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Learn How to Build a Fully Mobile-Enabled App with Appian's New Reference Application

Jed Fonner
January 25, 2013

2013 will be the year that employees begin to use mobile devices more than PCs to get work done (Forrester, "Tablets Will Rule the Future Personal Computing Landscape", April 2012). To get ahead of this wave, it's vital that any new application deployed to users be fully mobile-enabled. Appian provides a mobile enterprise platform for knowledge workers to access key data, reports, tasks and actions from their mobile device so they can do real work and see timely results on the go.

Recognizing the need to go mobile is easy; however, understanding how to implement that vision is not always immediately obvious. To help customers understand how a mobile-enabled application looks and behaves, Appian has released a new Reference Application focused around the mobile user.

The new example Reference Application focuses on four fictitious users who collaborate to sell products and deliver them to customers. These users perform all their duties via their mobile devices and are connected to each other and their tasks wherever they go. Through the business News feed on their mobile device, the users stay informed about the progress of customers and orders. Using mobile Actions and Tasks, they can collaborate to move orders from inception to delivery.

In addition to providing an example of how a fully mobile-enabled application behaves, the Reference Application also demonstrates Appian best practices around model design, data structures, user interface organization, and more.

The new mobile Reference Application is immediately available from the Software section of Appian Forum. Refer to the release notes for more information about importing and using the Reference Application.

Jed Fonner

Appian Architect

Jed Fonner