Charlotte is a Senior Analyst for Application Platforms at Current Analysis. She covers the technologies that provide the infrastructure necessary to build and run enterprise applications and services. She analyzes the software, services and professional services necessary to integrate disparate systems, create cross-business and cross-technology communications, deliver rich, collaborative applications, and build software that is transparent, optimized and reusable.
Businesses are resorting to shifts in investments in emerging high-value innovations to hasten their cloud journey.
We delve into how cloud rivals stack up in five key innovations: low-code/intelligent automation, developer tools/app architectures, hybrid/multi-cloud management, holistic cloud security, and edge computing.
ALM technologies are being consolidated with API management, as enterprises seek improved management of business transformations.
Google illustrates API management’s growing importance via announcement of Apigee X’s new consolidated architecture.
API management’s ALM features are coming into focus, increasing the cloud’s value chain for companies tasked with accelerating digitization. Updated API management solutions are being infused with security, networking, and intelligent automation, moving beyond the management of API traffic and helping ops teams address new pain points including the detection of malicious intent and identification of anomalies, among other workflow automations. Continue reading “API Management’s Rise to Power”→
• Microsoft infiltrates Power App and Power Automate to broad apps user base via Teams integration
• Low-code and automation ecosystem gets interesting in coming months, with workflow tooling providers (e.g., ServiceNow, Pegasystems) in high demand
The low-code app development space continues to heat up, particularly among leaders jockeying for leverage in the hotly contested cloud wars.
This week Microsoft announced its low-code and automation innovations currently delivered via its popular Power Platform will be made available through Microsoft Teams. Teams, the company’s fastest growing business application, is beginning to look more like a platform, one which puts the power of app development and DevOps capabilities into the hands of more non-coding folks. These capabilities provide businesses with the ability to quickly churn out applications in response to new business models and new marketing campaigns, essentially supporting digital transformations. Continue reading “Microsoft Weaves Low-Code, Automation into Popular Teams App”→
• GlobalData rates as “Leader(s)”: Microsoft, Salesforce
• GlobalData rates as “Very Strong” competitors: Appian, Mendix, OutSystems, and Pegasystems
Enterprises are motivated to prioritize their modern software delivery initiatives through the high-productivity development tools of low-code platforms. Increased prominence has ensured lucrative funding, acquisitions, and profitability. Heightened importance around low-code app development platforms has been prompted by complex application architectures, a global shortage of professional software developers, and the need for business transformation delivered through meaningful back-end data integrations.
The need to remove red tape from the app modernization process has never been greater during the COVID-19 crisis, prompting executive directives for organizations to accelerate digital transformations. Whether enterprises are entrenched in new software delivery efforts or barely beginning them, COVID-19’s impact has CIOs opting for emerging technologies in order to hurry along digital projects and combat inevitable economic downturns. Many believe those efforts are best served through next-generation low-code/no-code and automation platforms. Continue reading “Fiercely Competitive Low-Code Space Bows to Microsoft, Salesforce”→
• OSS wars are heating up between cloud providers vying for larger followings via service mesh solutions
• Hybrid and multi-cloud management solutions are vital for providing enterprises with a gradual move into the cloud
During last week’s mega Kubernetes conference, KubeCon EU, cloud leaders continued to vie for mind share of cloud management offerings in support of advanced Kubernetes deployment scenarios spanning hybrid/multiple clouds and in support of multiple containerized clusters. Heightened controversy between various service mesh technologies further illustrated the importance of having the backing of a standards body like CNCF, and its vast community membership. Continue reading “KubeCon EU 2020: Importance of CNCF’s Blessing Highlighted Among Cloud Players”→
• Only 30% of survey respondents will cut cloud budgets
• Within app modernization projects, the vast majority will prioritize app development/management
While less than half of global enterprises surveyed by GlobalData indicated plans to cut cloud and application development IT spending budgets, ops teams will seek more consolidation and automation to achieve a DevOps model.
In the area of application platforms, a recent GlobalData survey revealed that only 30% of respondents indicated plans to cut IT spending in cloud computing. In the area of application development, respondents reported that application development and management was the priority by a large margin compared to more traditional app infrastructure and DevOps areas including: application lifecycle management (ALM); application platforms (PaaS); business process management (BPM); ICT services management; and app performance monitoring (APM). The survey included over 4,000 IT buyers across the world to better understand how COVID-19 is expected to impact technology purchases. Continue reading “COVID 19: GlobalData Survey Reveals Minority to Cut Cloud and App Dev Spending”→