Appian Enhances Appian for SharePoint Module

RESTON, Va.—June 22, 2009 — Appian, the global innovator in enterprise and on-demand business process management (BPM) technology, today announced a new release of the Appian for SharePoint module. Appian for SharePoint extends the capabilities of Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 (MOSS) systems with the comprehensive capabilities of the Appian Enterprise BPM Suite. The new release features ease-of-use enhancements, including Form Pickers and new packaged Appian Smart Services, as well as updates to the Appian for SharePoint Web Services interface.

Appian customers use the module to extend the value of their SharePoint environments, adding greater process structure than the ad-hoc nature of SharePoint sites and collaboration areas can deliver. Appian for SharePoint is a powerful but simple way to bring the benefits of process management and improvement to SharePoint, with comprehensive orchestration of system and human events, detailed tracking and Business Activity Monitoring of all actions.

Appian for SharePoint’s deep level of integration is unique in the industry. With the module, users can easily track process performance, handle tasks, and escalate actions from a Microsoft SharePoint dashboard. In addition, Appian can bring process orchestration to the management of sites, folders, documents and permissions. Appian for SharePoint includes native service interfaces to control common SharePoint actions in a structured process to facilitate the automatic construction and destruction of SharePoint content. The new release of Appian for SharePoint includes the following enhancements:

•    Appian Form Picker for SharePoint. Users can now add a SharePoint document picker to an Appian Form, allowing them to browse and select documents from SharePoint while inside Appian. Additionally, Appian provides the source code to enable users to extend this picker to other SharePoint elements, such as Lists and Sites.

•    Appian Smart Services for select SharePoint document actions. Most Web Services actions within Appian for SharePoint are handled through Appian’s Web Services node. However, for a select set of actions handling file transfers between SharePoint and Appian, packaged Smart Services will be made available that are tailored to these transactions out of the box.

•    Updated Web Services Interface. The Web Services interface to SharePoint has been extended to support user context passing. This ensures that no passwords are required to be passed over the Web Services connection, and that SharePoint change logs will accurately show which user changed a SharePoint object.

“Appian for SharePoint plays a critical role in helping companies extend the value of their entrenched Microsoft Office environments,” said Matthew Calkins, president and CEO of Appian. “With easy process mapping, rapid development of automated processes, and no coding required to produce process applications, Appian for SharePoint continues Appian’s mission to offer the most flexible, easy-to-use, and comprehensive BPM suite on the market.”

About Appian
Appian is the Business Process Management (BPM) expert. Appian leads the market in BPM innovation, delivering comprehensive, flexible and easy-to-use solutions tailored to the unique needs of individual organizations. Businesses and governments worldwide use Appian to simplify process improvement with the real-time visibility, control and analytics needed to improve business performance. Appian allows users across the organization to effectively collaborate and be part of the process of achieving corporate goals. Appian empowers more than 2.5 million users globally and has a strong customer base in the government, financial services, healthcare, manufacturing and telecommunications industries. Appian is headquartered in the Washington D.C. region, with professional services and partners around the globe. For more information, visit www.appian.com.
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.