Cloud Ave.: Do you really want your IT department to define your application stack?

InsightaaS: Cloud Ave. is a site that examines cloud through both a technology and a business lens. In this post, Maarten Ectors asks whether the IT department is positioned to define an application stack for increasingly-independent business users, and argues in favour of a “FlexiPaaS”.

The term “Platform-as-a-Service” or PaaS is gaining widespread popularity. The PaaS promise is that either a hosted solution or a private cloud solution gives your enterprise all you need. You just write an application and post it to the Cloud. “Cloud Magic” will run and scale it for you. There is no lack of competition in this space: Heroku,, Google App Engine, Amazon’s Beanstalk, RedHat Openshift, WSO2 Stratos, Pivotal CloudFoundry, etc.

CTO’s should take a step backwards and ask this simple question: “Who should be defining my application stack?”. In the last years IT departments have had a hard time making themselves relevant…

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