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We performed a comparison between Appian and Oracle BPM based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Business Process Management (BPM) solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
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Q&A Highlights
Question: What are areas for improvements for established BPM software tools and vendors?
Answer: Please find our experiences with popular SOA/ BPMN tools: 1. The learning curve to implement seems to be a big deterrent, as users, developers find it as a Major shift from their current ways of implementing solutions. 2. There is no clear governance process, to guide, which steps/ activities/ tasks can be modeled and what should not be modeled. 3. Once a developer gets stuck with an issue, it becomes very difficult to debug as there is not much development level support. 4. Performance of these products and fine tuning is a MAJOR challenge. 5. Issues related to Memory, Objects in Memory are a real problem. 6. Once a Process Step is completed, and then a user wishes to go back and undo that activity, is a challenge. 7. Oracle SOA Suite gives a Vendor based Form Screen for Human Workflow, but most of the applications, would like to create screens based on their application format and technology. This mapping is very important. 8. Users have a requirement to view the contents of the BPMN Editor/ Rules Editor in their custom application, which is not easy to be done. 9. Change Management/ Version Management: For every change, if we create newer versions and deploy, then it is possible that the number of Instances and versions running on the Server will increase which will cause performance and memory issues with the SOA Server. Hope this helps. Regards Vikram Cirigiri Principal Architect,
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"It's a stable product.""Appian's most valuable features are the quick time it takes to develop for the market. It's easy and faster than other BPM solutions.""The low code functionality and being able to get applications faster to customers or to the market are valuable.""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.""It is really simple to create a new app, and I like the data-centric aspect of the BPM tool.""The initial setup was seamless. We didn't run into any hardships at all.""The solution has a lot of strong features for the financial industry, it is very easy to use.""Appian's most valuable feature is that we can create end-to-end process workflows with minimum turnaround."

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"What I found most valuable in Oracle BPM is that it has a lot of out-of-the-box integrations. The solution also provides a lot of adapters which is very helpful.""One of the most valuable features of Oracle BPM is the workflow itself. It is quite intuitive.""It is easy and cheap.""The processor management system is quite fast and scalable. We have 10 developers using this solution and it supports 25,000 users."

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"The solution could improve robotic process automation.""One room for improvement is the ease of UI UX development, like in OutSystems and Mendix.""Lacks business rules management as part of the solution.""I would like to see more complete university tools. For example, with UiPath, I have had a good experience related to a free course in order to provide some users some different levels of knowledge. This extra training helps users not only use the solution but to develop further within the tool.""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.""The performance is pretty good, but the distortions need to be optimized in order for it to work well.""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 ability of the interface to load automatic data is not great."

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"Oracle BPM could probably be improved with respect to the cost. When you are using this product, it'll be a bit costlier for the ROA. I think they should do some discounts on these products, especially for the licenses.""Oracle BPM is hard to configure.""Though Oracle BPM is a stable solution, it's very heavy, so this is one area for improvement. If Oracle can make the components of Oracle BPM lighter, and if the deployment for the solution could be easier, that would make Oracle BPM better.""Every time we roll out a new version of processes, we have to migrate to a new process. The process of this migration was not very smooth. We later decided that it would be easier for us to stop all processes, deploy a new version and then restart."

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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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  • "The licensing for this product is very costly. We pay for a yearly license to use Oracle BPM."
  • "This solution is very expensive. You are charged per license and an additional 20% for support."
  • "I don't have information on the exact cost of Oracle BPM because a different team handles that, but it's pretty high. Oracle products are very costly. I would rate pricing for Oracle BPM three out of five. Though the pricing is high, the solution has a lot of features."
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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:It is really simple to create a new app, and I like the data-centric aspect of the BPM tool.
    Top Answer:Hi @MallikKesavaraju, @Vanessa-Blazquez, @reviewer1682547, @AlanGulle, @Abubakar AL Seed ​and @reviewer1475019, Can you please help @Smeeta Mital ​with this question?
    Top Answer:I don't have information on the exact cost of Oracle BPM because a different team handles that, but it's pretty high. Oracle products are very costly. I would rate pricing for Oracle BPM three out of… more »
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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.

    The Industry's Most Complete and Unified BPM Solution A complete solution for all types of processes that provides a unified process foundation, user-centric design, and social BPM interaction. Reduces complexity and risk and increases business efficiency, visibility, and agility.
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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
    State Revenue Office Victoria, New South Wales Health, REDISA, Panduit, Total E&P Indonesie
    Top Industries
    Computer Software Company37%
    Financial Services Firm22%
    Healthcare Company7%
    Computer Software Company20%
    Financial Services Firm19%
    Comms Service Provider7%
    Computer Software Company23%
    Comms Service Provider13%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Company Size
    Small Business25%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise59%
    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise12%
    Large Enterprise71%
    Small Business33%
    Midsize Enterprise22%
    Large Enterprise44%
    Small Business22%
    Midsize Enterprise12%
    Large Enterprise66%
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    Appian vs. Oracle BPM
    November 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Appian vs. Oracle BPM and other solutions. Updated: November 2022.
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    Appian is ranked 3rd in Business Process Management (BPM) with 27 reviews while Oracle BPM is ranked 22nd in Business Process Management (BPM) with 4 reviews. Appian is rated 8.4, while Oracle BPM is rated 7.6. 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 Oracle BPM writes "Stable, has a lot of features and out-of-the-box integrations, but it's heavy, and the technical support isn't good". Appian is most compared with Microsoft Power Apps, Camunda Platform, ServiceNow, Pega BPM and Salesforce Platform, whereas Oracle BPM is most compared with Camunda Platform, IBM BPM, SAP Signavio Process Manager, Apache Airflow and Pega BPM. See our Appian vs. Oracle BPM report.

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