The Steady Rise of Platform as a Service
85% of respondents say there is a demand within their organization to develop and deploy new applications more quickly. The pressure comes mainly from the IT department, C-suite and the board of directors.
43% of respondents already use PaaS, and 77% plan to invest in PaaS in 2014. A majority of PaaS users say they have seen an improvement in both app development and deployment.
80% say departments outside of IT contribute to the development of new applications. Of respondents already deploying PaaS, 94% collaborate with other departments, suggesting that PaaS makes inter-departmental development easier.
Almost half of respondents now use PaaS for application development and deployment. 22% plan to start using it. However, only 18% have been using PaaS for app development and deployment for more than a year.
77% of respondents who plan to use PaaS expect to spend more than $260,000 on it. 99% of those currently using PaaS plan to spend $293,000 or more. Of those currently not using it, 58% expect to spend at least $182,000.
The top five direct improvements, according to the respondents: Reduced time scales: 54%, Reduced development costs: 51%, Improved scalability: 47%, Increase capacity for innovation: 47%, Ability to continuously monitor, test and develop: 42%
Asked about the driving factors behind mobile first, 51% of respondents named workers’ demand for increased mobility and 46% said increased employee productivity.
The average percent of new applications built as mobile first is 31%, according to PaaS users.
There are many challenges to developing applications for mobile first, and only 9% of respondents consider themselves to belong to a mobile-first organization.
Top five impediments to mobile first, according to respondents: Security concerns: 42%, Higher costs: 39%, Lack of specialist skills: 34%, Increased development time: 31%, Marketplace is moving too quickly: 24%