Appian World 2012 is an annual BPM conference, taking place once again in Reston, VA, aimed not only at Appian's customers and partners, but the overall BPM community as a whole. BPM has long since been proven to drive business value, but Appian takes it a step further with both their BPM technology platform and this big-time BPM event.

As the Appian World 2012 website suggests, there are a multitude of reasons to attend this year:

  • Learn BPM best practices from the inspirational success stories of many world class organizations across a variety of industries.
  • Keep current on the latest BPM innovations, including cloud, mobile, and social collaboration from the mouths of some of the industry's top analysts and thought-leaders.
  • Become an expert on the Appian BPM tool through a series of free product training sessions.
  • Network with various IT and Business professionals to learn how they're allowing BPM to drive sustained process improvements and organizational excellence

CapTech's presence as a Silver Sponsor puts those lucky enough to be in attendance the opportunity to interact with representatives from quite an impressive list of organizations, including:

  • Amazon
  • Boeing
  • Chicago Department of Public Health
  • Edward Jones Trust Company
  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car
  • Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)
  • Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
  • Liberty Mutual
  • Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN)
  • Starbucks
  • Transunion
  • U.S. Army
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
  • U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI)
  • U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)
  • U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)
  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
  • U.S. Library of Congress
  • U.S. Marine Corps
  • Unisys
  • UPS

The upcoming discussions and speakers from the Appian World 2012 Agenda have me pretty excited:

  • Keynote Presentation: Delivering Enterprise Performance Breakthroughs with BPM (Daryl Plummer, Group Vice President, Gartner)
  • Keynote Presentation: Impact of Social Technologies on the Enterprise (Sandy Kemsley, BPM Thought Leader & Blogger)
  • Keynote Presentation: Taming Big Process (Clay Richardson, Senior Analyst, Forrester Research)
  • Confessions of a Federal CIO (Ken Percell, Former CIO, US Air Force Materiel Command)
  • Panel Discussion: What Separates 'Good' from 'Great' BPM Implementations
  • Evolving to a Mobile Future (David Carpenter, Archstone)

And finally, anyone who has had the opportunity to listen to Appian CEO Matt Calkins speak knows what a treat it is. He'll kickoff Day 1 discussing Appian's current business model, and then he'll tie a nice big bow on the entire conference with his concluding remarks following Day 2. I'll be sure to get there early for both. The man's presentation skills are truly special, as my colleague Dan O'Connell, who joined me last year and is headed back again as well, will attest.

Stay tuned. I'll be back at the end of the day Monday, April 16th, to post my thoughts following the conclusion of Appian World 2012 – Day 1!