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Amidst the Developer Noise, PaaS Signals for Growth

Choosing the right PaaS

The PaaS market is filled with noise. "Platform as a Service" is surrounded with blind men around the elephant, each with their own definition PaaS. This is further compounded by the fact that the Application Platforms landscape is changing quickly as well. We keep hearing that "Developers" want control of the code, access to the nuts and bolts of the service they intend to consume. The same "Developers" seem to be adopting PaaS because of the tremendous speed and scale advantage. And the same "Developers" seem to be clamoring over the security and architectural compliance matters. There's even talk of developer cloud mutiny! There are use cases that are simplified to the usage of a Private PaaS, but that's only addressing the matter from a hosting and Data Control standpoint, beyond which the concern should be how the Platform Stack is built and provided to the developers. However, there's a context to every statement.

Amidst the Developer noise, PaaS signals for growth

The definition of the PaaS and its use case is very different for a freelance developer,

v/s. ISV trying to build a SaaS App,

v/s. an SME business trying to leverage the agility of a ready-to-use Platform,

v/s. Rogue developers in Enterprises trying to get something done quickly,

v/s. ‘devops' trying to decide on a Platform for a set of Business Applications,

v/s. Enterprise IT trying to decide on a Platform across the business.

And that's where it's important to understand. That PaaS is not "one" single defined entity and has multiple flavors to it. Our Platform deals with Applications made for Enterprise Business use case. In this context, the decisions are driven by multiple factors, but are not an oversimplified "Control v/s Independence" kind of decisions that individual developers go through. We see strong use cases for a robust Enterprise Applications Platform that provides the IT the Agility to respond to business users and with a quality & robustness of stack that makes the platform an apple-to-apple choice between Build v/s Buy.

Gartner predicted that worldwide PaaS market will hit USD 1.5 billion by year-end, and we see the trend heating up as well. So, one advice for anyone assessing a PaaS buying decision would be to not get swayed by the market noise, but make an informed decision based on the use case, functional and architectural fitmenthow the PaaS proposition fits your dev cycle, and of course the financial viability of the payment model. We see strong growth for Application PaaS ahead in 2013! Good times for developers, Good times for enterprises!

More Stories By Suresh Sambandam

After an initial entrepreneurial stint for three years at the age of 19, Suresh Sambandam went on to work at Hewlett-Packard. Later, Suresh joined Selectica and rose to senior position, as Director of e-Insurance product division in a short-span. The e-Insurance division and its products were later acquired by Accenture. Suresh is a technocrat specializing in product engineering with expertise in software architecture for complex enterprise applications, inference engines, configuration engines, rule-based computing and enterprise middleware. He has applied for multiple patents. Suresh is passionate about entrepreneurship, technology startups and spends a significant amount of personal time in the start-up ecosystem in Chennai. Suresh is a member of the National Council for Emerging Companies Forum and also a core committee member of Product Forum at NASSCOM. He also does mentoring for budding entrepreneurs at IIT Bombay, E-Cell. Suresh is a regular speaker at various industry forums & academic institutions.

Suresh is the Founder & CEO of OrangeScape. OrangeScape is a platform (PaaS - Platform as a Service) to develop process oriented business applications that can be deployed "On Cloud" and "On Premise". OrangeScape supports platforms like Google App Engine and Microsoft Azure as cloud deployment option and Microsoft .Net and J2EE as on-premise deployment options. OrangeScape has 50+ customers including global brands like Unilever, Citibank, Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Fullterton, etc. OrangeScape in the only Indian company has been featured in the PaaS research reports of Forrester and Gartner. OrangeScape has been featured as 'India's Rising Tech Stars' by Forbes(US) magazine. OrangeScape was showcased as one of the 3 emerging product companies in India by Nasscom and was also awarded 'Top IT Innovations' for 2 consecutive years.

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