Interview: Cloud Platforms – Opportunities and Risks

In terms of number of client inquiries, interest in cloud platforms — also known as “platform as a service” (PaaS) — continues to grow rapidly. Clients are building new applications on Force.com and Microsoft Azure, as well as using “private” PaaS options like Apprenda to consolidate enterprise application portfolios on to a standard multitenant development platform.

Although PaaS still represents a relatively small slice of the cloud market, it’s an incredibly exciting space. Developers are creating platforms for other developers to make their jobs easier. PaaS is where much of the innovation in cloud is happening today.

Here’s an interview I did recently on the opportunities and risks inherent in cloud platforms.



About the auhor

Stanton helps enterprise IT and sourcing leaders rationalize and capitalize on emerging technology opportunities in the context of the global sourcing industry. He brings extensive knowledge of today’s cloud and automation ecosystems, as well as other disruptive trends that are helping to shape and disrupt the business computing landscape. Stanton has been with ISG for more over a decade. During his tenure he has helped clients develop, negotiate and implement cloud infrastructure sourcing strategies, evaluate and select software-as-a-service platforms, identify and implement best-in-class service brokerage models, and assess how the emerging cloud master architecture can be leveraged for competitive advantage. Stanton has also guided a number of leading service providers in the development of next-generation cloud strategies. Stanton is a recognized industry expert, and has been quoted in CIOForbes and The Times of London. You can follow Stanton on Twitter: @stantonmjones.