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The US Bureau of Labor Statistics published a report last year on industry labor productivity trends from 2000 to 2010. According to the report, labor productivity rose for most industries. Improvements in information technology (IT) played a significant factor. Specific technologies that contributed towards the trend include hardware and software, mobile telecommunications, data communications, and the rise of the Internet. At a macro level, the trend is encouraging. If one were to analyze productivity and performance of companies within a sector at a more micro level, the spread of productivity growth may be more diverse.

US Productivity by Industry Going from Good, to Better, to Great: Secrets of Successful Companies


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At Appian, we are passionate about continuous process improvement. The desire to constantly make things better and improve processes permeates the company, from the product we develop, to how we service our clients, how we work internally, and how we grow as a company. The Women’s Leadership Program (WLP) came from an awareness that Appian can do more as a company to promote, retain, and attract female employees. After initial knowledge gathering and discussions with key stakeholders, Appian launched the WLP with two remarkable women as founding leaders: Annelise Dubrovsky and Amy Henley. More »

According to research by the Mobile Research Council, the top IT concerns1 in 2014 are as follows: Big Data Analytics Mobile Cloud Security Address Top IT Concerns and Accelerate the Pace of Business at Appian World

1. Managing big data and analysis

2. Mobilizing the business

3. Security

4. Cloud computing deployment and strategy

4. Governance and compliance More »

The US economy grew at 3.2 percent in the fourth quarter of 2013, but the overall growth for the year was only 1.9 percent1. While the unemployment rate in the US has decreased to 6.7 percent in December last year2, it remains high and there are still millions of job seekers. So what are the hottest jobs in technology now?

IT tech engineering jobs Hot IT Jobs and Skills in 2014

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As the innovative leader in business process management (BPM) software on a modern work platform, Appian continues to introduce new features through regular product releases. If you missed the latest product announcement webinar presented earlier this week, the recording is now available on Appian Forum, our BPM community for users.

7.4 Users SocialCollab Collaboration Learn Whats New in Appian BPM   a Modern Work Platform

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The beginning of the year is a time to set goals for the year. This applies to personal resolutions, career aspirations, team and departmental objectives, all the way up to company strategies. As a CIO, CTO, IT or business executive, perhaps you have been hearing about the disruptive technologies of mobile, social collaboration, big data, and cloud computing for years now. Maybe it is even on your list of projects to evaluate for some time.

2014 technology innovations Take Actions Now for a Successful 2014

These projects have not been prioritized because you do not have the budget and resources to support another multi-year development roadmap. You are afraid that it will take years and millions, if not billions, of dollars to implement these technologies, similar to the ERP or CRM project that dragged on too long. You are right; you do not. More »

Insurance Mobile BPM Software How to Transform Life Insurance Sales and Distribution Processes In today’s competitive marketplace, consumers and users have more access to information than ever before. They can go online to compare offers and prices before even talking to a sales person. This applies to the business-to-consumers (B2C) as well as business-to-business (B2B) models. The Internet has empowered people and changed the game for many industries, from automotive, consumer electronics, healthcare, telecommunications, banking and mortgage lending, to insurance.

In the insurance industry, an agent or broker can choose which insurer to represent. Assuming two life insurers have the same product at the same price, paying roughly the same commission, which insurer would the agent or broker want to work with? The insurer with whom it is easier to do business.

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Appian BPM Events 1024x277 2013 Year in Review: Innovating, Winning, and Powering the Modern EnterpriseAs the market leader in modern business process management (BPM) software, Appian continued to blaze the innovation trail with two major product releases in 2013. Appian BPM also received product leadership ratings in key analyst reports and won industry awards. Most importantly, our product, professional services, and partners enabled our customers around the world to reach new height of business agility with successful BPM deployments. More »

Enterprise Software Wish List1 Holiday Wish Lists for Business and IT Executives

Business Executives Wish For:

  • Business visibility into sales pipelines, operational processes, project milestones, and other key performance indicators (KPIs) with Business Activity Monitor (BAM)
  • Responsive, real-time access to business news, tasks, records, reports, and actions from any device for modern enterprise mobility
  • Reduce paper waste and manage documents, images, multimedia and case files online with Enterprise Content Management (ECM)
  • Empower team members to share and access knowledge with a social collaboration platform
  • Increase operational efficiency, resolution effectiveness, and agility with Business Process Management (BPM) More »

workflow BPM 1024x509 The Evolution of Workflow to Modern BPM
In summary, workflow is an old technology that has been around for a few decades. It is not very robust and agile. It cannot do the complex process orchestration that involves multiple rules, decision gateways, systems, events, documents, users, that a Business Process Management (BPM) Suite can handle. Furthermore, the BPM software market has been evolving rapidly in the past decade. Many of the traditional vendors got acquired, new ones emerged, while Appian kept raising the bar with innovative and modern BPM capabilities. More »