Build, protect and deploy apps across any platform and mobile device
Leverage a complete UI toolbox for web, mobile and desktop development
Automate UI, load and performance testing for web, desktop and mobile
Rapidly develop, manage and deploy business apps, delivered as SaaS in the cloud
Build mobile apps for iOS, Android and Windows Phone
Optimize data integration with high-performance connectivity
Connect to any cloud or on-premise data source using a standard interface
Build engaging multi-channel web and digital experiences with intuitive web content management
Automate decision processes with a no-code business rules engine
PaaS makes it possible to support both experienced and junior level application developers.
Organizations usually have multiple types of developers—and you need to support them all. That can be challenging, especially with all the other things you need to do at the same time, such as dealing with commoditization, mobility and a user-first focus to ensure successful data integration.
Fortunately, Platform as a Service (PaaS) makes it possible to support both kinds of developers while also tackling your other “must do” tasks. PaaS can provide your more experienced programmers with a control platform they need to help them more easily manage code-based application development. It can also empowers those technical business users (including 4GL or GUI-type developers) who have identified a critical need for a specific application and need a productivity platform to get it out the door quickly.
Cloud based “as-a-service” innovations have made it possible—indeed, even best practice—to achieve support for both of these development patterns. Cloud based development platform services share the following characteristics:
It is now possible to create a single enterprise application or family of applications that leverage the best of both worlds.
If your organization does have a need to support both of these development patterns, you should consider a best-in-class PaaS provider that offers both control and productivity platforms. That choice offers a unitary resource that supports as much diversity as you need or want. There is a wide range of technologies that fit into the PaaS category.
Some PaaS offerings are focused on deploying, scaling and managing completed applications. Others technologies like aPaaS are more focused on the development stage of the application lifecycle.
Gartner breaks the aPaaS space into high productivity and high control solutions. It is entirely possible that your PaaS strategy will include support for both, but you need to make sure to drive this decision based on your organization requirements.
For more about PaaS, download my latest whitepaper, “9 Essentials to Create Amazing Applications Faster.”
Mark Troester is the Vice President of Solutions Marketing, Digital Transformation at Progress. Mark has extensive experience in bringing application development and data integration products to market. Mark previously led product marketing efforts at Sonatype, SAS and Progress DataDirect. Before moving into marketing, Mark worked as a developer and developer manager for start-ups and enterprises alike.
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