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Cloud BPM to drive savings

Malcolm Ross, Senior Vice President, Product Strategy, Appian
November 20, 2013

There are many reasons for government offices to invest in cloud BPM solutions. Increased productivity, enhanced security and anywhere access to workflow are some of the top ones, but according to a recent study released by MeriTalk, cloud initiatives could save government agencies nearly $20 billion a year over current operations - a 31 percent reduction in operating costs for the federal government.

The study, which examined areas of operations like software development and federal IT processes, found that 77 percent of IT executives in various branches of the government say that application development is vital to their objectives. Furthermore, the current administration has spent nearly 70 percent of its IT budget on the maintenance of legacy systems, with 41 percent of respondents reporting that their software and applications need to be upgraded.

Only 12 percent of federal executives are already utilizing cloud solutions, a focus on cloud-based government BPM solutions would be a major boon for these efforts by reducing costs and making application development IT system management far more efficient.

With the proper application of BPM software, federal agencies could save a significant part of their budgets, putting them toward more mission critical areas of operations and start investing in new technology that is desperately needed. About 95 percent of respondents to the survey said their agency would greatly benefit from cloud BPM solutions, while more than half said these efforts would enhance mobility, big data, shared services and data center consolidation initiatives.

Beyond cost reductions, however, the increased flexibility , agility, security and scalability of BPM services will provide significant advantages to government offices by driving growth and efficiency that will reduce operational costs further while increasing productivity across the board. These efforts are essential for keeping up with modern technology and citizen expectations for a technologically-savvy government.

The study noted that nearly two-thirds of respondents that already utilize cloud solutions are benefiting from it, and those savings and performance enhancements will only spread as more agencies adopt the tools necessary to leap into the cloud and optimize their processes. Technology has provided significant innovations in this field, and the U.S. government needs to embrace them in order to assert superior operations and start growing as a whole on the technical front.

Malcolm Ross

Vice President of Product Marketing