Living the Process Designer's Dream: IBM BPM in the Cloud
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by Ashok Iyengar, Technical Lead, Worldwide Cloud Services
Remember the days when it used to take weeks to get the hardware and software to set up the golden topology of the IBM BPM Advanced Edition? With the BPM Pattern on IBM PureApplication System, that task was reduced to days because of the enterprise integrated system and easy pattern deployments. Now with BPM in the Cloud, customers can get access from purchase to login to that very same functionality in less than one day. How did such productivity become possible?
Without splitting hairs about whether it should be in or on the Cloud, this is basically Software as a service (SaaS) offering via IBM’s Public Cloud. In three easy steps users can sign up for this offering – request access, look for an email invitation and activate the account.
Once activated, the service can be accessed by going to the following link https://www.bpm.ibmcloud.com. For those wondering what you get, well, three environments are available for you to work with – Development, Test and a Process Runtime Operating Environment. As is typically the case, the development and governance server, in this case, the Process Center, is only available in the Development environment.
As a BPM consultant who spent hours setting up the various components, being able to access a fully functional BPM environment from anywhere in the world along with the related tooling in less than an hour is an absolute time saver. The follow-up question from clients is always about isolation and data protection. The BPM in the Cloud tenant details shows the big picture of how the BPM tenants in the Cloud are set up and segregated.
What that means, is that a client gets administrative access along with a bunch of user account access to only their instance in the Cloud. There is nothing they can do to affect other Cloud tenants. For global enterprises that insist on having their data not cross continents, notice the use of Geographic Load Balancers. The onus is on the consumer to ask for it and insist that the Cloud Service Provider have hosting centers around the world.
One can choose to download and install the tooling on to their workstation or you can choose to work with the instance of the tool, i.e. Process Designer, in the Cloud. The two options are depicted below.
Quick access, secure environment, no maintenance and the ability to work with the latest BPM software version, quickly and easily – what more can process designers want?
Let me email@example.com know what you think. In the next blog, I’ll talk about the various associated apps.