922RA Cloud Development Learning Curve Raises Issues and Costs
Author: Bruce Guptill
One of the most persistent suppositions and myths in IT today is that Cloud-based software development is less expensive, and delivers better results in less time, due to the wide availability and low cost of tools and resources.
Meanwhile, a growing number of organizations (user and provider) migrating to or embracing Cloud-based software development, including software developed in and for the Cloud, are reporting to Saugatuck that their development costs are spiraling out of control and projects being delayed.
Even ISVs with Cloud offerings and significant Cloud-based businesses consistently tell Saugatuck that they are sticking with traditional development methods for now – developing offline and then migrating software to Cloud platforms – because they see a potentially steep learning curve for Cloud-based development that requires substantial change in their methods and organizations. IT executives and development organization leaders within enterprises report that they are encountering the same challenges as ISVs.
Of course, not every organization is reporting these problems. But we see enough examples to understand that moving software development for and into the Cloud is not easy, and doing it badly will yield results opposite to what we expect of Cloud IT, i.e., longer project times and higher costs.