June 11, 2007

Independent BPM Analyst Bruce Silver Recognizes Appian Enterprise 5.6 for Ease of Use and Leading Edge Analytics in 2007 BPMS Report

Report Solidifies Appian’s Leadership and Innovation in the BPM Marketplace with Appian Enterprise 5.6

Vienna, VA., June 11, 2007 Appian, the leading provider of Business Process Management Suites (BPMS), today announced the release of an analyst report by Bruce Silver Associates, highlighting the value of Appian Enterprise 5.6, the latest version of Appian’s award-winning BPMS. In this technical report that evaluates the latest version’s significant updates and competitive advantages, Bruce Silver recognizes Appian Enterprise for taking “a broader view of BPM than most of its competitors” and praises the company for making process management “a focal point of the product’s technical architecture.””In preparing this report, I conducted a complete evaluation of Appian Enterprise 5.6 and was impressed with its combination of usability and leading edge BPM functionality,” stated Bruce Silver, Principal Analyst, Bruce Silver Associates. “Appian is different than most BPMSs in the pure-play market with its complete collaboration portal and integrated analytics capabilities.”

Underscoring the company’s dedication to simplifying BPM and integrating casual users into the process, the report states that Appian Enterprise is one of the few BPMSs to support browser-based design and the only one to provide a hosted SaaS environment, both of which benefit from Appian’s extensive use of AJAX. The report recognizes Appian’s efforts in delivering a fully web-based WYSIWYG Forms Designer, Process Modeler and business rule designer, stating that “most aspects of [Appian’s] implementation design are intended to be business analyst-friendly, and there is no dividing line between modeling and design activities.” The report goes on to state that the Forms Designer “lets users rapidly build specialized forms using a simple drag-and-drop interface.”

In addition to Appian Enterprise 5.6’s usability, the report recognizes the superior flexibility, management and analytics power that it delivers. Silver states: “Unlike most BPMSs, which maintain live process instance data separately from the ‘warehouse’ of process performance data, Appian’s unique Real-Time In-Memory Database does not distinguish between the two, allowing performance reporting based on any set of process data, fully configurable at runtime.”

“Bruce Silver is one of the most respected analysts in the BPM arena, and we are proud of his Appian Enterprise 5.6 evaluation,” said Philip Larson, Director of Product Management at Appian. “Appian focuses on delivering a BPM Suite that not only provides leading functionality, but also simplifies the user experience and enables close collaboration, so that our customers see true business benefits and competitive advantages from our solution. Appian Enterprise 5.6 is a significant step beyond the competitive offerings in this space, and we excited by this early feedback from Silver & Associates.”

About Bruce Silver Associates
Bruce Silver is an independent industry analyst focused on BPM. He is co-chair of the BPM Institute conference series and author of the BPMS Report series of product evaluations on www.bpminstitute.org. He also provides training on Process Modeling with BPMN through www.bpmessentials.com, and writes the popular BPMS Watch blog (www.brsilver.com/wordpress).

About Appian

Appian provides a leading low-code software development platform that enables organizations to rapidly develop powerful and unique applications. The applications created on Appian’s platform help companies drive digital transformation and competitive differentiation. For more information, visit www.appian.com.