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Independent Thought Leadership Paper finds developers expect their use of PaaS to increase at 2X the rate of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), while use of on-premise solutions will decrease
MINNEAPOLIS, MN — Four51 announced today the results of a commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting which revealed that modern developers who work with B2B eCommerce solutions increasingly favor cloud-hosted Platforms-as-a-Service (PaaS). This is largely due to their needs for modern APIs and integration capabilities, support for mobile, security requirements, as well as ability to customize and rapidly deploy eCommerce applications to the cloud.
The study, titled “Build Cloud B2B eCommerce Applications on Your Terms: PaaS Combines Speed & Agility with the Customization and Integration Businesses Need,” explores the results of a March 2016 survey of 150 US-based software development and architecture professionals with recent experience developing B2B eCommerce solutions. It evaluates how B2B eCommerce systems fit into the broader digital landscape, what platform functionality developers and IT architectures require to deliver eCommerce capabilities within modern websites and apps, and perceptions of various approaches to B2B eCommerce delivery.
Key findings include:
Disappointment with legacy platforms continues to rise
While on-premises deployment constitutes the largest share of B2B eCommerce deployments today (28%), 64% of developers surveyed find their current eCommerce solution is not delivering the qualities they want in a B2B eCommerce platform. In fact, alarming deltas exist between the requirements developers have for a strong B2B eCommerce solution and performance in their current solution. The qualities with the largest differences between requirement and performance are: cost (56%); completeness of feature sets (55%); mobile capabilities (51%); cloud deployment capabilities and cloud readiness (50%); and breadth of integration options (43%).
Legacy platforms shift to cloud-based platforms, as trust in cloud-services increases
Respondents’ frustration with customization and integration difficulties of their current platforms may be playing into the fact that comfort with cloud-services has risen sharply over the last two years (page 1). Trust of multi-tenancy is also rising, up from 71% two years ago to 88% today (page 1).
With increased comfort in cloud-services, B2B eCommerce developers now report plans to decrease the share of projects built on-premise and increase those developed in the cloud (page 1). In fact, the IT architects surveyed predict that 56% of their deployments will be in the cloud within two years (page 3). Within the study, Forrester warns, “If your development shop is not comfortable with cloud economics or the cloud’s technical underpinnings, then it’s important to make it a top priority to start gathering experience sooner rather than later. Hiring developers with implementation experience is a good start, but teams should also focus on exposing in-house developers to modern principles like APIs, service consumption, and multitenancy (page 10).”
PaaS is the preferred cloud delivery model amongst developers
For development and architecture professionals, Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) combines the speed and agility the business is yearning for with customization and integration. It’s no wonder then that PaaS deployments are projected to see a steep rate of increase (14%) in their share of B2B eCommerce projects during the next two years, twice the rate of SaaS deployments. Meanwhile, on-premises projects are slated to see the biggest decrease, with their prevalence expected to decrease by 7% (page 3), likely due to the fact that greater than 60% of developers surveyed listed “cost of maintenance” and “applying upgrades or new versions” a major or moderate issue when developing in an on-premises environment (page 7).”
Developers indicate the modern environment, APIs, support for mobile, integration capabilities, security, and speed to deployment as the top reasons for choosing PaaS as their eCommerce platform of choice. The API-first approach in particular supports custom development of user interfaces and eases integration with commercial applications.
Developers have strong influence in purchase decisions
In order for these deployments to be successful, business stakeholders are forging stronger partnerships with development and architecture professionals to ensure that development and deployment capabilities and requirements are all met. In fact, 58% of developers surveyed say they are more involved in the eCommerce selection today than they were in the past. At customer organizations 41% of developers with increased involvement describe the extent to which their role in this decision process has changed as major (page 2).
Developers are keenly aware of the fact that not all Platforms-as-a-Service are created equal. They know that “successful PaaS-based B2B eCommerce depends on having the right factors in place”. Developers want to see software development kits (SDKs), training, documentation, ongoing support services, and RDBMs integration support (page 8). It’s clearly important for businesses to support developer’s exploration of new eCommerce capabilities. In the study Forrester points out that “modern solutions don’t require teams to ‘buy the battleship’.” Instead, you’re able to “let your developers experiment with modern solutions that are quick to deploy, pay-as-you-go, and highly customizable (page 10).”
When implemented properly, a PaaS-based eCommerce platform will quickly prove itself through quick, cost-effective delivery of the special features and capabilities that developers need to deliver the modern ordering experience your customers demand.