For companies that have long relied on internal development tools, making the switch to cloud computing can be both overwhelming and a little frightening. After all, this means taking an important part of operations and putting it in the hands of others. However, with the many advantages of PaaS, it’s not uncommon for companies to charge forward with a switch from on-site servers to cloud-based alternatives.
However, it’s important for companies to be educated in the differences between the two models. Making the switch may require increased flexibility and adaptability, especially as developers will be using new tools and interfaces. This may result in a learning curve that can delay projects and compromise output during the onboarding process. However, the automation tools offered in most PaaS solutions can more than make up for this experience, providing faster roll-outs once all developers are up to speed.
Further, internal development platforms are far more customizable than many PaaS options. While PaaS solutions often offer superior tools and more up-to-date resources, companies that choose this avenue may not be able to fine-tune platforms to fit their unique needs in the same way. Access to more tools isn’t always necessarily better – many companies will not need all of the available features, rendering their presence moot – so adapting to an interface that offers too much versus a more streamlined and customized interface can be a burden.
However, the PaaS model can usually go above and beyond what an internal solution can offer. As updates are automatic and tools are state-of-the-art, managing development projects can be a smoother, less stressful process. Further, companies have the opportunity to incorporate better or more efficient tools with which they may not be familiar currently, increasing available resources.
For companies that don’t have excessive development needs yet or aren’t facing niche needs will likely have few, if any, issues in making the switch. However, those who have a long history of work with internal systems may need to adjust viewpoint and practices in order to embrace a PaaS platform that is less customizable and more one-site-fits-all.