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Making the Most of Cloud Services in Government IT: InformationWeek GovCloud 2011

Ben Farrell
October 25, 2011

Today, government IT pros have a great opportunity for a crash-course on best practices in building secure, on-demand clouds for their federal agencies. InformationWeek is hosting the GovCloud 2011 event at the Reagan Pavilion in Washington, D.C. Appian is an event sponsor, in keeping with our strong commitment to Cloud BPM for the federal market.

The day-long event will focus on educating IT professionals in federal, state, and local government about the various options available to them as they develop their cloud computing strategies. Whether you are moving towards public cloud services, private clouds, hybrid clouds, or any other on-demand model, the discussions and insights that will be shared should help you better understand both the opportunities and challenges.

The opportunities and potential benefits of federal cloud computing are becoming well-understood - faster deployment times, greater collaboration and shared services, lower total costs, etc. Among the perceived challenges, risk and security remain chief concerns. Appian is focused on alleviating those concerns so that our federal government, and all of us as U.S. citizens, can benefit from more efficient, effective and modern government IT systems.

Our BPM software remains the only Cloud BPM platform accredited with an Authority to Operate under FISMA guidelines. In addition, we recently announced that Amazon Web Services has designated Appian an official solution provider for the Amazon Web Services AWS GovCloud (US). AWS GovCloud (US) is an AWS Region designed to allow U.S. government agencies and contractors to move more sensitive workloads into the cloud by addressing their specific regulatory and compliance requirements.

We believe that BPM provides an effective on-ramp for federal agencies looking to move critical applications and processes to the cloud. Many Appian federal customers are early adopters of cloud computing - and they are already seeing the benefits. The Dept. of Education, for example, has documented a 15% improvement in a crucial survey process it conducts under the No Child Left Behind program.

We're only beginning to tap the value of the cloud for improving how government IT functions. GovCloud 2011 is a great opportunity to spark new ideas and get your questions answered.

-Ben Farrell, Director, Corporate Communications