Mobile Enablement Yields Mission Effectiveness for Federal Government

Earlier this month, Appian announced that its powerful Mobile BPM platform is now available through the Department of Defense (DOD) Mobile Application Store (MAS). Maintained by the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), this innovative mobile platform is designed to optimize the functionality of DOD applications on mobile devices while minimizing replication, cost, and downtime.

As part of the overall DISA Digital Strategy, mobile applications are a critical component of federal defense services and allow for new opportunities to improve agency-wide mission effectiveness. The DOD application store alone supports 1,800 unclassified mobile devices to-date in a limited roll out and has the capacity to support up to 100,000 users by the end of fiscal 2014, according to DISA.

“Helping the DOD modernize processes to accelerate mission attainment is in Appian’s DNA,” said Chris O’Connell, Vice President of Federal Sales at Appian. “Our participation in DOD MAS provides all branches the ability to take advantage of modern mobile apps that can be deployed across the entire workforce.”

It’s safe to say that the mobile revolution has moved beyond commercialization and is a hot issue for the federal government.

Organizations of all kinds are on-the-go more than ever, and it’s no different for government. Leading federal agencies need to be connected from anywhere at any time to the data and policies that drive mission effectiveness.  Mobile application access needs to be considered when future-proofing federal applications, even though many agencies are still working out mobile policies and BYOD guidelines.

The federal government seems to agree that mobile has a place in mission-critical work, but too often it is considered only as an add-on, created device-by-device as the need is identified. By enabling a mobile strategy from the onset, federal agencies have the power to communicate, take action, send requests, receive notifications, and integrate with existing CRM, ERP, and database systems across an entire organization. Native mobile capabilities quickly modernize processes and systems for the latest mobile devices allowing government employees to make mission critical decisions at any time using a “write once, deploy anywhere” design methodology to ensure the best user experience.

When it comes to security, data concerns should not hinder the opportunity for advancement and growth that come with implementing mobile. Today, any application that lacks a mobile interface should be considered a legacy from the moment it is deployed. Government should require IT vendors to address mobility up front so that employees can be instantly connected to mission processes on their own devices; in an environment they are already comfortable collaborating in. Many of today’s vendors offer that capability without having their government clients incur any additional expenses.

Learn more about mobility in government as Chris O’Connell discusses where mobile has been deployed within the federal space and what its future holds.

Mike Ingrisano

Media Relations Manager