Software Pulse
July 21, 2010

Bruce Guptill and Mike WestThe Need for a Cloud Development Framework

Rapid adoption of cloud computing calls for a structured model which software vendors and enterprises can use to develop and evaluate offerings.

By Bruce Guptill and Mike West,
Saugatuck Technologies

Saugatuck Technology’s latest survey research indicates that more than half of all user firms worldwide plan on utilizing Cloud solutions for even their most core business operations within the next two to three years. And all our research points toward more powerful Cloud solutions, systems and platforms, standing on their own as well as integrated with a wide range of traditional on-premise IT.

This rampant and accelerating use of Cloud-based IT is driving developers within ISVs, Cloud providers, system integrators and user enterprises to explore and demand new development capabilities for Cloud-based and hybrid solutions. Unfortunately, there have been few guidelines and even fewer examples of the types and scope of development capabilities that are needed.

This article examines the need for a Cloud development framework or model to provide a starting point, building blocks, and a benchmark for comparative analysis of offerings, and presents a simple foundational model for such a framework.


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