AWS Step Functions vs IBM Business Automation Workflow comparison


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AWS Step Functions
Ranking in Business Process Management (BPM)
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Mindshare comparison

As of June 2024, in the Business Process Management (BPM) category, the mindshare of AWS Step Functions is 2.5%, down from 3.7% compared to the previous year. The mindshare of IBM Business Automation Workflow is 2.3%, down from 2.8% compared to the previous year. It is calculated based on PeerSpot user engagement data.
Business Process Management (BPM)
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Featured Reviews

Vladimir Shilov - PeerSpot reviewer
Jan 12, 2024
Has the ability to visualize automated processes and logical parameters
I use Amazon Step Functions to visually design and simplify the development of functions, automate various tasks, and coordinate workflows across different AWS services. I also use it to streamline the development of my Azure tool by visually orchestrating Lambda Functions and integrating them with…
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:


"The number of historical events is great."
"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."
"It is a scalable solution."
"It's Amazon, it's scalable."
"One can rate all the calls and that is a good feature."
"The solution is stable...The solution is easy to scale."
"AWS Step Functions acts as a high-level layer, allowing us to seamlessly integrate with microservices."
"The integration capability is easy, whereas building state machines is tricky."
"It has integrated UI and deployment models, and it has a deep set of consultant and service provider ecosystem features."
"This product is tightly integrated with the RPA automation process."
"The business process modeling is the most valuable feature."
"The workflow of BAW's automation is handled inside of BPM, so we can see what state it is at and how things are processing through."
"It has had a positive effect on decision-making in my organization. It helps us with our dispute process."
"One of the most valuable features is the way that they are adapting to the market. Initially, it was doing only workflow. Now it has started bringing all the other components like rules within the workflow and then the integration with RPA."
"The tool streamlines operations, especially from an operational perspective, by facilitating decision-making and ensuring timely approvals. This helps prevent delays in the approval process, where business process management adds significant value for us."
"IBM has spent a lot of time on the connections between the rules engine and its other product, the core BPM platform. They've really centralized the suite as one offering now."


"Setup took about one day. We had some errors to understand in the beginning, but now everything is working good."
"It is hard to coordinate the declaratory language."
"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 interface can sometimes feel limited, as we're unable to see what AWS is running behind the scenes."
"The solution's pricing could be cheaper. It is cheaper than Airflow."
"The solution's data size limit can be improved."
"The pricing of the solution can be improved."
"The price and support are areas with shortcomings where the solution needs to improve."
"IBM Business Automation Workflow is not a very user-friendly solution."
"The development UI is sometimes a little slow."
"Improvements could be made in debugging and troubleshooting."
"Every client is moving to the cloud. We are still a little behind with IBM, but we are catching up from my point of view."
"The setup and installation process could be made easier."
"I would definitely like to see a unified interface between the BPM side of the house and the case side of the house. Something that just seems a bit more cohesive, because right now there is sort of a disconnect between the BPM and the case side of the house. That makes it a bit of a hard sell sometimes. That is definitely first and foremost on my wish list."
"The main areas which need improvement are specifically around reporting and analytics."
"In terms of improvement, it could be less complex."

Pricing and Cost Advice

"The solution's price is reasonable."
"The solution is expensive."
"While it can be quite costly, it offers significant benefits for users."
"The solution has saved us time."
"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."
"There is still a relatively high total cost of ownership to actually implement, support, and stand up solutions."
"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."
"The product is expensive."
"Our license is on a three-year term."
"When you compare with Laserfiche and M-Files, IBM is expensive."
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Top Industries

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Financial Services Firm
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Financial Services Firm
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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



Sample Customers

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