IBM Patents Cloud-Based BPM System
IBM announced it has patented a cloud-based business process management (BPM) system and also a collaboration with an Indian renewable energy producer.IBM has patented a technique for combining big data from cloud services with data stored on in-house IT systems to gain insights that could enable greater business efficiency and performance. The cloud computing invention, for which IBM received U.S. Patent #8,504,400: Dynamically Optimized Distributed Cloud Computing-based Business Process Management (BPM) System, provides a method for developing enterprise apps that tap into both cloud-based big data and locally-stored business data. This approach will make it easier to not only access data—but also combine and analyze it—no matter where it is stored. For example, a retailer may want to cross-reference customer information from an on-site database with big data insights from analysis of purchase data stored in the cloud to deliver relevant offers or coupons. Despite gobs of core business data residing in-house, business leaders are increasingly relying on cloud services to access big data via mobile devices, social networks and business collaboration tools in the cloud. Consequently, they have to switch from between the cloud and local systems to gather and compare insights from business data.
IBM said patent #8,504,400 expands on IBM’s earlier Cloud Suites for the C-Suite that delivers more than 100 Software as a Service (SaaS) applications designed to meet the needs of business users providing a dynamic and low-risk environment that avoids the costs traditional associated with getting new IT projects up and running.