Accela Opens 2012 User Conference with Focus on Government Productivity and Citizen Engagement Apps

CEO announces ‘Platform4Gov’, the industry’s first, open-technology platform that leverages the Cloud and Mobile App development tools for benefit of Government and Citizens

SAN DIEGO, Calif., Aug. 13, 2012–Accela, Inc., the leading provider of web- and cloud-based software exclusively for government, today opened its 2012 User Conference (UC) to attendees with a presentation by the company’s CEO, Maury Blackman, who highlighted the Accela Platform4Gov as a framework for increasing government productivity and citizen engagement. He called on development partners and agency IT staff to create customized mobile apps for government and citizens on top of Accela’s foundational technology.

The Aug. 13-17 conference has gathered over 500 government professionals, business partners, and Accela employees from across the United States and around the world for speaker sessions, product demonstrations, networking opportunities, and dozens of hands-on training classes related to the company’s Accela Automation® enterprise platform and new mobile apps. For the first time ever, this UC includes workshops for developers to learn how to build mobile apps on the Accela Platform4Gov using software development kits (SDKs) and application program interfaces (APIs). This year’s event features sponsors and exhibitors Achievo, Adobe, Esri, GCom Software, IK Consulting, MagniCode, Motion Computing, Riva Modeling, Selectron, TP Systems, Woolpert, and more.

Government Productivity Gains Force with Mobile Apps

Blackman pointed to the pressing need for government to “do more with less” as a result of tax-revenue reductions since the 2008 recession. Referencing the move to cloud computing and booming smart-phone usage, he indicated that greater productivity will be achieved through the development of apps for mobile devices. To support this trend, Accela announced apps to be released in the next few months, including an updated Accela Inspector (for iOS, Android and Windows Phone), and new role-based apps Accela Code Officer™ and Accela Work Crew™.

Citizen Engagement in Government Inevitable with the Popularity of Social Media

In the push for greater government productivity, Blackman went on to assert that engagement needs to be a primary concern of government because it builds stronger, more cohesive communities. Drawing attention to the enormous influence of social media, Blackman shared that Accela has begun to produce mobile apps that provide citizens with more channels of connection to government. In addition to discussing Accela 311, an app for service requests, he recognized several business partners who have also built engagement apps by using the Accela SDKs and APIs.

Accela is well-positioned to lead innovation in the area of cloud computing and mobile apps for government as a result of having a decade of experience developing cloud applications. As Accela is joined by more government agencies and citizens, partners and developers, the company will further strengthen the ties between government and citizens.