For the past 10 years I have been building BPM systems that are being deployed in small to extreme large scale environments. I founded jBPM and Activiti, two of the most successful open source BPM projects on the planet. The main idea was that developers could build processes and use them inside their programming environment. Now, there is a clear trend to replace on-premise software with cloud services.
For BPM the cloud is a double win: First, offering BPM as a service removes the hassle for organisations to install and maintain a system in-house. BPM systems are notorious for being well … not so easy to install and configure. Second, there is a new opportunity to focus on connectors for enterprise cloud services into processes. I started envisioning a process service that would directly empower end users. I started seeing the BPM service for the rest of us. Every person, no matter how skilled in programming, should be able to automate a simple process within minutes. With that vision I reached out to my friends at Signavio.Tom Baeyens, founder and CEO of Effektif