|By Cloud Best Practices Network||
|January 17, 2011 06:00 AM EST||
The primary business benefit of Cloud computing is that it can enable organizations to achieve a ‘Level 5′ BPM maturity.
BPM stands for Business Process Management, and how effectively an organization has mastered this science can be quantified on a maturity scale, ranging from 1-5.
The details involved at each level and how to progress through them is detailed by the uber-guru of BPM himself, Michael Hammer.
Diagram can be found in Wikipedia here.
Michael invented the concept of Business Process Re-engineering in the 80′s, setting the scene for an entire industry of related consulting and enterprise software to implement it.
Most recently Michael has invented the ‘PEMM’ – The Process and Enterprise Maturity Model (PEMM), a framework for assessing and improving BPM capabilities. How these process sophistications enable High Performance is described in his Harvard article.
PEMM describes a matrix that make this science repeatable, including sections such as process design, change management, decision-making authorities, management metrics, leadership, culture and organizational process expertise. Each can be moved along the scale of 1-5 maturity so that overall the organization improves.
For Cloud computing it is the ‘Infrastructure’ element we’re particularly interested in. It begins with “fragmented legacy IT systems” and concludes with a level 5 ranking of:
“An IT system with a modular architecture that adheres to industry standards for interenterprise communication support the process.”
The move to Cloud computing represents this same maturation process.
Virtualizing applications and integrating them into a broader Cloud ecosystem moves them from an isolated, legacy platform to an agile environment where software is far more flexible, it can be deployed and re-deployed quickly and effectively, and is inter-connected through open Cloud standards.
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