If businesses are to fully take advantage of business process management (BPM) applications, a solid network infrastructure is vital, an expert has said.

Writing for itproportal.com, Dick Paessler, CEO of Paessler, noted that BPM software can boost employee productivity dramatically. However, to ensure the network supporting it is reliable, IT monitoring software should be implemented. Such software is able to verify whether the infrastructure is able to take on new technologies or not.

He also stated that by 2020, the BPM market will be worth around $10 billion (£6.74 billion). The Internet of Things (IoT) and other emerging tech will provide huge advancements in automation and allow people within an organisation to communicate at a faster rate than ever before. This, in turn, will also increase productivity.

Mr Paessler said that the manufacturing sector is calling this movement the ‘fourth industrial revolution’. He commented that in Germany, Siemens is developing a factory where all the different parts can ‘talk’ to each other, meaning a human mediator is not needed. However, these types of developments will only prove to be a success if the IT network is well-managed and stable.

Unified monitoring is also a must, Mr Paessler claimed, as it will notify the IT department of any issues before network performance starts to see a decline.