If you think “Develop Your Own Application” (DYOA) is just a theory, think again. One Texas mom, who was tired of her son not answering her calls and texts, decided to invent an app that gives kids no choice but to reply to their parental units — by locking their phones. It took her months working with developers to produce the final app called “Ignore No More.”
The good news is that independent research clearly shows that for professional developers and tech-savvy business users who are creating applications and taking app dev into their own hands, there is a faster, better, cheaper way -- with Platform as a Service (PaaS) technologies. PaaS is a cloud-based platform that allows custom business applications to be quickly developed and deployed using a visual programming environment in a web browser.
Vanson Bourne (an independent marketing research firm) recently conducted a study around rapid application development and PaaS technologies. The spring 2014 survey of 700 IT decision makers in mid-sized organizations from around the world shows a soaring demand for PaaS from organizations looking for faster development and deployment cycles. A best-in-class PaaS offers options that allow greater developer control and agility as well as enhanced productivity from faster development and deployment cycles from less coding.
Results Are In! The Vanson Bourne survey reveals 10 key findings including:
1) 93% - Overall development of new applications improved with PaaS 2) 95% - Overall deployment of new applications improved with PaaS 3) 85% - Are under pressure to reduce new application development and deployment time 4) 48% - Are already using PaaS to develop and deploy new applications 5) 54% - Reduced timescales using PaaS 6) 51% - Reduced costs for development with PaaS 7) 42% - Improved ability to continuously monitor, test and develop 8) 47% - Increased scalability and capacity for innovation 9) 69% - Anticipate that their organizations will be “mobile first” within a year (compared with 20% of those without PaaS) 10) 77% - Plan to invest in PaaS in 2014, with an average spend of more than $250K
The study anticipates that because of these benefits, the use of PaaS for application development and deployment will continue to be a focus for organizations—whether you’re in devOps or a “citizen developer” taking app dev into your own hands.
Download the August 2014 Vanson Bourne white paper “Platform-as-a-Service: Powering the development and deployment of new applications” which consolidates key survey results.
Have you used Platform as a Service for your application development efforts? If so, what is the coolest app you've created with this cloud-based platform? Or share your idea for an amazing app—we might just use it to create a solution to your business challenge. Bring it on!
Suzanne Rose was previously a senior content strategist and team lead for Progress DataDirect.
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