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Cloud the future of the enterprise

Cindy Cheng, ​Sr. Director of Marketing Communications, EMEA, Appian
July 12, 2013

Cloud computing and services are growing in popularity so fast many firms find it difficult to keep up. According to Microsoft this is just one of many signs that the enterprise cloud BPM is "the new normal," but firms need to develop their own strategy for embracing cloud services in order to optimize workflow and adherence to their own operational goals.

According to the technology giant, adopting the cloud and understanding it are essential for firms to succeed today, and adopting the right tools to optimize workflow will be just as important. Investing in cloud BPM software will ensure that companies are improving their approach to operational success, but there are several steps that have to be taken in addition that will streamline these efforts.

Lead with cloud BPM

When integrating various cloud services with workflow, firms need to ensure they are optimizing each tool in its own right to enhance these solutions. Starting with cloud BPM and advancing from there with Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and other cloud solutions will facilitate business processes across the board and ensure that firms aren't wasting their time with other efforts that won't be as successful as possible.

Remember scalability

One of the key advantages of the cloud is the scalability of the various solutions companies need. Not being tied down by hardware allows firms to expand or shrink their demands on these tools with ease, which is critical for growth and maintaining cost efficiency. However, businesses must also remember to scale to their data as well as their workforce, and high-quality BPM software will help keep track of where a firm needs to focus the most.

Take advantage of the tools provided

High-end cloud BPM software from Appian provides a plethora of tools that businesses can use to enhance workflow, their use of new tools and overall cloud services. Ensuring that this software is fully understood by those using it will help a company take full advantage of the benefits it offers and optimize the return on investment. Additionally, this will help firms maintain the cost benefits of these tools by ensuring they don't needlessly spend funds on additional solutions thinking they need more versatility when Appian BPM already offers it.

Optimize the workforce as well

Ensuring success with new BPM solutions requires more than improved tools, but streamlined workflow, which means that employees need to be optimized as well. Retraining or even restructuring teams to better utilize cloud tools will help companies get more out of their technology and their workers.

Cindy Cheng

Director of Product Marketing