Defense Acquisition University Selects Appian

The DAU is the corporate university for acquisition education for the Department of Defense (DoD). It utilizes advanced technologies and teaching methods to create a 21st Century learning environment for the DoD's Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics (AT&L) community. The AT&L workforce currently consists of over 126,000 Department of Army, Department of Navy, Department of Air Force and Defense agency professionals serving in 13 acquisition, technology, and logistics career fields.

"We saw automation of micro purchases as an important step in financial process improvement," said Mark Whiteside, Performance and Resource Management Director, Defense Acquisition University. "We anticipate expanding our use of Appian to other key process areas to the point where ultimately it will act as the central business system for the DAU."

After a thorough evaluation of several independent vendors, the DAU chose Appian Enterprise as its BPM platform of choice based on the breadth and depth of Appian's comprehensive BPM suite, its ease-of-use and 100 percent web-based architecture, its deeply-integrated business-level reporting, and the commitment, involvement, and expertise of Appian's professional services team. In the Appian system, users submit a purchase or training request via a simple web-based form. The system processes hundreds of requisitions and ensures that business rules and approvals are met in every instance. When requisitions are either approved or rejected, users receive automatic e-mail notifications. The system delivers detailed visibility into the requisition at every stage of its lifecycle, and helps ensure that procurement funds are constantly properly utilized. Access to past requisitions and accumulated requisition reports provides buyers and managers with both the real-time and historical trend data needed for continuous process improvement efforts.

"The DAU has been lauded by numerous industry associations and publications both for its training methodology and its technology infrastructure," said Matthew Calkins, President and CEO of Appian. "This tradition of excellence clearly set a high bar for the DAU's selection of a BPM vendor, and we are proud to partner with the agency on its Micro-Purchase Management System."

About the Defense Acquisition University
The Defense Acquisition University, the DoD's award-winning corporate university, provides a full range of basic, intermediate, and advanced certification training, assignment-specific training, performance support, job-relevant applied research, and continuous learning opportunities to over 126,000 government employees. The DAU is the one institution that touches nearly every member of the DoD Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics (AT&L) workforce throughout all professional career stages. The university's mission is to provide practitioner training, career management, and services to enable the entire acquisition community to make smart business decisions and deliver timely and affordable products and services to the warfighter. This encompasses formal training, continuous learning activities, workplace consulting, targeted training, rapid deployment training, and online knowledge sharing. Additionally, the DAU's innovative applications of key technologies provide customers, students, stakeholders, and staff a world-class business infrastructure.

About Appian
Appian is the BPM pure-play expert. Appian leads the market in BPM innovation, delivering comprehensive, flexible and easy-to-use solutions customized to the unique needs of individual organizations. Businesses and governments worldwide use Appian to simplify process innovation with the real-time visibility, control and analytics needed to improve the critical processes that determine business performance. Appian allows all users across the organization to effectively collaborate and be part of the process of achieving corporate goals. Appian is headquartered in the Washington D.C region, with professional services and partners around the globe. For more information, visit

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Nathaniel Palmer

Rated as the #1 Most Influential Thought Leader in Business Process Management (BPM) by independent research, Nathaniel Palmer is recognized as one of the early originators of BPM, and has led the design for some of the industry’s largest-scale and most complex projects involving investments of $200 Million or more. Today he is the Editor-in-Chief of, as well as the Executive Director of the Workflow Management Coalition, as well as VP and CTO of BPM, Inc. Previously he had been the BPM Practice Director of SRA International, and prior to that Director, Business Consulting for Perot Systems Corp, as well as spent over a decade with Delphi Group serving as VP and CTO. He frequently tops the lists of the most recognized names in his field, and was the first individual named as Laureate in Workflow. Nathaniel has authored or co-authored a dozen books on process innovation and business transformation, including “Intelligent BPM” (2013), “How Knowledge Workers Get Things Done” (2012), “Social BPM” (2011), “Mastering the Unpredictable” (2008) which reached #2 on the Best Seller’s List, “Excellence in Practice” (2007), “Encyclopedia of Database Systems” (2007) and “The X-Economy” (2001). He has been featured in numerous media ranging from Fortune to The New York Times to National Public Radio. Nathaniel holds a DISCO Secret Clearance as well as a Position of Trust with in the U.S. federal government.