Dept. of Education Issues ATO to Appian on Amazon Web Services

Big news today for government agencies that are looking into cloud computing. The Dept. of Education has issued an Authority to Operate (ATO) certification for its Appian Anywhere process solution built on Amazon Web Services (AWS). This is the first cloud-based business process management solution to be given an ATO by a federal agency. Its significance extends well beyond the Dept. of Education, because it assures other departments and agencies that Appian running on AWS meets the stringent requirements for federal information systems.

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An ATO is only awarded after a rigorous and comprehensive assessment of the solution’s management, operational, and technical security controls. The assessment is performed under the Federal Information Security Act of 2002 (FISMA) framework for managing information security for all information systems used or operated by a U.S. federal government agency or by a contractor or other organization on behalf of a federal agency.

Federal CIO Vivek Kundra has made it clear that cloud computing is an important initiative for the federal government. But the cloud model is still emerging, and many agencies are looking for confirmation that it is secure and reliable.

Appian’s ATO certification should go a long way to providing that confirmation for government BPM in the cloud. You can learn more by listening to a great podcast interview with Terry Wise, Director of Business Development at Amazon Web Services, and Samir Gulati, VP of Marketing at Appian, on the BetterGov blog.

Ben Farrell, director of Corporate Communications

2 Responses to “Dept. of Education Issues ATO to Appian on Amazon Web Services”

  1. Hello Ben,

    i have a few questions:
    How does the Appian BPM Suite differ from Appian Anywhere?
    BPM Suite 6 has rich functionality, Anywhere seems to have a lots of functionality and both are webbased.

    Secondly, where do the Standard and Premium Edition differ regarding to Functionality?
    Or is it “just” SLA, Dedicated Environment as mentioned on the website?
    Can we see Anywhere Premium as ASP (in contrary to SaaS)?

    Thank you for helping me. It is for research proposals.

  2. Hello Anselm,

    The Appian BPM suite is delivered as either an on-premise application that you manage, or as a SaaS cloud solution managed by Appian. Our SaaS/Cloud offering is Appian Anywhere. The code base between Appian Anywhere and our on-premise offering is the same, and you have completely portability between the two environments.

    For Appian Anywhere Standard and Premium, there is no difference in core BPM functionality or features. The only difference between Standard and Premium is mainly the SLA uptime guarantees. We can also offer more custom support solutions for our Premium customers.

    Yes. It is fair to say Appian Anywhere Premium is an ASP offering as the environment is dedicated for complete, physical separation of your data from other systems.

    Malcolm Ross, Director Product Management

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