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Five Things Developers Need to Know About PaaS

At 14th Cloud Expo, Progress CTO Karen Tegan Padir to distill PaaS and its benefits, citing real-world use cases

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Although PaaS is new, it's rapidly gaining momentum, with growth projected at 48 percent annually by Technavio, the research firm, and topping $6 billion in value by 2016. If PaaS is treated as a strategic opportunity to align agendas across IT and across the business, it may well prove to be a ʺonce in a generationʺ opportunity to clarify, improve, and strengthen everything developers do.

As with any new technology or approach to doing business, PaaS will appeal to different groups for different reasons. The clear business value is that PaaS is added at the application layer. For ISVs, PaaS can help extend the availability of a traditional software product or enable organizations to add new capabilities to their existing IT spectrum. It's also helpful to anyone wishing to achieve productivity gains, speed time to results, or reduce their costs. But like any technological shift, PaaS adoption requires changes in how people work and demands collaboration if it is to be as successful as possible.

In her session at 14th Cloud Expo, Karen Tegan Padir, CTO at Progress Software, will give a comprehensive overview of PaaS and explain the top five things that developers need to know about this new way to support and deliver applications by leveraging cloud technology. She will distill PaaS and its benefits, citing real-world use cases and sharing tips for deployment:

  1. Speed. PaaS gets ideas to market quicker, opening new, cloud-based delivery options for existing applications. Because of the power it provides, it is clearly the ʺnext big thingʺ for the developer community.
  2. Simplicity. Productivity PaaS offerings are often a model-driven approach to development and deployment that invoke high level programming languages, or even template-based software to help users, including those with little or no coding background, to create functioning business applications. Deployment is greatly simplified through PaaS because developers don't have to think about architecting, managing, or scaling the virtual machines that support the application.
  3. It's about the app. With PaaS, there's no need to worry about the assembly of the stack. Developers bring the application, and the PaaS provider takes care of everything else, including: Internet connectivity, power, hardware, operating systems, databases, web servers, application servers, monitoring, backup, restore, failover and scaling.
  4. A cloud on-ramp. By reducing the complexity of deploying software across multiple cloud computing instances - PaaS will help organizations jumpstart their hybrid cloud strategies. For companies aiming to modernize or use existing code, PaaS obviates the need to think about middleware and infrastructure and makes use of wizards and templates to update applications and even deliver new features quickly.
  5. Data integration is key. Increasingly organizations will need to move data between different applications running on different instances of cloud computing. By choosing a PaaS provider with real-time data integration tools, companies can develop applications quickly, deploy them anywhere, and easily integrate with real-time data from multiple sources for faster business reaction, analysis and problem solving.

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Speaker Bio:
As Chief Technology Officer, Karen Tegan Padir, a Progress senior vice president and 20-year software industry veteran, is responsible for defining and delivering the company's technology strategy, innovation and vision, reporting to President and Chief Executive Officer Phil Pead.

Padir joined Progress Software in September 2012 as senior vice president and business line executive for application development, the company's largest product line. Under her leadership, the Progress® OpenEdge® development platform was revitalized and major new versions incorporating advanced mobile and business rules capabilities introduced.

Padir joined Progress from EnterpriseDB, where she was most recently executive vice president, products & engineering, and was responsible for all product functions. During her tenure there, Padir tripled the product portfolio, which yielded 146 percent growth in new customers and 100 percent revenue growth. Prior to EnterpriseDB, she was senior vice president of software infrastructure & MySQL at Sun Microsystems. As one of the founding members of the J2EE team, she was critical in the growth of the entire middleware business, comprising MySQL, Glassfish Application Server, Identity, Access and Roles Management, Directory Server and the SOA Portfolio. Under her leadership, Glassfish became the industry's most used Java EE compatible application server.

She holds an MBA and a BS in Computer Science from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). Padir serves on WPI's board of trustees.

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