June 16, 2008

Defense Acquisition University Selects Appian

BPM-Based Micro-Purchase Management System Automates and Streamlines Purchase and Training Requisitions

VIENNA, Va.— June 16, 2008 Appian, an innovative global provider of business process management (BPM) technology, announced today that the Defense Acquisition University (DAU) has selected Appian Enterprise as the platform for its new Micro-Purchase Management System. The BPM-based solution simplifies, automates, and manages the end-to-end process of purchase and training requisitions. By leveraging Appian Enterprise, the DAU can now provide a web-based environment to enforce process policies, increase efficiency and reliability, and gain visibility into process performance data. The DAU is the corporate university for acquisition education for the Department of Defense (DoD). It utilizes advanced technologies and teaching methods to create a 21st Century learning environment for the DoD’s Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics (AT&L) community.

The AT&L workforce currently consists of over 126,000 Department of Army, Department of Navy, Department of Air Force and Defense agency professionals serving in 13 acquisition, technology, and logistics career fields.”We saw automation of micro purchases as an important step in financial process improvement,” said Mark Whiteside, Performance and Resource Management Director, Defense Acquisition University. “We anticipate expanding our use of Appian to other key process areas to the point where ultimately it will act as the central business system for the DAU.”After a thorough evaluation of several independent vendors, the DAU chose Appian Enterprise as its BPM platform of choice based on the breadth and depth of Appian’s comprehensive BPM suite, its ease-of-use and 100 percent web-based architecture, its deeply-integrated business-level reporting, and the commitment, involvement, and expertise of Appian’s professional services team.

In the Appian system, users submit a purchase or training request via a simple web-based form. The system processes hundreds of requisitions and ensures that business rules and approvals are met in every instance. When requisitions are either approved or rejected, users receive automatic e-mail notifications. The system delivers detailed visibility into the requisition at every stage of its lifecycle, and helps ensure that procurement funds are constantly properly utilized. Access to past requisitions and accumulated requisition reports provides buyers and managers with both the real-time and historical trend data needed for continuous process improvement efforts.

“The DAU has been lauded by numerous industry associations and publications both for its training methodology and its technology infrastructure,” said Matthew Calkins, President and CEO of Appian. “This tradition of excellence clearly set a high bar for the DAU’s selection of a BPM vendor, and we are proud to partner with the agency on its Micro-Purchase Management System.”

About the Defense Acquisition University
The Defense Acquisition University, the DoD’s award-winning corporate university, provides a full range of basic, intermediate, and advanced certification training, assignment-specific training, performance support, job-relevant applied research, and continuous learning opportunities to over 126,000 government employees. The DAU is the one institution that touches nearly every member of the DoD Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics (AT&L) workforce throughout all professional career stages. The university’s mission is to provide practitioner training, career management, and services to enable the entire acquisition community to make smart business decisions and deliver timely and affordable products and services to the warfighter. This encompasses formal training, continuous learning activities, workplace consulting, targeted training, rapid deployment training, and online knowledge sharing. Additionally, the DAU’s innovative applications of key technologies provide customers, students, stakeholders, and staff a world-class business infrastructure.


About Appian

Appian delivers an enterprise platform for digital transformation that makes it easy for organizations to move fast and revolutionize the customer experience. Powered by industry leading Business Process Management (BPM) and Case Management capabilities, Appian’s low-code approach radically accelerates the time it takes to build and deploy powerful, modern applications, on-premises or in the cloud. The world’s most innovative organizations use Appian to revolutionize their customer experiences, transform their business operations, and master global risk and compliance.