Understanding Cloud Computing and Its Value Proposition in BPM

Enterprises large and small are drawn by the advantages of Cloud Computing – e.g. pay-for-use, self-service, elastic scalability and the elimination of hardware management – resulting in very low barriers to technology bentry and exit and high agility. Significant innovations in virtualization, and distributed computing, as well as improved access to high-speed Internet and a weak economy, have accelerated interest in Cloud Computing. Cloud Computing is a style of computing in which dynamically scalable and often virtualized resources are provided as a hosted service over the Internet i.e. the cloud. These services are broadly divided into three categories: Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). Users need not have knowledge of, expertise in, or control over the technology infrastructure in the "cloud" that supports them. The goal of cloud computing is to provide easy, scalable access to computing resources and, IT and business services.

The concepts and technologies of Cloud Computing can be applied to BPM to lower the barriers to its adoption. Those barriers to BPM adoption include cost, resource availability, technology limitations and company culture.

This course starts with the definition of Cloud Computing and an explanation of the business drivers for it, including use cases and selected vertical industry initiatives. It will explain the basic concepts of Cloud Computing and the three categories: IaaS, PaaS and SaaS. It will describe Cloud Service Governance, Management and Security – and their role in designing Cloud Computing for the enterprise. It will introduce the concept of “BPM in the Cloud”, explain its value proposition and describe an approach for deployment. It will explain strategies for successfully deploying and managing Cloud Computing – including example case studies – to demonstrate the benefits, costs, and risks of the Cloud Computing approach. Lastly, it will review approaches to expanding Cloud Computing throughout an enterprise.

Course Outline:

Business drivers for Cloud Computing

Cloud Computing Concepts

  • The categories of Cloud Computing: Iaas, Paas and SaaS
  • Cloud Service Concepts
    • The historical evolution of Cloud Computing
    • What is a cloud service?
    • The business delivery model
    • The infrastructure management methodology
    • Public vs Private Clouds
  • Overview of commercially available services
    • Grid computing services (e.g. compute, network and storage resources)
    • High availability backup and delivery
    • Online platforms and services
    • Custom and flexible on-demand offerings
  • Cloud Computing and Software Architecture
    • Integrating Cloud Computing into your existing architecture
    • Designing and Deploying an existing application on to the cloud
    • Cloud Computing and SOA
  • Cloud Services Design and Development
  • Cloud Services Delivery
  • Cloud Services Governance
  • Cloud Computing Privacy, Security and Compliance
  • Cloud Service Management

Cloud Computing and Complementary technologies (e.g. grid computing, collaboration, mobility and BPM)

BPM in the Cloud

Strategies for Deploying Cloud Services

Expanding Cloud Computing Throughout the Enterprise

Suppliers of Cloud Computing

Customer examples of Cloud Computing

Unique Value of Course:

Attendees will learn a phased approach to adopting Cloud Computing including business strategy, Cloud Computing readiness assessment, cloud service roadmap planning, and designing and deploying cloud services. This course is based on case studies from real-world experience of early adopters of Cloud Computing. It is a business-oriented, functional overview of Cloud Computing providing actionable information for both business and IT professionals.


  • Introduce the broad concepts of Cloud Computing
  • Understand the value, opportunities and challenges of adopting Cloud Computing
  • Understand how SOA, BPM and Cloud Computing can work together
  • Explore the best practices for designing and deploying Cloud Computing

Who Should Attend:

  • Computer Executives
  • Operations Managers
  • Business Analysts
  • Business Architects
  • Software Architects

Recommended Prior Courses:

BPM 101

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