November 14, 2006

Appian and BPM Focus Offer New White Paper on Optimizing Both Efficiency and Corporate Agility

White Paper Focuses on How Companies Can Achieve Efficiency Through Process Automation without Sacrificing Corporate Adaptability

Vienna, VA., November 14, 2006 Appian Corporation, the leading provider of Business Process Management Suites (BPMS), today announced that it is making available a new white paper authored by Derek Miers, CEO of BPM Focus. The white paper, titled “Process Innovation and Corporate Agility,” discusses the common struggle organizations face in trying to balance business process automation with corporate flexibility and agility. As companies standardize business processes in order to increase efficiency, they often have difficulty ensuring those processes remain capable of adapting quickly to meet changing market demands. Nevertheless, continually improving and evolving their business processes is the only way to maintain their competitive edge.”My goal in writing this whitepaper was to highlight the issues associated with endlessly pursuing standardization as a goal, yet failing to acknowledge the need for ongoing innovation and adaptability. The paper provides organizations with a practical guide for how to find the balance between efficiency and agility, focusing on the needs of knowledge workers in contrast to traditional transactional perspective taken in many BPM projects” said Mr. Miers. “BPM Suites, like Appian Enterprise, are an essential piece of this puzzle.”

Derek Miers is a well-known independent industry analyst and technology strategist, publishing a great many white papers and product assessments. Over the years, he has carried out a wide range of consulting roles which have involved the provision of strategic consulting advice — from facilitating board level conversations around BPM initiatives, through establishing effective BPM Project and Expertise Centers, to helping clients develop new business models that leverage business process strategies. Clients have included many of the world’s largest and well-known financial services companies (banks, building societies and insurers), pharmaceutical companies, telecoms providers, commercial businesses, product vendors and governmental organizations.

About BPM Focus

BPM-Focus (BPMF) is a new member network formed by the recent merger of Enix Consulting and WARIA. The new organization extends the traditional services offered by WARIA through a range of educational services focused around the BPM arena. The BPMF Learning Framework is a program of BPM Development & Deployment courses incorporating best practices for BPM project delivery and supporting techniques from the very best thinkers in the industry.

About Appian

Appian provides a leading low-code software development platform that enables organizations to rapidly develop powerful and unique applications. The applications created on Appian’s platform help companies drive digital transformation and competitive differentiation. For more information, visit