The analyst team at Forrester have coined a new term to define a revolution they see happening in BPM: "Process Populism." They are talking about the increasing hue and cry from the business (process professionals and business users) demanding "greater collaboration and inclusion across all phases of the process lifecycle." I think Forrester has nailed it. BPM is "for the business," and increasingly, it is also "by the business."
As usual in the emergence of a revolutionary movement, intent that has been brewing for some time is now being actualized by a catalyzing agent. That agent is evolved business process management software that delivers a new breed of capabilities directly to the business. And while it is certainly happening behind corporate firewalls, the revolution comes into sharpest focus when this new generation of BPM software is delivered in the Cloud. Software-as-a-Service BPM suites like Appian Anywhere will continue to support Process Populism through:
Process Populism is a real movement, with real potential to spread like wildfire. The more business-side process professionals that are exposed to what's possible ñ and what they themselves can drive without IT reliance ñ the more they will want. Power to the people!
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