Tonkean vs Appian​

Automation You can ACTUALLY build

Two roads. Two different destinations. That’s no-code vs low-code.

Tonkean is the platform of choice for Operations teams who want to automate complex process, people and data – without coding, without developers and without spending weeks to learn and implement.  

Appian is a unified low-code platform rooted in Business Process Management (BPM) that combines process mining, workflow & automation together. 

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Top five differences between Tonkean and Appian

The main difference between Tonkean and Appian is fundamental in who the platforms are built for and the philosophy behind automation. Here we break down five key differences between the platforms.

Tonkean Appian
Who it's suited for Citizen developers, Ops teams Developers, IT users, Business users with technical background
Automation philosophy Human-in-the-loop orchestration bringing people, process & systems together Bringing process mining, workflow & automation together
Time to automate Days (business users with process knowledge building on their own) Weeks (additional time for requesting and translating business needs to IT/Developers)
Methodology No-code drag and drop builder Low-code app builder
Differentiating factor No change management needed. Work from the tools/app you like. Appian Guarantee - First app developer in 8 weeks

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When you would choose Tonkean over Appian

The advantage of no-code


No-code is best suited for anyone without technical or coding expertise. Tonkean focuses on helping you translate your business logic into powerful automation – without a single line of code. 


Appian is a low-code platform and needs weeks to master and implement if you have no technical background.

“Even though it is called a low code platform, it needs a considerable amount of coding.”

– From G2 reviews

Tonkean Integrations

Automate with the tools your people love


Tonkean puts your people at the center by reaching them where they are, Slack, MS Teams, or email. Tonkean’s AI-powered workbots automate processes around the behaviors of your people, getting the information from people to systems as quickly and easily as possible.

“Legal teams like email and are used to operating that way. Tonkean allows us to stay within email when we want to.”

– Veronica Yu, Director of Legal Operations – Instacart


With Appian, apps are at the center of all your automation and you keep adding to your already long list of apps.

Get ROI in days


EVERSANA built and delivered a solution for 100s of customers within 9 business days using Tonkean. That’s how quick Operations teams can get a ROI in Tonkean.


Appian can deliver ROI in days too. But the time to learn and master low-code is significantly higher compared to no-code, especially without any technical background.

What other citizen developers say about Tonkean

"I have seen first-hand the impact that Tonkean can make in transforming complex processes at enterprise scale, resulting in millions of dollars saved from removing time-consuming manual tasks and eliminating other one-off solutions"

– Mary O'Carroll, Former president of CLOC and head of legal operations at Google.

"We can take risks. We can try things out because it's us doing the no-code behind the scenes. This is really key and impactful and we can see the ROI and benefit right off the bat"

– Frances Pomposo, Senior Director of Legal Operations and Chief of Staff to General Counsel

"The combination of being able to implement changes right away without devs and the security of the platform made us want to choose Tonkean."
– Tim Dougherty, Special Projects & Strategy

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