digital transformation, Appian is worthwhile, but not for just one or two use cases because the license costs are higher."
  • "I'm sure it is cost-effective, but right now, we're just toying around with it. So, I don't have any hard numbers."
  • "Licensing of Appian is less expensive when compared to other BPMs in the market."
  • "It is fully managed, and I don't believe there are any additional expenses."
  • "The price is high."
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  • "We are using the open-source version, free of charge. We didn't bother with the enterprise features."
  • "Cheaper licensing and resources than competitors"
  • "The evaluation of my customers on pricing is that it is reasonable."
  • "We are using the community version. There is no licensing cost."
  • "The price of the solution is reasonable."
  • "I tried to get some information about buying the license for the solution, but I found it kind of hard to understand the business model."
  • "Its price is decent. Everything is included in the license. The Community version is also good to start with. We are using the Community version."
  • "The license is quite expensive, which is why we went with the community version."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:Appian is fast when building simple to medium solutions. This solution offers simple drag-and-drop functionality with easy plug-and-play options. The initial setup was seamless and very easy to… more »
    Top Answer:Appian is actually pretty big on educating its users, including with courses that reward you with certifications. There is a whole section on their company’s website where you can check out the… more »
    Top Answer:We had some issues when we were setting up Appian. It was quite surprising, since this is a low-code tool which, in its essence, means it is meant for business users and inexperienced beginners. So… more »
    Top Answer:One of the things we like best about Bonita is that you can create without coding - it is a low-code platform. With Bonita, you can build the entire mechanism using the GUI, it’s that simple. You can… more »
    Top Answer: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 »
    Top Answer:It has been a stable solution so far since it meets our needs, including data modeling, which we need to do before we embark on analyzing and optimizing the business processes.
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    Appian BPM, Appian AnyWhere, Appian Enterprise BPMS
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    Appian is a unified low-code platform and solution used by businesses to build enterprise applications and workflows. This product adapts to the needs of clients and the technologies they are already using to combine their data in a single workflow and maximize resources. The platform has four main components through which it transforms the work process for companies of various sizes. They are:

    • Complete automation: Through complete automation, companies are able to coordinate and manage employees, existing systems, bots, data, and artificial intelligence (AI) in a single workflow. The solution offers a way to centrally manage all third-party automation vendors as well.

    • Low-code applications: Appian offers the ability to build applications faster with visual development and low-code tools. All applications are ready-made to be suitable for mobile.

    • Low-code data: Appian lets companies source data from multiple types of sources, eliminating the need for data migration. Through no-code and low-code solutions and industry-standard connectors, the platform also eliminates the need for data silos.

    • Enterprise ready: The platform offers options for companies to scale their businesses to an enterprise level without complications.

    Appian is utilized across a diverse set of industries, including automotive and manufacturing, energy and utilities, education, financial services, telecom and media, transportation, retail, insurance, healthcare, and life sciences. The most frequent use cases of Appian are customer journey, governance, risk and compliance, operational efficiency, supply chain, distributed order management, and environmental, social, and governance (ESG) management.

    Appian Features

    Appian has various features that allow users to create solutions for their businesses. These features can be separated into a few groups according to function, including automation, low-code application development, and integrations and data. Some of the most frequently used features of Appian include:

    • Robotic process automation (RPA): Users of Appian can assign software bots to perform rules-based tasks that need to be repeated over a set course of time. This can improve efficiency and performance within an organization while saving human resources.

    • Intelligent document processing: The tool offers a feature for quick and accurate extraction and structuring of data. This can reduce time and costs for organizations because it eliminates the need for outsourcing such services.

    • AI: Appian utilizes artificial intelligence to enhance applications, workflows, and automation. AI is also used to address complex processes and unique situations.

    • Business rules: Organizations can automate and simplify work processes while adhering to their operating procedures.

    • Application development: Appian provides a low-code development feature that allows users to deploy applications over ten times faster than through conventional approaches. This feature not only allows for quick application building, but also applications that run on multiple types of platforms, seamless data integration, and business scalability.

    • Integrations and data: Appian allows for data integration from a wide array of sources without the need for migration. This contributes to easy access to data across systems, real-time data insights, improved user experience, and accelerated development.

    Appian Benefits

    The benefits of using Appian include:

    • The solution ensures seamless organization growth, as it supports various UX patterns, common data schemes, and upgrades, used to facilitate application development on a bigger scale.

    • Appian can increase process speed and deliver applications considerably faster compared to conventional development.

    • The platform is easy to use and suitable for complete beginners to build applications and workflows.

    • Appian offers a variety of design tools that facilitate development and deployment.

    • Appian offers detailed real-time data insight which allows organizations to access relevant information about their processes as they are developing.

    • The solution offers clients the ability to move data between the cloud, on-premise, and hybrid configurations.

    • The platform is easy to optimize, which allows businesses to utilize it according to their personal needs.

    • Appian offers connectivity across web, mobile, email, voice, and chat, providing a multi-channel experience for companies and their clients.

    Reviews from Real Users

    A practice leader - digital process automation at a computer software company values Appian highly because the product is easy to develop, low-code, and has a good user interface.

    Alan G., an advisory board member at Codecon VR, Appian offers a clear application life cycle, easy to learn documentation, and comes with a fundamentals course.

    Camunda enables organizations to orchestrate processes across people, systems, and devices to continuously overcome complexity and increase efficiency. With Camunda, business users and developers collaborate using BPMN to model end-to-end processes and run sophisticated automation with the speed, scale, and resilience required to stay competitive. Hundreds of enterprises such as Atlassian, ING, and Vodafone design, orchestrate and improve business-critical processes with Camunda to accelerate digital transformation.

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    Sample Customers
    Hansard Global plc, Punch Taverns, Pirelli, Crawford & Company, EDP Renewables, Queensland Government Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning (, Bank of Tennessee
    24 Hour Fitness, Accruent, AT&T Inc., Atlassian, CSS Insurance, Deutsche Telekom, Generali, Provinzial NordWest Insurance Services, Swisscom AG, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, VHV Group, Zalando
    Top Industries
    Computer Software Company33%
    Financial Services Firm30%
    Healthcare Company6%
    Educational Organization24%
    Financial Services Firm17%
    Computer Software Company12%
    Computer Software Company21%
    Financial Services Firm18%
    Comms Service Provider11%
    Financial Services Firm25%
    Computer Software Company13%
    Manufacturing Company6%
    Company Size
    Small Business26%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise59%
    Small Business14%
    Midsize Enterprise31%
    Large Enterprise55%
    Small Business48%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise33%
    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise12%
    Large Enterprise70%
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    Appian vs. Camunda
    November 2023
    Find out what your peers are saying about Appian vs. Camunda and other solutions. Updated: November 2023.
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    Appian is ranked 4th in Business Process Management (BPM) with 28 reviews while Camunda is ranked 1st in Business Process Management (BPM) with 24 reviews. Appian is rated 8.2, while Camunda is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of Appian writes "Stands out with its integration capabilities, but the backend modeling can be streamlined a little bit". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Camunda writes "Open-source, easy to define new processes, and easy to transition to new business process definitions". Appian is most compared with Microsoft Power Apps, OutSystems, Pega BPM, ServiceNow and Mendix, whereas Camunda is most compared with Apache Airflow, Pega BPM, Bizagi, IBM BPM and Bonita. See our Appian vs. Camunda report.

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