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.

IBM’s patented cloud-based BPM technique intends to put some of the same technology used by some the world’s largest companies into the hands of small and mid-size companies and their business users. This could make IBM’s key branded middleware and business process management software more accessible to a wide variety of clients affording them economies of scale, reduced costs, less financial risk and greater efficiency, IBM said.

IBM invests more than $6 billion annually in research and development and consistently explores new approaches to cloud computing. For 20 consecutive years, IBM has topped the list of U.S. patent recipients.

Meanwhile, in other cloud news, IBM announced that Bharat Light and Power (BLP), a renewable energy producer in India, has formed a long-term strategic engagement with IBM to drive business growth, enhance revenue and increase operational efficiency. In this 10-year collaboration, BLP will use IBM’s SoftLayer cloud capabilities as well as IBM analytics and mobile solutions to increase its power generation capacity.

According to industry estimates, approximately 400 million people in India do not have access to electricity. At the same time, India’s energy infrastructure is highly strained, with an ever-increasing demand for energy. To sustain its growth trajectory, India needs to meet its energy demands in an environmentally sustainable manner.