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Work Smarter in a Social World

Cindy Cheng, ​Sr. Director of Marketing Communications, EMEA, Appian
August 24, 2012

The world has evolved. Have you? What about how you work? Today's knowledge workers still have to toggle multiple screens and access different enterprise applications to finish one transaction. Office workers waste much of their working hours searching through email inboxes and file folders to find information to complete a simple task. Many mobile workers who spend the majority of their time on the road still cannot access critical information and work effectively from a smartphone. There is a better way to work.

The slew ofenterprise social softwarein the marketplace is a step in the right direction. Yet theystill fall short of delivering full enterprise capabilities to get work done, while they become another application for users to log-on to and use. As consumer and enterprise technologies converge, we see the need forworksocialsolutions based on provenbusiness process management (BPM)software that can tackle challenging, complex business problems with the elegance, simplicity, and intuitiveness of consumer applications.

Appian's worksocial approach is backed by award-winning software with these key features :

No-code process design:By providing a robust enterprise software platform in the cloud that requires no coding, Appian speeds up development and deployment time from months to weeks, even days. The US Veterans Administration, for example, built a case management application with Microsoft Sharepoint integration, social interface, and mobile access for a VA for Vets career fair in just ten days. We also empower business analysts and non-programmers to create powerful applications that are relevant to the enterprise.

Enterprise data navigation:There is no single application that can do it all and satisfy all business requirements for all functions. Proliferation of enterprise applications is here to stay. Appian's solution is to expose data in a simple, intuitive user interface so end-users can easily find what they're looking for, regardless of where the data resides. Providing relevant information and content at the right time also provide context and improves the user experience. That's where process automation and rules can help.

Industry-leading mobile support:Appian introduced mobile and social capabilities in early 2011, leading the pack with innovative features and native mobile support. While the other vendors are just starting to incorporate mobile capabilities to their enterprise business software, many are also taking a shortcut and going the HTML5 route. Sure, there are pros and cons to each but the pros of doing HTML5 mobile development mostly benefit the vendor or developer who has got to build it, not the end-users who will actually be using it.

Simple no-training interface:There are many reasons why IT projects fail: lack of executive sponsorship, poor methodology or project management, scope creep, poorly defined business requirements...the list goes on. Even when a software project gets implemented, itoften fails to gain user adoption and make a real business difference. Appian's intuitive social interface makes it easy for anyone to use the application with no or minimal training. If they can use email and Facebook, they can use Appian.

Join over 3.5 million users and learn how Appian can help modernize your organization. Leverage cloud computing, enterprise mobility, and social business technologies to work smarter and worksocial.Request a demonstrationto see how worksocial can help you work smarter in a social world.

Cindy Cheng

Director of Product Marketing

Cindy Cheng