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Three Ways PaaS Can Enable IT as a Service

By Atos Apprenda Support

IT as a Service

IT as a Service should be and is the end game for today’s leading enterprise organizations. There are many takes on what this term really means, but this is the result of building a dynamic and on-demand IT paradigm that can just as easily serve up availability on public resources as it can within your data center. As a result, the IT department becomes a profit center that is charging back end users for usage of a superior product. One starting point to achieve IT-as-a-Service is the ability to offer true developer self-service.

One way to achieve IT as a Service is to not only build out world-class infrastructure, but to invest in an enterprise-grade Platform as a Service (PaaS), which can abstract the application layer from the infrastructure, creating an unparalleled economy of scale to achieve the productivity and efficiency increases needed to create parity between private and public resources.

End users for IT as a Service can be broken down into multiple roles, but for simplification let’s focus only on custom application developers. How do you use IT as a Service to best suit the needs of this population? We propose that they use a PaaS to help them achieve the “Three S’s” approach: simplicity, streamlining, and speed.

Simplicity

Custom app developers should be able to deploy and test their code as simply as possible. There’s no need for red tape and bureaucracy within the process. Once code is complete, the developer should be able to push that code to Dev/Test, QA, UAT, Production, etc., without having to manually request anything from IT, thus delaying the entire process. The infrastructure should be responsive and smart enough to understand what is being deployed and where it should be deployed. The entire deployment process requires automation to truly simplify things for the development community.

Streamlining

Repeatable processes should be streamlined and automated. Why does a developer need to constantly load balance their applications if that can be automated? The same goes for coding for authentication, authorization, and many other processes that are normally a one-off on a per app basis. This should be less of a developer focus and more the job of responsive IT as a Service. Developers can deploy code with ease and rely on common architectural characteristics to be handled for them. Additionally, deploying an application should feel exactly the same to the developer regardless of the underlying infrastructure.

Speed

By making the entire deployment process simpler and streamlined, the overall development process becomes much faster. Developers can go from code complete to different stages of the application lifecycle much faster. The end result is delivering critical applications to market 10-100x faster than with traditional methods. Developers not only become more productive, but innovation will accelerate within the enterprise.

What Apprenda Can Do

Apprenda’s PaaS can offer developers access to the necessary resources to achieve unprecedented productivity through an on-demand model. IT is now a trusted partner that serves up their best of breed infrastructure offerings to developers through a platform that provides guide rails to stay within corporate policies, governance, and standards, all while developers have the autonomy to make their own design decisions and build game-changing applications.

By using Apprenda as a linchpin of your organization’s IT as a Service strategy, you also gain the ability to show the usage of applications across all infrastructure, be it private or public. This usage metering can serve as the basis of a chargeback/showback effort to finally transform IT into a profit center.

 

Atos Apprenda Support