Application Basics

Overview

What is an Application?

This lesson from the Introduction to Applications course walks you through basic application concepts.

This page covers what constitutes an application and how it is represented in the Appian platform.

For information about creating applications, see Creating Applications

A Composition of Simple Pieces

In the Appian Application Platform, an application is a collection of objects that represents a business solution. An application functionally groups design objects, which form the UIs, logic, processes, and data users interact with while doing work in Appian. For instance, each of the following business needs would be built in a different application:

  • customer relationship management
  • sales opportunities
  • employee onboarding
  • performance review management

Designers also use applications to group common objects into libraries that are used by many applications. These common object applications prevent the need to create redundant supporting objects. Libraries may include:

  • email template rules
  • formatting and display rules
  • common constants for lists of countries or currency icons

Appian enables designers to create applications that show the right information to the right people at the right time and allow them to take the right action on it.

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