Moving from SaaS to PaaS

Michael Vizard
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Eight Insights on the True Value of SaaS

Cloud computing and SaaS bring so much more to the table than simple outsourcing.

There's clearly a lot of interest in using the cloud to develop and deploy applications. The question that many IT organizations are wrestling with now is how best to go about it. There has been an explosion in the number of platform-as-a-service (PaaS) options that are available, but each new platform brings with it additional management and integration challenges.

The folks at ServiceNow, a provider of IT management tools that are invoked using a software-as-a-service (SaaS) model, argue that IT organizations that use its platform already have access to a PaaS platform.

ServiceNow CTO Arne Josefsberg notes that ServiceNow makes available a JavaScript application development toolkit that essentially turns ServiceNow into a PaaS platform in the cloud. Given the fact that many IT organizations are already using ServiceNow to manage their IT operations, many of them have begun building customer applications for their organizations. That approach offers a path of least resistance because they already have licenses to use the platform, says Josefsberg.

What's interesting about this is that as SaaS vendors move to allow customers to create their own applications, many of them are becoming PaaS platforms, thereby blurring the distinction between SaaS and PaaS.

That might add a lot of additional nuance into an already-confusing cloud computing marketplace. But if history is any guide, IT organizations as a general rule like to deal with as few vendors as possible, which means when it comes to PaaS it may turn out that SaaS vendors are already the incumbent provider.

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Apr 23, 2012 4:15 AM eUKhosts Cloud Hosting eUKhosts Cloud Hosting  says:

That's actually how the market is trending. More and more consumers have started to feel the much needed flexibility with PaaS solutions offered by various providers today. Though the only hassle remains is with the non-standardised platform offerings across the providers. This is one of the major reasons why many consumers are reluctant to choosing such a service, they do want to get into the hassles of rearranging stuffs when switching between the providers.

May 2, 2012 11:38 AM scott scott  says:

Rapid ability to provide solutions is another reason I see using the PaaS.  It extremely challenging internally to get a solution stack in place in a timely manner.  It's really hard to get all the needed tickets requested to get a database, application server, folder on the source code repository, testing teams engaged, information architecture team to bless the db schema, network teams to get a dns entry, monitor team to set up some monitors.  Before you know it months have gone by and all you got is some code running locally on a developers box under his desk using mySQL that doesn't fit "corporate standards". 


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