The best PaaS services provide a complete suite of tools and services to make a developer's life a simple as possible. Here are 8 Core services we recommend you look for in a PaaS provider’s offering:
Ultimately, Platform as a Service eliminates the expense and complexity of evaluating, buying, configuring, and managing all the hardware and software needed for custom-built applications. This has both technical and business advantages.
Moving to a managed platform allows your technical team to concentrate on building apps and services that add value to your business. A good PaaS provider can offer you improvements in:
You get access to code libraries, app components and other help. You'll also get inspiration for great interface design, so that not only will your app be thoroughly usable, it will look beautiful too.
App development is faster because your IT and developers are no longer responsible for the hardware and software used to build, maintain and protect your application development platform.
It’s also quicker to get started. Once you have signed up to PaaS, you can start using the system straight away – no set-up time lag. For developers, being able to access tools, templates, code libraries and build packs can also reduce the time to release. For example, you can begin to create powerful apps from drag-and-drop components including standard fields, reports and charts.
Upfront costs are reduced, since there’s no need to build anything before you begin developing. Using a platform like Salesforce also helps with the standardisation and consolidation of resources and app components. You don't have to keep reinventing the wheel each time you build a new app, which cuts your development costs. Capital costs - money tied up in costly and fast depreciating IT assets - are removed in favour of operational costs that are offset against business ROI.
Designing apps for millions of connected devices creates potential scalability and security challenges. A popular consumer app can easily overwhelm a data centre, and your brand can take a big hit if the end-user experience suffers. Services like Instagram and Twitter process millions of posts each minute. While business apps are less likely to boom to this extent, if your app does exceed expectations, a cloud-based solution means you'll be able to take advantage of the situation.
No business wants to prioritise managing servers and patching operating systems over delivering their core products and services. With a cloud-based platform, that’s not even a possibility. Using an integrated platform also offers an opportunity to improve business processes like workflow, reporting and social feeds. Your business can save time, money and effort thanks to:
Easy integration with legacy systems ‐ you can use apps that incorporate data from your existing systems like SAP, Oracle and Microsoft. It can help you unlock and modernise back-office systems with point-and-click simplicity.
Real-time information ‐ you can create apps that deliver real-time data and updates to employees and managers, allowing them to make better business decisions. You can create apps to help with workflow and approval processes too.
Easier IT maintenance ‐ the vendor looks after the platform, so you just have to look after the apps themselves – reducing your IT overheads.
Shared insights ‐ with thousands of businesses using the platform, large-scale PaaS providers like Salesforce are quick to respond to user needs and solve common issues swiftly. That means you can quickly benefit from tried and trusted solutions.
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