The industry has been abuzz for quite some time now around the second release of Appian for 2020 – Appian 20.2. The latest release, launched on 12th June 2020, promises to deliver a refreshing set of features, enhancements and upgrades. And true to its promise, Appian 20.2 packs everything needed to deliver speed and agility needed in today’s dynamic business landscape. Empowering businesses with the power to build apps faster, the low-code platform has taken it a notch higher and incorporated a range of enhancements to fast-track your transformation program.
Here’s a look at some of the exciting new upgrades that come with Appian 20.2
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AI-DRIVEN PROCESS MODEL RECOMMENDATIONS
One of the primary features that has grabbed the limelight is the new AI-driven recommendations Appian has introduced for process models. This leverages machine learning to analyze the process flow and the various attributes of a model, to make intelligent recommendations on the nodes you need to improve the process flow. It predicts over 50 different smart services by learning from data. This enables developers to quickly build and make changes to the workflow, and move to the next task faster.
Development is only one part of building an application; they also have to be tested and deployed. The deployment wizard DevSecOps now has a range of new features that eliminate the need to rely on third-party tools for coverage. Thanks to Appian 20.2, you’ll now be able to execute test cases in bulk and also analyze tests within the deployment package. You can also deploy plugins, applications, and database scripts. These feature additions can significantly cut down the time taken to deploy and change applications, while also adhering to the quality standards the applications need.
BETTER WAYS TO TURN DOCUMENTS INTO DATA
Populating fields with data extracted from documents in a structured format is one thing, but when it comes to unstructured data, it’s a whole another challenge. With the latest release of Appian, now there’s more to the intelligent document extraction feature that was introduced in 20.1. The new selection tool allows you to extract text even in an unstructured form and populate fields in a single click. This can significantly reduce the manual effort needed to extract such data from documents.
BRAND IDENTITY IMPROVEMENTS
Now, you get more options to define your brand identity and style in Appian. The new release introduces custom typefaces, allowing you to link your brand font files in the admin console and set the typeface for all your Appian sites. You can also customize buttons, thanks to the introduction of squared, semi-rounded, and rounded button shapes in the site designer. Get creative and achieve the corporate branding style you want.
ADDED UI STYLING
With Appian 20.2 you now get to enjoy enhanced UI and get a range of options to customize the look and feel across your Appian sites. The added features include new color schemes for charts, customizable column layouts with options to add vertical dividers, more interface designer patters to help you find your inspiration, progress bars in read-only grids, wide width for new site pages, and much more.
POWER OF APPIAN RPA
Leverage the power of automation with Appian RPA. The release allows you to easily construct a web API request to upload, download documents, define rules, integrations, evaluate decisions, execute smart services, and much more from a robotic process.
It also allows for streamlined Robotic Process deployments as there’s no longer a need for an IDE and access to source code for deployments. Admins can now handle it all from the RPA console, making deployments faster and easier. Business operations managers also get the necessary tools to keep bots running smoothly as part of the Appian RPA console. Right from changing credentials to loading items into queues, this new capability empowers your business users to take action without involving IT.
TEST CASE MANAGEMENT
For long-term maintenance of an application, unit tests are highly essential. Now, it’s possible to manage all application test cases in one central location, thereby making it easier to evaluate test coverage and carry out regression tests. The Manage Test Cases feature allows bulk testing of expression rules. Developers can use available filters to find rules that have been recently modified, are missing test cases, and much more. As tests execute, the status reflects the overall test status. Individual rules can also be selected for detailed results.
With Appian 20.2, a new industry-standard for mobile authentication has been adopted that provides an improved login experience across all OS and devices. A new AppConfig property allows you to enforce authentication requirements on shared devices. With Client Certificate Access, users can now ensure access to the Appian server on the internal network is restricted to authorized clients. You can also add a Tap to Call feature using the Appian for Mobile Devices application. A new ‘Upload Methods’ parameter allows developers to specify file upload methods on mobile devices, ensuring that the end-users are uploading the way you designed.
Appian 20.2 brings new features and improvements to admins that provide added transparency and control across the Appian sites. Some of the highlights include the ability to track plug-in changes across environments, manage database and plug-in changes, hide error message details from users, get more information in the design error log, support for Korean language, support for the new version of Edge web browser based on Chromium, task error log to display common errors and help with troubleshooting, and more.
And that’s not all! Appian 20.2 brings a host of new features ranging from enhancements to Server administration, Appian Cloud to other core component upgrades. Experience the power of Appian 20.2 now! Need help in getting started? Vuram is a trusted partner of Appian and has over 9+ years of experience working on the platform. Be it support, integration, or new app development, our Appian experts can help you tap the low-code platform to its fullest potential. Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact us now!