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Question: Which would you choose - Camunda Platform or Apache Airflow?
Answer: Camunda Platform allows for visual demonstration and presentation of business process flows. The flexible Java-based option was a big win for us and allows for the integration of microservices very quickly. Camunda Platform is very stable, with a free open-source version that is very good. The automation is great. Camunda Platform can be challenging regarding the initial setup, though, and it seems to take a long time for completed workflows to be implemented. The learning curve for this Camunda Platform can be pretty steep. A mobile app would be a welcome enhancement. Process interfaces between diagrams could be improved and better template options would be welcomed. Apache Airflow integrates well with other pipelines and solutions. We like the direct support we get from Python using Apache Airflow. This makes work and automation much easier. Apache Airflow handles complex workflows and coordination of tasks easily. We can use it to manage large-scale data processing workloads using DAG, which is a core component of Apache Airflow. Using Apache Airflow is okay, but managing it has its challenges. We would expect better scaling, especially since it is on the cloud. Apache Airflow is also not a great solution for those who are not tech-savvy. (It is not for business-end users.) Conclusion: Both of these solutions require some level of technical expertise to implement and manage, which is something to keep in mind. We felt Apache Airflow offered better integration with the solutions we are currently using. We have a solid relationship currently with Python and are using many solutions that make Apache Airflow the best choice for us.
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"The reason we went with Airflow is its DAG presentation, that shows the relationships among everything. It's more of a configuration-driven workflow.""The best part of Airflow is its direct support for Python, especially because Python is so important for data science, engineering, and design. This makes the programmatic aspect of our work easy for us, and it means we can automate a lot.""I found the following features very useful: DAG - Workload management and orchestration of tasks using.""The product integrates well with other pipelines and solutions.""The initial setup was straightforward and it does not take long to complete.""I like the UI rework, it's much easier.""We have been quite satisfied with the stability of the solution."

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"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.""The modeler is useful for creating the flow. The way to access the data through their REST API is also valuable. This is what we're using right now.""The solution is good for data models.""The most valuable features are that it's lightweight, can be embedded in existing Java code, and keeps track of the workflow state and the instances that we need.""There's this graphic that tells you how many lines or how many tickets are in each step. In that way, you know where you stand. I find this feature very valuable.""The interface and the number of connectors that they provide are the most valuable features. The support here, it's kind of okay. But the main thing is with the number of connectors and the UI, the user interface.""The most valuable feature is the scheduling.""The best feature is the automation."

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"Technical support is an area that needs improvement.""I would like to see it more friendly for other use cases.""UI can be improved with additional user-friendly features for non-programmers and for fewer coding practitioner requirements.""One specific feature that is missing from Airflow is that the steps of your workflow are not pipelined, meaning the stageless steps of any workflow. Not every workflow can be implemented within Airflow.""The dashboard is connected into the BPM flow that could be improved.""We're currently using version 1.10, but I understand that there's a lot of improvements in version 2. In the earlier version that we're using, we sometimes have problems with maintenance complexity. Actually using Airflow is okay, but maintaining it has been difficult.""The scalability of the solution itself is not as we expected. Being on the cloud, it should be easy to scale, however, it's not."

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"The support definitely can be improved. Apart from that, the language should be extendable to other platforms. If I want to write, I'll run a different platform, like Python code on top of it, or COBOL code on top of it, and it should support those languages.""I don't like the UI of the Camunda Platform, I have found the Signavio solution to be much better for me to create the process designs and execute them. Additionally, I have found the tools in the Camunda Platform are not compatible with some of my other tools. They should improve this in the future.""Lacking in forms visualization.""The solution could use some enhancements like adding connectors, improving forms and having a mobile app, but everything is an enhancement rather than a flaw.""I'm from the .NET world and I would like to use it, rather than Java.""I think that Camunda can try to do better when it comes to solving the complexities of all the products in its software stack.""The initial setup can be complex for business users.""The only drawback is the time that it takes to have a complete set of workflows implemented on the Camunda platform."

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  • "The pricing for the product is reasonable."
  • "Although Airflow is open source software, there's also commercial support for it by Astronomer. We personally don't use the commercial support, but it's always an option if you don't mind the extra cost."
  • "We are using the open-source version of Apache Airflow."
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  • "The open-source version of the product is free to use."
  • "The cost of this solution is better than some competing products."
  • "Licensing costs are anywhere from $80,000 to $100,000 USD per year."
  • "We use the open-source version, which can be used at no cost."
  • "I think Camunda BPM can improve their licensing costs. It isn't easy to find clients with Camunda BPM licenses mainly because it's quite expensive."
  • "When compared with the proprietary products, the pricing costs are much less, even though it is an enterprise edition."
  • "There is an open-source version available, that in its core features (workflow and decision engine, modeler) is exactly the same as in the enterprise version."
  • "Generally, the price could be better, as well as the licensing fees."
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    Camunda Platform allows for visual demonstration and presentation of business process flows. The flexible Java-based option was a big win for us and allows for the integration of microservices very… more »
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    Apache Airflow is a great orchestration and automation tool. Its connectivity with other systems is a great plus point. The interactive UI, the options for scheduling and the very fact that its… more »
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    We are using the open-source version of Apache Airflow.
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    The Camunda BPMN Platform is very flexible and gives several options to deploy and scale it.
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    Overview

    Airflow is a platform to programmatically author, schedule and monitor workflows.

    Use airflow to author workflows as directed acyclic graphs (DAGs) of tasks. The airflow scheduler executes your tasks on an array of workers while following the specified dependencies. Rich command line utilities make performing complex surgeries on DAGs a snap. The rich user interface makes it easy to visualize pipelines running in production, monitor progress, and troubleshoot issues when needed.

    When workflows are defined as code, they become more maintainable, versionable, testable, and collaborative.

    Camunda Platform is a complete process automation tech stack with powerful execution engines for BPMN workflows and DMN decisions paired with essential applications for modeling, operations, and analytics.

    With a clear vision to automate any process, anywhere, Camunda is reinventing process automation for the digital enterprise. Featuring a developer-friendly, open source approach, enterprises can use Camunda Platform to breakthrough technological, organizational, and infrastructure barriers, optimize their business processes, and drive their digital transformation initiatives forward.

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    Apache Airflow is ranked 8th in Business Process Management (BPM) with 7 reviews while Camunda Platform is ranked 1st in Business Process Management (BPM) with 27 reviews. Apache Airflow is rated 7.8, while Camunda Platform is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Apache Airflow writes "Helps us maintain a clear separation of our functional logic from our operational logic". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Camunda Platform writes "Component reusability saves us development time, but the learning curve is too steep". Apache Airflow is most compared with Amazon Step Functions, IBM BPM, IBM Business Automation Workflow, Informatica Cloud Api and App Integration and Informatica Business Process Manager, whereas Camunda Platform is most compared with Pega BPM, Bonita, Bizagi, Appian and IBM BPM. See our Apache Airflow vs. Camunda Platform report.

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