Let’s settle two things from the outset – firstly, PaaS is (I believe) the future of cloud services and will be the area for growth in the coming years. Secondly, I’m an investor and board member in Appsecute so I’m naturally bullish about what they’re doing. That said, today’s announcement is a real leap in providing enterprises with what they need.
Let’s take a step backwards and remember that there exists a massive tension in the enterprise – on the one side are developers who just want to be able to get sh1t done and use the tools that best allow them to deliver outcomes. On the other side you have enterprise IT who is tasked with ensuring that an organization’s data and services remain secure. This two step generally shows up by developers resorting to shadow IT to get things done, and enterprise IT playing whack-a-mole with solutions they haven’t approved of.
So what’s the answer? Well the answer is finding systems that allow developers to use a variety of different tools and platforms, while doing so in a way that enables enterprise IT to maintain visibility over the portfolio of applications and platforms being used throughout their organization. Which is why I’m really excited by the new release that Appsecute is unveiling at CloudBeat today.
Appsecute is demoing the seamless integration of Heroku and Cloud Foundry platforms, all within one single management layer. This is the first time that I know of that enterprises are being given a single pane of glass at a PaaS layer – before know they’ve ever had to commit to one PaaS, to utilize multiple management consoles, or to rely on lower level infrastructure to get heterogeneous management. Tyler Power, CTO and co-founder of Appsecute hit the head on the nail when he said that:
Developers are adopting PaaS, using a mixture of tools, platforms and languages to get the job done faster and easier than ever before. But this introduces a huge chasm between the developers and the IT department. IT are often criticized for being controlling and lacking agility, but they have strategic and legal requirements they must deal with that PaaS doesn’t address. This prevents the true value of PaaS from being released
By reconciling these two groups, Appsecute is encouraging collaboration, clear following of process and procedure, and a degree of cross-platform audit that is unheralded. Exciting times indeed!
(Cross-posted @ The Diversity Blog - SaaS, Cloud & Business Strategy)