Implementing enterprise level computerised systems that support regulated activities is not a simple process. Forget about the regulatory requirements for a minute and just focus on the business impact. It is extraordinary to see the complexity that companies have introduced into their own business processes in their global operations. One acronym means a different thing depending on the person you are speaking to and their geographical location. And this is just an acronym! When analysing the business processes of global organisations we have only ever seen discontinuity, nuances, different organisation structures and so on. It makes the design of ‘standard’ business flows extremely difficult.
Why is this important when the topic of Cloud, or in this case, Regulated Cloud comes up? Well it is important because it points to a very important precursor to any cloud strategy and that is alignment of business processes, where possible, and alignment of organisational structure.