Among the ease-of-use features in Appian 6 is one-click import, export and publishing of models, rules, expressions, forms and all other components of a process application. In addition, the upgrade offers application-centric portal views for end users.
Appian's software is a Web-based, integrated suite of components that include process, business rules, forms, content management, reporting, identity management, integration and collaboration. In addition, the company offers customers a repository that includes process models, services, form libraries, rules, and other extensions contributed by customers, partners and Appian staff. The ShareBase repository is available at no charge with a product license.
Appian 6's features for building collaborative, end-user portals include tools for creating interfaces that deliver personalized content, shared work queues and aggregated content from related systems. The design platform is built for creating composite and mash-up application interfaces.
For application development, the upgrade includes the one-click deployment mentioned above and the ability to scale for complex processes. In addition, the software delivers streaming data to dashboards and offers process rules that monitor all aspects of a process.
Appian 6, unveiled this week, is available for on-premise deployment or via Appian Anywhere, the company's software-as-a-service offering, which is meant as a low-cost entry to BPM with migration to behind-the-firewall deployment as desired.
Appian has a number of competitors in BPM market. Other vendors include Lombardi, Metastorm, Pegasystems, Savvion and Tibco.