PaaS and the peanut butter principle

Summary:Analogy: Platform as a Service means only worrying about final assembly of a sandwich, not growing and harvesting the wheat and peanuts.


"One key benefit of [Platform as a Service] is inherent in the value of components and platforms. We might call this the peanut butter principle. It's easier to make a peanut butter sandwich if you don't have to grow and grind your own peanuts, grow your own wheat, and bake your own bread. Leveraging proven, tested, components that others have created can be faster than building them from scratch.... the biggest issue with SOA is the lack of a WIIFM -- a what's in it for me.' There is little to moitvate an internal developers to create usable components. In the platform world, however, the motivation is money: the creation of a component that will enter a publicly available library to be sold."

                                                 - Joe Weinman, author of Cloudonomics

(Thumbnail PB&J photo: Wikipedia.)

Topics: Cloud


Joe McKendrick is an author and independent analyst who tracks the impact of information technology on management and markets. Joe is co-author, along with 16 leading industry leaders and thinkers, of the SOA Manifesto, which outlines the values and guiding principles of service orientation. He speaks frequently on cloud, SOA, data, and... Full Bio

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