Gartner Research

The Key Trends in PaaS and Platform Architecture, 2019

Published: 28 February 2019

ID: G00378034

Analyst(s): Fabrizio Biscotti , Massimo Pezzini , Yefim Natis , Paul Vincent


The cloud platform services market is both fast-growing and, still, confusing. This research introduces application leaders to the key trends that will influence their technology, budget and organizational decisions for the next 12 months and beyond.

Table Of Contents


  • The Key Trends in Cloud Platform Innovation
  • Trend: The Business of Cloud Platform Services Is on the Rise
    • There Are Now 22 Competitive Specialized Market Segments in PaaS
    • From 2018 Through 2022 the PaaS Market Will Double in Size
  • Trend: Customer Cloud Initiatives Evolve From Doubt to Strategic Adoption
    • Not Just Services — The Return of Software
    • Not Just PaaS — Cloud Platform Continuum Engages All
    • Not Just the Megavendors — Customers Mix and Match the Best-Fit PaaS Offerings
  • Trend: Platform Technology Moves From Adopting Old Architecture to Cloud-Native Design
    • Cloud-Native Thinking Shifts Platform Priorities From Static Stability to Dynamic Agility
    • IoT Drives a New Wave of Innovation
  • Trend: Technology Practices Shift From Central IT to a Business-IT Alliance
    • Low-Code Tools Help Democratize Access to IT Innovation
    • The Other Platform Continuum — From IT Professionals to Business Innovators
    • Event Design Provides a Shared Vocabulary for Business-IT Alliance
  • Trend: Application Thinking Advances From Custom Coding to Buying and Composing
    • API-Centric SaaS Is a Forebear of API-Centric Applications

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