These days if your business isn’t using a public cloud vendor then you’re likely to be behind. Deciding on which cloud platform to use can be daunting but three of the leading providers offer a free tier that allows you to give them a test run before sinking a portion of your budget into one.
Advocates of platform-as-a-Service offerings promote how easy it is to deploy and manage applications without having to be - or to hire - a system administrator. But as with most things, there are inevitable trade-offs. The less you have to manage the platform you deploy to, the more you're tied to the stack the PaaS provides. Today AppFog adds a duo of supported services to their stack, bringing new database and email options to the company's developers.
One of the more frustrating things about using business applications is they invariably impose some form of workflow that is baked into software. Vendors have long argued that these workflows are essentially amalgamations of best practices that the vendor has painstakingly aggregated while researching and developing the application.