Is there a fine line between PaaS and SaaS? The benefits of cloud computing seem apparent for most buyers, but I believe that clouds are becoming more cloudy. Let me explain…
The business user in the lead
The application legacy landscape for business users can be horrendous, but modernizing applications isn’t one size fits all and for sure not the best solution for everyone. SaaS made it more complicated. Although it is easier for business users to ‘buy’ new functionality and start using it faster, eventually, end-user productivity pays the price…again. Toggling, swiping or alternating between those SaaS applications to get your job done is unproductive in itself.
Therefore it was vital for business users to become more efficient by using fewer apps, but with improved access to data.
The developer in the lead.
It’s not only the business user that is looking for ways to become more productive. According to Active state (2019) developers, spend 44% of the time working on something else than developing software or one of their core competencies.
Developers see a great opportunity to refocus by packaging their functionality into an API feature with no real user interface. By the way…some outstanding companies have built API businesses that exceed their original focus.
“As APIs are still the catalyst of business application services, it is becoming more and more the building block for developers.”
The missing link
And the API-economy is contributing in a significant way from a productivity point of view. The nexus of the API economy is in the making when AI can deliver on its promise.
With the API economy now developers and business users can easily combine services and applications into one to greatly reduce the number of context switches. And this is exactly what a PaaS platform delivers.
It’s estimated that nearly 47% of all access by SaaS providers is via APIs.
At first, there was an apparent distinction between PaaS and SaaS providers, but their gradual crossover shouldn’t be an issue. My point is that the API-centric economy serves both worlds: PaaS and SaaS. And although the collision within clouds can cause impressive thunder, I believe PaaS is the foundation of productivity for every business user and developer.