We at Appian are very excited to be hosting our first annual Appian Forum, our global user conference. We set high goals for ourselves in attendance and quality of presentations, and so far have been exceeding those goals.
If you have never been involved with organizing a global user conference, suffice to say, a lot of planning and effort goes into these events to ensure their success. Appian started the planning process in December, 2007 with site visits of potential locations, lining up agendas, and selecting the best dates that will drive the most attendance.
After much wrangling with event locations, we selected the Ritz Carlton Tysons Corner as the best facility that would allow for the most interaction in a quality setting. Maybe to the displeasure of a few, we did not choose the golf resort and spa, in favor of a location that was conveinent to the Appian headquarters for one-on-one meetings with any of our technology and implementation professionals. We also purposely selected a date that would be sure to drive the most interest and discussion in the DC area around BPM, the week of the Gartner BPM Summit. The timing with the Gartner event has been much appreciated by Appian customers like Nokia Siemens Networks and Archstone who will be speaking at both events, and press who appreciate being able to easily attend both events in a single week.
I hope you will be able to join us for the first Appian Forum on September 8th, 9th, and 10th and find out what we and our customers have been up to with the Appian Enterprise product. If you have not had a chance to register already, please check out our dedicated website for Appian Forum and register for the events and seminars. We promise these sessions will be valuable in learning how customers have realized big efficiency gains in their BPM implementation, technical tips-and-tricks in making your Appian Enterprise deployment better, and finally what the latest features of Appian Enterprise will have to offer.
Thanks and hope to see you there.
Director Product Management