|The premier event for Appian customers, partners, and the business process management (BPM) community is coming up. If you are new to BPM and want to learn how to leverage the power of modern technology to improve business processes and increase organizational effectiveness, this is the event for you. Appian World 2013 will take place from April 29th to May 1st at the historic Ronald Reagan Building in the US Capitol, Washington DC.|
Industry visionaries and analysts will share insights on how disruptive technologies like social software, mobile, and cloud will change the future of work. Executives from innovative companies across industries will share their journey and success stories on transforming the way they work and do business. In addition, Appian World will feature a dedicated track for practitioners who are Starting the Journey in BPM. This track is ideal for business analysts, project managers, department leads, consultants, and anyone who is passionate about improving processes and performance. More »
On Monday, we announced that a major General Services Administration application running on Appian Cloud and Amazon Web Services has been granted Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) Moderate Authorization and Accreditation. Back in 2010, an Appian Cloud application at the Department of Education was the first cloud BPM solution to be granted FISMA Low status.
This is a big deal, as federal agencies are grappling to balance cloud security concerns with Administration directives that are changing the government data center landscape. The GSA’s investment in certifying the application will make it easier for other federal agencies to attain FISMA Moderate Authority to Operate (ATO) designation for their Appian Cloud solutions.
The federal BPM community will gather at Appian World 2013 (April 29-May 1 in Washington, DC), and cloud BPM will be a big part of the agenda. If you are engaged in planning, evaluating, deploying or using federal cloud services, you can’t afford to miss this gathering of peer practitioners and federal IT thought leaders.
|Are you thinking about taking your enterprise application mobile? Want to learn best practices in developing mobile business process management (BPM) applications using the Appian Suite?Join us for an one hour Tips & Tricks Webinar on Best Practices in Mobile BPM on June 28th from noon to 1 PM EST.
Over 490 million smartphone devices shpiped in 2011, representing about 31% of all phone shipped (Source: IDC & mobiThinking). Besides using smartphones for personal communications and entertainment needs, more mobile users want to have connectivity to business applications. Appian enables employees to stay connected to and participate in critical business processes while on-the-go.
The Federal Government’s poor IT performance is an old story, but it got renewed attention this week because of two new documents. The first was Federal CIO Steven VanRoekel’s release of his final “Shared First” strategy document which sets guidelines that should lead to better returns on IT investment. The other event was a memo from Lesley Field, Acting Administrator for Federal Procurement Policy. Ms. Field laid out steps to make it easier for vendors to provide input and education so government can make smarter technology buys.
So much positive news in the space of a week had me feeling optimistic that we are on a path to stop wasting tax payer money and bring effective IT systems to government. But my good mood ended when an e-mail hit my inbox with fresh evidence of some of the thinking and behaviors that have caused the Federal government’s IT investments to significantly underperform.
The concept of code ownership is always a touchy topic. When a vendor builds a custom application for you, who owns the code of that application? Your contract hopefully says that you do, but what does that really mean? Can you access the source code of the application, and if so, can you understand the source in order to fix a bug or make enhancements? Unless your developers were embedded in the contractor’s development team, chances are that you can’t.
This ability to “view the source” is at the heart of the various advantages a BPM software platform has over packaged applications, also known as Commercial Off-the-Shelf (COTS) software.
I’m the father of two young boys. It’s clear to me that the more Charlie and Henry learn to share, the better it is for everybody. Their play is more rewarding. They learn from each other. I don’t have to buy them two of everything.
Federal CIO Steven Van Roekel wants federal agency CIOs to embrace precisely that same lesson. Earlier this month, he announced finalization of the Federal IT Shared Services Strategy. This is big news, and BPM software can play a big role in helping government IT become “good sharers.”
Do you know that smartphone sales grew 61.3% last year? Almost half a billion smartphones shipped globally in 2011 (Sources: IDC & MobiThinking.com). Besides calling and texting, today’s tech savvy consumers are also using smart phones for extended communications (e.g., emails, instant messaging, video chats and calls), engaging in social media activities, capturing and sharing multimedia content like photos, videos and music.
As we adapt how we live, work, and play in the mobile and social age, Business Process Management (BPM) systems should also evolve with consumer, market, and technology trends. As the leading innovator in social, mobile, and cloud BPM, Appian has many customers in production utilizing all or some aspects of these modern technologies.
Our CEO, Matt Calkins, calls the current state of Business Process Management software offerings “feature-incomplete.” The flurry of BPM technology acquisitions by stack vendors over the last two-plus years may create an attendant assumption that the market has “matured.” While important leaps forward have been made, Appian believes BPM software has yet to reach its true functional potential and organizational value.
The true value of Business Process Management software will not be realized through the improvement of discrete processes. Not even through the holistic and centralized governance of a variety of core processes. BPM software will truly emerge as the best way to organize and execute work when it becomes the single platform, and the single environment for unifying and presenting all the systems, data and collaboration a decision maker needs, in the moment they are needed.
BPM software isn’t there yet, and it’s on-going evolution will not be driven by stack vendors already consumed with sorting out their Frankenstein’s Monster BPM product portfolios. Appian remains exclusively dedicated to pushing the envelope on what BPM software is and what it can do. You can hear more about Appian’s vision, and how the next version of our product will take us all closer to it, by attending Appian World 2012.
Earlier this week we announced Appian’s results for 2011. In the immortal words of Frank Sinatra, “it was a very good year.” The numbers speak for themselves: 90 new-name customers, a 219 percent jump in license orders over 2010, and nearly 40 percent of total orders coming for Appian Cloud.
The story behind the numbers is testament to how enterprise mobility, social collaboration and cloud computing are reshaping the IT landscape. Appian’s Mobile BPM, Cloud BPM and Social BPM address the broken state of enterprise software today.