Appian product overview
Appian is a low-code automation software development platform that enables organizations to rapidly develop powerful and unique applications. Appian’s business process management (BPM) solution helps companies drive digital transformation and competitive differentiation. This unified application development platform was designed for fast and powerful digital transformation. It provides low-code development for business process management, data management, collaboration, and mobility.
Appian BPM integrates work automation with data management, native mobility, and social capabilities. With this BPM, all data, processes, documents, and collaborations are in one environment, on any device, and are integrated through a simple social interface. Appian enables organizations to deliver improved customer experience for clients, modernize critical business processes, create new market opportunities, and gain competitive advantage. Available on-premise and in the cloud, Appian provides a reliable way to deliver innovative business applications.
The software offers solutions that are rapidly built through drag-and-drop functionality. The software also provides instant deployment of newly-built solutions set up in the workplace on a scalable, flexible platform while providing out-of-the-box integrations with diverse systems. In addition to app development, users can utilize Appian to manage and automate business processes. With Appian’s BPM tools, users can design process-based solutions for tasks and define policies and procedures.
Pros of Appian
- Appian functionalities are presented through the simple drag-and-drop method, which allows for fast deployment of solutions. The software also has native integrations with various external systems that shortens the development cycle. Users are able to create dashboards and task forms at a rapid rate because of the user-friendly Forms interface.
- The system captures and saves process models that were previously used and placed on the native repository for reuse. Users can track and analyze complex event processing and respond to business events.
- The platform features a social collaboration space that allows ad hoc and improvisational collaboration between customers, workers, partners, and suppliers. Appian Records is accessible from the social interface, acting as a context broker and enabling situationally adaptive behavior.
Cons of Appian
- Appian offers limited user interface customization possibilities.
- While Appian releases quarterly updates, the regression testing that needs to be done for each release can be cumbersome and time consuming.
Breakdown of core features
No-code app development
Appian lets users build processes for apps with business process management-inspired tools using its low-code, drag-and-drop functionality. Users can then store process models for faster designing in the future. Critical policies and procedures can be defined and set up for replicated success. The solution allows users to rapidly create task forms and dashboards and include them in user interface designs. Users can immediately deploy applications as soon as design is complete.
Complex event processing and monitoring
Appian has real-time management tools to monitor in-flight processes, re-assign tasks, and view performance of the company. Users can track, analyze, and adapt to market demands, business events, and regulatory changes. This BPM software also provides real-time visibility that allows for the granular tracking of process and task progress. It provides skills-based routing to ensure the right worker gets the right task.
The software has a native enterprise mobility that delivers responsive, mobile user experiences with no extra work. Users can create apps that work on any device natively, with no extra time or effort. Appian lets users access data, tasks, and actions, and collaborate on any mobile device as well.
(Last updated on 03/10/2021 by Liz Laurente-Ticong)