IBM Business Automation Workflow vs Nintex Process Platform comparison


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IBM Business Automation Wor...
Ranking in Business Process Management (BPM)
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Nintex Process Platform
Ranking in Business Process Management (BPM)
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Process Automation (8th), Workload Automation (11th)

Mindshare comparison

As of July 2024, in the Business Process Management (BPM) category, the mindshare of IBM Business Automation Workflow is 2.4%, down from 2.6% compared to the previous year. The mindshare of Nintex Process Platform is 1.4%, down from 2.9% compared to the previous year. It is calculated based on PeerSpot user engagement data.
Business Process Management (BPM)
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Process Automation

Featured Reviews

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.
Sep 21, 2022
Useful for internal process automation but the integration could be improved
We use it for internal process automation The solution helped us automate several processes we used to do manually. It supports SharePoint in the platform, and it's easy to customize to the maximum extent. The integration could be improved, and we are looking for a solution on Office 365, not…

Quotes from Members

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


"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 Business Automation Workflow is stable because the different infrastructure elements, such as the OS and middleware have been used for a long time."
"The most valuable feature is automation, which is quite strong and we are quite happy with it."
"IBM Business Automation Workflow provides a seamless streamlined collaboration within the organizations."
"IBM Business Automation Workflow is useful for helping us design custom user interfaces and processes we require."
"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 provides a solution for integration orchestration. This solution is for any organization in the banking, telecommunications, healthcare, manufacturing, and all domains and industries."
"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."
"K2's best feature is that it can solve complex tasks, issues, and projects with little coding."
"It creates workflows to handle business processes. It allows us to route approvals to users without human intervention."
"It can scale well."
"It is very easy to use events. K2 has useful tools."
"Provides the ability to automate SharePoint processes (building sites, lists, updating content). You can also automate document and content processes, onboarding and offboarding, and general IT and HR solutions."
"It's easy to configure your set of rules to make the form controls work perfectly, removing manual work and making processes seamless."
"We were able to meet all of the requirements for functionality that were specified, and we did not experience challenges where we had to compromise on functionality."
"This tool set makes it easy to integrate current processes and increase adoption rates and usage for the tool, as well as the process changes to update it on the fly."


"Sometimes, we feel like we are not getting the full features of the content management capabilities."
"The main improvement would be to make it easier to implement and deploy so that customers can kick it off and run quickly."
"I feel that the features are not user-friendly."
"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."
"From what I understand, in the next release they're actually going to combine all of this together as one integrated solution... If we could have one unified way to build a solution, that would really help."
"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 main areas which need improvement are specifically around reporting and analytics."
"We'd like to have integration with SharePoint."
"The license pricing is too high currently for Nintex Workflow."
"Nintex seems to be very server intensive. It is one of the reasons that we are moving to a different product on the SharePoint 2016 platform."
"The solution is a bit too expensive. It could be cheaper."
"The tool lacks to offer support for the Arabic language, and it needs consideration."
"I would also like to see the BPM features from Pega implemented, that have to do with the implementation of AI, and the robotics."
"Currently, it's taking quite some time to deploy a package, it needs improvement"
"The management server and the admin page where you can manage processes need improvement."

Pricing and Cost Advice

"The product is expensive."
"The solution's pricing is a little bit expensive."
"There is still a relatively high total cost of ownership to actually implement, support, and stand up solutions."
"Licensing varies by use-case."
"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."
"Our license is on a three-year term."
"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."
"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."
"Our maintenance costs are reduced."
"The product’s price is competitive compared to other vendors."
"Nintex products are expensive, but valuable. Licensing in on-premise was historically based on a perpetual model, where you’d license per Web front-end. However, they are switching exclusively to a consumption (subscription) model, where you purchase the number of workflows you think you’ll use in your environment, and can scale up from there."
"The price of this solution is affordable but the problem in Algeria is our community is a bit slower. The new clients might feel the solution is a bit expensive."
"Prices for licenses of K2 are high."
"Certainly. Notably, in terms of cost, this solution presents a substantial advantage, being approximately forty percent more economical compared to Oracle. It offers flexibility with two deployment options, catering to both cloud and on-premises preferences. Moreover, within each deployment option, there are two variations available. For organizations with limited IT resources and relying on citizen developers—individuals from the business side comfortable with technology—the platform allows for a more hands-on approach. These users can independently implement solutions without extensive coding or custom development. In contrast, the KQ solution at Symantec is adept at addressing the needs of sectors like banking, where extensive custom development is required for seamless integration with existing applications, websites, and ensuring robust security measures."
"There is an initial fee when purchasing and a fee for maintenance afterward."
"The initial investment in K2 is heavy. Currently, the expenditure is $28,000 for a year. After we go to the cloud, it is going to be per seat and probably cheaper. Currently, there are unlimited users."
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Top Industries

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Financial Services Firm
Computer Software Company
Manufacturing Company
Computer Software Company
Financial Services Firm
Manufacturing Company

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Questions from the Community

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.
What do you like most about K2?
The latest version of Nintex has many features. We have a clear roadmap and the necessary application to integrate it into our platform.
What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for K2?
The solution doesn’t have an extra fee. We are compatible with the package.
What needs improvement with K2?
The solution does not integrate with many platforms.

Also Known As

Business Automation Workflow
K2 blackpearl, K2 Five, Nintex Workflow

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Sample Customers

Key Bank, Barclays, Control€xpert, MIR Insurance Brokers, Conqord Oil
SEA Corp, Omnicom Group, Verizon, STIHL
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