|Written by Nathaniel Palmer|
Should you follow a pragmatic approach with BPM initiatives? After nearly a decade of market research on what drives BPM implementations, we have found the most common answer for what prevents BPM projects from advancing is consistently “lack of sponsorship” by upper management (cited by 25% of respondents to our most recent survey -- more than twice the frequency of any other answer, and consistent with similar studies we have performed over the last 10 years.)
On the Ground or In the Clouds
Serena’s Lean BPM can be deployed either 'on-premise' as a local application within an enterprise's firewall, or ‘in the cloud’ as an on-demand application. This allows greater leverage of the inherent path-to-production ease of deployment, as well as the overall notion of a pragmatic approach to BPM. On-premise deployment resolves any perceived risks or actual regulatory issues relating to data stored outside of a firm's physical control, while on-demand deployment eliminates the overhead involved with deploying and managing server infrastructure. A particular area of differentiation is ‘mashup’ functionality that uses lightweight, web protocols for integration, such as REST and SOAP. This is combined with an integrated Mashup Manager to build and manage ‘mashed’ objects or widgets combining data sources within Flash or Silverlight objects that can be drag-and-dropped into applications and processes.