APAN was awarded the 2010 Forrester Groundswell Award for Employee Social Application in the Management category. Garnering nearly 130 entries this year, the acclaimed social technology award recognizes excellent and effective use of social technologies to advance organizational goals
Following the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti, APAN swiftly launched an emergency response community to leverage unstructured information sharing. The use of APAN during the Haiti relief operations signaled a fundamental shift in US military communications from "top-down" structured data architecture to a more collaborative, unstructured community. This successful implementation of a emergency response community following the disaster in Haiti led to a fast response and lives saved.
Throughout the Haiti response efforts, the importance of unstructured data quickly became evident. The success of APAN has forever changed how emergency response personnel share information.