SOURCE: Appian Corporation

Appian Corporation

June 22, 2009 08:58 ET

Appian Enhances Appian for SharePoint Module

Unique Integration of BPM and MOSS Extends Value of Microsoft Office Environments

RESTON, VA--(Marketwire - 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

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