Casewise vs Aris: Best Business Process Management softwareIsobel Witts
If you’re searching for the best business process management software platforms, it’s likely that you’ve come across Casewise and Aris. These two are big players in the BPM space and offer a variety of products and services to help organisations with their process improvement challenges. But what are the benefits and limitations of using these platforms?
We’ve put together a few of the pros and cons of each system, to help you with evaluating which BPM system is likely to be the best fit for your organisation.
If you would like to do some more research, you can also take a look at any of our other comparison articles which will give you an excellent insight into the positives and negatives of potential BPM suppliers:IBM Blueworks vs Microsoft Visio: Which is the best BPM software?
So, without further adue, let's put these two competitors in a comparison ring and watch them go a few rounds - Casewise vs Aris: which is the best Business Process Management software?
Casewise offer a variety of different products ranging from a simple process modelling tool to a fully scalable business process management system, with optional add-ins such as communications and analytics software. Casewise Synergy is an ‘industry leading’ BPM system and allows you to design, simulate and improve the business processes you have created in the modelling suite.
What are the benefits and pros of Casewise?
The Casewise Suite ‘comprises a set of tools which provide insight, visibility and a common understanding of the reality of the business.’ This process modeller allows business teams to capture their processes and analyse them to drive improvement and organisational change. The platform is highly customisable and can be configured to fit a variety of different business needs and objectives.
Some other benefits include:
- Allows teams to identify optimisation opportunities
- Ability to create risk-free process simulations
- Features a multi-user environment
- Promotes a culture of continuous improvement through data-driven decision-making
What are the limitations and cons of Casewise?
As Casewise is such a huge player in the BPM space, it’s likely that it will sit at the higher end of the pricing spectrum. With so many different software options to choose from, you are likely to be able to tailor the package to suit your business goals but the decision may be quite a complex one. Also, as with any new software purchase, once you have decided on the features you need, you will need to spend time implementing the solution, and as Casewise has lots of bells and whistles, the setup and training required may eat up valuable resource.
Some other limitations include:
- No preferred methodology, so this will need to be decided independently
- Slightly too complex for simple process mapping
- More geared towards complete enterprise architecture than business process management
Aris is Software AG’s leading Business Process Analysis Platform. Using this tool you can document and design your business processes before analysing them to identify where improvements can be made. Your optimised processes can then be shared across your organisation so that they can be used to support continuous improvement. This top-of-the-range platform is great for simulating business processes to identify where changes can be made and can be tailored to suit a variety of different business needs.
What are the benefits and pros of Aris?
Aris is an excellent out-of-the-box solution for process analysis and is a great choice if you are looking to extend your improvement efforts beyond BPM. The tool is easy to use and allows the user to create and simulate process models quickly so that they can be presented to key stakeholders.
Some other benefits include:
- Version control and change history capabilities
- Integrates with document management systems such as Microsoft SharePoint
- Allows you to design, model and improve processes in one simple tool
- Compatible with BPMN methodology
Are there any limitations or cons of using Aris?
Aris is specifically designed to be an enterprise architecture solution. So if you are looking solely for business process management, with some improvement capabilities then this may be a little out of your remit. Similarly to Casewise, it is also at the high end of the pricing spectrum with a vast array of features and specifications to choose from. Other limitations are:
- Requires a lot of configuration to get started
- Complex system, which may use up precious resource for implementation, management and training
So which one is the best business process management system?
With these two systems, you really do get what you pay for and there aren’t any clear distinctions in terms of software capabilities. However, they are both predominantly designed for complete enterprise architecture. This is great news if you have the budget and are looking for something that can be scaled exponentially in this way, but if you are unlikely to use all of the functionality, or enterprise architecture isn’t something you are considering, then it may be worth looking at some dedicated business process management platforms. You can read a review of a few of the leading providers here: Best Business Process Management (BPM) Software: A brief review
We really hope that you have found this article useful. With over 20 years developing and implementing business process management systems, we understand that getting the right system for your business needs is key to the success of your improvement initiatives. Whilst we appreciate that we may not be a good fit for every organisation, if you would like to learn how Triaster can help you with your business process management and improvement challenges, we'd love to hear from you.
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Written by Isobel Witts
Isobel joined Triaster in September 2014 as our Customer Success Administrator. After about a year in the role she decided marketing was where her main interest lay and she began working with Emma as a new Triaster website was developed and the Triaster blog was started. The move was very successful, resulting in her moving full time into a marketing role, firstly at Triaster and subsequently for a local marketing agency.