Appian today announced that Q1 2010 performance extended the strong growth the company experienced throughout 2009. The departure of two significant independent competitors through acquisition by platform vendors has solidified Appian’s position as the BPM pure-play innovation leader. Appian has reaped the benefit of this market consolidation, with total customer orders growing 58 percent in a single quarter (Q1 2010 over Q4 2009). Software license orders increased 30 percent over the same period. Appian signed 17 new-name customers in Q1 2010 for on-premise and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) deals across US Federal, US Commercial and international markets. Appian’s growth reflects increasing global demand for the accelerated business value provided by the Appian BPM Suite.
BPM in the Cloud Gains Momentum
In addition to traditional on-premise deployments, Appian saw interest in enterprise-level Cloud-based BPM continue to rise in Q1 2010. The SaaS model attributes of low monthly subscription cost, reduced overhead investment and minimal impact on internal resources is attuned to constrained economic conditions. Appian Anywhere is the only complete on-demand BPM Suite providing the reliability, security and scalability required by large, global enterprises. This was proven in the quarter by the first large-scale Federal Government Appian Anywhere deployment. Appian is now used by more than 20 major U.S. government agencies and departments.
In addition to Government, Appian booked SaaS deals with organizations across Financial Services, Insurance, Manufacturing, Healthcare and other markets. These deals, several in the $100,000 to $500,000 range, prove that SaaS BPM is an “industrial-strength” approach to process improvement. While SaaS delivery remains an attractive way for organizations to introduce BPM through internal pilots and quick-win projects, Appian Anywhere is increasingly deployed for strategic BPM programs encompassing mission-critical processes.
While SaaS BPM delivery represents a maturing trend, traditional on-premise deployments continue to drive significant growth for Appian around the world. In addition to Appian’s direct U.S. sales, Appian partners, such as Exodus in Greece, signed multiple new customer on-premise deals in the quarter.
Appian continued to drive BPM industry technology innovation throughout Q1 2010. The company introduced a cutting-edge Process Discovery application that manages process selection and delivers a fully-functional process model and application in roughly 30 minutes. The application was unveiled during Appian’s “BPM Simplified” Learning Lab sessions at the Gartner U.S. and U.K. BPM Summits.
Appian also built on its industry-leading Appian 6 platform with the Q1 2010 release of version 6.0.2. The enhanced platform extends a customer’s ability to rapidly build and deploy robust process applications through expanded support for OSGi plug-ins, enhanced password management and PCI compliance, expanded support of Application Import/Export capabilities, and new usability features that enhance the developer and end-user experience.
“Appian’s mission to drive innovation and increase the business value of BPM continues to be rewarded by industry-high rates of new customer acquisition,” said Matthew Calkins, president and CEO of Appian. “2010 started with the best first-quarter performance in Appian’s history, and we look forward to a very strong year.”