Appian for Sharepoint

Scott Francis
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Appian has just recently announced updated Sharepoint support on their website.  Support for wikis, and other bottom-up IT technology like Sharepoint, is likely to gain relevance in BPM deployments, in my opinion.  ActionBase takes one approach – allowing more adhoc processes to be defined in Microsoft Office documents.  It looks like Appian is enabling task lists to be treated like process steps in Sharepoint.  From Appian’s release:
Of course, many other BPM companies offer their own version of SharePoint integration, but I would like to think Appian has offered a unique spin on this integration that raises the bar for all other BPM vendors.  Appian not only allows SharePoint users to easily publish task lists and process reports in native SharePoint dashboards as webparts, but also Allows process designers to control and orchestrate all objects in SharePoint in an Appian process model.
Some of the other features discussed, such as creating a sharepoint site to support a process or process instance, are more similar to offerings from Lombardi, which also offers a Sharepoint integration.  I’m curious which BPM package offers the best Sharepoint integration capabilities, but I haven’t the time and resources to do the research on that front!  Opinions welcome in the comment section –

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