Appian announces Google AI and RPA integration for ‘no-code’ platform

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Low-code enterprise vendor Appian has integrated Google AI services into its app-building platform, with the goal of making AI capabilities “drag and drop” for its customers.

Speaking at the Appian World event this week in San Diego, CEO Matt Calkins buried the announcement amidst a melange of others during his opening keynote yesterday. The idea is that by integrating AI capabilities into business applications – like image recognition or sentiment analysis – companies will be able to put together intelligent apps without having to be trained in any technical languages.

Also announced was wider support for robotic process automation (RPA) platforms – in addition to the Blue Prism integration that was already supported. Now fellow leading vendors UiPath and Automation Anywhere are also supported.

But, Blue Prism users will also gain access to the new Robotic Workforce Manager platform for Appian, which aims to provide users visibility into their robotic workforce, as a kind of orchestrator for process bots, on web and on mobile.

Users will also be able to coordinate work between the various RPA bots, as well as managing the lifecycle of automated tasks. RPA can be called up on demand or scheduled to run when needed.