Digital document aPaaS

What is a digital document aPaaS and why do you need one for your digital business?
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What is an aPaaS and why should you care?

aPaaS stands for application Platform-as-a-Service. It describes software platforms (like Encanvas) used to rapidly design, deploy and run digital solutions.  Encanvas is a digital document platform that goes a step further than apps platforms to reset the balance between IT and the business.  It gives digital workers the tools they need to maximize their productivity, implement ideas to improve processes, and work with data.  

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If you think the term HPaPaaS sounds a little techie and ridiculous for a genre of business software, we’d agree with you. But if you want to compare and contrast encanvas to other (similar) tools then, according to the IT analyst firms, that’s the market we’re in.

You need aPaaS technology because your enterprise needs an efficient way of creating digital solutions that convert your customer value into shareholder returns.  Creating digital solutions can be high-risk and costly without an aPaaS platform like Encanvas to optimize the design, deployment and operation of solutions.

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Solution categories supported by our digital document aPaaS  

You can do a lot of things with Encanvas digital document aPaaS.  Here are some examples:

CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE SOLUTIONS

Produce personalized rich media content that tracks user behaviors and can be easily published to a URL, web page, or as a stand-alone digital document for embedding into the metaverse.  Do away with translation costs by using dynamic pages, where content changes according to visitor locations and the choices they make.  Embed digital product showrooms and configurator experiences, to uniquely serve your customers better on mobile, web or digital TV.

BUSINESS PROCESS MANAGEMENT (BPM)

Automate your business process workflows using rich workflow visualization tools to help organizations speed up the modeling of their workflows. This is the closest our rivals get to business model orchestration and solutions are somewhat similar.

Key players include APPIAN, TrackVia, bpm-online, AgilePoint, Fujitsu RunMyProcess, MatsSoft, and OutSystems.

DATA ANALYSIS

Create digital dashboards and reports able to create a single view of the critical data landscapes of your business.  Adapt dashboards and alert systems quickly, to keep up with your business strategy and improvement plans.

TRANSFORMATIVE DIGITAL SOLUTIONS

There are many new digital innovations entering the market.  They include the metaverse, blockchain, and the Internet of Things.  With digital documents, IT pros can cascade new innovations across the enterprise (and beyond).  Get solutions to the edge of the enterprise without coding and be first to market with the latest innovations.

How large is the market?

According to Gartner’s latest report on the aPaaS market is growing rapidly.

aPaaS software market (bn)

Within the PaaS market, aPaaS is the second-biggest sector at $3.0 billion in revenue in 2017 (source: Gartner “Forecast: Enterprise Software Markets, Worldwide, 2014-2021, 4Q17 Update”).

Database aPaaS software market (bn)

Database PaaS ($3.1 billion for 2017) is a related and overlapping segment.  Over such segments include:
MADPs ($1.3 billion for 2017)
BPM suites ($2.6 billion for 2017)
Integration PaaS ($1.1 billion for 2017)

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Percentage of developers using Low-Code or No-Code aPaaS

According to IT analyst firm, Forrester, adoption of low-or-no code software development environments is on the rise reporting in their *latest survey of global developers, 23% reported using low-code platforms in 2018, and another 22% planned to do so within a year. 

* The Forrester WaveTM: Low-Code Development Platforms For AD&D Professionals, Q1 2019

What features would you expect to see in an aPaaS platform?

There are some common features you would expect to see in a low or no code software development ecosystem.  Vendors vary in their completeness of tooling and most will default back to ‘some scripting’ in order to complete complex projects.  Encanvas has them all out of the box.  Whats more, any improvements we make to our digital platform, our customer inherit for FREE.

DATA MANAGEMENT

NEAR-INSTANT ACCESSIBILITY

The ability to access virtually any form of system, data source and file format.

DATA CONNECTORS

Out-of-the-box connectors to the most popular forms of data sources.

DATA HARVESTING AND ROBOTICS

Tools to validate, extract, transform and load data from sources.  Advanced systems like encanvas will also use voting systems to establish the best sources of data and quarantining systems to isolate ‘poor quality or incomplete data’ that needs to be reviewed by a human.

SUPPORT FOR PLUG-INS AND CODING IF YOU WANT TO

Features to embed third-party applications and components developed outside of the development framework.

DATA MASHUPS

This is where multi-sourcing, multi-threading and multi-linking comes in.  When creating a new application, it’s likely you will need to consume data from other systems and sources, and bring it together in new ways.  It will be necessary to maintain data connections with systems that drop if not used.  Equally, it will be necessary to bring data together into new structures.  These mashup capabilities must be comprehensive and easy to use.

DATA GOVERNANCE AND SECURITY

Rich tooling to manage data confidentiality, integrity and accessibility.

DATABASE DESIGN AND DEPLOYMENT

Compomentry to specify and publish new data structures and databases.

APPLICATIONS LOGIC

NUMERICS AND FORMULA

Users will expect all the functionality of spreadsheet applications, including their ability to painlessly create formulas to manipulate, organize and make sense of numeric data.

RULES BASED DECISION ENGINE

Creating applications if-then logic and workflows without having to code.

APP DESIGN

DECLARATIVE NO-OR-LOW-CODE BUILDING BLOCKS

Development tooling to simplify applications creation by reducing or removing the number of coding tasks and simplifying assimilation of applications design and logic.

USER INTERFACE DESIGN

Simple tooling to create user interfaces.

SUPPORT FOR PLUG-INS AND CODING IF YOU WANT TO

Features to embed third-party applications and components developed outside of the development framework.

USER GROUPS AND PRIVILEGES

Most applications are used by multiple groups of users. Each group will place their own demands on the usability, value, and outputs of the application. Each will expect their own tailored view of the application, so they see only their perspective of app functionality.

HIDING AND FILTERING VIEWS

The ability to hide or filter data views to manage privileges and make it easier for users to make sense of data.

EMAIL WORKFLOWS AND APPROVALS

Many apps demand that email can be used to share information, approve decisions and escalate tasks.

SOCIAL TOOLING

Applications development building blocks to enable designers to incorporate social messaging and content sharing. 

LOCATION AWARENESS, GEO-DATA & MAPPING

Features to add location awareness (i.e. geospatial information systems) and to create location-aware applications.

DESIGN MANAGEMENT PRODUCTIVITY TOOLING

Tools that aid the productivity of applications designers and support technicians to optimize the agility and return-on-investment of authored applications.

DASHBOARD AND REPORT WRITING

Designers and users will require self-service tooling to create and manage the sharing of reports. They will want to offer the means for recipients of reports to be able to share views and work collaboratively on content.

OPERATIONAL SYSTEM

ONE-CLICK WEB PUBLISHING

Simple deployment of applications designs to make them available to users.

CLOUD DEPLOYMENT AND SCALING

Applications should be deployed on a private cloud for ease of access by users and to facilitate rapid scaling of solutions, should demands or the number of users grow.

PLATFORM VERSION MANAGEMENT

Features to manage the relationship between platform and applications versions to keep the two in harmony at all times.

CROSS-PLATFORM AND BROWSER SUPPORT

The means to deploy applications for use on virtually any computing platform that uses web browsers to access apps, and support for all types and versions of web browser.

DATA GOVERNANCE AND SECURITY

Rich tooling to manage data confidentiality, integrity and accessibility.

ADMINISTRATOR PRODUCTIVITY TOOLING

Equipping a small number of technicians to support the operational management of a broad gamut of applications requires administrator cockpit controls that remove the need for coding or scripting.

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