Any forward thinking business will realise the potential of adopting easy-to-use, smart business applications to drive growth, improve efficiency and reduce costs.
Cloud technology, and the adoption of agile software development, which is replacing the old waterfall development cycles with a more incremental approach, is empowering businesses to build applications fast, without relying on deep technical skills, expensive IT resources or long development projects.
This enables businesses to adapt quickly to changing circumstances and also provides the freedom to collaborate more with customers and end users to identify and then address the actual pain points and processes that are required.
Using cloud technology to become more agile
Using the cloud as a platform for operating systems and software applications makes perfect sense. It removes the reliance on legacy or on-premises applications, which in turn reduces the reliance on IT infrastructure, staff resources and lost productivity due to downtime.
With its ability to make infrastructure available on demand, as a service, the cloud also cuts out some of the potentially slow and costly steps required to get software up and running.
The ease at which business can build and rollout these data-driven applications makes it much easier for them to react to changes in the market or demand for new solutions – whether internal or external. This flexibility makes companies much more agile, can help reduce development costs and can result in a competitive advantage.
The most recent concept is Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), which provides businesses with access to everything needed to build, manage and deploy applications in one place. Commonly, these platforms also require no, or very little, coding, which means less money spent on developers and a reduction in time and resources.
Subsequently, this enables businesses to shorten the development and rollout of new systems, add-ons and applications which means that they can get to market quicker with the product or solve a business problem or requirement that is having a detrimental effect on the business.
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