A new IDC report commissioned by Amazon Web Services (AWS) finds that the cloud-based service can offer dramatic benefits for enterprise application development. For companies included in the study, cloud development with AWS reduced developer hours by up to 80 percent and cut in half the time it took to develop and deploy new applications. Enterprises also reported 500 percent efficiency gains across the across the software development lifecycle (SDLC), particularly in development and testing. Over five years, companies averaged 626 percent return on investment for a cumulative average savings of $2.5 million per application.
"The high scores received by AWS on development and testing were due to the availability, scope, and depth of AWS APIs. AWS APIs enabled developers to more effectively utilize services during application development, which reduced time spent writing additional custom code," wrote IDC's Stephen Hendrick. "The maturity of AWS also means that its services are well-vetted and therefore lead to higher-quality applications with reduced defects and less time spent resolving defects. While many platform vendors will claim that such benefits stem simply from the adoption of platform technologies, we believe that these developer benefits are closely tied to the capabilities of the cloud infrastructure. For example, the automated provisioning, dynamic scalability, management and monitoring that are part of AWS mean that the development of applications can be simplified because many key services that govern application behavior no longer have to be coded; instead, they can simply be configured as part of deployment."