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Cloud-based BPM isn’t yet ubiquitous in practice—but the approach is certainly a widespread topic of conversation among business and IT professionals involved in process improvement.

As ThinkStrategies consultant Jeff Kaplan puts it: “The question about ‘What is the cloud and why should I care’ is giving away to ‘Where, when and how do I take advantage of the cloud in my business?’”

This special report on BPM and cloud computing focuses on helping BPM specialists answer that question. Content includes:

* BPM in the cloud: Identifying benefits, addressing concerns. ebizQ Site Editor Anne Stuart provides an introduction to and overview of cloud-based BPM.

* Process management and the cloud: Challenges and risks. ebizQ contributor Adam Riglian takes a look at security, cost and integration and other issues that must addressed when moving processes to the cloud.

* BPM, the cloud and innovation: Peter Fingar's insights and advice. ebizQ's Peter Schooff speaks with author, consultant and thought leader Peter Fingar on BPM, cloud computing, innovation and related topics.

* Cloud-based BPM pioneers describe steps for success. The most likely path to success with cloud-based BPM: Start with a clear strategy. ebizQ contributor Christine Parizo offers advice from experts and BPM specialists who have begun doing BPM in the cloud.

* BPM and cloud computing: Steer clear of these pitfalls. Combining process management and cloud computing creates some unique challenges that business and IT managers—especially BPM specialists--should consider before moving forward. ebizQ contributor Crystal Bedell explains.

* BPM and the cloud: Steve Weissman goes beyond the hype. In this Q & A and accompanying podcast, consultant Steve Weissman and ebizQ's Peter Schooff discuss opportunities, challenges, myths, roles and other issues involved in moving to cloud-based BPM.

* BPM moves to the cloud: Jeff Kaplan explains. In this Q & A and accompanying podcast, consultant Jeff Kaplan talks with Peter Schooff about the cloud's growing influence on business in general--and on BPM in particular.

RELATED CONTENT FROM OUR 'SISTER SITES': Following is a sampling of related content from other sites within TechTarget, ebizQ's parent company:

* A move to cloud computing should involve BPM and SOA, a report by Mike Kavis for SearchCIO.

* Cloud computing seen as key to business success, a report by Karl Flinders for ComputerWeekly.com.

* SaaS business process management systems close, but not quite there, by Kristen Caretta for SearchCIO-Midmarket.

About the Author

Anne Stuart, ebizQ's editor from mid-2010 to mid-2013, is now senior editor for SearchCloudApplications.com at ebizQ's parent company, TechTarget. She is a veteran journalist who has written for national magazines, daily newspapers, an international news service and many Web sites. She’s specialized in covering business and technology issues for 20 years. Based in Newton, Mass., she can be reached at astuart@techtarget.com. Follow Anne on Google+ and at annestuart_TT on Twitter. For general questions about ebizQ, please e-mail editor@ebizQ.net.

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