One of the big challenges that any business faces is trying to dynamically change workflow associated with a business process. Beyond all the political and cultural issues, it can be difficult to pin down what the existing workflow process is.
Obviously, there is no shortage of workflow applications. But somebody in IT usually has to set those applications up, another reason that workflow applications never get deployed. After all, IT generally has a few hundred other things to do.
Metastorm wants to change that with a new implementation of its workflow management software deployed on Microsoft's Azure cloud computing platform. As a public cloud computing service, says Greg Carter, MetaStorm CTO and executive vice president of development, the Metastorm Smart Business Workspace application is much more readily accessible to end users.
Naturally, the cloud implementation isn't as full-featured as the on-premise version of MetaStorm's software. But the cloud implementation can meet most application requirements, and if customers want MetaStorm to set up a private cloud implementation on top of the Azure platform, that can be done in a few weeks, said Carter.
What's interesting about this is that in the cloud, workflow management software could be more widely adopted than it ever was on-premise. Though internal IT organizations don't consider workflow software strategic to the business, business users frequently wind up living and dying by it once they get their hands on it.