5. PaaS goes mainstream. Platform-as-a-Service finally goes mainstream in 2014. This cloud layer will become the choice for many businesses and IT decision makers because it supports better and faster development, agility, analytics, cloud-based cost-advantages, and vast scalability. The growing popularity of cloud-based applications in the region will see many developers jumping onto the PaaS bandwagon as they look into rapid and simplified process of developing new software solutions. Providing structure and control that meets the near-term and strategic needs of management will further accelerate adoption. The capabilities available through a PaaS will drive further organizational changes – putting powerful data integration tools into the hands of LoB specialists and making data integration ubiquitous.
“In Asia, we are already seeing the beginnings of change for the Internet of Things, big data, cloud or mobility, and expect business to see accelerated change in these areas in 2014," said Stephen McNulty, Managing Director, Asia Pacific and Japan at Progress. "The successful organisation will take a good look at the needs of the end-user first – creating an empowerment profile for each group – and providing them with the tools they need to be productive and efficient. One size will no longer fit all, especially in this part of the world where technology infrastructure varies with each market. Enterprises in markets like Indonesia and the Philippines may choose to deploy a PaaS for rapid application development to meet the demands of end-users, while enterprises in Singapore may choose to launch an enterprise app store instead to help employees gain access to the apps they want in a secure environment. In any case, it’s about the information and being able to access it whenever, wherever and however its needed.”
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