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Exclusive Video: Keith Seaman, Acting Director, BTA, and Matthew Calkins, CEO of Appian, Discuss Business Transformation and Government

Appian Contributor
July 20, 2010

When one thinks of the Department of Defense (DoD), the idea of discipline immediately comes to mind. Soldiers, troops and entire battalions need to conduct their duties with the utmost discipline in order to achieve mission success.

Why, then, does the average acquisition take 91 months to reach the warfighter? That simply seems outrageous in the face of the military's focus on discipline and effectiveness. One reason is the challenge the DoD faces with legacy ERP systems that just keep living forever -- because "once you name a cow, you can't kill it."

The DoD has now begun talking about using its disciplined approach to better manage business processes and get actionable IT solutions to the warfighter in a more efficient manner. To learn more, check out our exclusive video with Keith Seaman, Acting Director, Defense Business Systems Acquisition Executive (DBSAE) Business Transformation Agency (BTA), and Matthew Calkins, CEO of Appian. The two discussed this topic in detail at last week's "Hottest IT Trends in Diplomacy and Defense" event sponsored by Appian.