Appian has announced the release of the latest version of the Appian Platform for process automation. The new release introduces AI Skills Designer, a no-code way to build, train, and deploy custom machine learning (ML) models. The release also features enhancements in automation and total experience, plus further-streamlined data management via the Appian data fabric.

AI Skills Designer enables developers at all levels to operationalize AI and automate repetitive tasks, freeing up their workforce and eliminating the risk of human error in data classification and extraction. The no-code design allows developers to quickly incorporate AI to optimize business functions while leveraging the Appian Platform’s native AI/ML services to provide an integration of AI capabilities automatically. The Appian Platform provides three out-of-the-box native AI Skills for content processing: document classification, email classification and document extraction.

Appian customer Laborers’ International Union of North America (LiUNA) uses the document classification AI Skill to help address labor disputes faster and increase process automation.

“Appian AI Skills Designer helps us get real value from AI without needing a team of data scientists to figure it out,” said Matt Richard, CIO, LiUNA. “The no-code design made it quick and easy for our developers to incorporate AI into our existing applications.”

“AI is an essential component of the end-to-end automation that businesses need to run optimally and differentiate themselves in the market. But the technology is too complex and too resource-intensive for most organizations to achieve the value,” said Michael Beckley, CTO and Founder, Apian. “We are removing that barrier of complexity so people can train and use AI in natural and intuitive ways.”

This new release elevates total experience across all users with new features for Portals, Sites, and interfaces that make development faster and easier.

New features include:

  • More pages on Sites and Portals. You can now add up to 10 pages to a Site or Portal, giving the flexibility to provide a robust and engaging experience to users. As more pages are added, the navigation is optimized for a simplified view.
  • Customize Portals domains. Now you can configure your Portals with a custom domain to match existing web addresses.
  • Build Portals for healthcare with HITRUST certification. Portals are now included under the Appian Platform’s HITRUST certification and can be used to capture protected health information at industry standards.

Appian data fabric stitches together data from any system into a single, flexible data model, while keeping data where it is. This release includes data fabric enhancements to reduce the time and effort needed to build powerful applications, including:

  • Capture and display business events. Data and how users interact with it is the heart of the enterprise. Record events enable tracking that identifies who took action on a record and when. As events are captured, they are displayed in the event history list component to generate a timeline and snapshot of business operations.
  • Simplified record action security. This release wraps up Appian data security features with the introduction of codeless record action security. Now, you can use familiar no-code security rules to determine who can see your actions and when.
  • Integrate with any database supporting the JDBC protocol. This release provides the flexibility to connect to even more databases. Now, users can seamlessly connect to any external database that supports the JDBC protocol.

New Solution: Appian Contract Writing

Appian helps more than 200 government organizations achieve end-to-end automation for faster and more efficient services and programs. Today’s announcement also includes the launch of Appian Contract Writing, a powerful solution that complements the Appian Government Acquisition Management solution set, Appian Contract Writing allows federal agencies to digitize and automate the contract complete writing process, reducing the time and cost associated with manual contract creation.

The solution includes a visual drag-and-drop interface, pre-built templates, and an automated approval process that ensures compliance and reduces errors. With Appian Contract Writing, agencies benefit from faster time to value while maintaining flexibility to adapt and extend the solution for their specific needs using Appian’s low-code design.

Appian Government Acquisition Management solutions can be deployed and easily modified in the FedRAMP-certified, IL4/IL5-compliant Appian Cloud, and leverage all of Appian’s critical capabilities—data fabric, process automation, total experience, and process mining—to modernize and accelerate procurement workflows and processes.


About Adrian Bridgwater

Adrian Bridgwater is a freelance journalist and corporate content creation specialist focusing on cross platform software application development as well as all related aspects software engineering, project management and technology as a whole. Adrian is a regular writer and blogger with Computer Weekly and others covering the application development landscape to detail the movers, shakers and start-ups that make the industry the vibrant place that it is. His journalistic creed is to bring forward-thinking, impartial, technology editorial to a professional (and hobbyist) software audience around the world. His mission is to objectively inform, educate and challenge - and through this champion better coding capabilities and ultimately better software engineering.