RESTON, VA -- (Marketwire) -- 08/18/09 -- Appian , the global innovator in enterprise and on-demand business process management (BPM) technology, today announced its BPM technology is the foundational process management, collaboration and knowledge management platform for the Army Knowledge Online (AKO)/Defense Knowledge Online (DKO)  Emerging Technologies Laboratory (ETL) established by Northrop Grumman Corporation . The AKO/DKO ETL is a scaled replica of the AKO/DKO production environment that allows realistic testing, rapid prototyping and preliminary integration of new capabilities prior to implementation. The AKO/DKO ETL officially opened on August 10, 2009.
Since 2001, Appian has acted as the platform for information dissemination, knowledge sharing, process management and collaboration for AKO's more than 2.3 million users. In 2008, AKO attained its one-billionth log-in -- a testament to AKO's widespread use and the value it delivers to the extended Army family. AKO has expanded to DKO, offering the same capabilities and services to users across all branches of the U.S. military.
The AKO/DKO Emerging Technologies Laboratory creates a globally redundant test environment similar to the AKO/DKO production environment. It is located in Northrop Grumman's McLean, Va., facilities, and is part of the company's Transformational, Research, Integration and Demonstration (TRIADTM) Network, which allows secure customer remote access. The AKO/DKO ETL will enable new capabilities to be brought to AKO/DKO users, including warfighters and their dependents, more quickly and reliably than ever before, with reduced risk.
Matthew Calkins, president and CEO of Appian, said, "Appian is proud to be a contributor to the AKO/DKO Emerging Technologies Laboratory. Our work there will help ensure that new and innovative solutions in collaboration and process management continue to drive greater value for millions of users in the U.S. Armed Forces."
Appian is the Business Process Management (BPM) expert. Appian leads the market in BPM innovation, delivering comprehensive, flexible and easy-to-use solutions tailored to the unique needs of individual organizations. Businesses and governments worldwide use Appian to simplify process improvement with the real-time visibility, control and analytics needed to improve business performance. Appian allows users across the organization to effectively collaborate and be part of the process of achieving corporate goals. Appian empowers more than 2.5 million users globally and has a strong customer base in the government, financial services, healthcare, manufacturing and telecommunications industries. Appian is headquartered in the Washington D.C. region, with professional services and partners around the globe. For more information, visit www.appian.com .