BPM software and the hybrid cloud – a natural match

There is a growing movement toward hybrid cloud computing in many business sectors. This development centers around two basic issues – the public cloud is not secure enough for mission-critical systems, and the private cloud is too expensive to handle everything as efficiently as possible. Because of this, many companies are establishing hybrid clouds that leverage the best of both public and private cloud systems. This type of operational climate creates major integration and operational challenges, making business process management software an ideal solution.

Understanding the challenges of hybrid cloud setups
For the most part, hybrid clouds center around the private cloud that a business uses for most of its mission-critical systems. However, a few legacy solutions will not work well in virtualized or cloud environments. In most cases, these exist separately from the private cloud because they cannot function within the same configuration. These systems will usually connect to a common network that is also shared with the public cloud platforms, which can all come from a single vendor or from as many providers as a company needs to meet its operational needs. As a result, the hybrid cloud can be an operational nightmare.

In this setup, differences in how cloud vendors handle data workflows could create an environment in which an end user enters data into a cloud database in the private cloud, then has to open the corresponding application in multiple public cloud systems to update the same data item. While this can be extremely annoying, it is often necessary when applications and users share data across multiple apps to get a project done.

This integration challenge is further complicated by the legacy hardware.

BPM software can alleviate all of these concerns through an enter-once, populate everywhere setup. With such a system being used, employees only have to change the data once and process automation tools identify all of the places needing an update and makes the necessary changes.

Using BPM within the broad cloud landscape
Interoperability problems can be a cloud issue whether a company is using a hybrid cloud or just trying to get its internal systems to work well in conjunction with internal IT setups. As a result, BPM solutions are emerging to fill the integration gap that exists between many cloud and corporate IT setups.