This IDC Market Analysis Perspective (MAP) examines the platform-as-a-service (PaaS) market for 2018. The approach to accelerating application development and deployment is changing with the changing technology landscape. Open source initiatives, container technology, and cloud function/serverless offerings are maturing with time and drawing increased interest not only from digital natives but also from traditional enterprises. Enterprises are drawn to portability of workloads as they build capabilities to continue on their digital transformation journey, and the importance of portability is removing traditional barriers to adopt open source technologies. Systems integrators are becoming a strong influencer in helping enterprises with their cloud adoption journey and, increasingly, in helping accelerate the adoption of cutting--edge platform services in the enterprise.
PaaS is viewed as a solution to address multiple enterprise needs, and adoption is growing, with the total public market size predicted to be about $62 billion by 2022. The DevOps culture and CI/CD tools are continuing to become integral parts of PaaS, and automation of the development process enabled by analytics tools is growing. This IDC MAP looks at the current state of the PaaS market and provides guidance to match customer demands with new cloud technology trends.