A PaaS can deal with version control, build and compile processes to create apps faster.
As noted in my previous blog post, data integration is a crucial and often poorly managed aspect of successful application development and deployment. But it doesn’t mean you’re done! Real success requires consideration of the whole “supply chain” of IT, not just the sexy part of making an app that’s rich with bells and whistles.
In the business application process, the focus is often on the development stage, in part because of the separation between dev and IT ops. But it is equally important to consider every stage of the software supply chain, including:
Furthermore, it’s important to think about the supply chain in the context of the development approach that you take. For example, the approach that you need for applications developed by a 4GL developer or technical business user is different from what’s required when applications are developed by traditional coders.
How is Platform as a Service (PaaS) relevant to this discussion? PaaS solutions are built for high-productivity, targeting rapid development with low coding methods that help integrates the entire supply chain into the PaaS solution.
With PaaS, the business developer does not have to deal with version control for code build and compile processes. There is also no need to manage deployment because these activities are abstracted by the platform. This means the business developer is free to focus on developing the application model and user interface.
By comparison, high-control platforms for traditional coders are primarily focused on managing the DevOps process. But once the application is coded, the PaaS environment can then make it easy to deploy, scale and manage the applications.
For more on creating a high productivity application development infrastructure, download my latest whitepaper, “9 Essentials to Create Amazing Applications Faster.”
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Mark Troester is the Vice President of Strategy at Progress. He guides the strategic go-to-market efforts for the Progress cognitive-first strategy. Mark has extensive experience in bringing application development and big data products to market. Previously, he led product marketing efforts at Sonatype, SAS and Progress DataDirect. Before these positions, Mark worked as a developer and developer manager for start-ups and enterprises alike. You can find him on LinkedIn or @mtroester on Twitter.
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