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Cloud, PaaS and the Rise of the Visual Developers

Enterprise innovation to grow with Visual developers

This is part 3 of my post in the PaaS Series. My earlier posts in this series are :

Cloud Computing , more specifically Platform as a Service (PaaS) is changing the business app developer demographic forever. Or should I say that, PaaS is reviving or giving a new lease of life for productivity focused business developers. The kind that existed during the Client-Server paradigm empowered by Power Builder, Developer 2000, Visual Basic and the likes. Pardon me for using a poor - Jurasic metaphor!  A great meteor in the name of "web development" hit software industry and nearly wiped out those folks. That changed the cost of developing software within the enterprises multi-fold.

Rewind, 15 years ago. Visual Developers were a boon for CIOs, VP and IT Managers in large enterprises. They understood the business and produced software quickly meeting the needs of the enterprise. Loosing them was a big handicap for the IT department. My hunch says that is one of  the large contributors for the IT department gradually loosing its innovation and eventually gave into outsourcing.

The good news is PaaS back and reviving the hope of Visual Developers. When I say PaaS, I am not referring to the Azure, Heroku, EngineYard, App Engine types. I am referring to the Visual PaaS platforms like OrangeScape , Force.com and the likes (Check out this post on PaaS Competitive LandScape).  Not only Visual Developers are being revived, they are back with a bang, with booster shot from cloud >paas >visual paas.

So what are the components of the booster shot for "Rise of the Visual Developers"?

Changing Workforce Dynamics: We have 10 times more tech savvy workforce in enterprises when compared to what we had 15 years ago in the client - server paradigm. The new age workflow has a  natural tendency to use and apply technology to automate personal tasks. This is extended for automate tasks at work too by building quick apps and workflows.

Simplified Development Tools: Browser based developed tools for building business applications greatly improve the availability and the as-a-service model improves the affordability.

Abstraction through Cloud Delivery Models: Cloud hides complexity to unprecedented levels through abstraction resulting in tremendous simplicity. Provisioning applications has become child's play with tools offering 'Single Click Deployment'. Not just that applications cost are on variable model and doesn't require approval of capital budgets.

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After an initial entrepreneurial stint for three years at the age of 19, Suresh Sambandam went on to work at Hewlett-Packard. Later, Suresh joined Selectica and rose to senior position, as Director of e-Insurance product division in a short-span. The e-Insurance division and its products were later acquired by Accenture. Suresh is a technocrat specializing in product engineering with expertise in software architecture for complex enterprise applications, inference engines, configuration engines, rule-based computing and enterprise middleware. He has applied for multiple patents. Suresh is passionate about entrepreneurship, technology startups and spends a significant amount of personal time in the start-up ecosystem in Chennai. Suresh is a member of the National Council for Emerging Companies Forum and also a core committee member of Product Forum at NASSCOM. He also does mentoring for budding entrepreneurs at IIT Bombay, E-Cell. Suresh is a regular speaker at various industry forums & academic institutions.

Suresh is the Founder & CEO of OrangeScape. OrangeScape is a platform (PaaS - Platform as a Service) to develop process oriented business applications that can be deployed "On Cloud" and "On Premise". OrangeScape supports platforms like Google App Engine and Microsoft Azure as cloud deployment option and Microsoft .Net and J2EE as on-premise deployment options. OrangeScape has 50+ customers including global brands like Unilever, Citibank, Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Fullterton, etc. OrangeScape in the only Indian company has been featured in the PaaS research reports of Forrester and Gartner. OrangeScape has been featured as 'India's Rising Tech Stars' by Forbes(US) magazine. OrangeScape was showcased as one of the 3 emerging product companies in India by Nasscom and was also awarded 'Top IT Innovations' for 2 consecutive years.