I have traveled quite a lot during the last months to talk to customers about cloud technology and how it helps to get more out of applications faster. From all the places I have been to, Australia (besides the US) has the highest cloud adoption rate so far. The findings of an IDC enterprise cloud survey showed that from 100 executives, 86 percent were now using the cloud, which is an upward trend from 71 percent in 2012. And this trend continues. According to Frost & Sullivan, more than 60% of Australian organizations are planning to increase their cloud budgets within the next 12 months.
This of course also has an impact on the process improvement discipline. 25% of our global Process Live (ARIS-as-a-Service) users are from down under. Our largest customer is also located in Australia. In this project over 650 people will collaboratively improve processes in the cloud.
Knowing this, it became obvious for us to deploy Process Live on the AWS data center in Sydney. That way, Australian customers get the best product performance possible while all the data is being stored and kept in Australia.
So why is the cloud taking off like that? I just participated at our Software AG Innovation Days in in Melbourne and Sydney and the customers I talked to were always mentioning the same reasons:
- Fast start and no up-front capital expense (Capex vs Opex)
- Easily scale up and down, based on the maturity of projects (pay only for what you use)
- Remove participation barriers (democratization of process improvement: anyone, anytime in remote locations and multiple organizations)
- Reliable and high availability through cloud deployment
- IT involvement not required, fast and easy procurement
I will cover these points more detailed in a blog post series starting next week.
Want to try Process Live yourself? Just get the free trial and improve your first process within minutes. Choose Australia as the hosting region if you are based down under.
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