App builder

Appian

Appian is a tool that will allow you to build apps without having to write a single line of code. It is a fan favorite among low-code platforms because of how easy to learn it is. Appian has templates available to help you build apps for the following industries: administration & office Support, consulting & strategy, engineering, government & defence, and trades & services.


Appian  Features

Fans of Appian  love it for its most recognizable features: 


  • Document generation
  • Process design
  • Process repository
  • No-code app development
  • Low-code app development


Appian  Prices


Appian pricing is affordable (under $59US/month) and you can have a free trial. The pricing plans available are the following:

  • Free: for those starting in app development
  • Application: for a department or specific use case
  • Platform: for enterprise wide deployments
  • Unlimited: for unlimited development

*Custom price on each

*Leading capabilities are included in every plan.


Appian  Integrations and Plugins


On the API side of things, you’ll find that Appian provide a low-code experience for configuring your web APIs, so it's much like configuring an expression rule.


Benefits

  • The most useful feature of Appian is the workflow design feature: try to build the same workflow with appian and with a general purpose language and you'll notice the benefits of using appian.
  • The UI design feature is very rich, in terms of widgets, behaviors, etc
  • Appian have its own application patterns (sites, record types, ...): they are useful to build omogeneous applications (in terms of UI and implementation structure)
  • The design tool offer many useful samples/patterns to build different kind of interfaces
  • The integration features are very powerful

Drawbacks

  • Even if it's low-code, you need very good developers: they must be experienced developers so they can learn easily new constructs and a new Language, otherwise you will be stick with the tool
  • You should not use appian for single isolated applications
  • You should be aware of the technical lock-in imposed by this platform and adopt the platform 360° and for long time
  • The "source" management is less structured than in general purpose languages (you cannot branch, you cannot set a baseline, all developers must operate on the same environment,...)
  • Sometimes processes must be user in unnatural scenario (when there is not a real workflow)


Appian  Documentation and Support

Appian lacks a bit of a comprehensive knowledge base to help you learn how to use it, but If you ever find that you need any help in using the app, and depending on which plan you go for, you will have good customer support available. It also has excellent ratings across the board. 


You’ll find that you have high control over your app’s design, with its workflow based interface. You might also notice that Appian is sufficiently responsivea and pretty secure.

Appian allows you to configure and connect to your own supported relational databases. However, maintaining your own database requires certain expertise, which isn't desirable for all organizations.


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