August 18, 2009

Appian Supports Northrop Grumman AKO/DKO Emerging Technologies Laboratory

BPM Leader Provides Platform for Defense Knowledge Online Development & Test Environment

RESTON, Va.—August 18, 2009 Appian, the global innovator in enterprise and on-demand business process management (BPM) technology, today announced its BPM technology is the foundational process management, collaboration and knowledge management platform for the Army Knowledge Online (AKO)/Defense Knowledge Online (DKO) Emerging Technologies Laboratory (ETL) established by Northrop Grumman Corporation. The AKO/DKO ETL is a scaled replica of the AKO/DKO production environment that allows realistic testing, rapid prototyping and preliminary integration of new capabilities prior to implementation. The AKO/DKO ETL officially opened on August 10, 2009.Since 2001, Appian has acted as the platform for information dissemination, knowledge sharing, process management and collaboration for AKO’s more than 2.3 million users. In 2008, AKO attained its one-billionth log-in – a testament to AKO’s widespread use and the value it delivers to the extended Army family. AKO has expanded to DKO, offering the same capabilities and services to users across all branches of the U.S. military. The AKO/DKO Emerging Technologies Laboratory creates a globally redundant test environment similar to the AKO/DKO production environment. It is located in Northrop Grumman’s McLean, Va., facilities, and is part of the company’s Transformational, Research, Integration and Demonstration (TRIADTM) Network, which allows secure customer remote access. The AKO/DKO ETL will enable new capabilities to be brought to AKO/DKO users, including warfighters and their dependents, more quickly and reliably than ever before, with reduced risk.

Matthew Calkins, president and CEO of Appian, said, “Appian is proud to be a contributor to the AKO/DKO Emerging Technologies Laboratory. Our work there will help ensure that new and innovative solutions in collaboration and process management continue to drive greater value for millions of users in the U.S. Armed Forces.”

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