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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

December 8, 2014

Five Laws of Business Applications for CIOs in 2015

When a CIO first launches an enterprise application, staff acceptance can be slow. Any minor difficulties with the new application lead to reluctance in adoption. What’s more, application costs have risen because of the need to create multiple versions for desktop and mobile platforms.

November 25, 2014

Gartner’s 2015 IT Predictions Are Already Happening

Last month, at the annual Gartner Symposium/IT Expo in Orlando, the analyst group presented its predictions for the top strategic IT trends for industry in 2015. Interestingly, many of those trends are already in play in the world of modern application platforms.

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November 18, 2014

D/FW Airport goes high-tech, unleashing 18 new apps in six months

Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport has rolled out 18 new custom software applications in six months and CIO William Flowers says he's not done yet.
November 17, 2014

John Lewis builds own BPM application on the Appian Cloud platform

Department store John Lewis has deployed its own business process management (BPM) application on the Appian Cloud platform. The application is part of an ongoing programme to create a joined-up system covering the entire sales process from the customer's point of view, from initial contact through to home inspections, contracted installers, the sale and after-sales service.

October 27, 2014

Crawford Thrives on Change to Deliver Value

Our industry is in a state of flux. Organizations that can metabolize change faster than the competition will come out on top. At Crawford & Company, we see change—across market conditions, regulatory requirements and customer expectations—as an opportunity to set new standards for how insurance businesses operate...

October 22, 2014

Getting the job done: thoughts from a BPM technology customer panel

What do a retailer, a pub management company and a claims management service provider have in common? When it comes to their experiences with implementing BPM technology – quite a bit, it turns out.
October 20, 2014

BPM software has ‘nowhere to go’ – says leading BPM software company

"I don't even use the phrase BPM any more," says Appian CEO Matt Calkins. This might sound like an odd statement coming from the head of a company whose business process management (BPM) software has for many years featured in the top right quartile of Gartner's BPM Suites Magic Quadrant, along with rivals such as IBM, Pegasystems and Lombardi.

October 7, 2014

Four Ways to Improve Pharmacovigilance Processes with Automation

Bio-pharmaceutical companies are continually tasked with gathering more safety information and responding to requirements more quickly.

September 26, 2014

Entrepreneur’s Bet on Values, People Paid Off … Big Time

At 26-years old, Matt Calkins called his stock broker and told him to sell all of his shares in MicroStrategy (MSTR), a firm he loved, and the only “real” job he’d ever had...

September 26, 2014

Claims Processor Crawford Seeks Payout with Custom Software

Crawford’s move to build applications in-house puts the insurance claims processor in company with General Motors, General Electric and Zulily.

September 19, 2014

IPO ready? Sure, but that doesn’t mean Appian’s pulling the trigger yet

Appian Corp. may have cemented its status as an initial public offering contender this year with an eight-figure financing from New Enterprise Associates. But...

September 11, 2014

Appian isn’t ready to IPO just yet. First, it wants to kill your clumsy custom software.

In this article, Appian CEO Matt Calkins discusses how he wants Appian to be known as "most innovative company in a $100 billion market"...

September 11, 2014

Software’s Final Frontier: The Application Platform

Matt Calkins, CEO of Appian discusses why and how a new breed of enterprise application platforms will revolutionize custom software in the next few years...

September 11, 2014

NEA deal valued Appian Corp. at $350M, says CEO Matt Calkins

New Enterprise Associates' $37.5 million investment in Appian Corp. valued the Reston-based enterprise software company at $350 million, Chairman and CEO Matt Calkins said...

September 8, 2014

GSA App Enhances Government Procurement Process

When procuring products and services, the U.S. General Services Administration’s Public Building Service (PBS) recently got a bit smarter. Earlier this year it deployed a system designed to accelerate and modernize the entire procurement process, from initial request to payment and close out.

September 5, 2014

Mobile First: Why Mobile Security Should Not Be Your Concern

Today's platform developers plan for mobile enterprise applications with the highest levels of security and access control. Soon the enterprise's issue of mobile security will become moot.

August 19, 2014

Matt Calkins: GSA Public Buildings Service Deploys Appian Procurement Tool

Appian has updated procurement request module application on the company’s work platform offering that the General Services Administration uses to perform enterprise-wide acquisition processes...

July 24, 2014

4,212 Reasons to Turn the Insurance Industry into a Connected Enterprise

It's hard to believe, but the insurance industry routinely deals with at least 4,212 processes within 36 different insurance markets, across a practically limitless number of products. At any given time, your business will probably have to do business with one or more companies in one or more of these areas...

June 27, 2014

Reducing Risk by Automating Cash Management & Securities Pricing

Read how Janus Capital Group automated most of its core business processes for efficiency and improved accountability in this article.

June 10, 2014

An acquisition-as-a-service approach could solve software procurement inefficiencies for government agencies

Appian's Vice President of Federal Sales Chris O'Connell discusses IT for the federal government, and how Acquisition-as-a-Service can solve software procurement inefficiencies.

June 9, 2014

5 Enterprise Mobile Security Tips for Financial Firms

Appian's Vice President of Industry Practices Evan McDonnell shares his thoughts on mobile security in the financial services industry.

June 4, 2014

Get Business Buy-In When Replacing a Legacy System

LiUNA CIO, Matthew Richard discusses how to bring in cutting edge technology to a union with over 50,000 members. - See more at:

May 29, 2014

Punch Taverns Looks to the Cloud to Drive Beer Sales

To manage the business, which includes a lot of remote workers along with a lot of third parties like lawyers and real estate agents, Punch turned to cloud and mobile services from Appian to help run the business...

May 28, 2014

Making Sense of Social

Everyone knows that “social” is important, but it’s a messy and fragmented market, and difficult to sort out...

May 20, 2014

Melbourne Airport flies high with modernised reporting processes

Melbourne Airport is slowly moving its paper-based reporting processes into an automated system as part of modernising its business process management.

May 15, 2014

This airport CIO demands all new projects meet the SCAM test

The CIO of Dallas Fort Worth Airport sees the value of modern technology.

May 14, 2014

Appian maintains its trajectory at AppianWorld 2014

Author Neil Ward-Dutton writes about what was and was not new at Appian World 2014 and how that shows Appian's success and bright future.

May 13, 2014

Melbourne Airport in BPM Transformation

New system modernises airport safety, security and environmental management tasks

May 8, 2014

Escape Technology Handcuffs To Unleash Business Transformation

Author Dan Woods discusses the Appian World 2014 conference and how technology is allowing businesses to revisit business process re-engineering.

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May 4, 2014

My Excellent Google Glass, BPM, Healthcare Adventure: Appian World 2014 Trip Report

Workflow in Healthcare expert, Chuck Webster, discusses his experiences at Appian World 2014.

May 4, 2014

Google Glass changing the Info Landscape

News station, WUSA9 reports on how Google Glass could become the next must-have gadget for consumers.

May 4, 2014

As Google Glass come to market, will they first enter the home or office?

To hear executives effuse about the promise of computerized eyewear is to listen to pitches where present and future blend into one...

May 2, 2014

How to Become Just Enough of a Software Company to Succeed

Dan Woods discusses application development, integrating data and Case Management and his trip to Appian's user conference in this article.

April 28, 2014

How to Blend BPM, Social Collaboration

David Carr writes on how social collaboration and business process management (BPM) might seem like strange bedfellows, but they can be better together.

April 4, 2014

Running Enterprises on Mobile Devices: Key Use Cases, Best Practices

In this slideshow, Appian highlights a number of companies using mobile devices for BPM.

April 1, 2014

More Government Innovation= Less Traditional Application Development

Christopher O'Connell, Vice President of Federal Sales at Appian Corporation talks about how Government Innovation is enabling agencies to fulfill their missions.

March 27, 2014

How to hire women in tech and 8 ways to help them succeed

t's a never-ending struggle in the tech world for both companies looking to hire more women and women looking to climb the corporate ladder...

March 26, 2014

AWS storage doesn’t have to be a complex undertaking, experts say

Amazon Web Services (AWS) offers a variety of storage options, but choosing between them doesn't have to be a complex undertaking.

March 26, 2014

Appian’s Chris O’Connell Speaks to WashingtonExec MARCOM Committee on New Trends in Traditional Messaging

Chris O’Connell, Appian Corporation’s Vice President of Federal Sales, discusses the need for companies to innovate technologically in order to maintain relevance and competitiveness in an ever evolving public sector marketplace.

March 18, 2014

How 4,000 pubs are improving their business processes management

Leading pub leasing company increases ties with Appian, a specialist in modern business process management (BPM) and case management software.

March 18, 2014

The Wireless Office: Mobile Apps Help Organizations Work More Efficiently, Effectively

Mobile communications is transforming business. What people previously did at desktop computers they now do on smartphones and cellular-enabled laptops. So organizations now are creating mobile apps to enable their employees...

March 12, 2014

Driving Faster and Smarter Business Solutions With a Modern Work Platform

Business Process Management, the technology that reinvented workplace mobility, is itself poised to enter a new era...

March 12, 2014

Getting Clients ‘On Board’ is Crucial

A customer’s real relationship with a financial institution begins with "on-boarding"...

March 7, 2014

Collaboration Tools for Insurers: Using Modern Business Processes to Unseat Tradition

Information exchange and collaboration is typically complicated within insurance companies. Learn how modern business processes can help.

March 5, 2014

Appian CEO Matt Calkins: NEA deal ‘absolutely lines us up well for an IPO’

New Enterprise Associates' $37.5 million investment in Appian Corp. doesn't fit the standard venture template...

March 5, 2014

Appian collects $37.5 million from New Enterprise Associates as it plans IPO

Reston-based Appian has added $37.5 million from New Enterprise Associates to its bank account, a move that executives said will prime the maker of business software for an initial public offering in a few years.

March 5, 2014

New Enterprise Associates Pours $37.5M Into Appian for Custom Business Apps

New Enterprise Associates, which has seen two portfolio companies that offer applications and software deliver $1 billion investment returns in the past two years, is now getting behind a different kind of software company.

March 4, 2014

Mobilizing Money with iPads

Bank of Tennessee improves customer service using mobile technology and BPM.

February 5, 2014

5 Rules of Modern Application Development

Michael Beckley, CTO of Appian, defines five key rules for Application Development including how to handle Mobile and On-Cloud requirements.

January 27, 2014

Appian Announces 86 Percent Increase in Total Software License Orders Over 2012

Appian saw an 86 percent increase in total software license orders over 2012 for the Appian BPM Software Suite.

January 17, 2014

Social BPM: Finding the business value behind the buzzword

Real world examples of BPM Software working via social technologies are discussed in this article.

January 14, 2014

4 Ways To Improve Federal Software Procurement

Agencies need to think beyond buying and customizing enterprise software systems and look for software that can be adapted as requirements change.

January 14, 2014

Airport Moves to Cloud Platform

Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) wanted to modernize its business processes and turned to the Appian Cloud platform.

January 10, 2014

How Automated Sales and Distribution Optimize Financial Performance for Life Insurers

Evan McDonnell, Vice President of Solutions for Appian, discusses how life insurers can find financial success through the automation of sales and distribution processes.

January 10, 2014

2014 Market Outlook: Appian’s Chris O’Connell Says Government’s Ability to Deliver Innovative Solutions Hinges on Collaboration

n this article, Appian Vice President of Public Sector Sales, Chris O’Connell, discusses the need for collaborative solutions in Government.

January 2, 2014

The New Year’s Resolution for CIOs: No More Legacy Apps

In this article, Appian Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer Michael Beckley discusses the need for CIOs to rid their organization of legacy software apps that are not cloud and mobile enabled.

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