Why I joined Appian?

After twelve incredible years at CA Technologies, I felt it was time to plot a new destination on my career journey. I am excited to say that I am now part of the Appian Federal team. But why Appian?

To say that Digital Transformation is impacting business and government is like saying the earth is round or the sun is hot. At this point, nobody disputes the facts, we see it every day. We have all heard, every company is a software company, or in the DC area, every agency is a software agency. The mandate is clear, deliver high quality, omni-channel applications rapidly and be agile in your ability to shift to the demands and mission changes.

Once you realize that the world is changing you can do one of two things, hang up the cleats and call it a game or change your approach. The first option, isn’t really an option, so every organization must change how they deliver applications. Either evolve what they are doing today to a higher form or, completely change how they deliver applications; evolution or revolution.

Development organization and the lines of business they support need to cut to the chase and just deliver omni-channel applications. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter how fancy (complex) the architecture is or how smart the developers are, what matters is delivering now, not 18, 12 or even 6 months from now.

In 1913, when Henry Ford introduced the Moving Assembly Line for the manufacturing of cars, he revolutionized how cars were made, changing the industry forever. Ford’s focus was on delivering high quality cars at a faster rate and at a lower cost. He didn’t just take the existing Station-Built approach and try and figure out how to evolve the method to its next higher level of existence, he developed a completely new approach. Revolution versus evolution.

As I looked across the software industry there were a multitude of companies that help application delivery teams further evolve how they developed software. There were Dev/Ops tools to help automate the integration and delivery of development work, test automation tools to improve testing, microservices, containerization, etc. But at the end of the day, these products were focused on evolving the way software is delivered.

This is what drew me to Appian, I saw a revolutionary approach to delivering applications. Appian is a unified platform (one product) for delivering omni-channel (build once and deploy everywhere) applications, across cloud and on-prem. It combines the power of a world class Business Process Management (BPM) and the speed of a low-code platform. Appian is the only leader in both low-code application development and BPM. If the goal is to build applications at a much faster pace, extend existing applications (like an ERP) or glue together multiple systems of record (think modernization), or all of the above, Appian is a great fit.

Additionally, there are multiple accelerators for Federal customers and partners, from Grants Management, Acquisition and Procurement to Eligibility and Enrollment. Appian is in use across the Federal government at agencies such as DISA, FEMA, DHS, Treasury, FDA, GSA, and DoD. Appian and the Appian Cloud are designed for security from the ground up, maintaining a comprehensive set of security certifications. Everything from SOC 2 Type II, SOC 3, PCI, HIPAA, FISMA and most importantly FedRamp.

The net-net, Appian makes it easy to build and run enterprise-grade applications.

So I am excited to start the next chapter at Appian. I look forward to speaking with Federal partners to determine how we can develop a joint go to market plan.

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