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We performed a comparison between Appian and F5 BIG-IQ based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Process Automation solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.

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"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.""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.""I find the BPM the most valuable feature.""The technical support is excellent.""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.""It has very flexible adaptation and the ability to save and automate processes.""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.""The product has a very good mobile app."

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"The GUI is fine, at least from an engineer's perspective.""F5 BIG-IQ has always provided us with great support."

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"We have clients that want to use Office 365, Microsoft Analytics, and Power Apps. Appian just isn't the same as using something specifically designed to cater to the Microsoft Suite.""Appian could be improved by making it a strict, no-code platform with free-built process packs.""Appian could improve their customer-facing initiatives.""Lacks business rules management as part of the solution.""Lacks integration with other products.""We'd like improved functionality for testing new devices.""While Appian is generally flexible, it's rigid in some ways. It takes longer to do something that isn't available out of the box.""The UI of Appian is more internal. Recently, there has been an addition of an external user portal for the customer-facing stuff. It's still coming out."

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"F5 BIG-IQ should improve by being a complete certificate management solution because currently, it is only for Venafi. Other automation platforms, should be added.""They could use YAML or JSON if they wanted to make it a little bit easier for us."

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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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  • "There is only one licensing fee for F5 BIG-IQ and everything is included in the price."
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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:The GUI is fine, at least from an engineer's perspective.
    Top Answer:I don't really deal with pricing. That's more on the product manager. They handle product licensing. I don't have any idea how much the solution costs.
    Top Answer:Overall, the solution is quite good, for how I use it. The user interface could be a bit better. The compatibility with the Hyper-V from Microsoft for cloud deployments could be improved. You do need… more »
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    Also Known As
    Appian BPM, Appian AnyWhere, Appian Enterprise BPMS
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    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.

    F5® BIG-IQ® Centralized Management provides a unified point of visibility and control for the entire F5 portfolio, ensuring administrators remain aware on the pulse of F5 devices, modules, and licenses and enabling them to deliver optimal application availability, performance, and security.

    BIG-IQ manages policies,licenses, SSL certificates, BIG-IP images, and configurations for F5 appliances and for the following BIG-IP moduals across hardware and virtual editions:

    • BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager™ (LTM)
    • F5 Advanced Web Application Firewall™ (WAF)
    • BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager™ (AFM)
    • F5 SSL Orchestrator®
    • F5 DDoS Hybrid Defender®
    • BIG-IP Access Policy Manager® (APM)
    • F5 Secure Web Gateway Services
    • BIG-IP DNS
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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
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    Top Industries
    Computer Software Company36%
    Financial Services Firm24%
    Healthcare Company8%
    Computer Software Company21%
    Financial Services Firm19%
    Comms Service Provider9%
    Computer Software Company16%
    Financial Services Firm15%
    Insurance Company10%
    Company Size
    Small Business24%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise59%
    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise12%
    Large Enterprise72%
    Small Business50%
    Midsize Enterprise38%
    Large Enterprise13%
    Small Business19%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise69%
    Buyer's Guide
    Appian vs. F5 BIG-IQ
    September 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Appian vs. F5 BIG-IQ and other solutions. Updated: September 2022.
    634,775 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Appian is ranked 4th in Process Automation with 26 reviews while F5 BIG-IQ is ranked 16th in Process Automation with 2 reviews. Appian is rated 8.4, while F5 BIG-IQ is rated 6.6. 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 F5 BIG-IQ writes "Easy to manage, saves time and offers good technical support". Appian is most compared with Camunda Platform, ServiceNow, Microsoft Power Apps, Pega BPM and Salesforce Platform, whereas F5 BIG-IQ is most compared with ServiceNow Orchestration and IBM BPM. See our Appian vs. F5 BIG-IQ report.

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