An evident need for BPM arises when a company already implemented sufficient amount of individual IT solutions, such as ECM, ERP, CRM, ETL, QAS etc, and is experiencing a growing demand for coordination and alignment among these tools and technologies.
Primary mission of BPM solution is metadata management, process governance and orchestration. Evidently, an organization must accumulate enough metadata and processes to justify orchestrating these. If you have just a handful of simple processes, it might not justify BPM complexities to just streamline one or two.
Demand for BPM is an evident indication of maturity when a company successfully passed through its original growth stage and is going into re-organization and formalization phase mandatory for its further expansion. BPM might serve as a milestone in transition between a startup culture and delimited process landscape of an established enterprise.