It is known to all that we are living a moment of continuous changes. In a couple of decades, the technological era has devoured us in such a way that it is everyday to carry an 8-core Smartphone in your pocket, a next-generation Tablet in the backpack and a Fitbit on the wrist, to tell you if you have consumed ingested during the day.
Although all these changes have been incorporated into our daily lives in a natural way, this evolution does not show up at the business level. It’s hard for us to instill the client that joining the Cloud movement is more than a fad, if not it is a benefit for everyone.
Can Azure be the cloud that knocks the door down and ends these doubts?
Azure as a cloud solution: PaaS Services
An essential reason to start working with Azure as a Cloud solution is it’s PaaS (Platform as a Service) service catalog. Therefore, we recommend starting thinking about PaaS from the functional design and design applications based on these services.
Thus, we will obtain a series of advantages, which we can hardly have with custom developments or with the contracting of products in OnPremises. There are 10 advantages of using Azure PaaS:
1. Payment Per use
It is possibly not the most elegant motive, but it is true that sometimes a strong investment in technology is made, and finally, the game that was estimated at first is not taken out.
The Azure PaaS allows us to adapt the number of services to consume, reconfigure the service capacity or turn it off. In this way, only what is necessary is paid.
2. Business growth
Being continuous with the first point, being able to configure the capabilities of our service (expanding the processing capacity or the number of services), allows us to have growth on business demand.
This happens, whether we have specific needs as if we have sustained growth, which with this scenario is easily supported.
3. Develop yes, but to improve
The time in development that saves us from consuming PaaS services, we can use in other tasks such as UX, QA or Architecture.
We can take advantage of all the functionality that Azure provides us and also improve our systems.
4. Maintenance, a thing of the past
It is evident that with this model of consumption of PaaS services, we avoid both an initial investment in infrastructure and its subsequent maintenance.
Thus, we can invest in other tasks such as Health Analysis, Monitoring or Governance of our systems, which will make them more stable and safe.
5. To work from the first minute
In 90% of cases, starting to consume a PaaS service is virtually instantaneous.
The installation is direct and the configurations are based on a small wizard, so it is installed in a few minutes.
This fact results in the integration and installation processes of our architectures benefiting in time and cost.
6. Tailored technology
With Azure PaaS, the limit is in our imagination. We have at our disposal an extensive catalog of utilities with which we are able to cover almost any technological need such as SQL databases, Big Data solutions with HDInsight, processes with Azure Function and Azure Batch or intelligent systems with Azure Bot or Machine Learning.
7. Total integration
The Integration concept, or the Open Source concept, is no longer taboo in Microsoft, and therefore, in almost all the products we consume from Azure, we can find connectors with almost any system (both Microsoft’s own and external).
It is very easy to consume a service in Azure and connect it to any data source, such as a CRM, a social network or an external database.
8. That training is not a problem
In many cases, starting the implementation of a system or product in our organizations implies having a broad knowledge in advance (both functional and technical). On the other hand, with Azure PaaS, we can say that it reaches us in a more friendly way.
Azure has very wide channels of information to the user, with blogs, video tutorials or help and assistance programs that make this process easier to pass.
To this fact we add that the consumption and configuration, in almost all cases, is designed to be as simple as possible.
9. Processes close to the business
It is easy to see that within the catalog of services that Azure exposes us, the vast majority are designed to improve both the user experience and business growth.
If we focus on the catalog of applications called by Microsoft as PowerUser (among which we find PowerBI, PowerApps, and Flow), we can see that they are designed, on the one hand, for a business user, but also communicate with a wide catalog of services and data sources, which we can manage both from Azure with PaaS services, and from external data sources.
10. Always at your disposal
A fear of every user is: will they endure my systems? What happens in case of fall?
In this sense, we can also be sure if we consume Azure PaaS, since, together with the contracting of the service, Microsoft is responsible for an SLA that rubs 100% in many cases.28