Washington Business Journal
April 29, 2016

Matt Calkins is betting the future of his unicorn software company on … less coding?

When Appian CEO Matt Calkins looks at the business process software market, he sees only one path to big growth: less coding — a lot less coding. Ultimately, he wants Appian — one of the few unicorns in Greater Washington’s tech scene — to be the go-to “low-code” platform that allows companies to build mission-critical process software without having to spend months designing it and instead cut that time down to days or even hours.

April 14, 2016

Why you may not be getting the most out of the hybrid cloud

The benefits of cloud computing are no secret to the federal government -- to the contrary, they’re extremely well documented. Beginning in 2011 with then-federal CIO Vivek Kundra’s ‘CloudFirst’ initiative, the government has taken significant steps toward unlocking the primary benefits of the cloud: lowered cost, agility, increased shared services between agencies and efficiency of service for both internal stakeholders and public citizens.

Washington Business Journal
March 23, 2016

Viewpoint: Unicorns are make believe, good companies are real

Greater Washington’s technology community does not need the hype a unicorn label brings. But it’s here. Time to confront the mythical horse.

March 23, 2016

Appian looks at cloud deployment options, noting hybrid cloud makes sense in the near term

It’s a gamble. Cloud adoption is barreling along at breakneck speed, but even as round and round it goes, where it will stop no one knows. Should businesses put all their money on the cloud or play it safe by keeping one foot in traditional networking and another in the new technology – in other words, the hybrid cloud?

March 15, 2016

Regulatory Tug-Of-War And The Rise Of The Hybrid Cloud

The tug-of-war between regulatory compliance and operational efficiency is causing companies to turn to the “hybrid cloud” for their business applications.

March 10, 2016

Software Maker Appian Said to Interview Banks for Potential IPO

Appian Corp., a maker of business-process management software, has interviewed banks to help underwrite a potential initial public offering, according to a person familiar with the matter.

March 10, 2016

Appian’s Calkins on IPO Plans and Custom Software Market

Matt Calkins, CEO of Appian, discusses the business and why the global custom software market is hot.

March 10, 2016

Why Companies Are Leveraging Hybrid Cloud for Apps

Malcolm Ross, Vice President of Product at Appian recently spoke with us about the trend of deploying business applications in a hybrid cloud environment and the benefits of doing so.

February 24, 2016

Shifting Winds

New research reveals companies are changing their mobile strategies for 2016. Appian CTO Mike Beckley sees a greater emphasis on enterprise mobile; that is, universal access to business process and data, and a diminished focus on individual siloed apps.

February 16, 2016

Custom software drives Vitamin World stores remodeling

CIOs contemplating ways to transform their businesses for the digital age must make a series of important technology choices. One such decision helped nutritional supplement outfit NBTY cut by more than half the remodeling time of its Vitamin World stores thanks to custom software that helped architects and other workers more quickly share information.

Washington Business Journal
February 10, 2016

The $1B march: CEO Matt Calkins says ‘keeping our options open this year’ on IPO

With a new billion-dollar valuation based on a recent offer for a stake in the company, Reston-based business software company Appian Corp. is open to an IPO now more than ever.

January 27, 2016

Why IT Is Committing to the Mobile Enterprise

The vast majority of IT decision-makers queried are keenly focused on a mobile enterprise transformation, according to a recent survey from Appian.

January 19, 2016

Computer America – WhiteSmoke; Appian

There is a new way – better and faster – to deliver innovative business applications that improve decision-making, mobilize key data and processes, and unite business and IT in driving bottom-line performance. This is Appian. The one enterprise application platform for your success.

DC Inno
January 18, 2016

Appian CEO: ‘We’re Different From Your Usual Unicorn’

Earlier this week, the Wall Street Journal reported that Appian, a Reston, Va.-based enterprise app software development platform co., carried a massive $1 billion valuation.

Channel Insider
January 12, 2016

The Rise of the Mobile Enterprise Is Upon Us

A subtle, yet profound shift is starting to occur in how organizations approach mobile computing, according to the findings of a new survey conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of Appian, a provider of business process management (BPM) software. - See more at: http://www.channelinsider.com/mobile-devices/slideshows/the-rise-of-the-mobile-enterprise-is-upon-us.html#sthash.78ZdzqWx.dpuf

Dow Jones
January 11, 2016

Investor Says Appian Has Crossed $1B Valuation

An investor in 17-year-old company Appian Corp . wants the world to know his firm is now valuing it at north of $1 billion--even though the company hasn't raised funding in two years.

January 8, 2016

Appian Crosses $1 Billion Valuation

Custom software maker Appian Corp. said its valuation is north of $1 billion, a milestone it has reached after 17 years and just $47.5 million in venture capital.

January 5, 2016

Mobility Critical for Customer Engagement

IT decision makers believe cloud-based applications and solutions and enterprise mobility will yield the biggest returns to their companies in 2016.

January 5, 2016

Cloud Based Apps to Provide Big Returns for Companies in 2016

Appian recently surveyed over 300 IT decision makers to provide insight into how companies will approach mobilizing their businesses in 2016. The survey was conducted by Harris Poll.

January 4, 2016

How CIOs will refine digital transformation in 2016

CIOs are prioritizing different needs as they help their organizations evolve to become more digital thanks to security, mobility, analytics and cloud (or SMAC) technologies. A few CIOs shared their top projects for 2016 with CIO.com.

2015 Media Coverage

December 18, 2015

Majority of firms plan to up their budgets for custom app development next year

Close to 60 percent of respondents said their company's budget for custom application development will increase in 2016, according to a survey of 306 IT decision makers by Harris Poll on behalf of Appian.

December 17, 2015

Enterprise mobility will lead IT investments in 2016

According to a new report from Harris Poll announced today, enterprise mobility will top IT investments in 2016. The survey reveals that more than 90 per cent of IT Decision Makers (ITDMs) see enterprise mobility as the critical function for customer engagement, competitiveness and operational productivity in 2016.

Read more: http://www.itproportal.com/2015/12/17/enterprise-mobility-will-lead-investments-2016/#ixzz3uhTxdMNj

December 16, 2015

New Survey Finds Enterprise Mobility Tops IT Investments in 2016

According to a new report, announced today, more than 90 percent of IT Decision Makers (ITDMs) see enterprise mobility as the critical function for customer engagement, competitiveness and operational productivity in 2016. Additionally, nearly three in four (73 percent) say their companies are planning to mobilize the entire organization, shows the new Appian study conducted by Harris Poll.

December 16, 2015

Bloomberg Advantage: Calkins Says Mobile Taking Over Business

Appian CEO Matt Calkins joins the Bloomberg Advantage to discuss why companies will be investing heavily in mobile in 2016.

December 16, 2015

Mobile App Momentum Continues, Surveys Find

Companies are getting more strategic with their mobile app initiatives, find two new surveys.

DC Inno
December 15, 2015

Announcing This Year’s 50 on Fire Winners

Tonight, we unveiled the winners of 50 on Fire, a collection of companies, CEOs, startups and entrepreneurs that are driving the District's innovation economy.

December 2, 2015

Why the Traditional Mobile App is a Dead End for Businesses

As companies look to maximize their visibility in a world that is increasingly mobile, many organizations are looking to develop mobile apps to grow their businesses going forward.

November 30, 2015

The Startup That Helps You Build Apps, No Coding Required

Matt Calkins founded Appian in 1999, long before app became a noun. He found his sweet spot in the world of business process management, that jargon-filled practice (automation, execution, optimization) of making work easier by helping companies create customized software.

November 16, 2015

Video: Cloud platforms enable rapid development, says USF CIO Sidney Fernandes

Sidney Fernandes, CIO of the University of South Florida System (USF), talked to ZDNet about how the cloud is letting them develop and deploy applications more rapidly and cost-effectively than using traditional on-premise approaches.

November 11, 2015

Appian Modernizes BPM; New Platform Creates ‘Agile Apps’ That Share Any Data, Run on Any Device

Long-time BPM vendor Appian Corp. says today’s fast-paced business climate cries out for better ways to build and deploy smarter apps. Appian’s new app platform combines BPM’s power to build apps ‘drawing a picture’ with easier ways for apps to share data and run on multiple devices – often with little or no coding. IDN speaks with Appian CEO Matt Calkins.

November 6, 2015

Why companies like Apple and Google are targeting your office

Our weeklong “Bubble 2.0?” series revisited the dot-com bust of 15 years ago and examines the similarities, differences and lessons for investors today.

USA Today
November 2, 2015

Airports go mobile to improve operations

At Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, there’s an app for – well – just about everything.

To ease passengers on their way, and resolve problems that pop up more quickly, the world's fourth busiest airport has introduced over 40 mobile applications during the last two years. That means airport employees can find out that a parking garage is full, and then redirect passengers, simply by checking their mobile devices.

October 29, 2015

Appian Around The World – Toronto

Appian was recently doing a round of road-show conferences, and when they landed in my backyard, I decided to stop in for the day and see what was new. I missed Appian World this year and was looking forward to a bit of a product update as well as some of the local customer stories.

DC Inno
October 29, 2015

These 7 Chief Technology Officers Are Building DC Tech

In the world of technology journalism and media, the focus has long been on profiling the Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The narrative is simple, but it's also immediately captivating and memorable; to have a single person represent a brand.

Bank News
October 27, 2015

Automating Loan Processes Improves Customer Satisfaction

Community banks, faced with increasingly strict regulation, often find it a challenge to meet profitability goals. More challenging still, the mobile and web services from larger institutions can draw away even the most loyal customers.

October 9, 2015

Public BPM app market from Appian

Appian has launched the new Appian App Market, which allows customers to view and access a large inventory of pre-built business applications and platform components for use in accelerating deployments on the Appian Platform.

October 6, 2015

(AUDIO CLIP) Appian CEO Matt Calkins Joins Bloomberg Advantage to Discuss Appian’s App Market Launch

Application Platform Leader Turns Mobile Apps into Mobile Enterprise with Modern Custom Software.

October 6, 2015

New business app marketplace promises faster development

Reston-based business software company Appian Corp. launched a new app marketplace Monday filled with pre-built app frameworks for its customers. Companies just need to fill in the details for any available app and it will be as good as any native app, according to Appian.

October 6, 2015

Just like TV, business will run on apps in the future

Just as Apple Inc. CEO Tim Cook thinks apps will power television in the future, Appian believes customizable apps are the future of business operations as more IT executives ditch box software and transition their companies to the cloud.

September 21, 2015

Reader Forum: 3 key qualities for mobile innovation

Just 10 years ago, enterprise technology was tied to a desktop or workstation, iPhones did not exist. Social collaboration meant instant messaging.

September 21, 2015

College’s cloud app revitalizes student advising

Recognizing that paper-based processes were crippling its student-advising program, a Florida college has developed a cloud-based app to enhance student-faculty communication.

DC Inno
September 18, 2015

Why Cos Are Rushing to Fit Their Employees with Smart Glasses

Casually mentioning the term “smart glasses” is tantamount to saying Google Glass for most people, today—which was recently renamed Project Aura.

September 11, 2015

Preparing for Wearables: IoT in the Supply Chain

The Internet of Things is quickly becoming a reality. Increasingly, greater numbers of products now include Internet-connected technology, such as Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) chips to help facility tracking of inventory, for example.

September 11, 2015

Closing the gap between mobile and wearable

In today’s workforce, mobile technology, big data and the cloud are changing the way we collaborate with each other – and the way we access both business applications and enterprise data.

August 26, 2015

Workplace BYOD: Delivering Services Is The Key

I’m often asked what I’d recommend for the surge in bring your own device business technology, especially for mobile workforce productivity.

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August 19, 2015

Social Collaboration in the Cloud: How a Hectic Airport Went Mobile

“If you aren’t using social and mobile for your business, you’ve fallen behind,” said the chief information officer at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. Here’s how DFW, one of the nation’s busiest airports, combined social collaboration and mobile in a cloud-based deployment to improve customer service and increase business productivity.

Docurated Logo
August 13, 2015


Marketing, as the saying goes, is part art, part science. The fundamentals of the job, or the science part if you like, includes writing ability, coding, and a strong command of enterprise systems like CRMs, marketing automation, and content management systems.

August 10, 2015

How to build a unified mobile strategy for the wearable age

The mobile revolution continues to drive consumer interest and appeal, especially as wearables begin to enjoy more widespread adoption with devices such as the newly released Apple Watch.

July 27, 2015

Shoring Up Your Cyberdefenses

Expect both businesses and government agencies to show increasing interest in customized software platforms for handling upgrades across systems and devices.

CMS Wire
July 27, 2015

Running Your Enterprise on a Mobile Device

If someone told you that you could manage your BPM with the Apple Watch, you probably wouldn’t think twice about it.

FedRamp 411
July 17, 2015

FedRAMP CSP in the Spotlight: Appian Earns Authority to Operate

Appian is the latest cloud service provider (CSP) to earn FedRAMP’s stamp of approval for its Platform-as-a-Service offerings.

July 15, 2015

Rumored enterprise Google Glass would be step toward future of mobile computing, says Appian CEO

With rumors heating up that the next iteration of Google's dormant Glass product line will be professionally focused, leaders in the app development space are envisioning the many enterprise use cases for the smartglasses.

June 22, 2015

Appian Joins Bloomberg Radio to Discuss AppleWatch and BYOD

Appian Vice President of Product Marketing Malcolm Ross discusses the AppleWatch and the significance of wearables and BYOD in the workplace to drive business transformation.

June 19, 2015

Appian Named to The Washington Post’s “Top Workplaces 2015;” Ranks 7th for Midsize Companies Region-wide”

Appian is a technology company that sets itself apart by taking its business solutions mobile, offering an application platform that helps organizations collaborate and share data on mobile devices.

June 18, 2015

What does Appian want to accomplish before an IPO?

Appian, a Reston company that creates tools for businesses to design custom software, is looking to go public. As I reported this week, the company appears to have plenty of runway for growth.

June 17, 2015

Is Appian closer to an IPO than we think?

Appian Corp. has not been shy about its ambitions to go public. As CEO Matt Calkins told my predecessor, the company is looking to further expand its product offerings, which provide a suite of tools to more effectively design custom software, and thus solidify their dominance of the market.

June 17, 2015

Appian Obtains FedRAMP Approval for Cloud Services; Myles Weber Comments

Appian has received a Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program authorization for the company’s cloud offerings.

June 11, 2015

Appian Modern BPM Application Platform Expands Healthcare Footprint at Health Plan, Insurance, Payer Conference

This is one of two short trip reports for last week’s America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) Institute in Nashville (my other trip report). Check out my 10 part series on the coming intersection between health plan IT and Business Process Management.

Software Magazine
June 8, 2015

Maximizing the Workforce

Enterprises obtain workforce software to organize employees, improve customer experience, and more effectively allocate resources. Workforce optimization (WFO) software focuses on ensuring quality, managing performances, and deriving actionable data insights.

June 1, 2015

Business, IT execs disagree on challenges in developing custom mobile apps

As enterprise mobility matures, many firms are moving to deploy custom mobile apps to empower their mobile workers.

May 26, 2015

Here’s How The Channel Can Overcome The IT-Business Rift

When it comes to custom software in the cloud, the findings of a recent survey make it clear that IT channel professionals must address both influencers and decision makers in the sales cycle.

May 11, 2015

USDA’s Risk Management Agency uses agile to solve financial systems problems

The Agriculture Department's Risk Management Agency has been on a journey to modernize its financial management systems for the past four years.

May 5, 2015

Washington’s 100 Top Tech Leaders

Every two years, Washingtonian compiles a list of the most influential and exciting people in the local technology scene. It’s a snapshot of a sector that’s seemingly always in the midst of rapid change as our devices get smarter, start-ups get leaner, and the world becomes more connected.

May 1, 2015

A platform to help you scale your ideas

AppianWorld, Appian’s annual conference, continues to grow in line with the company’s scale and ambition. Some things – important things – remain the same, though.

May 1, 2015

Apple Watch likely to be a luxury, not a must-have for workers, Appian exec says

Washington, D.C.--While there has been much hoopla surrounding the release of the Apple Watch, one industry exec thinks it and other wearables need to mature and offer solid use cases before the average organization will invest in them.

April 30, 2015

IT and Business Split on Tech Priorities

Despite strong support for innovations in custom software and cloud-based app development platforms, business executives and IT decision makers disagree when it comes to the prioritization of and investment in these enterprise technology solutions, according to a new Harris Poll omnibus survey from Appian.

April 29, 2015

Coolest Office Spaces — April 2015

Reston-based Appian Corp. turned to the D.C. offices of architectural firm RTKL for work on its offices. RTKL took an usual approach, designing smart interiors influenced by board game design theory. RTKL transformed Appian’s 13,752-square-foot office space into a collaborative environment to reflect its brand and need to share information in real time.

April 29, 2015

How IT Decision Makers and Business Executives Agree and Disagree on IT Investment

In the second part of a national two-part study on current IT trends and market opportunities, business executives and IT decision makers from companies across diverse industries, services, locations and work force size showed mixed opinions on the prioritization of and investment in enterprise technology solutions.

Digital Clarity Group
April 29, 2015

Appian’s BPM Software Vision – Crazy Like A Fox

This week I’m attending Appian World in Washington DC. It’s always been an interesting conference for showcasing thought leadership in BPM technology and providing thought-provoking customer presentations. For example, Appian is probably the first BPM software vendor to demonstrate an integration with the Apple Watch.

April 29, 2015

KPMG and Appian tackle disruption through strategic alliance

Accounting firm, KPMG, and business process management company, Appian, have partnered to help clients harness the power of disruptive technologies through the use of business apps.

April 28, 2015

AUDIO: Appian’s Calkins on Results From Study on IT Trends

Appian CEO Matt Calkins joins the Bloomberg Advantage to discuss recent Business Executives Survey Report and Appian World 2015 conference.

Tech Zone 360
April 28, 2015

Survey Shows Business Executives and IT Leaders Disagree on Future of Enterprise Tech Investing

Perception can become reality, and this is not necessarily good news. This is particularly true during times of major change, which we are currently experiencing in almost every aspect of information and communications technology (ICT)—and especially since the perceptions of those in charge of making technology investment are at odds with both the perceptions and realities of those responsible for assuring risk mitigation, enhancing the customer experience, etc.

April 28, 2015

Is The Gap Between Business And Technology Executives Finally Closing?

Listen to enough conference speakers, peruse enough analyst reports, and read enough trade press articles, and one can be forgiven for thinking that business and IT people aren’t even aware of each others’ existence.

April 21, 2015

Alternative Energy, Mainstream Business Challenges

In the national energy market, alternative energy companies (wind, solar, etc.) have emerged as real competition for traditional large oil, gas and electricity suppliers.

April 20, 2015

Intersection of Big Data and Green Tech

EDP Renewables (EDPR) is the 3rd largest renewable energy company in the United States, is leveraging technology to harness the power of big data, with efforts resulting in more than $200 million in ROI in the first 24 months of implementation.

April 16, 2015

Ryder Says Development Platform Eases Challenge of Creating Apps

Companies, turning to software to establish competitive advantage, are developing more and more applications in-house. Not every business has the resources or the inclination to handle that work entirely on its own, though.

April 13, 2015

Appian Inside? Consider Building Your Next Great Health IT Application on The Best Work Platform

As the leading proponent of process-aware technology in healthcare, I am especially excited to announce I’m working with Appian, the market leader in modern Business Process Management (BPM) software.

April 10, 2015

The New Trend for App Makers: Developing Horizontally

With the mobile app market growing faster than ever, developers are looking for new ways to simplify their process. Horizontal development may be the next big thing in this highly popular field.

CMS Wire
April 8, 2015

These 3 Vendors Help You Get Smart With BPM

Business process management (BPM) can improve your organization's efficiency and its ability to adapt to changing market conditions.

April 8, 2015

Macedon Technologies: Automating and Optimizing Business Process Management

As the Business process management (BPM) industry is evolving continuously, mobile, social, and cloud features are being integrated into all the products.

March 23, 2015

20 Most Promising Insurance Technology Solution Providers 2015

As the digital revolution transforms the way enterprises interact and do businesses, the insurance world is fundamentally going through a major transfiguration.

March 4, 2015

Appian’s Matt Calkins on Their Business Software (Audio)

Matt Calkins, Chairman/President/CEO of Appian Corp, talks about how Appian got started, what they deliver in customized business software, and cloud computing. He joins The Bloomberg Advantage with Kathleen Hays and Vonnie Quinn.

March 3, 2015

Industry Watch: Developing apps horizontally

The most important change in how custom software is created these days has nothing to do with programming languages, development environments, agile methodologies or code repositories.

Software Magazine
February 26, 2015

Modern AppDev Approach

To keep up with the latest demands, enterprise application developers rely on a range of tools. Appian provides business process management (BPM) and case management software to deliver an enterprise application platform that unites users with data, processes, and collaboration—all in one environment.

February 24, 2015

Technology: Let’s Tear Down The Walls

Do you think that an insurance company would underwrite the same clients if a claims handler were making underwriting decisions? Do you think an underwriter would accept or reject more claims than an adjuster faced with the same type of claim?

February 24, 2015

The new BYO push: build your own software

It may go against the grain of everything we've been hearing the past 20 or 30 years, but the future of software is made for purpose, custom designed.

February 24, 2015

Why Floppy Disk Software Is Dead Forever

Back in the mini-computer era (somewhere around the mid-1960s) our notion of software was that of custom-designed applications built to do a specific job on one machine, or perhaps one dedicated network of machines. But ever since the arrival of the PC in the 1970s we have been pushed towards using ‘boxed’ software that should supposedly be fit for purpose in any use case, in any market vertical.

February 20, 2015

Making Strides in Enterprise Mobile

Insurance companies can use mobile devices and apps to get immediate access to contextually relevant information, speed tasks and increase productivity by putting tools and other problem-solving capabilities into their users’ hands.

February 18, 2015

Organizations Are Wasting Billions of Dollars on One-Size-Fits-All Tech

In today’s competitive business environment and challenging economic climate, many organizations struggle to meet the demands of 21st-Century business. As these organizations look for new, more streamlined approaches, we are increasingly seeing technology at the heart of this mission.

February 18, 2015

Fortune: Datasheet – Here a Tweak, There a Tweak

At least half of the companies surveyed by Appian (a business process management specialist) still prefer them to those they can buy off the shelf.

February 18, 2015

Corporate America Looks to Custom Software for IT Upgrades: Survey

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- A major shift is taking place in enterprise-level software development as companies are looking toward using custom software instead of the prepackaged variety, according to a recent survey.

February 6, 2015

Why DISA has the right IDEAS for military procurement

The Pentagon is researching business process management software to replace aging procurement systems. But Appian's Chris O'Connell says DISA may already have what the department needs.

January 21, 2015

CIOs beef up security tools in wake of 2014 data breaches

What's different about security strategies in the aftermath of the 2014 data breaches? More money, more monitoring, more employee training, and that's just for starters.

Software Magazine
January 16, 2015

Independent Study Defines the Need for Modern Application Platforms

Appian, provider of the leading application platform for business process management (BPM) and Case Management solutions, today announced the availability of a new commissioned research study conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of Appian, that identifies the need for new application development platforms and approaches to meet the demands of 21st-Century business.

January 15, 2015

Is the Need for Speed Bringing Software Developers to the Breaking Point?

Has the business obsession with speed reached a breaking point for software developers?
As a chief executive, I know software development teams are always being pushed to deliver new applications, add new features, and continually update existing capabilities across the business. Most of the time those demands do not come with additional budget dollars.

January 6, 2015

15 Mobile Trends to Watch in 2015

As we launch into 2015 with wishes and expectations for the year ahead, one thing is clear: We're in the midst of a global transformation as more and more people are moving from the offline and disconnected world to being constantly connected.

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