What do you like best?
The ease of use. The modelling flow chart to model process flow diagrammatically instead having to write line after line after line of code. I like how you can pretty much create any process type application for so many industries. I can see it being used in totally different industries from healthcare to education to inventory type systems.
What do you dislike?
The one downside is that I have to learn a little bit of coding. The SAIL language is not too bad to learn, but it's a little confusing for non programmers. I don't like some of the restrictions put on the software, like only being able to have 5 menus on a webpage. But with a little creativity, I'm sure people will find workarounds.
Recommendations to others considering the product:
For non-coders, business people, they can help developers model the business processes in the same project or app. This does lift the burden a little bit off the developers. It is also suitable for performing the agile methodology with dev-ops, which seems to be the industry standard in rolling out software applications. It also has a robotics and automation component to it but we didn't demo it. Considering the competitors out there like pega, appian is very similar and the ease of use is quite good.
What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?
I wasn't solving a problem with Appian. I was sent to a week long developer fundamentals class taught by Gabriel Salas. In that class we solved a problem for a car rental system. this system included maintenance scheduling, email notification, task assignment, process flow modelling, decision tree making. There was also another app that we used as a demo for a class training resource site and a doctors office, that is populated with doctors, nurses, prescription medication and patients. Patients will get automated e-mail notifications for appointments and they have their own portal so that they can set up an appointment time, pick the doctor they want and fill in form for their own diagnosis.