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Technology and Knowledge-sharing Enhancements Increase BPM Value for Entire Appian Community

VIENNA, Va.—November 10, 2008— Appian, an innovative global provider of business process management (BPM) technology, today unveiled Appian Enterprise 5.7, the latest version of its industry-leading BPM Suite, and Appian ShareBase, a rich repository of BPM content contributed by customers, partners and Appian staff. This tandem announcement of technology and community enhancements continues Appian's tradition of driving innovation to simplify process improvement and maximize the returns on BPM investments.

Technology Innovation
Appian Enterprise 5.7 introduces many new innovative features into the BPM market that make it easier than ever to design, execute, manage and optimize key business processes. These features are centered on enabling users to rapidly build process based applications that seamlessly integrate people and systems.
  • Expanded support for Custom Data Types in Appian Process Models. Complex data types can be used to define Process Variables, which are available for use in process nodes, forms, and reports
  • Enhanced Web Services support across a wide range of services and the latest standards. Automatic creation of complex data types allows for more flexible mapping of Web Service inputs and outputs
  • Web Services for Remote Portlets: support for WSRP 1.0 consumption, and easy publication of 3rd party WSRP content into Appian Portal Pages
  • Process Modeling Enhancements for faster discovery of key functions and discovery of process errors
  • Enhanced Portal Capabilities including improved portlets and portal content sharing
  • Improved Content Management interfaces with more actions for manipulating content
Appian Enterprise 5.7 will be generally available on December 19th, 2008.

Appian ShareBase -- BPM Community Knowledge-Sharing
The Appian ShareBase repository is immediately available, and is free to use with an Appian product license. All content in the repository is contributed by the members of the Appian community, and includes Process Models, Smart Services, Form Libraries, Rules, enhancements and other extensions. Appian ShareBase will enable a new level of knowledge-sharing among Appian users that will help expand the value of Appian's BPM Suite technology.

Appian has pre-loaded Appian ShareBase with popular content, and will continue to add to it regularly. Appian ShareBase also enables partners and customers of Appian to freely upload, review, and discuss content. Appian ShareBase can be accessed via Appian Access, the online collaborative network for Appian Enterprise users.

"The Appian community is a diverse global network of organizations with one thing in common: they are all using Appian to drive fundamental improvements in how they operate," said Matthew Calkins, President and CEO of Appian. "With Appian Enterprise 5.7, we are giving that community the most powerful, yet easy-to-use, BPM platform available. With Appian ShareBase, we are helping the members of that community learn from each other's successes to speed the time-to-value of their BPM initiatives."

About Appian
Appian is the BPM pure-play expert. Appian leads the market in BPM innovation, delivering comprehensive, flexible and easy-to-use solutions customized to the unique needs of individual organizations. Businesses and governments worldwide use Appian to simplify process innovation with the real-time visibility, control and analytics needed to improve the critical processes that determine business performance. Appian allows all users across the organization to effectively collaborate and be part of the process of achieving corporate goals. Appian is backed by the premier venture firm Novak Biddle Venture Partners, and is headquartered in the Washington D.C. region, with professional services and partners around the globe. For more information, visit www.appian.com.

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Ben Farrell, Director Corporate Communications
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Nathaniel Palmer
Author: Nathaniel PalmerWebsite: http://bpm.com
VP and CTO
Rated as the #1 Most Influential Thought Leader in Business Process Management (BPM) by independent research, Nathaniel Palmer is recognized as one of the early originators of BPM, and has led the design for some of the industry’s largest-scale and most complex projects involving investments of $200 Million or more. Today he is the Editor-in-Chief of BPM.com, as well as the Executive Director of the Workflow Management Coalition, as well as VP and CTO of BPM, Inc. Previously he had been the BPM Practice Director of SRA International, and prior to that Director, Business Consulting for Perot Systems Corp, as well as spent over a decade with Delphi Group serving as VP and CTO. He frequently tops the lists of the most recognized names in his field, and was the first individual named as Laureate in Workflow. Nathaniel has authored or co-authored a dozen books on process innovation and business transformation, including “Intelligent BPM” (2013), “How Knowledge Workers Get Things Done” (2012), “Social BPM” (2011), “Mastering the Unpredictable” (2008) which reached #2 on the Amazon.com Best Seller’s List, “Excellence in Practice” (2007), “Encyclopedia of Database Systems” (2007) and “The X-Economy” (2001). He has been featured in numerous media ranging from Fortune to The New York Times to National Public Radio. Nathaniel holds a DISCO Secret Clearance as well as a Position of Trust with in the U.S. federal government.

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