Gartner: IoT adoption ramping up platform as a service growth

Gartner: IoT adoption ramping up platform as a service growth
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Gartner believes that the use of platform as a service (PaaS) is on the rise on account of the pervasive adoption of the IoT, with the research firm adding that over 50% of all new applications developed on PaaS will be centred around the IoT by 2020, unsettling traditional architecture practices.

Most new IoT-centric solutions will be deployed on IoT platforms, a form of multifunctional holistic PaaS, Gartner argues. The platforms would be a combination of application platform as a service (aPaaS), integration platform as a service (iPaaS), IoT device management, orchestration and business process management services as a platform (bpmPaaS), database PaaS (dbPaaS) and analytics services.

Benoit Lheureux, research vice president at Gartner, said: “IoT adoption will drive additional use of PaaS to implement IoT-centric business applications built around event-driven architecture and IoT data, instead of business applications built around traditional master data. New IoT-centric business applications will drive a transformation in application design practices that focus on real-time contextually rich decisions, event-analysis, lightweight workflow, and broad access to Web-scale data.”

Gartner has made a few other predictions related to this field. By 2018, more than 70% of IT organisations planning a private PaaS will deploy a container service, as opposed to PaaS framework software. Over 80% of organisations that implement or assemble self-managed PaaS frameworks will not benefit from targeted cloud PaaS experiences by 2018. Additionally, a mandatory capability for the top five aPaaS providers will be the delivery of both high-productivity and high-control PaaS alternatives by 2019.

Lydia Leong, vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner, said: “For advanced technical teams a container service may be better than a PaaS framework for the desired balance between developer productivity, breadth of viable application architectures, IT operations control, and the complexity of implementation. A container service is also a relatively inexpensive acquisition alternative to PaaS frameworks.”

Yefim V. Natis, vice president and Gartner fellow, said: “Success with a private cloud (including PaaS) requires a recognition of the essential cultural and organisational changes to IT organisations, as well as technology changes. Lacking this understanding leads many organisations to stop their PaaS investment at the point of technology deployment — leading to disappointing results down the road.”

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