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We performed a comparison between ARIS BPA and IBM Business Automation Workflow 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.

To learn more, read our detailed ARIS BPA vs. IBM Business Automation Workflow report (Updated: September 2022).
633,952 professionals have used our research since 2012.
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Pros
"The solution's basic features are easy to use, overall designed well, and it has good process mining analysis.""We also have relationships specified with our IT systems and our organizational chart. That makes it possible to analyze things from the systems point of view and regarding the organizational part of the company. It all comes together in one tool and that is what gives us the most value at the moment.""ARIS BPA provides very good visibility and control of processes because we have a concurrent license system. As a result, every person in our company and group is able to look at the published processes.""The EPC modeling is very detailed, the semantic check is helpful, and auto-layout simplifies the formatting.""One of the many advantages of ARIS is that it is supported by a very strong BPM community, which is critical for us. Although it has been in business for many years, it is still at an early stage of evolution. There are so many instances where your specific use case or requirement for using ARIS hasn't necessarily been matured across the sector. So, you need access to a very active community to help you explore possible solutions and ways in which ARIS can be used to achieve those use cases.""The most valuable feature is the process documentation. For us, ARIS is a lifestyle more than a tool. It helps us learn how to think and how to plan for our system.""The ease of use is the most valuable. I have tried a number of BPMN packages, and I find the user interface of ARIS BPM easier and more intuitive than others. If your team is knowledgeable on BPMN, it is really pretty easy to figure out on your own because it adheres to the standards extremely well. I have tried Bizagi, BizFlow, and a variety of such solutions, and I just liked ARIS BPM better.""It provides the discovery functionality, and you can have a simulation on top of it to get your design corrected to ensure that it is within the right state of parameters. It is a complete package that you can use from strategy to execution because you have the design layer, and within the design, you can also do analytics."

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"This product is tightly integrated with the RPA automation process.""IBM Business Automation Workflow is stable because the different infrastructure elements, such as the OS and middleware have been used for a long time.""IBM Business Automation Workflow is useful for helping us design custom user interfaces and processes we require.""This is a low-code software where you can just drag and drop on the user interface. There are also a lot of quality integrations such as TMS.""It provides a solution for integration orchestration. This solution is for any organization in the banking, telecommunications, healthcare, manufacturing, and all domains and industries.""It's a flexible solution."

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Cons
"There is a lot of room for improvement. They need to increase the performance of the system flow. They need to support it more. ARIS Process Governance is still quite basic, and they are using an old BPM and process automation module.""I use it strictly for developing the business process model. I don't use it for the actual automation. I do that with Vtenext. I have standardized on Vtenext, and I don't use ARIS BPM anymore. The Vtenext UI is just as good, and it is much more tightly coupled to the underlying object model. I can get more done in one session with Vtenext rather than first going to ARIS BPM, then importing, and having to edit it for tight coupling.""Its governance tool and integration with ESB and execution engine can be improved. Their partner support can also be improved.""There are reports available in ARIS and you can modify them a bit if you want something more specific, but it's not that easy to adjust them and make modifications. It would be nice to have some kind of tool to do that, something that is more user-friendly for people who are not too technical, so that they could create reports the way they want them.""Migration to the next release is very tricky. You can't do it without support from ARIS or from a software kit. And it takes a lot of time and a lot of money to migrate. My impression is that a lot of companies do not migrate regularly because of that issue.""The areas of ARIS where we see room for improvement are actually related to the background services that support it. Over the last number of years, Software AG has moved from an on-premises solution into deploying a SaaS solution to their enterprise base. That has been really successful from my point of view, as I have been a customer of ARIS, managing the relationship, for a couple years. Certain support functions around the knowledge base, customer service, and the cross and upselling of modules within the core ARIS component are lagging behind the SaaS movement.""There should be a more intuitive tool when creating reports.""The standard out-of-the-box solutions for modeling are not so good. You have to do some configuration to make it easier and more user-friendly."

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"The SCADA Systems are very sophisticated and have a hard time integrating with our older scales. The technical support in regards to the partner side needs some improvement.""IBM Business Automation Workflow could improve the integration.""Requires a lot of customization code writing which could be reduced.""The initial setup is actually a really complicated process.""I feel that the features are not user-friendly.""IBM Business Automation Workflow can improve UI flexibility and integration. Additionally, the solutions from IBM have to provide a paperless solution, allowing for digital versions of documents."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "This is absolutely not the cheapest solution in the market, but for large companies, the price is fine."
  • "It depends on different parameters."
  • "The setup cost and pricing depend on the license (Modeler, Viewer, Administrator)."
  • "The price could be better."
  • "The price of the solution is reasonable."
  • "We have a concurrent license system."
  • "ARIS is quite expensive."
  • "ARIS enables you to start small and grow the use of the solution over time, although it's quite expensive. So if you want to start small, it's quite an investment for a small company."
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  • "When you compare with Laserfiche and M-Files, IBM is expensive."
  • "Licensing varies by use-case."
  • "IBM Business Automation Workflow has a flexible pricing mode, but the price is expensive. The price of the solution reflects the quality of the solution which is very high. The technical support is an additional cost."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:It provides the discovery functionality, and you can have a simulation on top of it to get your design corrected to ensure that it is within the right state of parameters. It is a complete package… more »
    Top Answer:Its governance tool and integration with ESB and execution engine can be improved. Their partner support can also be improved.
    Top Answer:We researched both IBM solutions and in the end, we chose Business Automation Workflow. IBM BPM has a good user interface and the BPM coach is a helpful tool. The API is very useful in providing… more »
    Top Answer:The ease of use for the front end within IBM is most valuable. It is a quick win for creating any process because IBM supports proprietary screen building.
    Top Answer:Its price is all right. It is a yearly contract. It needs to be renewed every year.
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    Also Known As
    ARIS, ARIS BPM
    Business Automation Workflow
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    Overview

    ARIS is the market-leading solution for professional business process management and modeling. Whether you want to document the "as-is" state of your operations for quality or certification reasons or design the "to-be" in terms of continuous improvement in your transformation program, ARIS is the best choice for establishing a single source of truth regarding all process excellence topics in your organization. It is for any organization looking to digitally transform their business, increase operational excellence and customer experience and ensure compliance in execution. ARIS helps you to make the most out of your processes with Process Mining, Risk & Compliance Management, RPA and much more.

    What makes the difference?

    • The most comprehensive platform for process excellence in the market
    • Easy to use
    • Covers business & IT architecture from all angles
    • Full flexibility and >100 diagram types
    • Customer-driven development based on best practices
    • Strong partner ecosystem

    ARIS is the market-leading solution for any organization and ideally suited to digitally transform the organization, increase operational excellence and customer experience and ensure compliance in execution.

    IBM Business Automation Workflow combines business process management and case management capabilities in one workflow solution. It integrates the capabilities of business process and case management into a single workflow offering. It unites information, process, and users to provide a 360-degree view of work to drive more successful optimized business outcomes. IBM Business Automation Workflow on Cloud provides the same capabilities that are offered in the IBM Business Automation Workflow offering, all within a ready-to-use, cloud-based environment that is hosted in IBM Cloud data centers and managed by IBM.

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    Sample Customers
    Tesco, Weifu, Airbus, Siemens, Proximus, Alicorp, Sekerbank, Bancor, Emirates NBD, Dubai Municipality, BRC, Suva, U.S. Army, Australia Post, Westfalen Weser Energie - ARIS serves customers across all industries and of every size. Companies trust ARIS as the market leader for process excellence with more than 10 million users worldwide, from 1 user companies to the Fortune 500.
    Key Bank, Barclays, Control€xpert, MIR Insurance Brokers, Conqord Oil
    Top Industries
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    Financial Services Firm35%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    Retailer8%
    Insurance Company8%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company17%
    Comms Service Provider17%
    Financial Services Firm12%
    Government9%
    REVIEWERS
    Financial Services Firm70%
    Engineering Company10%
    Government10%
    Computer Software Company10%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Financial Services Firm22%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Comms Service Provider11%
    Insurance Company8%
    Company Size
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    Small Business37%
    Midsize Enterprise6%
    Large Enterprise57%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business15%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise72%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business19%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise69%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise11%
    Large Enterprise72%
    Buyer's Guide
    ARIS BPA vs. IBM Business Automation Workflow
    September 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about ARIS BPA vs. IBM Business Automation Workflow and other solutions. Updated: September 2022.
    633,952 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    ARIS BPA is ranked 3rd in Business Process Management (BPM) with 17 reviews while IBM Business Automation Workflow is ranked 9th in Business Process Management (BPM) with 6 reviews. ARIS BPA is rated 8.2, while IBM Business Automation Workflow is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of ARIS BPA writes "Departments can simply document their processes and flowcharts". On the other hand, the top reviewer of IBM Business Automation Workflow writes "Offers the ability to create a case file identification". ARIS BPA is most compared with SAP Signavio Process Manager, Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect, Visio, Camunda Platform and Bizagi, whereas IBM Business Automation Workflow is most compared with IBM BPM, Apache Airflow, Camunda Platform, IBM Case Foundation and SAP Signavio Process Manager. See our ARIS BPA vs. IBM Business Automation Workflow report.

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