What are the Benefits of App Development in the Cloud?

The cloud has become a colloquial term that involves different types of computing concepts and platforms in the Internet. While it covers a vast range of computing terms, networks, and services, this technical jargon has shaped the landscape of online workspaces, making it easier for small business owners, employees, and end-users to leverage on its features.

Cloud computing provides quite a number of benefits to run small businesses with a scalable IT infrastructure. This fast development of technology is an advantage for cloud adopters. It is also advantageous for developers who provide ease and efficiency when building apps in the cloud.

According to Evans Data Cloud Development Survey, building apps in cloud platforms saves more time, but security and uptime are two inhibitors for cloud adoption in this area.

Reductions of Overall Development Time

The survey of 400 developers indicates a reduced of overall development time by an average of 11.6 percent, as it streamlines the integral process, enhances app tools procurement and provides collaboration among team members, allowing them to pass the codes easily.

Ben Hanley, Evans senior analyst, said, “The bottom line is these data appear to show that time savings — efficiency — is one of the key motivators that is driving the adoption of the cloud among developers.”

However, 10 percent of the developers said there was no timesaving while building apps in the cloud environment. Therefore, a divided opinion shows a lack of confidence of these participants to the cloud platform at this stage, but 38 percent of them cited timesaving from 11 to 20 percent.

Cost Savings and Better Efficiency

Instead of purchasing additional hardware and software when building apps, developers can use one server that can host apps. They can also build apps in a cloud environment without paying expensive licensing fees of operating systems.

Just imagine the cost of software licenses especially a whole team of developers needed to use it for app development, collaboration, and testing.

Cloud-based app builders allow developers to create, design, and develop apps using drag-and-drop feature without tedious coding and programming. They can build apps without installing the software onto the PC or laptop. Cloud app development supports the web technologies that most professionals (even amateurs) are familiar with: HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.

However, backup plays a crucial role in the stage of development since uptime is an issue; it’s an inhibitor for cloud adoption since server failures are inevitable. To avoid this, developers muse partner with a reliable cloud service provider that can host apps and and guarantee 99.99 percent uptime.

App Development and Testing Environment

A recent survey conducted by Gartner Inc. shows that, in about three years time, mobile app development projects will use cloud backend services, a kind of service that uses PaaS (platform-as-a-service) for developing mobile apps. This kind of service is advantageous for developers of mobile applications because it provides storage and backup.

Developers can start building apps without having to wait for software and hardware to be installed in the data center. Once they start building in the cloud, they can freely enjoy the testing environment (also known as devops).

Although security and uptime remain an issue at this stage on app development, it is likely that early adopters would become more knowledgeable in this environment.

The opportunity shows that cloud is constantly growing and the value it provides for early adopters is worthwhile. It only takes one decision to make the most out of it.

Are you ready to build your dream app in the cloud?

Vincent Swift has been researching into different ways to improve productivity through the use of the latest technology.