Can PaaS Really Reduce the US Fed’s IT Budget by $20.5 Billion?
by Bart Copeland

Bart Copeland, November 22, 2013
In the recent MeriTalk study (“PaaS or Play? Cloud’s Next Move”), it was reported that $20.5 Billion (or 25%) of the Fed’s annual IT budget could be saved by moving to a platform-as-a-service (PaaS). Being a private PaaS vendor we know the business value that companies can gain from using platforms like ours. It’s why we’ve been so committed to Stackato. The improved productivity associated with using our product is astounding. One of our customers can now launch 30 applications into the cloud within the same amount of time that it used to take to launch and manage one application. This study found a similar savings, with respondents reporting a 31% saving over their application’s life cycle when using PaaS.  
For those who aren’t familiar the term PaaS, it’s a platform that allows companies to develop, deploy and manage their web applications much more efficiently than ever before. PaaS allows developers to code without the hassles of infrastructure setup. So Instead of a developer putting in a request to IT to set up an environment, waiting for it to be done, and then hoping it matches what they have on their own machine, developers just deploy to the cloud and the environment they deploy to is the exact same as what they were developing on. The time savings is clearno wait time and a more streamlined process.  
By the way, if you don’t change the process, employees will find a way to circumnavigate the system. In this study, 37% reported using a tool or application that wasn’t officially approved.  Whether you call it “going rogue” or “shadow IT”, it translates into significant security gaps for a company. Given that security has been a big reason that companies have been resistant to move to the cloud in the first place, by not finding a way to streamline your development process with a PaaS, you’re making your organization more vulnerable.
With a private PaaS like Stackato you can give developers what they want and IT has control. So you still can meet all of the compliance, data and cloud security issues without overburdening your already resource strapped IT operations groups. PaaS lets you do more with less. 
The benefits to the companies using PaaS are undeniable, but I think it’s only now that others are really seeing the time savings (and ultimately the cost savings) to it. PaaS is not an extrait’s an essential component to maximizing a company’s investment in the cloud.

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Bart Copeland is our CEO and president. He's passionate about ensuring that everyone at ActiveState has a lot of fun while solving complex problems with applications that provide real benefit to our customers. He holds an MBA in Technology Management from the University of Phoenix and a Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of British Columbia.