February 22, 2007

West Monroe Partners and Appian Team to Deliver Leading BPM Technology to Global Companies Across All Markets

Vienna, VA., February 22, 2007 Appian, the leading provider of Business Process Management Suites (BPMS), today announced West Monroe Partners, LLC, a full service provider of business and technology solutions, has selected Appian Enterprise as a technology partner to extend the value of the company’s enterprise technology solutions. West Monroe Partners is utilizing Appian’s leading BPMS to provide clients, across all major industries including Finance, Retail and Business Products and Services, with the ability to improve business operations and market agility. Appian Enterprise allows customers to streamline business processes, increase and better monitor operational efficiencies and structure compliance to key regulations.

As organizations look to leverage BPMS and human workflow tools as a platform for speeding time to market for their process-based solutions, Appian Enterprise delivers the broadest set of BPMS capabilities and tools that enable software vendors to easily embed it within their existing solutions. Having already proved its effectiveness at West Monroe’s client, Real Capital LLC, Appian and West Monroe Partners will focus on delivering strategic BPMS-enabled solutions to mid-market companies in the variety of vertical markets and industries that they currently serve.

“West Monroe Partners specializes in helping our customers improve their businesses through innovative technology solutions using a holistic software selection approach. Appian Enterprise provides us with a flexible foundation for supporting our customers’ key processes while increasing the value of our services,” said Todd McGinnis, Project Manager at West Monroe Partners. “When we were looking for a solution that could address Real Capital’s Loan Origination System, Appian Enterprise was the leading BPMS we found, which actually went beyond simply integrating IT and applications to address human-to-human processes.”

As the leading BPMS to incorporate business intelligence, analytics, and document management into the solution, Appian Enterprise allows partner consulting firms, such as West Monroe Partners, to deliver a holistic solution for improving its customers’ operations. Appian’s BPMS helps organizations automate, monitor, modify, and govern critical business processes in real-time to support corporate initiatives and compliance with current regulatory laws at all times. Appian’s flexible BPMS-based approach to compliance solutions enable organizations to edit and adapt their processes as new laws are passed or as existing laws are reinterpreted by the courts. With Appian Enterprise, West Monroe Partners’ clients can easily identify, define and implement the processes that improve operations and simplify compliance.

“By combining Appian’s BPMS with our complementary solutions and services, West Monroe Partners is enabling our clients to increase operating efficiencies while ensuring that today’s applications and business processes are flexible enough to address their evolving business requirements,” stated Doug Armstrong, Managing Director of Business Development and Strategic Alliances at West Monroe Partners. “West Monroe Partners has a reputation for providing holistic ‘best practice’ solutions for a wide variety of business process challenges. As such, we recognize that over time even best practices need to change, and Appian provides our clients with the ability to quickly and easily modify or enhance their processes to address the latest issues and opportunities.”

Appian’s ability to automate other related processes and monitor existing systems, including ERP environments, introduces a framework for continuous control monitoring, allowing process owners to directly link process documentation with automated IT actions and workflows within the Appian platform. This empowers the system to actively monitor the status of compliance for internal controls across the enterprise, in real-time, and ensures that any violation of an internal control is instantly reported to compliance managers and reflected as an issue in the internal control framework.

“Our award-winning Appian Enterprise BPMS enables our partners to integrate the industry’s strongest process capabilities while increasing the efficiency and adaptability of their existing solutions,” said Joe Barry, Vice President of Channels and Alliances at Appian. “This relationship with West Monroe Partners will help the company provide its clients with a proven platform for managing strategic business processes and helps extend the value of its existing offerings. Clients, including Real Capital, are already seeing significant benefits from this relationship.”

About West Monroe Partners
Founded by a group of highly experienced business and technology consultants, West Monroe Partners began serving clients in April 2002. Today, more than 175 consulting professionals serve more than 100 clients annually across a range of industries. With offices in Chicago, Montreal, Toronto, Seattle and Columbus, Ohio, West Monroe Partners is a full service provider of business and technology solutions. The company provides a broad array of consulting services to the middle and enterprise marketplace, including supply chain consulting, customer relationship management (CRM), enterprise resource planning (ERP), enterprise risk management (ERM), and a full range of business advisory and technology implementation offerings. Its solutions optimize the enterprise, customer and supply chain systems and processes that drive continuous high performance. Its time-tested approach and ability, along with a fresh, flexible attitude toward client service, help clients achieve full potential. For more information, visit http://www.westmonroepartners.com.

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 www.appian.com.