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5 Significant ways Microsoft Azure PaaS creates opportunities for Enterprises

With the rapid growth in technology innovation, enterprises are constantly impeded by the complexity of delivering highly scalable applications. An IaaS Cloud model offers compelling benefits such as time, scale and hardware utilization savings, however, building an application from design to deploy for many enterprises involves many lead times. It consists of setting up application servers, configuring virtual machines, load balancers, monitoring tools and many more. However, Platform as a Service (PaaS) cloud model simplifies this process. The potential of Microsoft Azure PaaS goes beyond the expectations that Enterprises may have. This revolutionary platform brings entirely new opportunities for enterprises. Before we detail some of them, let’s take a step back and look at what PaaS actually is.

What Exactly Is PaaS?
PaaS is a type of cloud computing service that adds to the advantages provided by IaaS. IaaS lets Enterprises avoid infrastructure investment when using or provisioning cloud application. It allows Enterprises to completely focus on developing cloud applications without the repetitive tedium of many time-consuming tasks, such as server setup and configuration, required to get a suitable platform up and running. Whereas, PaaS provides appropriate middleware services, runtime container and operating system for an application, minimizes downtime costs and abstracts apps from infrastructure dependencies. Simply put, PaaS is considered as the next logical stride for IaaS.

Why Azure PaaS?
PaaS allows Enterprises to adopt new level of agility by separating away the underlying application and infrastructure stack, allowing developers to concentrate more on business requirements than on technical ones. It makes software delivery cycles simple, quick and competitive to keep pace with modern business requirements. Azure PaaS offers quick and affordable resource scaling, less IT management & faster time to market, lowers learning curve & IT overhead and less strenuous load testing. It also eliminates the need for direct investment costs, maintenance or any other related costs resulting in less CapEx and OpEx.

Of the many opportunities that Azure PaaS has to offer, let’s discuss the significant five:

Think Mobile
PaaS creates opportunities for Enterprises to think Mobile. It makes building enterprise-grade mobile apps that run on multiple platforms & devices quick and simple. Enterprises can now extend their businesses by adopting mobility strategy for BYOD and field mobility. Field forces, employees, management and operations team can now get connected in real-time, therefore automating the work-flow processes.

Integrate with Cloud innovations
The third prime opportunity has to do with integration. Many large organizations are severely siloed due to lack of real-time communication and process automatization. Shifting to a unified public PaaS provides enterprises with an opportunity to build connected enterprises. Integrating this further with cloud innovations such as IoT, machine learning and predictive analytics can help enterprises design even more powerful solutions. Thus, PaaS helps in enhancing and improving businesses with certain capabilities that have been impossible in the past.

A fast-growing manufacturing & water Utility company deploys Smart Metering Solution using Azure PaaS. This system delivers analytics & billing management capabilities and also handles data from 500,000 IoT based smart meters. It can also process more than 250 million transactions per year. – Read the story here

Design for high availability
The next way that PaaS creates an opportunity for enterprises is to build highly available applications. Enterprises aim to cut down high downtime costs and find ways to balance their on-demand needs. PaaS offers enterprises with capabilities to improve the uptime and application recovery processes such as failure detection, auto recovery of app instances, alerts & notifications and many more with auto-provisioning of resources.

Scale on-demand
The next opportunity it offers is application scalability. It often happens that a business does too well for its own short-term good, but may not be able to deal with sudden upticks in demand reducing hardware costs. However, Azure PaaS scales the cloud-computing power automatically and dynamically through “pay-as-you-use” model. PaaS backbone gives enterprises the confidence to take on projects that would usually go beyond the available capacity as they pay only for the services that they have consumed. This eliminates the need to worry on the scope of the project and the costs involved as it allows expanding and contracting the resources dynamically.

Adopt Modern Features and Technology
The most valuable opportunity that it offers is the chance to deepen and expand applications with modern features and the most appropriate technology. PaaS helps enterprises afford a chance to move capacity allocated for platform creation & deploy to refining existing apps or creating entirely new functionality. It allows an enterprise to shift its focus from maintenance issues towards innovation, which is the single most important factor in the long term success of any industry.

Enterprises are empowering their applications with PaaS capabilities showcasing an amazing 50% decrease in application development lifecycle and 90% reduction in their operations. If you have not yet started driving your business with PaaS, it’s about time you did. Azure PaaS consultants can help you in leveraging PaaS cloud computing model to start with a variety of new capabilities to enhance your business growth.

Enterprises who have adopted Azure PaaS clearly have an edge over those that don’t. Take a walk through the key lessons that can be learnt from Enterprises working on Azure PaaS. – Read the full blog here

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