5th December 2013
Most businesses are familiar with cloud computing and its ability to deliver agility, scalability, convenience of anywhere access and drive down costs. However, there is a compelling case for organisations to venture further, utilising “Platform as a Service” (PaaS) to further accelerate innovation.
PaaS accelerates the development and deployment of a variety of applications, whether web-based or mobile, B2B or B2C.
PaaS is a cloud-computing platform that is provided online by a cloud services vendor. The platform allows organisations to deploy and run business-critical software in the cloud, without ever having to worry about purchasing, installing or maintaining a sophisticated IT infrastructure: you just get to focus on your business, everything else is done for you, as an on-demand pay-per-use service.
The value proposition is simple and powerful – it is a high-productivity development environment that industrialises IT best practice and provides everything from hardware, software, security, backup and more. PaaS supports the entire application lifecycle – i.e. test, staging and deployment. The cost savings, productivity benefits and accelerated application delivery are exceptional and can have a positive impact the bottom-line.
PaaS gives smaller businesses the ability to compete with larger enterprises on a level playing field. The traditional SME constraints of size, specialised expertise and budget vs. large enterprises no longer apply. Businesses are not required to bear the burden of upfront investment or to hire hard-to-find and expensive IT specialists; they only pay the PaaS provider for services used, making it very easy to expand i.e. additional branches.
With the fast pace of technological development, evolving consumer trends and incessant competitive pressure, it is not far-fetched to say that PaaS will become the default standard for deploying and running business applications. Businesses must evaluate and utilise cloud services. It is the most cost-effective option to meet customer demand, evolve and grow.
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