Camunda vs IBM Business Automation Workflow comparison


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Ranking in Business Process Management (BPM)
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Business Process Design (2nd), Process Automation (1st)
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Mindshare comparison

As of July 2024, in the Business Process Management (BPM) category, the mindshare of Camunda is 23.1%, up from 21.6% 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)
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Featured Reviews

Feb 3, 2023
Closes gap between devs and analysts, giving them common language, but we had integration challenges
We use it as a task manager. Our use case is to help manage human tasks and have a workflow to which we can assign a function and some criteria to agents Camunda helped in an important way because we have a standard language in discussions between developers and business analysts. It has been key…
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 platform's approach to BPMN modeling is straightforward and versatile, making it easy to adopt and use effectively."
"The graphical interface is very beneficial."
"We can easily define and deploy business processes. Camunda provides the tools that allow business people to design business processes. We don't have to have developers for it. It is so easy to use that our business people can go into the tool and model their business processes. We get time to do other things than just designing business processes."
"It is simple to use. The user experience is very good."
"Using the BPMN helps us to have a common shared communication language when discussing processes."
"The most valuable features are the management of internal processes, the ability to execute from design and the model for internal processes, the ability to make processes visible, and the ability to have information about the current state of each instance."
"We like the idea of working with Cawemo because it enables us to keep on working, remotely or not. It allows us to collaborate between areas. It's easy to model and easy to use"
"We can share, discuss, and develop the model together — from a distance. It's really helped us during these times of isolation."
"It performs the basic tasks that are required for the BBM solution as part of the overall integration with ECM or enterprise contact management."
"The solution reduces the time to the resolution which is essential for businesses."
"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."
"The most valuable feature of IBM Business Automation Workflow is cost management."
"It is the only product that includes capture content management and a process suite, as well as rules in 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."
"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."


"I think that Camunda can try to do better when it comes to solving the complexities of all the products in its software stack."
"I would say that Camunda should actually focus on small cases as well. There's a lot of space out there, for small businesses. If they can, they should cater to them."
"The migration strategy needs to be improved."
"Initially, installation was challenging, but recent improvements have made it much easier."
"The initial set up could be simplified, it's complex."
"If they could build some scripts or some configuration to get it up and running in a Docker environment, that would be good. I didn't find anything when on Docker, however, maybe they have something and I didn't see it yet."
"We're trying to put the people from the business to do it. We are using APIs, and we have open APIs to define our APIs and the request-response that each call requires and sends. So, to base the mapping on that, there was nothing to help. I know that with some tools, such as Oracle tools, you can see the input and expected output. With drag and drop, you can take one property from the left and drag it to the right, and it does all the mapping itself, but that's not the case with Camunda. So, for me, this is something that can be improved."
"When building interfaces, there are limited tools to work with, especially when dealing with different types of tasks, such as user tasks and system tasks."
"Improvements could be made in debugging and troubleshooting."
"IBM Business Automation Workflow is not a very user-friendly solution."
"While everything is integrated into one platform, I'd like guidelines on when and how to use ODM. This applies not only to implementation but also to automation processes. Additionally, proper instructions should be provided when installing on the cloud."
"The UI of the solution is not good. They should work to update the solution and make it better and fresher."
"Sometimes, we feel like we are not getting the full features of the content management capabilities."
"IBM Business Automation Workflow could improve the integration."
"One significant challenge is the lack of accessible forums or resources to seek help or information when problems arise."
"The initial setup is actually a really complicated process."

Pricing and Cost Advice

"We are using the paid edition because there is no separate support and service license yet. We are yet to find a suitable licensing model for Camunda because we only use the engine, and we have implemented our solution around Camunda Cloud. So, we are mainly interested in the support and service, and that's what we mainly use in the paid edition."
"Camunda is much cheaper."
"There were some features that were only available in the paid version."
"We are using the open-source version, free of charge. We didn't bother with the enterprise features."
"Cheaper licensing and resources than competitors"
"Camunda Platform is an open-source product."
"The license is quite expensive, which is why we went with the community version."
"While the license isn't budget-friendly, careful consideration and calculated planning for a significant number of licenses can make it more cost-effective."
"The product is expensive."
"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."
"Licensing varies by use-case."
"When you compare with Laserfiche and M-Files, IBM is expensive."
"There is still a relatively high total cost of ownership to actually implement, support, and stand up solutions."
"While it can be quite costly, it offers significant benefits for users."
"The solution's pricing is a little bit expensive."
"The solution has saved us time."
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Questions from the Community

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What do you like most about IBM Business Automation Workflow?
The most valuable feature of IBM Business Automation Workflow is cost management.

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