The speed of accessing BPM software in the cloud makes it easy for companies to try it out and get a feel for how it works without the initial need for significant resources. The pay per use subscription model employed by “Software As A Service” providers means that huge savings in terms of costs (infrastructure and resources) can be made from the onset.
BPM in the cloud can be deployed cost-effectively with no requirement for maintenance, leading to a faster return on investment for businesses.
For this to work effectively however, businesses must ensure that:
- The cloud BPM solution can access data in the cloud for process execution.
- The data necessary to execute processes can be legally stored in the cloud
- Access to data within and outside the organisation can be granted (e.g. using mash apps) to facilitate data integration.
- Data security and integrity is preserved.
Cloud-based BPM solutions can help businesses deploy uniform processes across multiple office locations at a minimal cost to deliver a key BPM benefit - Agility.
Here's an interesting analysis of the benefits of moving to the cloud (with examples from movies) to illustrate the point further.
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