Transition of BPM to the Cloud

By CIOReview | Monday, September 12, 2016

In today’s market, Business Process Management (BPM) solutions are one of the major resources for an organization to adopt a flexible business processes according to changing business requirements. The traditional BPM approach includes various departments and functions to execute certain tasks, and workflows were usually undefined and responsibilities were assigned using a hierarchical organization structure. By standardizing IT architecture, setting clearly defined boundaries and documenting customer requirements, BPM evidently offers significant performance improvements over traditional approach.

While BPM drifts away from the traditional BPM solutions and makes its way into the cloud, it offers enterprise a platform to develop smart processes that are adaptable to serve the stake holders efficiently and overcome the IT and Business challenges. This article takes you through the advantages of using the cloud enabled BPM platform and factors that allure organizations towards its adoptions.

The Cloud Advantage

Cloud based BPM is a SaaS application that offers flexibility to the customer to use the software without having to install and set it up. This is because the software is delivered on-demand as a service and via a “pay-as-you-go” subscription model.  

Furthermore, cloud based BPM is converging with PaaS, as it assists in application development and deployment of the apps, and process support in an integrated cloud model.  Previously, PaaS was the least developed service in the cloud technology offering only managed cloud infrastructure services but recently it is on the onset of evolution by providing additional features and other capabilities like process management, support, and tools for design and development.

Enhanced Automation

Automation feature in the cloud enabled BPM solution assist enterprise in optimizing operations and enhances process performance. It also offers other features like scalability, adaptability and reduces human efforts to evaluate process performance. As process modeling involves collaboration efforts, BPM in the cloud offers ability to work collaboratively when required.


Cloud based BPM platform offers another important feature that is ease of integration. This feature enables tools to work well in various environments, improves integration with various systems and optimizes the workflow.

Persistent Growth

Cloud based BPM solution not only improves integration but also improves growth by consolidating analytics and other tools with the solution in order to meet the current trends and demands.

Transition of Business Case

Most of the BPM apps, these days are confined to large enterprises and multinational companies. Implementation of BPM in the cloud represents an opportunity to modify the business case for process improvement. Benefits like pay as you go, scalability, cost effective start up rate and the ability to transform business case for BPM has driven many organization towards cloud enabled BPM solution.

Business Process Outsourcing (BPO)

BPM in the cloud offers potential to organization to create a BPO with a particular domain expertise like healthcare, financial services or legal services and implement cloud-enabled process solution. 


With the implementation of the BPM solutions enterprise can increase their number of services. It also enables clients to carryout rapid testing and prototyping of BPM solution in the cloud.


BPM in the cloud offers mobile capabilities of BPM suites by accessing cloud based storage and processing. Therefore, gives the access to the software from any device, anyplace.


Shift of BPM in the cloud combines enterprise BPM and process automation to deliver scalable and flexible operations. Cloud technology assist enterprises in the adoption of BPM and removes significant challenges that hinder the success of BPM deployment. The effortless deployment, reuse, integration, exchange of knowledge and other factors will definitely encourage process innovation to a great extent.