Implementing a Platform as a Service product can be a big benefit for companies with sights set on effective, efficient application development, but there are certainly challenges to consider. Before going live with a particular PaaS product, be sure to spend time considering the potential drawbacks of doing so.
The benefits of PaaS will apply under virtually all circumstances, particularly if proper attention is given to the available products and due diligence is involved in the decision-making process. If the wrong product is selected, of course, issues may arise, but by and large, a thoughtful implementation process can save time, money, and improve development abilities.
However, the potential consequences should always be evaluated, particularly in light of an implementation timeline. These include:
- Interruption to existing projects: If you are partially finished with an important project, implementing a PaaS solution may result in a delayed timeline or the need to balance a new system and an existing system simultaneously. Instead, it’s best to make a switch in between major deadlines.
- Startup costs: As with any software or hardware upgrade or switch, the initial costs will be higher. These can be recouped down the road due to the potential for future savings but at the start, companies will need to be able to cover the costs of implementation without doing significant harm to the bottom line.
- Adjustments to business practices: In some cases, switching to a new platform for application development can lead to a change in the way the development process is managed. This can extend from responsibilities held to point of contact for IT personnel. At least initially, this can slow the process of producing new applications.
- Onboarding requirements: Many developers are highly skilled professionals who understand the principles of development irrespective of the platform in use. However, this does not negate the need for some form of onboarding in the process of adopting a new system. Development staff will need to be trained to be expert users of an PaaS option.
- Third-party resources: With many PaaS products, particularly those hosted through a public cloud, users are at the mercy of third-party resources to manage things like security and upgrades. Partnering with new supporting staff can be a challenge, particularly if new practices do not align with preferred methodology.
PaaS options can be a great fit for many businesses, but there’s no one right product or service for everyone. If you are considering Platform as a Service opportunities, be sure to speak to your private cloud provider or service provider to learn more about finding the right fit for your existing infrastructure.