Appian CEO says low-code automation is the next chapter

Matt Calkins of Appian wants to stretch the remit of the low-code movement the company pioneered.


Matt Calkins looks lonesome. He’s the CEO of a software company that’s booming as enterprises develop a voracious appetite for the so-called low-code movement whereby software development is radically simplified and accelerated. That buy-side hunger has helped drive up Appian shares to a valuation not far south of $10bn but Covid, the great catalyst of levelling down, means he is sitting almost alone, accompanied when we talk only by a charming lake vista at his HQ by the Washington, DC beltway.

Calkins says he is anxious to get back to the old socially interactive business world although he notes that might not be a perspective held by the majority.

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