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Appian 23.4: Maximizing the Value of Your Enterprise Data

Rachel Nizinski, Appian
November 13, 2023

Data is the cornerstone of your business.

Appian 23.4 builds on this foundation with our AI, data fabric, and process automation capabilities—making it even easier to get value from your enterprise data. With the new self-service analytics capability, your business users can now securely access your data fabric to browse data catalogs, build reports, and chat with Appian AI Copilot to ask questions about their data.

When your enterprise data is combined with process automation and AI, building global apps that deliver true business value goes from daunting to doable. That’s the power of Appian’s platform approach and low-code design.

Watch the Product Announcement Webinar for a full recap of what’s new in Appian 23.4.

Empower business users with self-service analytics.

Unlocking the information that’s trapped inside your organization is the key to more informed decision-making. And businesses that can do this well will be set up to succeed in the age of digital transformation. 

Appian’s data fabric gives developers the power to easily discover, unify, secure, and optimize enterprise data. But what about your end users? Starting in 23.4, Appian is expanding the power of data fabric for business users with self-service analytics.

Users can browse a data catalog secured by role-specific permissions and row-level security to quickly generate reports. These reports aggregate, filter, sort, and format the data as needed with easy-to-add charts and grids. No additional development, data configuration, or data migration required.

And with the embedded AI Copilot, customers get the power of Appian’s data fabric combined with generative AI and large language models for faster, more accessible analysis.

Read about self-service analytics.

Easily interact with your data using the data fabric chat component.

With the new data fabric chat component, you can get even more value from your enterprise data by bringing the power of AI Copilot to your records and interfaces.

Add this input field to any interface so users can ask questions about a record using a generative AI chatbot. For example, if you use Appian for case management, this component can synthesize case information, summarize its history, and suggest next steps.

User inputs and chatbot outputs are all protected with private AI—no third-party integrations needed to get started. 

Read about the data fabric chat component.

Spend less time validating data with high accuracy document extraction.

The partnership between humans and machines means that even when AI is doing the heavy lifting of repetitive, manual tasks, humans still need to check the work. While you do save a massive amount of time by reviewing work instead of doing it yourself,  manual validation can be time consuming, too. 

An enhanced document extraction skill is coming soon to Appian AI Skills. You can use it to train a custom entity extraction model to accurately extract data from even unlabeled fields.

Using a small set of example documents, you can train a custom machine learning model that's tailor-made to extract the fields you need. For example, it’s easy to label vendor names or address blocks so Appian will extract those fields, even when the labels such as “vendor name” or “vendor address” don’t appear in the document.

Deliver a first-class experience for all users.

Not every experience is the same. That’s why Appian is committed to continuing to enhance our low-code design capabilities with even more options for how you build your sites, portals, and mobile apps.

Appian 23.4 makes developing applications for all of your users—no matter their language—faster and easier than ever before. With the new translation set design object, you can quickly create multilingual applications with any of Appian’s supported languages.

And you can create translation strings directly from your interface in both expression and design modes, allowing you to set up the framework for translating your application as you build. You can even edit existing translation strings in your interface so you don’t have to break your development flow.

Also new in 23.4 is the ability to add sidebar navigation to portals (in addition to sites), add page groups to mobile use record types to configure forms, export charts to display anywhere, and more easily create record-powered grids.

Read about new total experience capabilities.

What else is new in Appian 23.4?

Check out the What’s New page for more highlights, and watch the on-demand Product Announcement Webinar hosted by Appian’s SVP of Product Strategy, Malcolm Ross.