What is Most Significant About the Migration to Cloud Computing?

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Editor & Founder, DBizInstitute.org, BPMInstitute.org & BAInstitute.org
With over 25 years experience building and creating professional communities, Gregg Rock is recognized as an industry leader in professional training and education vital to helping enterprise organizations support their transformation initiatives. His work has been recognized in the Wall Street Journal, Fortune Magazine, Financial Times, CIO Magazine, and New York Times. Throughout his career Gregg has developed communities, hosted executive networking forums and the formation of advisory boards on topics ranging from IT security and outsourcing to multimedia and Y2K, but is most widely associated with his accomplishments in the areas of Business Process Management (BPM), Digital Business (DBiz), Business Architecture (BA), and Cloud Computing. BPM in particular is a widely accepted approach for designing enterprise organizational and information systems. This focus on process-related skills is creating demand for BPM content, collaboration, and training resources by corporations—a niche Gregg has spent years to fill. In 1997, Gregg founded BrainStorm Group and the network of BrainStorm Communities, consisting of discipline-specific web portals for BPM, BA, and SOA practitioners to network and receive education, professional training online and through live in-person events. This has enabled over 100,000 practitioners from over 125 countries to collaborate and share best practices, online and face-to-face. BrainStorm Communities feature a comprehensive suite of member services including newsletters, discussion groups, blogs, virtual and live events, live and online training, certificate programs, and professional certification. During his tenure, Gregg has produced more than 100 industry events in North America, South America, EMEA, and Australia attended by over 300,000 professionals. He led the development of the Certified Business Process Management Professional program. Harnessing the collective intelligence of leading BPM subject matter experts, this certification establishes an objective evaluation of a BPM professional’s knowledge, skill, and ability. He recently led the launch of BrainStorm's newest Community, focused on Digital Business and Transformation - DBizInstitute.org. Gregg also earned his private pilot license in 1991 and remains an active member of Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA). When not flying, he’s active in his community and enjoys coaching little league, soccer, and lacrosse for his children.
Faculty Member BPMInstitute.org, Founder/CEO of Stratiza, Stratiza
George Barlow is currently Founder and CEO at Stratiza, a strategic and creative services company. Previous roles include Chief Sales Officer at Trisotech, a global leader in digital enterprise solutions, Vice President of BPM and Cloud Solutions for AgilePoint, Director of Sales at Bosch Software Innovations, CEO at Cloud Harbor, Inc. and seven years at Appian Corporation. Prior to joining Appian Mr. Barlow held posts as Senior VP, Technology and Operations at iBeacon.com and as Sr. VP, Healthcare Information Technology at ProVantage Health Services, Inc. He has been part of many successful major projects at organizations such as Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Telus, Concur Technologies, Manulife Financial/John Hancock, Merck & Co., CVS Caremark and Walgreens. Mr. Barlow is a Faculty Member of BPMInstitute.org and DBIZInstitute.org and holds the Certified Business Process Management Professional Certification as well as the Business and Technical Professional Advanced OMG Certified Expert in BPM certifications. Mr. Barlow is also a frequent speaker at industry events and has published numerous articles, white papers and blogs about BPM and Cloud Computing.

Gregg Rock interviews George Barlow.

We are especially excited to let folks know that George is going to be presenting two of our newest courses that are part of the Digital Transformation Specialist series in our Summer Session 1 Training Event.

GR: I first met George, and started working with him, back when he was with Appian, and back then, George was one of the first folks to bring Process to the Cloud as a SAS product. So, George, I wanted to pick your brain for our Members today and ask you what you’re seeing as most significant these days and what’s happening with the migration to cloud computing

GB: There are a few things about the migrating to cloud computing over the past decade that stand out to me.

The first one is the growth and sophistication of the whole cloud infrastructure—it’s amazing to see things like containerization, being able to run things and multiple containers on the same servers to get scale.

The idea of on demand resource configuration, and the fact that we can make computers bigger and smaller as the workload changes, is pretty phenomenal.

And then we look at concepts like IoT, the Internet of Things, and we’re seeing lots of technologies there, including what I call edge computing. Edge computing is to put the power of smaller servers out to satisfy IoT, and then keep cascading up the largest servers, which is really interesting.

And then, finally, one that many organizations are familiar with from their marketing and sales organizations is this whole distributed storage and delivery mechanisms, Amazon S3 is a really good example of that. So whole industries have spun up just by the fact that the Cloud exists and it’s very cost effective. That sophistication has been fun and exciting to watch.

GR: That’s great. And George, for our Community of Members that have been BPM practitioners for several years now (in some cases, 5 or 10 years), what connection will you help them make to some of these concepts with the upcoming classes that you’re going to be delivering in April?

GB: So, based on what I was talking about with the changes in the Cloud and it’s maturing and so forth, it actually changes the way we do, or should be thinking about, designing systems. It’s a new paradigm. And, of course, lots of companies have lots of experience—it isn’t brand new, but thinking about it on scale and really beginning to understand the impact of things like Low Code/ No Code connected to model driven applications is a different way of thinking. And this whole idea of API forward and being able to connect with web hooks and stuff like that is a big deal.

But the growth and maturing of the programming conventions themselves it’s pretty interesting. The browser has become ubiquitous, it’s everywhere, it’s the way we deliver applications now, is through browser applications. So, what’s happened is we now allow web applications to run practically anywhere, on virtually any device, and it’s all the same. I mean, it’s the same experience on an iPhone or smartphone as it is on a tablet, as it is on a laptop, as it is on a workstation and that’s pretty amazing. That’s really the browser’s great contribution to the world that we live in.

So, bringing all these kinds of ideas together—the API’s and the web hook technologies—really allows the seamless interconnection and the creation of composite apps and that whole idea is, again, changing the way we think about things, and how we use the Cloud to deliver value to our customers.

Editor’s Note: This is a five-part article and video series.

Watch the entire Need to Know: Digital Transformation video series

Read the other articles in the series here: 

Article 1: What do BPM Practitioners Need to Know about Low Code/No Code?

Article 2: What is the Current State of Process Automation? 

Article 3: How Does AI and Machine Learning Fit Into Low Code/No Code and Process Automation Environments? 

Article 4: What is the Triple Crown of Modeling? BPMN, DMN, & CMMN Explained. 

 

Want to be featured in the next Need to Know series to share your expertise? Get in touch – we’d love to hear from you. 

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