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Little Fluffy Clouds

by Eric Knipp  |  September 16, 2009  |  Comments Off on Little Fluffy Clouds

What were the skies like when you were young?

Today we’ve published our most extensive work thus far profiling the providers of Cloud Application Platforms. Our research includes forty companies, all of which deliver some type of platform enabling development of Web applications using a Cloud Computing model. A few weeks ago I blogged that the Cloud Application Platform market might be on the verge of shakeout; whether I was right or not, we should all agree that the market is young compared to the enterprise software market in general.

They Went On Forever

Because we found so many qualified vendors, we decided to split the research into two reports – one covering “Enterprise Generalists” with a heritage outside of Cloud Application Platforms, and the other covering “Cloud Specialists” who focus solely on this new type of development, deployment and runtime environment.

I’m stunned to tell you that even after publication of this extensive work, we’ve found another (albeit much smaller) batch of vendors in this space. Rest assured that we will be covering them too! If you are a provider of SEAP, APaaS or other types of Cloud Application Platforms and believe that you should be on our radar, please get in touch with me so that we can set up a briefing.

They Were Beautiful, The Most Beautiful Skies as a Matter of Fact

The platforms we profile in our report range from the “heavy hitters” of the industry in Salesforce, Google, and Microsoft to smaller, focused startups like Heroku, LongJump, and Bungee. Differentiation is the norm in this market; there are wild swings in platform architecture, programming language, developer toolset, and target audience from one Cloud Application Platform to the next. Some are designed to leverage the skills of professional developers, while others are meant to enable “Citizen Developers” outside of IT in building applications.

Its an exciting time to be involved in technology industry research.

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Category: cloud-application-platforms  

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Eric Knipp
Managing Vice President
3 years at Gartner
15 years IT industry

Eric Knipp is a Managing Vice President in Gartner Research, where he focuses on Web and cloud application development methodologies and trends. Mr. Knipp is based in Dallas, Texas. Read Full Bio

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