Progress: don't just say PaaS, say aPaaS

Progress Software continues is unabashed assault (in a good way) on the cloud developer space with new data connectivity and application capabilities as part of its Progress Pacific application platform-as-a-service (aPaaS).

aPaaS you say?

We know that a PaaS is defined as a way to rent hardware, operating systems, storage and network capacity over the Internet so an aPaaS is…

… (aPaaS) is a cloud service offering cloud programmers real development and deployment environments for application services themselves.

In this regard, Progress is offering a data connectivity service in its own DataDirect cloud so that applications can integrate data from popular SaaS, relational database, big data, social, CRM and ERP systems.

In theory here, this “connection management service” allows applications to be built in less time by using a single standards-based interface to execute SQL queries against a wide range of cloud data sources.

Has Progress got its cloud developer blueprint right? Or it is it cobbling together resources and toolkits too quickly?

For application development itself, the firm has provided integrated business process management (BPM) and business rules management system (BRMS) capabilities in an attempt to simplify application customisation.

The offering in this space goes by the name of OpenEdge 11.3 development software.

For real world software application developers, there is indeed a need for flexible processes, rules and workflows — and this is what Progress is targeting with its Rollbase rapid development platforms.

DMSi Software CEO Cal German has said that after evaluating a number of platforms, including SalesForce.com, SAP and Acumatica, his team chose Progress Pacific.

“In particular, the drag and drop features and robust workflow and triggers in Progress Rollbase will enable us to quickly deliver highly customisable solutions that meet our customers’ complex business processes,”

John Goodson, chief product officer at Progress Software, said, “Customer and partner response to the Progress Pacific launch in June has been extremely positive and we are now delivering on our vision. It’s clear that the move to aPaaS is gaining momentum as time-to-market and data capabilities in new apps are key requirements for developers and end users. Pacific addresses these needs with rich data, visual design and open deployment capabilities in a single platform.”

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