Appian moves into Hyperautomation

Appian has announced the latest version of the Low-code Automation Platform which aims to unify robotic process automation (RPA), artificial intelligence (AI), and process automation.

This is accomplished through Appian's patented SAIL technology, allowing users to compose and unite all components of an enterprise application, from back-end integrations to interface. The latest version also enhances Appian's out-of-the-box AI-enabled Intelligent Document Processing (IDP).

IDP eliminates manual form and business document intake, using AI to convert unstructured data into structured data without human intervention.

The latest release also leverages Appian's Data Anywhere architecture to unite the entire modern workforce of bots, AI, and people with enterprise data – without requiring any data migration.

Forrester predicts that by the end of 2021, 75% of application development will use low-code platforms, up from 44% in 2020 (Source: "Predictions 2021: Software Development," 10/30/20, J. Hammond, et al). Appian says its customers include 5 of the world's top 10 Banks, 6 of the world's top 10 Asset Managers, and 9 of the world's top 10 Life Sciences companies.

“Through the course of 2020, the urgency for fast and powerful process automation became undeniable as organization struggled with the distributed workforces, broken processes, and inaccessible data brought by the COVID-19 pandemic," said Michael Beckley, Founder and Chief Technology Officer at Appian. "Our new platform release delivers the unified automation technologies and the development speed that define the new world of hyperautomation. The result is smarter, faster, more resilient companies."

New enhancements in the latest Appian release include:

  • Rapid process and task automation with Low-code RPA
    • Record processes and turn them into bots fast
    • Create bots that interact with websites and cloud services easily in low-code
  • Form and paper automation with native intelligent document processing (IDP)
    • Use AI to classify and extract data from documents without sending data to the cloud
  • Integrate and build applications without migrating data
    • Quickly build unified data views with no-code integrations that now support web services
    • Cache data from connected sources to improve app performance
  • 360-degree application health dashboard for developers
    • Centrally monitor application performance and security alerts
    • Identify application design issues and gain intelligent design improvement recommendations

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