2021-06-30T09:47:00Z
Alex Siu - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Manager, System Architecture at Octopus Cards Limited
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K2 BPM vs Camunda BPM: which one is better to use with Java?

Hello community members, 

I'm working at a financial services company with 200+ employees and I'm currently exploring two Business Process Management Platforms (BPM) in order to use them with Java: K2 BPM and Camunda BPM

Can you assist me with their comparison (sharing the pros and cons of each)? 

Thanks!

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Evgeny Belenky - PeerSpot reviewer
Director of Community at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
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2021-06-30T10:19:31Z
Jun 30, 2021
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