9 Appian alternatives you don’t want to miss

Appian is a low-code platform that organizations can use to build enterprise apps and workflows. It enables organizations to automate their operations, unify their resources, and increase productivity. With Appian, businesses can build apps faster and significantly decrease the costs of maintaining them.

However, Appian isn’t the only low-code app builder out there. If you’re looking for a simple and intuitive app builder for your business, check out these nine Appian alternatives.

Jotform Apps

Jotform Apps is a free, no-code app builder, which makes it ideal for organizations without experience or expertise in software development. Using this intuitive tool, businesses can create apps with forms, links, images, videos, and more with an extensive array of widgets — and customize the apps with their branding.

With its drag-and-drop interface, Jotform Apps is easy to use and takes just minutes to get started with. Plus, you can share the apps with others through links or QR codes or directly download them to any device.

Pro Tip

Jotform Apps lets you make your own custom-branded mobile app for free — with no coding knowledge required.

Zoho Creator

Zoho Creator is for organizations that have minimal coding experience and want to create custom applications to streamline their operations. It speeds up project timelines, allowing businesses to quickly automate processes. Zoho Creator uses a visual approach to development, graphically displaying the entire workflow. 

“It comes with a set of custom tools, including the intuitive drag-and-drop interface,” says Richard Lubicky, founder and CEO of RealPeopleSearch. “You can use this low-code platform to gather information, initiate business workflows, evaluate data, and collaborate with your users.”

Zoho Creator
Zoho Creator

Pega Platform

Pega Platform is a low-code option for organizations that want to build apps quickly, automate processes for productivity, and scale their architecture with multi-experience applications.

With Pega Platform, organizations can build customer relationship management (CRM), business process management (BPM), and AI apps, as well as case management tools and digital process automation tools. Businesses in financial services, insurance, healthcare, government, manufacturing, and many other industries use this tool to create their apps.

Pega Platform
Pega Platform

Bubble

Bubble is a no-code platform for building digital products, including apps. “It provides good documentation and is very accessible,” notes JM Littman, director of Webheads, a London-based web agency.

“There’s a bit of a learning curve, but it’s well worth building expertise in the platform,” Littman says. “A key strength is Bubble’s plugin store, which offers many useful additions to the core features.”

Bubble handles deployment and hosting, so this is an ideal choice for businesses that want to scale without worrying about setting up app-development infrastructure.

Bubble
Bubble

Nintex Process Platform

Nintex Process Platform offers intelligent process-automation technologies to help organizations digitally transform their businesses. This low-code platform enables organizations to build apps that standardize workflows and improve the overall customer and employee experiences.

Businesses in a multitude of industries can use Nintex Process Platform, as can different departments within an organization, such as sales, human resources, operations, and shared services.

Nintex Process Platform
Nintex Process Platform

Quickbase

Quickbase is a no-code platform for creating unlimited workflows that enable organizations to have more visibility across the business. Organizations can tailor workflows to their specific business processes and create new workflows to remain agile as the landscape changes. Using Quickbase to develop new workflows gives businesses more flexibility and the ability to increase productivity.

Quickbase
Quickbase

Airtable

Airtable enables businesses to create applications that fit their teams’ requirements without any coding knowledge. “Airtable is a bit of a ‘new kid on the block’ and is still adding features,” says Littman. “The platform is incredibly customizable and has a wide range of uses. It also integrates with a huge number of other apps.”

Airtable has several helpful guides to assist users in designing applications and workflows.

Airtable
Airtable

OutSystems

OutSystems enables organizations to rapidly build and deploy applications that are critical to their businesses. OutSystems can help you create apps for employee onboarding processes, customer self-service portals, employee directory applications, insurance portals, banking portals, and much more.

OutSystems is a low-code tool and uses an AI-powered development tool, which means organizations can spend less time building mission-critical applications.

OutSystems
OutSystems

Appy Pie

Appy Pie is a no-code app development platform for native apps, which it hosts in the Amazon Web Services cloud. “This web-based mobile app builder allows you to drag and drop various functions to create apps,” says Lubicky.

“Appy Pie makes app development a fun activity,” he says. “It democratizes application development and design by allowing you to build applications regardless of your coding knowledge, budget constraints, and technical skills.”

Appy Pie can also help with chat automation, chatbot development, and web development.

Now that you’ve learned about some leading Appian alternatives, you can find the best, easy-to-use app builder for your organization. Be sure to consider whether a no-code or low-code option is right for your needs, what kind of features are non-negotiable for your business, and how easily you can customize the look and feel of the app.

Appy Pie
Appy Pie

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This article is originally published on Feb 03, 2022, and updated on Jun 29, 2022.

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