A new Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) offering from IBM is helping organisations to build and deploy their own software applications quickly and effectively.
The company is giving enterprises an opportunity to rent IBM's PaaS cloud computing platform of integrated middleware, monitoring, networks, servers and storage.
IBM released this solution because it realises the importance of PaaS to streamline new application development and its survey shows that forward looking IT leaders are adopting PaaS for business advantage.
About 20 percent of respondents from a pool of more than 1,500 IT decision makers from 18 countries are currently using PaaS, although more than half recognise the opportunity it offers.
"Just as auto makers have used common platforms or chassis to manufacture their lines of cars more efficiently, PaaS allows organisations to standardise their IT platform and quickly introduce new competitive offerings," said Erich Clementi, senior vice president of IBM Global Technology Services. "IBM is focused on industrialising this cloud platform to drive business innovation around key enterprise applications."
PaaS as a way to drive innovation
To keep computing costs low and expedite delivery of new products and services, business and technology leaders are searching for a new type of cloud computing and PaaS addresses most of the requirements.
Forty-nine percent of IT decision-makers said they see PaaS as a way to drive innovation and improve the whole application lifecycle across the enterprise.
These IT decision-makers believe PaaS can standardise efforts for development, deployment, production and maintenance.
PaaS can also drive greater differentiation and strategic impact for a business, according to 49 percent of IT decision-makers.
IBM's study recommends that business leaders can harness the power of PaaS by differentiating the way applications are created, developed and managed.
Working with a skilled partner will also help IT leaders to identify best practices and expertise, and harvest repeatable patterns to be leveraged across the cloud platform.
"This study is one of the first deep dives into what arguably is considered the least understood area of cloud computing," said Kevin Thompson, manager at the IBM Center for Applied Insights. "The major finding is that these cloud Pioneers have a greater comfort level with the cloud concept and depend on its repeatable and standardised best practices to focus greater efforts at the application level driving business innovation."
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