There's no question that cloud computing is changing the way Solution Providers, Systems Integrators and Managed Service Providers build and run their applications. With Standing Cloud, it can change the way they run their business too.
Just as Infrastructure-as-a-Service reduced the need for network and hardware administration with self-provisioned datacenters, our application management platform and marketplace can streamline and automate application management, deployment and distribution in the cloud, making Managed Service Providers faster, more responsive and more efficient.
Getting more out of the cloud means quicker project start-up, increased margins, improved reliability and more focus on the highest value client activities. At least that's what it meant for BP3, a fast-growing and forward-thinking business process consulting firm with a heavy focus on designing and implementing systems built on IBM's Business Process Manager (BPM).
BP3 is one of the first IBM BPM consultants to head to the cloud to leverage its efficiencies as a development and testing platform to more rapidly deploy client projects. And to get them there, they turned to Standing Cloud to deliver a cloud-based platform for dev and test that basically eliminated the frustrations, provisioning delays and capital costs of on-prem development and testing, as well as for the scrips and tools to automate routine tasks that would cut down on errors, improve operating efficiencies, and free their teams up to deliver more value to customers.
Essentially, the Standing Cloud platform (which BP3 CTO and Co Founder Scott Francis blogged about here) provides a framework for BP3's deployment and management best practices, and delivers automated scripts and tools for BP3's specialized development needs. Automating and organizing the common features of process, including provisioning servers and deploying, configuring and managing underlying technology stacks, now frees BP3's consultants to focus on more strategic customer problems, rather than on tedious, repeatable tasks that are prone to error and delay.
Plus, for BP3, deploying in the cloud has been considerably faster, less expensive and less frustrating than dealing with the usual delays, costs and client approvals needed to acquire and configure an environment within an internal data center.
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