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BPM continues to evolve

Cindy Cheng, ​Sr. Director of Marketing Communications, EMEA, Appian
December 4, 2013

As BPM solutions evolve, the nature of enterprise operations changes with them, driven by the technologies companies use. According to TechTarget, this evolution will affect how business operate, and the end results are still unknown. In order to prepare and adapt, firms will need top BPM software that will be flexible enough to change with them.

BPM, as defined by Gartner, is "the discipline of managing processes, rather than tasks, as the means for improving business performance outcomes and operational agility. Processes span organizational boundaries, linking together people, information flows, systems and other assets to create and deliver value to customers and constituents." This definition provides the root of success with BPM, but also a clear example of how enterprises are changing in relation to it. If processes span the boundaries of a business, linking people, information and systems together, and the technologies that underlie these areas of operations change, the processes themselves are going to evolve as well. For most companies, the clearest evolution is the introduction of cloud computing.

Cloud BPM

Cloud solutions are driving innovation in almost every industry, but when it comes to business process management firms already have access to the tools necessary to succeed in the form of cloud BPM solutions. The news source cited a WinterGreen Research study, which found that cloud and mobile systems represent a driving force in the BPM market, and are helping businesses achieve their automation goals.

Of course, the tools that companies are using may not optimize their use of these resources, which is why many firms need to examine their cloud and mobile strategies and invest in the right BPM solutions to enhance them.

According to the news source, the benefits of the advancing cloud trend on BPM efforts are many. Making worker location irrelevant, providing increased control to employees over their workflow and optimizing the efficiency and effectiveness of processes over any platform. This support also helps companies adapt their legacy processes more easily, migrating them to the cloud and ensuring their compatibility with the new efforts firms are making.

The optimization of BPM goes hand in hand with its current evolution, and many firms may be ready to adapt, but for those that aren't, the right BPM suite can help provide the support needed to make the leap comfortably and safely.

Cindy Cheng

Director of Product Marketing

Cindy Cheng