aPaaS stands for Application Platform as a Service. If you’ve heard of SaaS or Software as a Service, then the correlation would be that PaaS is like SaaS, except that it is a platform for software applications rather than just the software application itself.

By making the platform available as a service, the static nature of software applications is under the control of the developer and users alike. PaaS enables you to create web applications quickly, because many of the heavy lifting like setting up hosting, servers, databases, user interaction processing, and building frameworks is all prepackaged, not unlike what web publishing tools like Adobe Dreamweaver have done for web design and development, or Microsoft Visual Basic has done for desktop office applications.

If you have a sense for organizing data, understanding how it is processed, and recognize the inherent workflows in your organization, you can build a powerful application without writing a single line of code. If you can write code, then much of the boring stuff (designing queries, writing rules, integrating with web technologies) is done for you, leaving you time to focus on key problems you’re trying to solve, complex coding you want to create, or just allow you to focus on solving more problems instead of getting stuck on a single project.

aPaaS Benefits for CIOs and IT Organizations

  • Homogenized, zero footprint infrastructure
  • Lower cost and improved profitability
  • Rapid time-to-value
  • Greater Business-IT alignment
  • Reduced vendor maintenance
  • Reusable data and platform
  • Improved visibility and compliance
  • Better responsiveness for change
  • Single, industry-standard connection to enterprise

aPaaS Benefits for Business Users

  • Saves time and effort
  • Design/Adapt their own solutions
  • Improves collaboration
  • Analyze from disparate sources
  • Create actionable processes
  • Manage information lifecycle
  • Personalized for individual users
  • One tool to learn for many uses
  • Break away from spreadsheets

Platform at Your Service

aPaaS in itself is a powerful technology to develop and deliver on-demand applications, but imaging having your own “personal” PaaS where you could load it into any hosting infrastructure (in the public or private cloud), brand (whitelabel) the platform as your own, and create your own custom SaaS environment. That is the promise of LongJump’s Platform which enables software providers to license our proven technology to custom design cloud applications in a complete SaaS ecosystem. Also known as SEAP (service enabled application platforms) and aPaaS (application platforms as a service), LongJump can help businesses go to market faster with their own unique SaaS solutions.