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Creating cloud-native apps is popular, but perhaps easier for startups and companies who are just getting into building and development. What if your focus is not on building apps, or if you are dealing with the challenges of legacy systems?

Cloud-native apps are definitely not the be-all and end-all. There are many things that traditional enterprises can learn from the themes and ideas of building for the cloud — even if these companies never actually build an app.

Take a look at these common aspects of cloud-native app development. Each one is beneficial in this environment for many reasons. These benefits can translate to traditional enterprises, too.

Of course, if you find that you are interested in straight-up cloud-native app development, we can help with that!

Infrastructure as a Service and Scaling

Companies building cloud-native apps love infrastructure as a service (IaaS). With IaaS, they can essentially rent out the systems needed to create apps in the cloud. Doing this, the companies do not have to manage any of the infrastructure they are using.

Letting go of this infrastructure is a wise business move. It is often more economically feasible to use IaaS, something that any company can get behind whether creating cloud-native apps or not. Using IaaS means companies are paying for operating expenses, instead of funding the actual items they are using. Sometimes it makes more sense to outsource.

IaaS is all about scaling, letting businesses add and subtract machines as needed. Scaling is a business theme that goes a long way, in all industries and applications. What does your business need to scale smarter? Pay-as-you-go services are financially flexible — are you using them? What about getting a plan in place to make sure you can support any future growth? Cloud developers are ready to scale, and that makes a big difference.

IaaS is often seen as the first step toward developing in the cloud. In fact, it is something that is beneficial for companies even without the development aspect. Any time you can reduce your reliance on premise-based systems, you will cut costs and boost performance, among other great results.

Platform as a Service and Simplification

Another approach to cloud-native apps is platform as a service (PaaS). With PaaS, companies are working entirely in the cloud, from hardware to operating systems. This is a major simplification, and one that any enterprise can learn from.

Think about automation (known as continuous delivery in the world of cloud-native apps). When your entire system is running in the cloud through PaaS, automation is easy, because it is simple. And that simplification means that the mundane tasks that every company faces are suddenly happening reliably without taking up internal time. When you can automate and simplify, you free up people, time and money to pursue other goals.

There are probably things that your enterprise can automate, whether it is sending out customer emails, running reports, or creating backups. Similarly, there are probably many things in your company that could use a dose of simplification. The benefits are the same whether you are creating apps or working with legacy systems.

DevOps and Collaboration

DevOps is, in simple terms, the collaboration of developers and operation teams. Where these two important groups have traditionally worked separately in getting an app to market, they are now coming together as a cohesive unit focused on quick, collaborative delivery.

DevOps is a cultural shift that enhances the way a business runs. With this collaborative approach, the back and forth is cut down and turned into partnership, where people on both sides of the team are able to work together to create well-made applications consistently and effectively.

What can we learn from DevOps? A lot! Although a large part of DevOps is the use of cloud technology to make that collaborative environment even more effective, the collaboration itself is important to every company.

Working in silos is challenging for any business. When your team members are not collaborating, it is all to easy for one person, or one department, to move ahead with something only to find out that there is a missing piece that could have been addressed long before the project picked up steam.

DevOps, on the other hand, is a culture that impacts your whole company and promotes partnership on all levels. With a collaborative approach like this, everyone’s ideas matter, small problems are picked up and fixed before they blow up, and you can meet your clients’ needs adeptly.

Our DevOps services help align your teams, boosting collaboration for the benefit of your business. Our experts will work hard to understand what is, and isn’t working for your business, then help introduce a DevOps mindset to improve your deliverables.

The next time you are working on a project, consider how it could be improved through a shared and unified workplace culture. Getting into Cloud-Native App Development Interested in cloud-native apps? We can help! Replatforming legacy applications is one of our areas of expertise. We aim to introduce you to the cloud in the least disruptive manner possible, saving you time and money by future proofing your systems usage.

We also assist businesses in building a Platform as a Service so that your team can focus on development and not infrastructure. Our PaaS approach is designed to be highly flexible so you can develop for any platform, scale readily, and save time overall. Our cloud development services are focused on both the philosophies and technologies of the cloud. This means you can rely on us to find the best solutions, beyond the technological alone. We look at your business, its goals, and its culture to fine tune our expertise.

We can assist you to be more effective by coding in the cloud. Contact us today to learn more about our development services!

Posted in Cloud Development on Jun 20, 2018