How Business Process as a Service (BPaaS) works

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Business-process-as-a-service (BPaaS) is a relatively new concept. It mixes Business Process Management (BPM) with one or more aspects of cloud deployment: SaaS, PaaS or IaaS. Business Process Management Introduction Business process management is an approach that aims to make a company’s …
Business-process-as-a-service (BPaaS) is a relatively new concept. It mixes Business Process Management (BPM) with one or more aspects of cloud deployment: SaaS, PaaS or IaaS.
Business Process Management Introduction
Business process management is an approach that aims to make a company’s workflow more effective, efficient and adaptable to new developments. This kind of workflow enables businesses to be more flexible and to decrease their spending.
Traditional Business Process Management Systems (BPMS) integrate business processes and keep track of running instances of these processes. A BPMS coordinates the execution of a business process step by step. Each process instance is monitored by the BPMS, and provides users insights into each processes progress and show if they are completed successfully, or if they have crashed. In case of a crash, the BPMS shows where the process had issues. By monitoring, evaluating and identifying where business processes fail, companies have the opportunity to act proactively and optimize their processes. This will ultimately lead to lower costs and better customer satisfaction.
More information regarding Business Process Model Solution can be found here:
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BPaaS or Cloud-Based Business Process Management
A Business Process as a Service (BPaaS) is any business process delivered as a service through cloud solutions.  With BPaaS one or more business processes are uploaded to a cloud service that performs and monitors them. Like any other cloud environment, BPaaS gives companies the opportunity to use cloud software in a pay-per-use model, instead of having to invest in hardware and maintenance.
Here are some advantages of moving business process management to the cloud:
  • Decreased costs from not buying and maintaining servers to manage and coordinate business process.
  • Increased mobility, by accessing the solution from any geographical point. This allows businesses the opportunity to grow and expand much faster.
  • Scalability by allowing companies to add new processes without much infrastructural cost
  • Reliable security
  • Easy to scale as the business expands
  • Pay-as-you-go pricing model as most of services running on cloud.
Last year, Gartner released its forecast for the Cloud Business Process Services/Business Process as a Service area. It predicts that BPaaS will grow from $84.1B in 2012 to $144.7B in 2016, generating a global compound annual growth rate of 15%. Of the eight sub segments Gartner is tracking in their BPaaS forecast, Cloud Payments (17.8%) Cloud Advertising (17.1%) and Industry Operations (15.1%) are expected to have the greatest compound annual growth rates (CAGR) in revenues generated by 2016.
(Can be found here Forecasting-public-cloud-adoption-in-the-enterprise ).
How FSoft work with BPaaS?
With that much advantages and promising value from BPaaS, in FSOFT – FSB Cloud Services Center, the Cloud team is now doing research on BPaaS implementation. After successfully developed our own private PaaS called CitusPaaS, the new BPaaS is expected to be an additional key value for the Citus Cloud Tool Suite. BPaaS will be delivered as a stand-alone service for CitusPaaS on business domain.
Reference
If you are interested in BPM and BPaaS, this paper can also be helpful:
http://www.utwente.nl/ewi/trese/graduation_projects/2012/RT-001.pdf
The paper investigated the combination of BPM and cloud computing. It gave the overview of BPM life-cycle and briefly discussed three standard languages for designing and implementing business processes. It presented the most relevant combinations of BPM and cloud computing found in the literature and identified three possible research directions.
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