Comprehensive software reviews to make better IT decisions
United States Marine Corps Adds Appian to Its Arsenal of Low-Code Applications
The United States Marine Corps (USMC) adds Appian’s low-code automation platform to its platform as a Service (PaaS). Appian is a major Business Process Automation (BPM) vendor, with a focus on low-code environments. The PaaS is a library of applications which are offered to all departments across the USMC. The application library enables different teams to choose their own applications that are still under the purview of IT, rather than conforming to a single standard.
Appian will be used for two overarching USMC initiatives right out of the gate:
- Manpower – Appian will add an automation layer to a legacy recruiting system that has been in place since 2001. The system facilitates the recruitment and accession of approximately 40,000 Marines each year.
- Logistics – Appian will enable the automation of ground equipment management. The application will also automate the distribution of the USMC’s technical publications.
For other organizations and vendors looking to join the USMC PaaS, it is important to note that Appian had to meet a variety of security requirements including impact level 4 (IL4) compliance, FedRAMP certification for the Department of Defense (DoD).
Source: Appian BPM Software, 2020
The Marine Corp’s approach to embracing business-led software selection (also known as shadow IT) is very much aligned with Info-Tech’s 2020 Applications Priorities. According to the USMC, standardizing the PaaS offerings authorized and used within the Marine Corps is “key to ensuring operational effectiveness, cybersecurity, and investment management of Marine Corps resources.”
Info-Tech’s 2020 Applications Priorities Report notes that as it becomes easier for the business to purchase its own applications, it will be critical for IT to embrace this form of user empowerment (which the USMC has already done). However, with a diminished focus on vendor selection, IT will drive the most value by directing its energy toward data and integration governance.
Want to Know More?
Can a vendor management initiative influence organizational performance? The concise answer to this question is yes. However, this influence doesn’t occur overnight.
Bonitasoft, an open-source business process management (BPM) vendor, is now offering implementation of its low-code automation software via the cloud.
WISE Employment, an Australian nonprofit work placement organization, has selected Nintex Promapp BPM as the tool to replace SharePoint for business process management (BPM).
Appian, a major business process management (BPM) vendor, released its financial statement for the second quarter of 2019. The vendor posted a net $6.6 million loss on the quarter. Despite the lack of profitability, there is a strong outlook for the future of the company and its BPM applications.
Agiloft has developed an integration with major electronic healthcare record vendor Epic Systems. The University of Miami Health System (UHealth) is the first institution to capitalize on Agiloft’s process orchestration coupled with Epic’s healthcare management capabilities.
Camunda, a business process management (BPM) tool vendor releases Zeebe, a workflow engine that enables automation across cloud services.
K2 Software, a major player in the business process management (BPM) space, has partnered with Dropbox, a trailblazer in cloud storage and collaboration solutions. The partnership aims to streamline how business groups using different systems manage information together.
Appian, a major player in the business process management (BPM) space, has established a partnership with Twilio, a provider of cloud-based communications technology. The partnership specifically revolves around the integration of Twilio’s communications platform into Appian’s Intelligent Contact Center (ICC) solution.