Top 7 Reasons to Modernize Applications with AzureOctober 15, 2018
When you’re thinking about building (or re-building) applications in the cloud, you can maximize the benefits of this process by leaning on the Azure platform as a service (PaaS). This gives you everything you need to create and deliver applications of all types—from simple cloud-based widgets to sophisticated, cloud-enabled enterprise applications.
Not only does Azure PaaS give you behind-the-scenes infrastructure (like servers, storage, and networking), it also includes middleware, development tools, business intelligence services, database management systems, and more. Basically, it’s got everything you need to build and manage great applications. Microsoft says that their clients tend to use PaaS for these reasons:
- Build on an existing development framework to create or customize cloud-based applications
- Use built-in analytics and BI tools to analyze data to find insights that can help improve your forecasting, product design decisions, investment returns, and more
- Take advantage of other services to make better applications, like workflow, directory, security, and scheduling
Here are the top benefits of going with PaaS.
1. Offload maintenance
When you host your virtual machines in the cloud, you’re off the hook for the traditional maintenance and updates required. This means that your dev team doesn’t have to deal with the day-to-day humdrum of installing system updates and patches. Instead, they can focus on developing great applications and deploying them more quickly.
2. Cut coding time
Dev tools available in the cloud can cut the time it takes to code new apps. That’s because there are pre-coded application components built into the platform. Things like workflow, directory services, search, and much more. So your team doesn’t waste time re-creating the wheel—you refocus your efforts on making it roll faster and more smoothly.
3. Expand your dev capabilities, not your headcount
Built-in cloud components let you easily add new dev capabilities—without having to add new staff to make it happen.
4. Reach more platforms
The cloud is designed to help you develop applications that can run on many platforms. Everything from computers to mobile devices to browsers to even IoT devices. And again, it makes it easy to add new application destinations—without adding more dev people.
5. Use sophisticated tools affordably
There are many dev tools out there that might be too pricey for you to purchase outright. But the cloud’s pay-as-you-go model makes it easy to try out an array of sophisticated software for development, business intelligence, analytics, and more. This lets you dip your toe in the water, rather than taking the full plunge.
6. Develop from anywhere
When you develop in the cloud, you develop online. This means your dev teams can technically work from anywhere. The cloud is a great dev environment for distributed teams with talent spread across anywhere in the world.
7. Manage the application lifecycle efficiently
The Microsoft cloud is designed with an eye toward the end-to-end application lifecycle. It makes it easy for you to complete each step in the process: build, test, deploy, manage, and update. And it’s all possible within the same environment.
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Source: Microsoft. Cloud Migration and Modernization Playbook. 2018.