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July 09, 2014

What Can the Cloud Offer for Application Development?

There’s a reason Apple (News - Alert) coined the term “there’s an app for that.” In today’s business world, there really is, at least almost always, an app for something we need. Apps have increased email and response times, open the door for mobile advertising, lowered technology costs and increased telecommuting opportunities.

Developers are turning to Platform as a Service (PaaS) solutions to help make their own apps in the cloud and have said apps accessible from anywhere.

PaaS gives developers the ability to easily create new enterprise-grade applications, distribute and manage across the entire user base without downtime. Independent software vendors can accelerate the time to market of their apps, while enterprise developers can consolidate back-office applications into a single environment.

Companies like Out Systems offer these sorts of services so businesses can do just that. Business names like Cablevision, ING, HP, Volkswagon and Yellow Pages use Out Systems to help deliver to its customers mission critical Web and mobile apps.

What’s the big deal, really, about building cloud applications? Results of a 2012 survey from Evans Data Cloud Development found that cloud platforms reduce overall development time by an average of 11.6 percent. This is largely due to the cloud platform's ability to streamline the development process, including the ability to quickly get the development assets online. Cloud platforms also provide the ability to collaborate on development efforts, which is also a benefit.

Cloud computing differs from traditional forms of software applications, in that it does not call for a program to be purchased, downloaded, and installed on a particular operating system via hardware, and at a specific location. Business application development in the cloud is a business-to-business industry, and has proven to be beneficial for both the provider and the client. Many Fortune 500 companies have already implemented such forms of systems integration.

Hear what Out Systems had to say about application development in the cloud straight from this year’s Cloud Expo.

Edited by Maurice Nagle

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