​Is Internet of Things adoption driving Platform-as-a-Service usage?

“New IoT-centric business applications will drive a transformation in application design practices."

The widespread adoption of the Internet of Things (IoT) is driving Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) utilisation, with more than 50 percent of all new applications developed on PaaS set to be IoT-centric by 2020.

“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,” says Benoit Lheureux, Research Vice President, Gartner.

“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.”

Lheureux says most new IoT-centric solutions will be implemented on IoT platforms, a form of multifunctional comprehensive PaaS that is a hybrid, architecturally coherent integration 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.

Through 2018, Lheureux believes more than 70 percent of IT organisations planning a private PaaS will deploy a container service (rather than PaaS framework software).

“Instead of constructing a private PaaS using a PaaS framework, many organisations adopt a container service,” Lheureux adds.

As Lheureux explains, an advanced container service provides subscribers with self-service access to container-based infrastructure - it hosts, orchestrates, schedules, scales and ensures the reliability of containers.

In addition, it may also provide other capabilities, such as monitoring, load balancing and securing container communications.

“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,” adds Lydia Leong, Research Analyst, Gartner.

“A container service is also a relatively inexpensive acquisition alternative to PaaS frameworks.”

Through 2018, more than 80 percent of organisations that deploy or assemble self-managed PaaS frameworks will not achieve the expected cloud PaaS experience.

By investing in cloud platforms, Leong believes enterprise IT leaders are seeking some or all of the key benefits of cloud for their new IT initiatives.

However, in the next three years, many self-managed private PaaS initiatives will fail to meet the IT organisation leadership's expectations of cloud characteristics.

The tension between the forces in favour of private PaaS and those demanding the full public cloud experience will intensify as self-managed private cloud disappoints - managed private (or public) PaaS will emerge as best practices.

“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,” adds Yefim V. Natis, Research Analyst, Gartner.

“Lacking this understanding leads many organizations to stop their PaaS investment at the point of technology deployment - leading to disappointing results down the road.”

By 2019, a mandatory capability for the top five aPaaS providers will be the delivery of both high-productivity and high-control PaaS options.

Large organisations facing a variety of requirements in the bimodal world will prefer aPaaS suites that can provide integrated high-control and high-productivity capabilities and, as such, these service providers will receive preferential treatment in the market.

“Combined capabilities will become a requirement for aPaaS market leadership,” Natis adds.

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