Appian Announces Appian SAIL and the Next Generation of BPM Software


Unique Architecture for Dynamic User Interfaces Extends Industry-leading Innovations in Mobility, Social Collaboration and Enterprise Data Navigation

Reston, Va.— October 24, 2013 — Appian, the market leader in modern business process management (BPM) software, today extended its position as the driving force for BPM software innovation with the unveiling of the latest version of the Appian 7 BPM Suite. The new release features Appian SAIL, Appian's unique Self-Assembling Interface Layer that delivers dynamic and responsive web and native-mobile user interfaces through a "write once, deploy everywhere" architecture. Appian SAIL makes it easier than ever to design and use solutions that integrate social collaboration, native mobility, flexible cloud/on-premise delivery, and enterprise data discovery in the industry's leading work process platform.

This confluence of capabilities enables faster and more intelligent business processes that drive new growth and new levels of customer engagement. According to research firm Gartner, Inc., "Four independent forces — social, mobile, cloud and information — have converged as a result of human behavior, creating a technology-immersed environment… Organizations that ignore the Nexus of Forces will be displaced by those that can move into the opportunity space more quickly — and the pace is accelerating." 1

Appian SAIL delivers this Nexus of Forces to all employees throughout an organization. It features rules-driven interactivity that creates intelligent and completely dynamic interface experiences for users. Now, Appian customers can generate rich, graphical task, record and reporting dashboards that offer fast drill-down for analyzing data trends and getting new perspectives on business performance. In addition, all SAIL interfaces become immediately available on all leading web browsers and mobile devices with no additional development. This "write once, deploy everywhere" approach puts the promise of enterprise mobility into Appian customer hands without the extensive time and resources that other mobile development approaches require.

"We selected Appian because we wanted the benefits of process control and improvement directly embedded with a social and mobile user experience," said Will Barrett, Senior Operational Officer at Bank of Tennessee. "We are excited about the enhancements that Appian SAIL delivers to make that user experience even more valuable and compelling." The new release of Appian 7 also builds upon key Appian features, including:

Records – Appian Records discovers and combines enterprise data into a single intuitive interface for users to rapidly find and take action upon data across disparate enterprise systems. Appian Records now has expanded search capabilities to automatically index key fields across all enterprise data sources. In addition, multiple views may now be created to give unique perspectives on each record item.

Reporting – New chart types with increased drill behavior allowing users to create rich and interactive reporting dashboards for both web and mobile users.

Rules Management – Appian Rules now include real-time and inline impact analysis. Designers can now see all impacted and dependent business rules while they edit.

"Appian's mission is to deliver the most advanced, yet easiest to use platform for the modern workplace," said Matt Calkins, President and CEO at Appian. "Appian SAIL continues our tradition of increasing BPM's business value, while making its benefits available to everyone across the organization."

1 (Gartner, Inc., “The Nexus of Forces Works Its Way Into the Enterprise,” by C. Howard and D. Plummer, Sept. 6, 2013)

About Appian

Appian's market leading Business Process Management (BPM) Suite seamlessly integrates work automation with native mobile and social capabilities. All the data, all the processes, all the documents and all the collaborations – in one environment, on any device, through a simple social interface. The Appian BPM Suite is available on-premise and in the cloud, with complete portability. More than 3.5 million users, from Fortune 100 companies to the mid-market and small businesses worldwide, trust Appian to power their critical business processes. For more information, visit

Nathaniel Palmer

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, 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 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.