AWS Step Functions vs IBM Business Automation Workflow comparison

 

Comparison Buyer's Guide

Executive Summary
 

Categories and Ranking

AWS Step Functions
Ranking in Business Process Management (BPM)
12th
Average Rating
7.8
Number of Reviews
9
Ranking in other categories
Workload Automation (15th)
IBM Business Automation Wor...
Ranking in Business Process Management (BPM)
13th
Average Rating
7.8
Number of Reviews
22
Ranking in other categories
No ranking in other categories
 

Mindshare comparison

As of July 2024, in the Business Process Management (BPM) category, the mindshare of AWS Step Functions is 2.9%, down from 3.6% compared to the previous year. The mindshare of IBM Business Automation Workflow is 2.4%, down from 2.6% compared to the previous year. It is calculated based on PeerSpot user engagement data.
Business Process Management (BPM)
Unique Categories:
Workload Automation
1.1%
No other categories found
 

Featured Reviews

Hamza Iqbal - PeerSpot reviewer
Apr 18, 2024
A solution for workflow automation with easy integration capability
The major feature of AWS Step Functions is interdependency. Step Functions can determine what action to take next if one step returns a false status based on predefined logic. Step Functions aims to ensure that pipelines or workflows run smoothly by providing a backup function to execute in case of…
EP
Jan 13, 2023
A stable, scalable solution to help digitize business processes
The modularity of processes can make them more complex, but it depends more on the architecture approach than on the product itself. This makes maintenance more difficult, especially when code is written in JavaScript or a similar script. Improvements could be made in debugging and troubleshooting. If we have a lot of business processes, it's very important how we organize them so that we have as little influence on other processes when we change some code or change one process. This could be better organized, but I think it's really more on the architectural approach of the solutions, that we cannot expect the product to help us a lot with this. But on the other hand, this can be an issue. Sometimes it can be difficult to get the help we need. Specialists with different backgrounds are required to understand the problem. And sometimes it's helpful to have design guidelines to prevent process dependencies.

Quotes from Members

We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
 

Pros

"It's a general solution that you can adapt to your own needs and is simple to use. We like that it can be integrated with everything in the AWS suite, and that the creation of the pipeline can be done using the graphical user interface."
"The integration capability is easy, whereas building state machines is tricky."
"It's Amazon, it's scalable."
"What I like the most about Amazon Step Functions is how easy it is to use."
"The solution is stable...The solution is easy to scale."
"The number of historical events is great."
"One can rate all the calls and that is a good feature."
"It is a scalable solution."
"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 is the only product that includes capture content management and a process suite, as well as rules in RPA."
"It's a flexible solution."
"IBM Business Automation Workflow is useful for helping us design custom user interfaces and processes we require."
"The most valuable feature is automation, which is quite strong and we are quite happy with it."
"It has integrated UI and deployment models, and it has a deep set of consultant and service provider ecosystem features."
"It gives us the ability to create toolkits and use them across many different applications. It allows us to write things one time, instead of having to write a diary for every single different application. We can write at once and reuse it."
"It helps develop applications very quickly. Once clients get used to it and familiar with the methodology, then they don't feel so locked in. It is able to add this element of agility to our clients' software development lifecycle. That is my favorite thing about it: You're not so locked in as you used to be when developing applications."
 

Cons

"The interface can sometimes feel limited, as we're unable to see what AWS is running behind the scenes."
"Setup took about one day. We had some errors to understand in the beginning, but now everything is working good."
"I would like to see more data transformation features in Amazon Step Functions like additional operators and logic."
"It is hard to coordinate the declaratory language."
"The price and support are areas with shortcomings where the solution needs to improve."
"The solution's data size limit can be improved."
"The pricing of the solution can be improved."
"It wasn't easy to understand the licensing model. It's like if you use just a little, it's cheap, but it becomes more expensive as you use more. It's like a hook that ties you inside the Amazon ecosystem. So, it creates a dependency."
"The UI of the solution is not good. They should work to update the solution and make it better and fresher."
"IBM Business Automation Workflow could improve the integration."
"Requires a lot of customization code writing which could be reduced."
"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."
"The development UI is sometimes a little slow."
"In terms of improvement, it could be less complex."
"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."
"I would like to see more streamlined install and provisioning; preferably containerized IBM BPM would be helpful."
 

Pricing and Cost Advice

"The solution is expensive."
"The solution's price is reasonable."
"It is on the expensive side, but it provides excellent supportability and an ecosystem that is proven to be a great fit for our organization."
"The solution has saved us time."
"The product is expensive."
"Nowadays, clients are looking at pricing as one of the major factors. For IBM products, they always think it is expensive for them. We are still educating our clients on the IBM FlexPoints licensing."
"While it can be quite costly, it offers significant benefits for users."
"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."
"The solution's pricing is a little bit expensive."
"Licensing varies by use-case."
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Top Industries

By visitors reading reviews
Financial Services Firm
32%
Computer Software Company
13%
Manufacturing Company
8%
Insurance Company
5%
Financial Services Firm
36%
Computer Software Company
11%
Government
7%
Manufacturing Company
6%
 

Company Size

By reviewers
Large Enterprise
Midsize Enterprise
Small Business
 

Questions from the Community

What do you like most about Amazon Step Functions?
The integration capability is easy, whereas building state machines is tricky.
What is your primary use case for Amazon Step Functions?
The major feature of AWS Step Functions is interdependency. Step Functions can determine what action to take next if one step returns a false status based on predefined logic. Step Functions aims t...
What advice do you have for others considering Amazon Step Functions?
For Step Functions error handling, one must use function calls and logging for error detection within state machines. Comparatively, AirFlow offers more room for improvement. It's like drag and dro...
Which is better, IBM BPM or IBM Business Automation Workflow?
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 en...
What do you like most about IBM Business Automation Workflow?
The most valuable feature of IBM Business Automation Workflow is cost management.
 

Also Known As

Amazon Step Functions, Step Functions
Business Automation Workflow
 

Overview

 

Sample Customers

Alpha Apps, The Guardian, SGK, Bigfinite
Key Bank, Barclays, Control€xpert, MIR Insurance Brokers, Conqord Oil
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