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The XaaS that Laid the Golden Eggs

Top mistakes to be avoided by BpaaS vendors

BpaaS Adoption on Top
Though expected as part of the enterprise transformation, we are seeing a much faster adoption of Business Process as a Service aka industry SaaS model into large and medium-sized enterprises.

We are seeing that most enterprises looking for cloud-based solutions for the new business process areas, while looking for options to migrate on-premise packaged software into their cloud equivalent.

BpaaS Solutions that Are Leading the Enterprise Space
The following players and their products have already marked their presence as a de-facto choice for many enterprises when they think of modernizing their existing IT operations. While some of these players call their offeringa mere SaaS (Software as a Service), they in fact cover end-to-end business process to be considered as BpaaS.

Workday is the market leader in providing the following business process through a cloud-based Service Delivery Model.

  • Payroll
  • Project & Work Management
  • Spend Management
  • Financial Management

Adaptive Planning
Adaptive Planning serves the business processes under the Corporate Performance Management using a BpaaS delivery model. Some of the core business processes covered are:

  • Personnel Planning
  • Revenue Planning
  • Capital Asset Planning
  • Allocation Planning
  • Balance Sheet / Cash Flow

Success Factors
SuccessFactors, which was recently acquired by SAP, provides business process solutions for Human Capital Management. It covers the following business processes:

  • Business Execution
  • Recruiting Management
  • Performance Reviews
  • Performance Management
  • Goal Management
  • Talent Management

Salesforce is one of the early winners for positioning BpaaS against the traditional on-premise package software like Siebel. The following are some of the core business processes that are solved by Salesforce.

  • Sales Planning & Forecasting
  • Lead Management
  • Opportunity Management
  • Contact Management
  • Account Management

Netsuite is one of the early innovators in the BpaaS area and they provide ERP solutions that cover the following core business processes:

  • Financial Management
  • Supply Chain & Inventory Management
  • Order & Billing Management
  • Shipping & Fulfillment
  • Revenue Recognition Management

ARIBA Commerce Cloud
ARIBA provides cloud-based solutions for collaborative spend, finance and sales management, with core coverage of the following business processes and more:

  • Sourcing
  • Contract Management
  • Procurement
  • Supplier Management
  • Discount Management

The above list of providers is only a partial list, the growth of BpaaS market is evident from the fact that the number of players and their penetration into the enterprise is much deeper than what is perceived and is a good sign for enterprises.

However a great deal of responsibility lies with BpaaS providers not to burst the momentum created. As their actions and vision will sustain the BpaaS market space in the long run.

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