Business App Laws CIOs Should Follow In 2015

Technology is constantly changing. Best practices one year may be obsolete soon after. Here are 5 Business App Laws CIOs should follow in 2015.

First – If your apps are missing mobile capabilities, it’s a legacy product. Users want to be able to move seamlessly between platforms.

Second – Changing workforce demographics also increase the emphasis on social collaboration. By 2025, Millennials will be 75 percent of the workforce, and much of the remaining workforce will be Generation Y.

Third – There can’t be such a canyon between cloud and on-premise applications. Creating and running apps in the cloud brings cost benefits, and being able to make them on-premise adds flexibility and reduces risk. But on-premise-only systems are becoming dinosaurs.

Fourth – Across the business, give employees the 360-degree awareness they need to make good decisions. Poor data access translates to poor decisions.

Fifth  – Companies need to ensure that they aren’t creating tomorrow’s problems with today’s technology solutions. CIOs should look for future-proof applications without rigid coding demands, so new updates can be incorporated when needed.

With these laws as a guide, every employee can be more productive, engaged, and drive greater business value – which should be the one law every business app puts above all.

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The Results Are In: Now is the Time for Business to Embrace Application Platforms

A new commissioned research study conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of Appian has identified the need for new application platforms as a way to address work challenges and transform today’s modern businesses. The study, titled “The Move Toward Modern Application Platforms,” is based on survey data from IT managers and business directors on the current trends, challenges, and benefits related to the adoption of modern application development within enterprise organizations.

The study revealed a number of predictions about the urgency for IT professionals to accelerate delivery of innovative business applications, as well as a series of compelling statistics. According to Forrester Consulting, 59 percent of survey respondents stated they must custom-build applications because specific functionality unique to their business is not available in pre-packaged, off the shelf software applications. In addition, 50 percent of respondents cited the value of custom-developed applications in preserving employee and customer service excellence.

A notable finding from the study was the onset of cloud for businesses looking to modernize their processes. Forrester Consulting deems application platforms as being a viable choice for businesses that harness the cloud for rapid acceleration. When asked why development teams had chosen a cloud environment, the top response was that it was the fastest way to get a project done and deployed to meet unique business demands.

“Appian’s BPM-based Application Platform helps development teams meet the requirements of 21-Century business,” said Matt Calkins, CEO and President of Appian. “The result is more rapid delivery of innovative functionality that drives growth, empowers employees, and engages customers.”

Key characteristics of these platforms discussed in the study include:
1. Quick deployment of work environments as needed for development, testing, and production
2. Visual, model-based, and automated tooling to speed all aspects of application development
3. Availability of cloud and on-premise deployments
4. Compatibility with multiple app types (web and mobile) to eliminate need for business-siloed apps

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Creating Government Cost Savings with BPM

Recent efforts to dramatically reshape the way government agencies have approached IT systems have forced agencies to evaluate systems in an entirely new way.
Government CIOs must evolve and adapt to the new demands, and Appian’s business process management platform is a business-ready solution that can deliver the flexibility needed to optimize operations today and in the future.
In past years, the returns generated by government IT improvements have been small compared to private sector gains. In-house development and commercial-off-the-shelf software is costly, and often limited by the questions asked during development. In addition, what’s requested today may not meet needs in the future as agency requirements evolve.
Appian BPM delivers a code-free platform to rapidly deploy new applications – and quickly adapt them over time. This puts new business capabilities in employees’ hands quickly, and eases compliance with Federal CIO “First” mandates, such as Cloud First and Future First.
While “Cloud First” is an important part of shifting IT priorities, there will always be data sources that need to stay behind firewalls. This means cloud-based systems must securely interoperate with on-premise data sources, while also providing complete portability to an on-premise environment.
Mobile and social technologies are also an important part of “Future First.” The growth of smartphones in the business world shows that mobile capabilities are essential, while the problems inherent with tracking work via email show that social can help accelerate better – and more visible – decisions.
Appian BPM gives government agencies a modern, flexible platform to keep pace with changing requirements without costly rip-and-replace approaches. That helps government agencies see real ROI from their IT.

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