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We performed a comparison between ARIS BPA and Visio based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

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

To learn more, read our detailed ARIS BPA vs. Visio report (Updated: September 2022).
633,952 professionals have used our research since 2012.
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Pros
"I am an advanced user. ARIS BPM is intuitive for me because I know the UML, BPMN, and EPC methodologies implemented in this tool. It is very easy to create processes for restructuring a company with some descriptions.""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.""The EPC modeling is very detailed, the semantic check is helpful, and auto-layout simplifies the formatting.""Aris BPA has a lot of tools that are more professional than Bizagi.""If you ever tried to draw a picture in a browser app or with a cloud service, it is normally a painful death. ARIS works perfectly on diagrams in the browser, so I was excited. I like it because there have been so many bad experiences in the past with drawing or doing something in a browser. Normally, it's always painful because it's coded badly. With ARIS, it is really well-implemented. It's simple.""The most valuable feature in the latest versions is the connect portal, where you can do very simple modeling using the web-based portal.""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.""The solution's basic features are easy to use, overall designed well, and it has good process mining analysis."

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"Visio is stable.""What I like about it is that the templates are easily findable and usable, and they are usually created for other software packages. It seems to be pretty much widely adopted in the industry.""It is easy to use.""I haven't needed to reach out to technical support the entire time I've used the product. It's very basic and very simple, and therefore I've never run into any issues I haven't been able to deal with personally.""The most valuable feature is that it is integrated with other tools in the Microsoft Office suite, as well as at the backend with products like SharePoint and Microsoft Teams.""Visio has improved my workflow by making it easy to create charts, diagrams, and basic illustrations that I can use in my client reports and proposals. It has saved me a lot of time I would otherwise spend creating visuals for clients by hand.""The initial setup is pretty straightforward.""Architecture modeling software with satisfactory standard features. It's also stable and effective in facilitating communication with others."

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Cons
"The model graphics can be exported in PDF, but the model is too small to read.""There should be a more intuitive tool when creating reports.""One thing that could be improved is regarding the handling of the content itself. Maybe ARIS could provide a set of best practices, or best processes, so that people do not have to start from scratch.""If you want to create new reports then you have to use JavaScript, or ARIS script as they call it, which is beyond the competencies of most people.""Simulation is one area that is a bit complex.""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.""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.""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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"There are too many features.""Portability from Visio to PowerPoint and vice versa could be simplified.""It's not the easiest software to use. It's not user-friendly out-of-the-box.""It's a very large install that uses many gigabytes.""The solution should be included in Microsoft Office 365. For some reason, it's not. It should be bundled in with everything else.""If you look at ARIS, for example, or Signavio, the flowchart combines all the details and with the click of a button I can create a process manager. That would be something that Visio could add. It would cut my workload in half.""Visio's scalability could be improved. I had a license through my school and it would have been great to be able to collaborate with more people.""I can't speak to any missing features. It's been fine so far."

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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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  • "The yearly cost is approximately $400 CAD ($300 USD)."
  • "There are some cheaper as well as free solutions."
  • "I don't have any issue with the pricing. It has a subscription-based model, and the subscription is done on a yearly basis. Of course, we need internal approvals in place."
  • "It's cheaper than other solutions."
  • "I haven't looked at the prices lately. We have an older copy, and it was a couple of hundred dollars for this software. That's a huge expense."
  • "Visio is expensive."
  • "I think costs are on a per user basis."
  • "Personally, I think the price of this solution is too high."
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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:I have been using Bizagi with a major project for a state government agency for about four years now. It is pretty straightforward to load in files that are BPMN 2.0 compliant. The option to load… more »
    Top Answer:It's my understanding that the initial setup is straightforward.
    Top Answer:We have an enterprise license. We renew it on a yearly basis. We don't pay any extra fees and we partner with the Gartner group to help us when we have to renegotiate.
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    Also Known As
    ARIS, ARIS BPM
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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.

    Microsoft Visio is an advanced diagramming solution that helps IT professionals simplify, connect, and share information. Visio provides tools and resources for interpreting, acting upon, updating, and sharing complex information about IT processes, infrastructure, and applications - effectively and efficiently.
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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.
    Thomas College, Hamburg Port Authority, Portigon AG, Conseil G_n_ral du d_partement des Hautes-Alpes, AAA Auto a. s., Commonwealth Financial Network, ICA, Abu Dhabi National Energy Company
    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Financial Services Firm35%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    Retailer8%
    Insurance Company8%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company17%
    Comms Service Provider17%
    Financial Services Firm12%
    Government9%
    REVIEWERS
    Financial Services Firm24%
    Insurance Company11%
    Manufacturing Company11%
    Computer Software Company11%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider15%
    Financial Services Firm14%
    Computer Software Company13%
    Government10%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business37%
    Midsize Enterprise6%
    Large Enterprise57%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business15%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise72%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business31%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise52%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise71%
    Buyer's Guide
    ARIS BPA vs. Visio
    September 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about ARIS BPA vs. Visio and other solutions. Updated: September 2022.
    633,952 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    ARIS BPA is ranked 4th in Business Process Design with 17 reviews while Visio is ranked 2nd in Business Process Design with 54 reviews. ARIS BPA is rated 8.2, while Visio is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of ARIS BPA writes "Departments can simply document their processes and flowcharts". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Visio writes "A stable and scalable solution for business-oriented presentations". ARIS BPA is most compared with SAP Signavio Process Manager, Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect, Camunda Platform, Bizagi and MEGA HOPEX, whereas Visio is most compared with Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect, Bizagi, IBM Blueworks Live, Lucidchart and erwin Data Modeler by Quest. See our ARIS BPA vs. Visio report.

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