Top 10 BPM and Workflow Automation software

Last updated: November 30, 2022

Award-winning case management, Robotic process automation and BPM for continuous operational excellence
Appian is a leader in low-code development & BPM. It provides companies a simpler way to create powerful software.
Camunda's process orchestration platform allows developers to design, automate and improve processes.
Microsoft Power Automate (earlier Microsoft Flow) - is a versatile automation platform that integrates seamlessly with hundreds of apps and services.
A single platform that automates work and powers innovation across your business. Better Integrations Through Intelligent Automation
One platform to optimize, manage, and track all of your work: process management, case management, project management
Nintex is the market leader in end-to-end process management and workflow automation. Easily manage, automate, and optimize your processes with no code.
Creatio (formerly bpmonline) is a single platform to accelerate sales, marketing, service. It's a process-driven cloud based software that connects the dots between marketing, sales and customer service, allowing to efficiently manage the complete customer journey – from lead to order, and to ongoing account maintenance.
Flowable offers a full-scale and extensible platform for the automation of business processes that combines the power of standards-based Case, Process, and Decision models to increase efficiency and productivity.
jBPM is an open-source workflow engine written in Java that can execute business processes described in BPMN 2.0. jBPM is a toolkit for building business applications to help automate business processes and decisions.
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IBM BPM is a comprehensive Business Process Management Platform (BPM), providing full visibility and insight to managing business processes.
Kofax Intelligent Automation software platform helps organizations transform information-intensive business processes, reduce manual work and errors, minimize costs, and improve customer engagement. We combine RPA, cognitive capture, process orchestration, mobility and engagement, and analytics to ease implementations and deliver dramatic results that mitigate compliance risk and increase competitiveness, growth and profitability.
Automate business workflows by connecting your apps with Zoho Flow. Build smart integrations to break the information silos in your business.
OMNITRACKER is a powerful tool to adapt processes to your needs. Our highly efficient, scalable and effective solution for IT service management (ITSM). It is based on the current ITIL standard and integrates other supporting processes.
Workflow Software That Makes Everyone More Productive. Build unlimited automated business workflows with no code required

Latest news about BPM and Workflow Automation software

2022. Bardeen raises $15.3M for browser-based workflow automation

Workflow automation startup Bardeen has raised $15.3M. Bardeen focuses on the following challenges to overcome: ease of use and discovery of automation. Besides it has a huge advantage, because the system operates inside the user’s browser. All the data processing and storage is done on the edge — i.e., inside the user’s browser. It also includes AI modules for things like text-to-speech and optical character recognition and Smart Suggestions, which recommends automations to users based on the current context, as another key differentiator. He says that the goal is to evolve Smart Suggestions over time so that it learns and suggests “any automation that can help save time

2021. Ikigai gets $13M to build automated workflows with humans in the loop

Ikigai, a startup that wants to make it simple to build workflows with humans involved has raised $13 million seed round. Whereas traditional robotic process automation (RPA) is about building bots for repetitive tasks, this company wants to make it easier to build workflows where humans have to make a decision as part of the process. Ikigai provides a tool that lets users create drag and drop workflows involving disparate data sources, while building in steps where humans make decisions, and then viewing the results in a dashboard/spreadsheet view. They describe this as an “AI-charged” spreadsheet.

2021. Tonkean raises $50M to accelerate its no-code business automation service

Business operation automation startup Tonkean has closed a $50 million Series B. Tonkean is an interesting mix of business process automation, no-code and humans. In short, the startup allows a company’s ops groups — sales ops, marketing ops, etc. — to set up automated business logic across applications that can include human-in-the-loop elements. And Tonkean built its system to be IT-friendly, allowing it to support enterprise-scale customers. Tonkean software employs no-code tools to let ops groups use off-the-shelf command modules to build business logic — or craft their own as needed. The use of the company’s software could allow for more empowered teams at companies that are less reliant on engineering groups for help in accelerating and automating their work.

2021. n8n raises $12M for its ‘fair code’ approach to low-code workflow automation

Berlin-based n8n — which provides a framework for both technical and non-technical people to synchronize and integrate data and workflows — has raised $12 million in a Series A round of funding. Currently, n8n can help link up and integrate data and functions between more than 200 established applications, as well as any custom apps or services that you might be using in your specific organization. n8n want to give everyone technical superpowers, whether it’s the marketing team or the IT department.” That means for example building not just chatbots but more intelligent ones, or creating new ways of visualizing data in Slack or something else altogether. And n8n’s platform can also be used to build automation within products, for example to monitor performance and flag when something might need maintenance.

2021. Zoho launches new low code workflow automation product

Zoho, a company known for its suite of affordable business tools has launched a new low code workflow product called Qntrl (pronounced control). Zoho is aiming for the mid-market with a product that requires less technical expertise than traditional business process management tools. Qntrl could require some technical help to connect a workflow to more complex backend systems like CRM or ERP, it allows a less technical end user to drag and drop the components and then get help to finish the rest.

2021. Tines raises $26M for its no-code security automation platform

Tines, a no-code automation platform, has raised a $26 million Series B funding round. Tines is on a mission to allow frontline employees to focus on more business-critical tasks and improve their wellbeing by reducing the burden of ‘busy work’ by helping automate any manual workflow and making existing teams more efficient, effective, and engaged. The idea here is to free analysts from spending time on routine repetitive tasks and allow them to focus on those areas where they can have the most impact. The tools features pre-configured integrations with a variety of business and security tools, but for more sophisticated users, it also features the ability to hook into virtually any API.

2021. Process automation startup Camunda raises $98M

Camunda, a Berlin startup that makes open-source process automation software, announced an €82 million Series B. Camunda has become the endpoint agnostic orchestration layer that sits on top of everything else. There’s a bigger thing going on which you could call end-to-end automation or end-to-end orchestration of endpoints, which can be RPA bots, for example, but also micro services and manual work. Camunda provides the ability to orchestrate how the automation pieces work in conjunction with one another to create this full workflow across a company. Besides the open-source platform the company also provides cloud service Camunda Cloud.

2021. IBM Business Process Manager is renamed to Business Automation Workflow

IBM Business Process Manager (BPM) and IBM Case Manager have been unified into a single product IBM Business Automation Workflow. The new product also adds new features and allows to organize library items in custom smart folders and gain greater insight into problems in scripts through improved validation in the web IBM Process Designer, monitor system maintenance data in the Process Admin Console, import environment variables and servers from other process applications or toolkits, identify resource issues by using Performance Monitoring, model gateway decisions using decision tables or action rules in Process Designer, benefit from a single sign-on experience.

2021. SAP is buying Berlin business process automation startup Signavio

SAP has aquired business process automation startup Signavio for about $1.2 billion. While traditional enterprise BPA tools have existed for years, having a cloud-native tool gives SAP a much more modern approach to attacking this problem, and being able to automate business processes via the cloud has become more important during the pandemic when many employees are working entirely from home. SAP also sees Signavio as a key missing piece in the company’s business process intelligence unit.

2020. Microsoft brings new process mining features to Power Automate

Power Automate, Microsoft’s platform for streamlining repetitive workflows, has got a new tool, the Process Advisor. This new process mining tool provides users with a new collaborative environment where developers and business users can work together to create new automations. The idea here is that business users are the ones who know exactly how a certain process works. With Process Advisor, they can now submit recordings of how they process a refund, for example, and then submit that to the developers, who are typically not experts in how these processes usually work.

2020. Fylamynt raises $6.5M for its cloud workflow automation platform

Fylamynt, a new service that helps businesses automate their cloud workflows, announced both the official launch of its platform as well as a $6.5 million seed round. At first glance, the idea behind Fylamynt may sound familiar. Workflow automation has become a pretty competitive space, after all, and the service helps developers connect their various cloud tools to create repeatable workflows. We’re not talking about your standard IFTTT- or Zapier -like integrations between SaaS products, though. The focus of Fylamynt is squarely on building infrastructure workflows. While that may sound familiar, too, with tools like Ansible and Terraform automating a lot of that already, Fylamynt sits on top of those and integrates with them.

2020. Salesforce applies AI to workflow with Einstein Automate

Salesforce announced Einstein Automate, a new AI-fueled set of workflow solutions. Einstein is the commercial name given to Salesforce’s artificial intelligence platform that touches every aspect of the company’s product line, bringing automation to many tasks and making it easier to find the most valuable information on customers, which is often buried in an avalanche of data. Salesforce is also bringing into the mix MuleSoft, the integration company it bought for $6.5 billion in 2018. Instead of processes like a mortgage approval workflow, the MuleSoft piece lets IT build complex integrations between applications across the enterprise and the Salesforce family of products more easily.

2020. Nintex to acquire process automation competitor K2 Software

Workflow automation company Nintex will acquire K2 Software that also sells process automation software. Founded in 2000, K2 counts 30% of the Fortune 100 as customers and has 1.5 million users across 84 countries. Nintex said it will have more than 10,000 customers and generate more than $200 million in revenue after the deal is closed. Nintex and K2 customers and partners will benefit from an even broader range of process management and automation solutions. The combination of our respective development teams will further accelerate our pace of innovation in this growing market. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

2020. Microsoft brings new robotic process automation features to its Power Platform

Earlier this year, Microsoft acquired Softomotive, a player in the low-code robotic process automation space with a focus on Windows. And now the company is launching Power Automate Desktop, a new application based on Softomotive’s technology that lets anyone automate desktop workflows without needing to program. Power Automate already allowed users to connect web-based applications, similar to Zapier and IFTTT, but the company also launched a browser extension late last year to help users connect native system components to Power Automate. Now, with the integration of the Softomotive technology and the launch of this new low-code Windows application, it’s taking this integration into the native Windows user interface one step further.

2020. Parabola no-code platform raises $8M as it focuses on eCommerce

Many workers today are still stuck doing a bushel of manual tasks, copying and pasting data into spreadsheets, sending out the same emails every morning and generally lacking any kind of automation because they lack coding skills. Parabola wants to change that with a simple drag and drop workflow setup, and today the startup announced an $8 million Series A investment. The company also announced a new Shopify connector. As COVID has forced a dramatic increase in online shopping, Parabola has seen a corresponding increase in demand for its workflow automation services from e-commerce vendors, and they have added functionality to support that.

2020. AI for business processes provider FortressIQ snags $30M

FortressIQ, a startup that wants to help companies use data to understand and improve internal processes, announced a $30 million Series B investment. The software was primarily about using computer vision to understand workflows, customers are now using that data to help drive their own internal transformations. That used to require a high priced consulting team to pull off, but FortressIQ is trying to use software, data and artificial intelligence to replace the consultant and expose processes that could be improved.

2019. Bpm’online rebrands as Creatio

Low-code business process automation and CRM company Bpm’online has announced that it is rebranding to Creatio. The new name reflects company's strong belief that everyone will become a developer, able to automate ideas and create custom solutions in minutes. The company has been highly recognized as a market leader by key industry analysts. Its intelligent platform accelerates sales, marketing, service and operations for thousands of customers and hundreds of partners worldwide.

2016. IBM and Box unveiled easy-to-use BPM tool

Online storage company Box and enterprise giant IBM introduced Box Relay.  It is an add-on to Box's core cloud storage service that will allow any team within a company to build a custom workflow and invite partners from outside the company to join. Inside a dashboard, users can review, edit, upload, approve or reject documents. Alerts, notifications and email reminders provide updates throughout the process. Users can send links to others for review and track progress in real time. Everyone involved can see if a project gets stuck along the way, and where the bottleneck lies.

2016. Microsoft Flow is available on iOS

Microsoft Flow, the workflow management tool, has arrived on iOS. It lets you mash up up two or more cloud services in order to create workflows –  like those that let you automate file synchronization, alerting, data organization and more. Competing services, including IFTTT and Zapier, have been around longer and offer a larger list of supported connections. Microsoft Flow, meanwhile, is more focused on integrations with Microsoft’s own business tools, like Office 365, Dynamics CRM, PowerApps, and Yammer, as well as those that are used in organizations, like MailChip, GitHub, Salesforce, Slack, and others. However, you can use Microsoft Flow to automate a number of common scenarios, like getting a text message whenever your boss emails you, saving the results of a Twitter search to an Excel file, copying files from OneDrive to SharePoint, copying photos from Instagram to Dropbox, and many more. With the new iOS application, you can now manage your previously created “flows” from your smartphone. That means you can switch them on or off, view their properties, or check out run history reports to make sure they are performing properly and haven’t had any errors.

2015. Bpm’online announced key executive appointment and new US headquarter

Cloud CRM software vendor bpm’online announced that Michael Rooney has joined the company as Senior Vice President and General Manager of bpm’online in North America. The appointment marks the opening of company’s new office in Boston, MA, that will serve as the company’s US headquarter, accelerating sales operations while building alliances with technology and market experts. The goal of the expansion is to attract Boston’s top engineering and sales talent, while facilitating the growth of bpm’online’s customer and partner base.

2010. Alfresco launched free BPM engine

Alfresco loves to make problems for IT giants by its altruistic approach to business. For several years, this company is exerting pressure on ECM market leaders (Microsoft, IBM, Open Text, EMC, Oracle) by providing high-quality free/cheap open-source system Alfresco ECM. And now, the company decided to build communism in another, related IT field - BPM (Business Process Management). The new Alfresco product - Activiti is absolutely free, open-source BPM system, distributed under Apache License 2.0. To develop this system Alfresco (traditionally) enticed executives from competing project JBoss jBPM - Tom Baeyens and Joram Barrez. They were helped by the SpringSource (VMWare) developers. In result they built light-weight, fast and free product that is intended to revolutionize the BPM market.

2010. IBM launched social BPM service

BPM (business process management) - is hardly associated with social services, which are intended for free interaction, rather than for formal automation. Nevertheless BPM systems are also becoming social. Few days ago IBM launched the SaaS service Blueworks Live that really has a human (social) face. Looking at the service you are thinking - "OK, everything is simple and clear. you draw a sequence of tasks (like in Visio). start a process. tasks are automatically created according to the algorithm. each user has own task list (like in Outlook). task notifications are sent by email. user follows the link, adds comments or clicks "Check" button. all actions are logged in activity stream (like in Facebook). so why do they call all this with the complicated word BPM? ".