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June 23, 2009

Appian Unveils New Version of Appian for SharePoint Module

Appian, the global provider of business process management (BPM) technology has announced that it has released a newer upgraded version of the Appian for SharePoint Module.
Appian for SharePoint packaged integration extends the value of the Appian Enterprise BPM Suite for users of the Microsoft (News - Alert) Office SharePoint Server 2007 (MOSS).
Appian claims that its solutions simplify process improvement with the real-time visibility, control and analytics needed to improve business performance. The enhanced version will have 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.
According to the company, Appian for SharePoint enables users of the Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 platform to take advantage of the powerful process orchestration, task handling, and process reporting capabilities of the Appian platform. The Appian SharePoint WebPart interfaces can be used to handle tasks and display any process performance reports in a native SharePoint dashboard. Process designers also get greater control over workflow and jobs in the SharePoint environment from the Appian module.
Matthew Calkins, president and CEO of Appian, said that Appian for SharePoint helps companies to extend the value of the well-established Microsoft office environments. With easy process mapping, rapid development of automated processes, and no coding required to produce process applications, customers find Appian for SharePoint as a flexible and easy-to-use BPM solution available to them in the market.
The new version of Appian for SharePoint module includes an Appian Form Picker for SharePoint that allows users to add a SharePoint document picker to an Appian form. The picker enables users to browse and select documents from SharePoint while inside Appian. It can also be extended to other SharePoint elements like Lists and Sites.
Appian's Web Services node manages most of the Web service actions within Appian. Now a select set of actions handling file transfers between SharePoint and Appian can be managed via Smart services. Also the Web Service Interface has been upgraded 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 Enterprise BPM Suite was recently deployed by Australia’s Territory Insurance Office and the company recently announced they’ve bolstered their so-called “BPN platform-as-a-service” for business users.

Nathesh is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Nathesh's articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Amy Tierney

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