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Business processes on the cloud - Implications


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Implications of running business processes on cloud with benefits of collaboration across dispersed geographic locations and a more cohesive value chain enabled by collaboration beyond the firewall. BPMaaS is also an excellent way to test project pilots and then have them delivered on demand putting the controls directly in the hands of business owners for decisions on size of investments, scalability etc.

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Business processes on the cloud - Implications

  1. 1. Business Processes on the Cloud – Implications Business Processes on the Cloud – ImplicationsAs per A Strategy Guide for Business and Technology Leaders — and the Rest of Us by Andy Mulholland,Jon Pyke and Peter Fingar, Business Process Management as a Service (BPMaaS) creates unique businessprocesses designed for specific purposes to link together multi-company value delivery systems that inthe past weren’t feasible or economical to join together. BPMaaS is all about the complete managementof business processes, and puts business people in charge of their processes. In many ways, BPMaaS iswhat sets enterprise cloud computing apart from consumer cloud computing. Unique businessprocesses are how companies differentiate themselves, and are thus paramount to the enterprise use ofcloud computing for competitive advantage. BPMaaS covers the full lifecycle of business processes, fromtheir conception, design implementation and optimization. Bringing BPM capabilities to the Cloudenables multiple companies to share a common BPM system and fully participate in an overall end-to-end business process.So what does it mean to put your processes on the Cloud? On the one hand, there are the obviousbenefits of collaboration across dispersed geographic locations and a more cohesive value chain enabledby collaboration beyond the firewall. BPMaaS is also an excellent way to test project pilots and thenhave them delivered on demand putting the controls directly in the hands of business owners fordecisions on size of investments, scalability etc.On revenues, BPMaaS radically reduces risk and startup expenses for innovation initiatives lettingcompanies take more small bets and test out more new ideas. With no upfront capital expense, newprojects can be scaled up instantly if they take off, or shut down quickly if they fail. This sort of elasticitypromotes agility and provides a launch pad for truly innovative ideas.Beyond the firewall, putting processes on the Cloud also allows organizations to collaborate in new wayswith its trading partners, and collaboration is the key to gaining competitive advantage across the valuechain. By establishing shared workspaces in “Community Clouds” employees from multiple companiescan work together as a “virtual enterprise network” and function as though they were a single company.They all participate in the same value delivery system, sharing computing, communication andinformation resources. This is especially important as no one company “owns” the overall value chain.For someone who consumes Cloud based services and business process management software, it is keyto remember that Cloud delivery is still in its infancy and accounts for less than 10% of all softwareproduct and services delivery models. As per a Gartner report, recognize that BPM PaaS vendors view ofelasticity generally means that they will enable more services and more capacity for you, but in manycases, this enablement is not automatic and not really elastic.Plan your budget with the understanding that, even when "elasticity" is automated, it is usually onlyautomated to increase, rather than decrease. As a result, your payments may stay the same, eventhough your consumption decreases.Examine the multi-tenancy claims of a BPM PaaS or cloud-enabled BPM platform vendor againstGartners CEAP multi-tenancy reference model. The aforementioned limitations in elasticity suggest thatvendor claims of more-advanced "shared everything" multi-tenancy maybe exaggerated.
  2. 2. Business Processes on the Cloud – ImplicationsIn our next post we will further examine potential pitfalls of BPMaaS and Processes that could be on thecloud vs. on premise processes.About Skelta Business Process ManagementSkelta Business Process Management (BPM) provides enterprises with a strong and collaborativeplatform that automates the sequence of human, system and document centric activities that arerequired to complete specific business goals. Skelta BPM’s rich features provide tools for graphicalmodeling and improving end-to-end business processes.Apart from being used as a stand-alone BPM software, Skelta BPM is utilized as an embeddable OEMsolution and also as a Business Application Platform to build BPM enabled horizontal solutions such asAccounts Payable, Document Management, Enterprise Risk Management, Leave Management Systemand Human Resource Information System for various industries ranging from Aerospace and Defense,Automotive, Retail, Government, Healthcare, Banking and Finance and many more.Skelta BPM enables application composition providing access to functionality from legacy IT assets usingadvanced built-in capabilities. Skelta BPM offers a well integrated BPM platform and includes processes,forms, user management, task management, dashboards, custom controls and queues. In addition,Skelta BPM provides a wide range of connectors such as BizTalk Connector, SharePoint accelerator.Extensions include Microsoft SAP LOB Adaptor and to the entire stack of Microsoft Office.For more information on Skelta BPM, visit