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Updated on April 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 Platform report (Updated: September 2022).
635,987 professionals have used our research since 2012.
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Pros
"It's a stable product.""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.""Form building capabilities and well thought out process modelling are key points to this product.""Recently, we added Appian Process Mining, Appian Portals, and now Appian RPA.""It's heavy on business processing in terms of logic, process workflows, and primarily on the process design modeler. Appian is really great at that. In terms of the full stack set from a low-code platform perspective, it's definitely an eye opener since it can be deployed via mobile app and on the web as well.""Good workflow engines that bridge the gaps of processes.""Compared to other code tools that I've seen, Appian has a more robust rules engine""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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"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.""Ease of use and ability to streamline a process model.""Camunda Platform has a very good interface for workflow and business process design.""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.""We can share, discuss, and develop the model together — from a distance. It's really helped us during these times of isolation.""Camunda Platform is better than IBM BPM, and Azure. It is more elaborate.""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.""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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Cons
"One room for improvement is the ease of UI UX development, like in OutSystems and Mendix.""The ability of the interface to load automatic data is not great.""There are four areas I believe Appian could improve in. The first is a seamless contact center integration. Appian does not have a contact center feature. The second is advanced features in RPA. The third would be chatbot and email bot integration—while Appian comes with chatbot and email bot, it's not as mature as it should be, compared to the competition. The fourth area would be next best action, since there is not much of this sort of feature in Appian. These are all features which competitors' products have, and in a mature manner, whereas Appian lacks on these four areas. I see customers who are moving from Appian to Pega because these features are not in Appian.""What could be improved is more on the front end perspective, like the user interface and the mobile application aspect.""There could be a scope of enhancement for capturing the variety of use cases.""The tool itself is pretty good, but the main area that we struggled with was the backend. The frontend development is really good, but the backend modeling can be streamlined a little bit. There are good integrations, but tying them through the data layer and then up into the frontend could be improved a little bit. It does read/write on the data source, and you can configure it to just write or just read, but there is a little bit of work involved.""The graphical user interface could be easier to use. It should be simplified.""I would like to see more features for enterprises. They would also benefit from adding documentation and training on their site."

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"I'm from the .NET world and I would like to use it, rather than Java.""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.""When trying to design rule tables the solutions graphical user interface could improve, it could be more user friendly.""The initial setup can be complex for business users.""The initial set up could be simplified, it's complex.""Process interfaces between diagrams could be improved.""It has a Postgres database at the backend, and it is very difficult to scale if you increase the number of processes running. We did hit some barriers. We were able to overcome them, but it was a problem. Camunda has another product called Camunda Cloud, which supposedly doesn't have the same scalability problems, but we are not using Camunda Cloud because the set of features is smaller than Camunda On-Premises. So, its scalability can be improved. Because it has a single database, it is more difficult to scale if you have a huge success.""They have a migration plugin that can be used to migrate from one BPM to another BPM. It is in the beta stage since last year. If they can make it available in the market, it would be great. We are going to have a couple of migration projects for migrating from IBM BPM to Camunda, and this plugin would be useful. I have already discussed this with them two weeks ago and asked them to look into this and add it as a feature. We are expecting this plugin to be available in the next version. This is the only requirement we have at present. They keep on coming up with different features, which is helping us a lot. Its latest release that came out last month was awesome."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "It's an enterprise tool and can be used by enterprise only. So it's a very expensive tool."
  • "The licensing will be on a monthly basis. We are estimating that cost to be around $2000 to maybe $3,000 per month. We don't foresee any costs above that."
  • "The pricing can be a little confusing to customers."
  • "The price of this solution is a little high here in Mongolia."
  • "The license is a bit expensive and the pricing model is sometimes confusing for new users or business users. It is difficult for them to know what volume of usage they will have to be able to purchase the best-suited license at the beginning."
  • "Appian is very flexible in their pricing. In general, Appian's pricing is much, much lower when compared to competition like Pega or other products. Appian also has a flexible licensing model across geographies. Pega usually goes with a single licensing cost—which is a US-based cost—for all global customers, and it's costly. Whereas Appian has a different regional licensing cost model and it can be cheaper, depending on geography. So Appian's licensing is very flexible, and cheaper when compared to other competition."
  • "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."
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  • "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."
  • "When compared with the proprietary products, the pricing costs are much less, even though it is an enterprise edition."
  • "There is an open-source version available, that in its core features (workflow and decision engine, modeler) is exactly the same as in the enterprise version."
  • "Generally, the price could be better, as well as the licensing fees."
  • "We pay for the license of this solution annually."
  • "We're using the open-source version for now."
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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 easy to install and set up, and it does not come out with your audit. It has accessible process orchestration and process management. With Appian, the time to market is much faster.
    Top Answer:The licensing of Appian is less expensive when compared to other BPMs in the market.
    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:The Camunda BPMN Platform is very flexible and gives several options to deploy and scale it.
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    Appian BPM, Appian AnyWhere, Appian Enterprise BPMS
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    Overview
    With Appian, your organization can rapidly build, deploy, use, and scale problem-solving apps. And with the flexibility of on-premises and cloud portability, you'll always address your unique challenges the way that makes the most sense for you.

    Camunda is the leader in process orchestration software. Our software helps orchestrate complex business processes that span people, systems, and devices. With Camunda, business users collaborate with developers to model and automate end-to-end processes using BPMN-powered flowcharts that run with the speed, scale, and resiliency required to compete in today’s digital-first world. Hundreds of enterprises such as Allianz, ING, and Vodafone design, automate, and improve mission-critical business processes with Camunda to drive digital transformation. To learn more visit camunda.com.

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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, 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
    Top Industries
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    Computer Software Company36%
    Financial Services Firm24%
    University8%
    Healthcare Company8%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company21%
    Financial Services Firm19%
    Comms Service Provider9%
    Government9%
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    Financial Services Firm21%
    Government18%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Comms Service Provider14%
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    Computer Software Company20%
    Financial Services Firm16%
    Comms Service Provider13%
    Government7%
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    Small Business24%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise59%
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    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise12%
    Large Enterprise72%
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    Small Business48%
    Midsize Enterprise21%
    Large Enterprise30%
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    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise69%
    Buyer's Guide
    Appian vs. Camunda Platform
    September 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Appian vs. Camunda Platform and other solutions. Updated: September 2022.
    635,987 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Appian is ranked 3rd in Business Process Management (BPM) with 26 reviews while Camunda Platform is ranked 1st in Business Process Management (BPM) with 32 reviews. Appian is rated 8.4, while Camunda Platform is rated 8.2. 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 Platform writes "Highly valuable for orchestrating complex business processes, solving many problems, and making the business side understand what we are talking about". Appian is most compared with ServiceNow, Microsoft Power Apps, Pega BPM, Salesforce Platform and Mendix, whereas Camunda Platform is most compared with Apache Airflow, Pega BPM, Bizagi, Bonita and SAP Signavio Process Manager. See our Appian vs. Camunda Platform report.

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