Businesses seeking to solve cloud infrastructure problems are increasingly turning to Platforming as a Service (PaaS). The key benefit of PaaS is the speed at which developers are able to develop, test, and deploy applications. Thanks to the cloud and PaaS providers, developers no longer need in-house hardware and software – either to extend the utility of existing applications or to deploy their own applications using common APIs.
While companies first flirted with software as a service (SaaS), the trend toward PaaS is unmistakable. Research from Market Monitor shows that the worldwide cloud computing sector will generate $20 billion by 2016, with PaaS leading the way. It already accounts for nearly a quarter of the total cloud market revenue, as more large and small businesses seek public cloud options.
PaaS and innovation: Fail fast
When it comes to innovation, many experts say that having a formalized process is essential to innovative breakthroughs – along with the ability to fail fast, learn, and try again. This is one of the strengths of PaaS. Using IT resources to solve a business problem, PaaS enables developers to test their hypotheses quickly and with minimal investment, prior to a wide scale deployment of a development project.
PaaS provides businesses with the opportunity to better leverage their data. Using a toolkit supplied by the provider, a development team can easily create an application.
Let’s say you want to help your sales team leverage competitive insights to win more deals against a competitor. Your teams have been collecting and depositing competitive information into a database within SharePoint, and now they need an easy way to make that data accessible. Using PaaS and Azure APIs, developers can create an application using the Azure platform to make the resources readily available to the sales team in a familiar format.
For businesses seeking to add greater utility to existing applications, PaaS provides opportunities for developers to collaborate on projects, as well as test and deploy projects on existing platforms. PaaS lends itself well to businesses seeking to overcome a problem in a unique way using a familiar platform.
International Data Corporation (IDC) research predicts that industry-specific PaaS will grow tenfold by 2016, and that horizontal PaaS will begin to commoditize. We’re seeing these predictions come to fruition, particularly in regulated industries where PaaS solutions come with built-in compliance rules. These rules enable developers to focus on solving business problems, while the PaaS provider specializes in keeping the regulatory controls up to date.
PaaS, though evolving, continues to show significant potential in cloud computing and agility in solving pressing business problems.Tags: Cloud Computing,Technology