By Hitendra Goradia, Senior Director, Oracle EMEA Consulting
According to IDC, the Platform as a Service (PaaS) market is expected to exceed $14 Billion by year 2017. PaaS is an evolutionary approach to delivering development tools in the Cloud while delivering the business benefits of reduced costs and increased speed of development and deployment. But how is this relevant in the context of SaaS applications?
Software as a service (SaaS) adoption has more than quintupled since 2011, as shown by a research from North Bridge Venture Partners. However, as with any packaged application customers would like to explore customizations and extensions that are unique to their businesses. While SaaS applications do provide some level of flexibility to tailor the user experience, extending the technology components under the hood or add bolt-on functionality remains challenging.
This is where Oracle PaaS lends itself seamlessly for the integrations and extensions required. Oracle provides a unique value proposition where you can use the same technology components (including UX), that is underlying in SaaS application and available as part of a powerful Middleware strategy, to build your own business extensions, integrations and reporting.
Having flexibility to extend SaaS applications, Businesses can be much braver about using technology to distinguish themselves from competitors. For example you can decide to implement a very unique process of selecting “Employee of the month” by creating a PaaS extension which will help business in retaining top talent by rewarding and recognizing them. Another example where PaaS can enable a company to launch a new customer service by adding a new software feature quickly.
PaaS-based integrations and extension philosophies also ensures that your base /core applications remain separate from your extensions thereby reducing complexities of applications upgrades and patching related dependencies. PaaS platform components can not only connect with your SaaS applications, but also your on-premise applications, which essentially means you can orchestrate an extension by combining different capabilities all connected in a standardized service oriented manner.
While such use cases are numerous in nature, the broad usage and applicability for PaaS extensions includes (but not limited to):
Oracle Consulting has been developing various Pre-built SaaS extensions which can be implemented very quickly and can provide you additional functionalities to enrich use of your SaaS Applications.
For example – for Fusion HCM we have already built extensions such as- Business Trip Approval Management, a new Employee Exit process and the ability to conduct an Employee Survey.
So, if you are evaluating a new SaaS application or exploring how to extend your existing one, do consider the following:
In conclusion, PaaS services will emerge and continue to grow as the easy, seamless and quickest way to extend the power of your SaaS Applications.
To learn more about Oracle PaaS platform, please visit https://cloud.oracle.com/paas