February 6, 2008
A level 3 platform – Platform as a Service – is looking to be the possible alternative to the on-premise stack of development and operation tools. but who will use it and why ? lets start with the why:
No Data Center operations – in the cloud economy of scale, lower TCO.
Unlimited SLA based scalability – Agile and reliable computing resources.
End to End In Browser SaaS solution – no configuration, plug and play productivity.
Portal based process oriented holistic environment – A higher level of IT productivity.
Business Domain development only – smart reuse of technology stack, Shorter TTM.
Environment Management and Deployment – Instant deployment to many environments.
Full Service Management and Monitoring – Built in to the technology stack.
BusinessEvent Bus -Enterprise Nervous System.
Overall order of magnitude IT cost & time reduction.
We can see that such a platform offers an order of magnitude improvement in the Strategy, Development and Management of IT for ISVs, Enterprises and Web sites. For those looking for shorter TTM and lower TCO this is the most appealing option.
However there are attributes which we find in today’s on premise technology and architecture which may become a barrier when considering the use of a level 3 platform product. I will address them in my next post.