The Upside-Down Economics of Building Your Own Platform

Note: By popular demand, this white paper has been recently updated to reflect the state of modern platforms in 2019.

Over the last 20 years, information technology has crept closer to the center of business. IT now powers nearly every function of the modern enterprise. As a result, more and more parts of the business are being driven to a cloud computing model. This move to cloud is causing a shift in application architecture that requires a new type of platform. Modern cloud-native platforms support continuous delivery and horizontal scale to deliver unheard of application resilience and flexibility.

Developers can either embrace “full-stack engineering” and build and operate entire application stacks - the do-it-yourself (DIY) option. Or they can deploy a commercial platform, and focus on custom software, while the vendor provides patches, new features, and ongoing support.

Which platform do you choose?

In this free white paper, we'll arm you with the tools and facts you need to effectively discuss and discredit the DIY platform approach.

This white paper discusses:

  • What it means to be a cloud-native platform
  • The 5 DIY pitfalls of building a platform
  • Buying versus building software
  • An overview of cloud-native capabilities

About the Author

Jared Ruckle is Principal Product Marketing Manager for Pivotal Cloud Foundry. Find him on Twitter as @jaredruckle.

Bryan Friedman is a Director of Product Marketing for Pivotal. Find him on Twitter as @bryanfriedman

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