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The Promise of Cloud for Enterprise Apps

Cloud computing continued to remain a significant area of contribution for enterprise and still, the continuing popularity of cloud-based services like PaaS, SaaS, and IaaS across different enterprises is a definite proof of how cloud computing helped enterprises do away with the in-house IT infrastructure, services, and professionals. When increasing number of enterprises including small and medium businesses are trying to shape their mobile presence, cloud-based services are proving as invaluable.

Today, most of the enterprise mobile app development companies find cloud platforms as a big push for precision driven and fast paced development. Here in this post, we are going to assess the real promise and scope of the cloud for a vast majority of enterprise mobile apps.

PaaS for enterprise apps

PaaS or Platform as a Service is the most common cloud service used by enterprises and enjoys the biggest impact on enterprise mobile app development. Offered to the developers as a platform this allows developers building and customizing the app with the available frameworks. As the PaaS service provider takes care of the tools, resources, and deployment, it offers unmatched ease of development and huge cost advantage compared to non-cloud enterprise app development.

PaaS is still the most preferred as it provides enterprises highest flexibility and scope of customization. Compared to SaaS (Software as a Service) enterprises using PaaS enjoys bigger flexibility as they can tweak with the runtime, servers, networking, storage and middleware in collaboration with the service provider while enjoying total control over the app and data. This greater control allows the enterprises enjoy more flexibility and monitoring over their apps. This enhanced control also makes PaaS most scalable cloud solution for enterprise apps, and they can easily do away with the concern of constraints in platform upgrades, network downtime, etc.

Most big companies who have large workforce requiring constant collaboration will find PaaS invaluable thanks to its strong networking capability irrespective of the volume and numbers. Sales focused organization who utilizes enterprise apps to allow collaboration among staff and field workers can utilize PaaS to the fullest potential for a highly customized enterprise app for their mobile workforce.

IaaS for mobile development companies

Are you an aspiring development startup in the enterprise mobile space? It is very probable that you lack the money power for the required infrastructure to go all out for building complex and feature rich enterprise apps. From storage to virtualization to networking infrastructure, all these require a hefty investment. IaaS or Infrastructure as a Service is the type of cloud service that can be ideal for these aspiring startups and small development companies venturing into enterprise mobility.

By availing IaaS, a development company can outsource the entire infrastructure to build the mobile apps. According to this model, the service provider takes care of servers, storage, virtualization, and networking while the client company has total control over the app, data, runtime and middleware.

PaaS-based cloud backend for mobile apps

At a time when quick time to market and deployment is crucial for the success of mobile apps, a PaaS based model works best to ensure faster development cycle. PaaS works great to incorporate customization in existing apps and transforming them anew with a new look and feel. Moreover, thanks to versatile control PaaS based app backend easily achieves perfection for tasks like streaming information, setting up the app and fixing the operation. Most important of all, when a business needs building several connected apps for different layers of collaboration; it can deliver a centralized cloud-based platform for all the apps.

PaaS as a cloud-based service has helped to shape and to consolidate mobile backend in numerous ways and this ultimately evolved into Mobile-Backend-as-a-Service or MBaaS. MBaaS which is nothing but a more backend focused PaaS solution offers functions ranging from managing push notifications, location specific services, cloud data storage, data synchronization, user management, etc.

The strength of mobile cloud backend

Does mobile cloud backend look promising? An infrastructure for enterprise mobile app basically comprises of server side and the client side element. With your backend related integration, collaboration and communication being entirely powered by PaaS, the enterprise app remains scalable and adaptable to situations. From easy document sharing to collaboration to high security of app data, the PaaS approach just proved ideal for building and maintaining high-quality enterprise mobile apps. While the server side app infrastructure will ensure the features and functionalities, the client side infrastructure will have total control over the app, app data, and collaboration.

The future ahead

These days with the increasing need of fast paced development for enterprise apps, no mobile app development company can afford to undermine the advantages of PaaS as a ready in hand solution. Most enterprises these days are willing to build a few numbers of apps for different verticals within the organization and trying to exercise control through a centralized app. This requires several light coded apps instead of a single heavier one. Needless to say, such an approach will require quick deployment and time to market. Naturally, PaaS proves valuable by providing complete backend support to the developers.


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