Appian, a business process management (BPM) and case management platform provider, held its Appian World user conference in Washington, D.C., last week. The theme of the event was the rise of the citizen developer, a future where any employee with any technical ability can build a "Quick App." Key among the news of the conference was Appian's release of its new Quick Apps feature. With Quick Apps, citizen developers can create fully functional enterprise applications in 15 minutes or less with no technical knowledge, as there is no coding required. Appian unveiled the latest version of its BPM and Case Management platform, including the new Quick Apps offering. Malcolm Ross, vice president of product marketing at Appian, told eWEEK the new release helps businesses accelerate their digital transformation efforts with new design capabilities, as well as other platform-wide enhancements. "The inspiration of the Quick Apps solution is we've seen this continuing demand from the market, from IT organizations, to do more with less and to allow more people inside the organization to generate technical software solutions to help create a digital transformation inside their organization," Ross said. This slide show offers some highlights of Appian World 2016.
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