The Impact of Cloud Computing on Custom Application Development

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Traditionally, custom enterprise-grade application development has been severely limited due to the costs and complications associated with traditional software.

Today, however, the landscape of custom application development is radically changing. The recent advancements in cloud computing services has significantly dropped the costs of developing custom applications and has enabled companies to explore a wider range of software to develop their applications.

The Power of Cloud Computing

Cloud computing has effectively solved the financial and infrastructural problems associated in developing custom applications, as it eases the financial investment previously required to set up a the sophisticated developer environment necessary to build, test, and deploy custom applications.

As a result, the introduction of cloud platforms has enabled developers to solely focus on creating highly scalable modern applications. Further, the process of marketing these custom applications is less time consuming and more effective as a result of the flexibility provided by cloud computing services. See, when applications are run in the cloud they are accessed as a service – this is known as Software as a Service (SaaS). By utilising Software as a Service, companies can deliver services in a cost effective and efficient manner. This process enables businesses to work in conjunction with partners to develop applications and quickly distribute them in the market.

The advantages of using cloud computing services over traditional software go beyond just the drop in costs. The traditional methods of developing custom applications which often took months to complete has now dropped to just weeks. With all the required software and tools available in the cloud, developers can work more efficiently and productively than they could if they were using traditional software, where more often than not, additional components were required to develop a complete application. Today’s heavily simplified approach of accessing applications online allows developers to produce comprehensive enterprise level applications simply through a web browser, without the clunkiness or technical burdens of traditional solutions.
Another main benefits of using cloud computing services for application development is the efficient use of resources of IT deployments. Applications that utilise virtualized IT services are generally more efficient and better equipped to meet user demands. The pay-per-use model of cloud computing services provides clients with flexibility in how much they want to spend and thus eliminates unnecessary expenses. Also, cloud computing services allow you to deliver your application on multiple devices; this allows companies to design their applications so that they are compatible with a range of devices.

The Downside of Cloud Computing

A common problem associated with cloud computing services is that a considerable amount of companies are using the same technology, thus making it difficult for companies to gain a competitive advantage over their rivals. While cloud computing has made it simpler and cheaper to develop custom applications, businesses still need to be exploring new grounds to develop unique custom applications that are different from what competing businesses are producing. The decreased costs provided by cloud computing services has lifted the financial restrictions imposed on the development of custom applications, now it is up to businesses to take advantage of the financial freedom and develop applications that meet customer demand.

Cloud computing services have paved the way for a brighter future in the world of application development. The decrease in costs and increased efficiency in using cloud computing services to develop custom applications has already shown results in the advanced enterprise applications being distributed today. The advantages provided by cloud computing are impressive, but the development of cloud-based applications requires the implementation of new strategies to develop applications that meet the requirements of software-as-a-service. In saying that, organizations now have a broad range of cost effective tools they can utilise to gain a competitive edge.