Cloud Evangelist, Red Hat
Gordon Haff is cloud evangelist for Red Hat where he is a frequent speaker at customer and industry events. He also writes extensively and helps develop strategy for the full portfolio of cloud solutions. Prior to Red Hat, Gordon wrote hundreds of research notes, was frequently quoted in publications like The New York Times on a wide range of IT topics, and advised clients on product and marketing strategies. Earlier in his career, he was responsible for bringing a wide range of computer systems, from minicomputers to large UNIX servers, to market while at Data General. Gordon has engineering degrees from MIT and Dartmouth and an MBA from Cornell’s Johnson School.
You've heard that PaaS makes developers more productive. It's true. It does. But it's not just about developer productivity. It also helps admins. It benefits architects. It makes life easier for procurement officers. In fact, it benefits just about everyone in an organization. In the tradition of top 10 lists, learn about the PaaS benefits that you may not know about yet.
Platform-as-a-Service has rightly been celebrated as a way to increase developer productivity and thereby help companies get the new applications and services they need online (and making money) faster. It also helps admins meet the needs of those developers faster and with less manual effort. But PaaS goes beyond developers and beyond dev/test. Efficient application multi-tenancy and auto-scaling are also key features for production environments. Furthermore, developers may love that PaaS abstracts away platform details that they don't care about. But this abstraction also means that platform changes can happen without affecting developers, a big win for architects and procurement officers. In short, PaaS is for everyone.