The Steady Rise of Platform as a Service

 
 
By Karen A. Frenkel  |  Posted 09-25-2014 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    The Pressure for Rapid App Development

    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.
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    Planned PaaS Investments
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    Planned PaaS Investments

    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.
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    Inter-Departmental Collaboration With PaaS

    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.
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    Current PaaS Usage

    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.
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    PaaS Spending Plans

    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.
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    Its Specific Benefits

    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%
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    Mobile First's Driving Factors

    Asked about the driving factors behind mobile first, 51% of respondents named workers' demand for increased mobility and 46% said increased employee productivity.
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    Built As Mobile First

    The average percent of new applications built as mobile first is 31%, according to PaaS users.
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    Few Mobile-First Organizations

    There are many challenges to developing applications for mobile first, and only 9% of respondents consider themselves to belong to a mobile-first organization.
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    Top Barriers to Mobile First

    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%
 

The demand for faster application development, desire for increased employee mobility, and the need to overcome barriers impeding mobile-first development are driving the use of Platform as a Service (PaaS), according to a new survey from Progress Software. PaaS is a service model of cloud computing that provides a computing platform and a solution stack as a service, with users being able to create an application or service using tools and libraries from the provider. "Despite the relative ease of today's application development and deployment processes, there's still a huge appetite to be able to improve these cycles by making them quicker and better," says Matt Robinson, a vice president of technology at Progress Software. "The benefits of using a rapid application development PaaS to improve speed and productivity should not be lost in the excitement of the DYOA age." Some 700 IT decision-makers from mid-sized organizations worldwide participated in the survey earlier this year, with 228 of the respondents being a CIO, CTO or similar high-level IT decision-maker. For the full report (registration required), click here.

 
 
 
 
 
Karen A. Frenkel writes about technology and innovation and lives in New York City.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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