Real-World Realities and Implications of Business Process Management in the Cloud


clip_image002BPM offers innumerable benefits. Yet it is not without its own unique set of challenges—challenges that can result in failed projects. Promises in cloud technology offer a new set of reasons to believe in the power of BPM to change processes and businesses for the better though. In just a few years, the cloud has firmly established itself as a sustainable option for many aspects of IT previously managed solely in-house and on premise. Now all sorts of applications and solutions can be housed in and managed from the cloud, making the idea of managing processes there viable too.
Top of Mind Challenges
While the cloud’s promise of ease of use is enticing, there are a number of challenges that will need to be addressed. One key cloud challenge pertains to the “mess of many.”  Having an HR system on premise and another complimentary system in the cloud could double process problems. In some scenarios, it may be better to pick on premise or the cloud rather than both. While in other scenarios, the most viable option may be a hybrid approach. Determining when and how to leverage existing investments, while taking advantage of the cloud, will require a strong organizational cloud strategy.
With an increased level of deployment of technology without IT involvement in the cloud, there will be a renewed focus on governance. Cloud systems are also more vulnerable to third-party intrusion, so security is a key area for evaluation. Finally, the cloud also requires easier ways to collaborate with people and systems across the globe while also requiring clearly-defined service provider service level agreements.

Top Benefits of Cloud-Based BPM

  • Cloud economics and easy provisioning let business try technologies with little investment
  • Reduces time to prepare BPM systems from months to days, reducing expenses significantly
  • Enables intra- and inter-organizational process collaboration with a “borderless” environment that supports teams, partners and processes scattered across the globe
  • Centralizes standards, architecture and assets that can be leveraged across the organization.

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About Jürgen Kress
As a middleware expert Jürgen works at Oracle EMEA Alliances and Channels, responsible for Oracle’s EMEA Fusion Middleware partner business. He is the founder of the Oracle SOA & BPM and the WebLogic Partner Communities and the global Oracle Partner Advisory Councils. With more than 5000 members from all over the world the Middleware Partner Community is the most successful and active community at Oracle. Jürgen manages the community with monthly newsletters, webcasts and conferences. He hosts his annual Fusion Middleware Partner Community Forums and the Fusion Middleware Summer Camps, where more than 200 partners get product updates, roadmap insights and hands-on trainings. Supplemented by many web 2.0 tools like twitter, discussion forums, online communities, blogs and wikis. For the SOA & Cloud Symposium by Thomas Erl, Jürgen is a member of the steering board. He is also a frequent speaker at conferences like the SOA & BPM Integration Days, JAX, UKOUG, OUGN, or OOP.

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