SaaS Maker 2.0 is changing how apps are created, deployed, and sold

SaaS Maker 2.0 is changing how apps are created, deployed, and sold

The primary deployment mechanism for software in the very near future is going to be the cloud. Just a few short years ago, cloud apps were still in the domain of small, consumer-based programs, games, and in the enterprise, only smaller and proof-of-concept apps. Today, strong PaaS tools like SaaS Maker from Virtual Global are making it possible to create and deploy enterprise-class cloud apps.

There is a certain democratization of programming involved, and this has been the trend ever since we stopped using those annoying punch cards so many years ago. As it gets easier, more people can create apps, and that back-room mystery is becoming a front-line productivity tool.

While SaaS Maker can be used to create highly robust, enterprise-class apps, the greatest potential of the PaaS tool is in spurring innovation…

http://techie.com/saas-maker-2-0-is-changing-how-apps-are-created-deployed-and-sold/

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Newest release of SaaS Maker™ ‘Cloud Toolkit’ Helps Entrepreneurs Build Big Software Without Venture Capital Dollars

With over 95% of organizations moving toward the SaaS model, SaaS Maker™ – the Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) that makes Software-as-a-Service quick and easy—is helping entrepreneurs to not only design and build applications but succeed in a competitive marketplace.

Reston, WV (PRWEB) February 05, 2013

Virtual Global, Inc. announced the newest release of SaaS Maker™, an “app dev” platform as a service for entrepreneurs to build software without programming.. Built upon a framework long used in the deployment of high-scope federal and academic installations all over the world, SaaS Maker™ is gaining business-end momentum with companies and corporations that are realizing the potential to implement Software Development as a Service (SDaaS) without shouldering traditional upfront capital costs, but they’re not alone. Entrepreneurs are turning to SaaS Maker™ as a fast way to build big business systems without raising venture capital money.

Cary Landis, who founded Virtual Global in West Virginia in 2003, attributes the success of SaaS Maker™ to its “Idea to Revenue” business model that gives developers a real reason to use the platform – they can sell their applications for subscription-based revenue.

“I’m a giant fan of Steve Jobs in the NeXT days,” says Landis. “One of my favorite quotes from Steve was that ‘for every hardware hobbyist out there, there was at least a thousand software hobbyists. People who’d want to play with the software but couldn’t build one.’ It was true on the desktop, and it’s equally true on today’s Web.”

“The SaaS Maker™ software development kit addresses the growing market for custom software and the emerging need for better ways to modernize and update legacy systems without being locked into proprietary infrastructure providers,” Landis explained. “Based solely on the volume of interest we’ve received from companies regarding our new SaaS Maker product it’s pretty clear that we’ve built a solution that the business community is looking for.”

Landis, who has supported leading corporations and government agencies – including the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST), and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), believes there are several reasons why SaaS Maker™ is the developer’s platform of choice. In addition to the fact that SaaS Maker™ fills the missing gaps that SaaS developers have been facing by providing true end-to-end tools, SaaS Maker™ also uses point-and-click tools that allow developers and businesses to more quickly and easily add functionalities, such as user subscriptions, data-entry forms, role-based access security, workflow management, team collaboration, and business intelligence reports. Landis also noted that his company’s experience in serving agencies at the federal level is helping SaaS Maker™ to stand out in a field that, he believes, “will begin to clutter with startups and unproven applications created by unknown entities.”

“The framework we used to develop our new SaaS Maker™ product has a proven, decade-long acumen in federal installations – nationally and internationally – and that certainly means something to developers at all levels,” said Landis. “Achieving success as an app developer requires more than a set of development tools and a hosting platform. It requires a complete, cloud-based approach right from the start. SaaS Maker™ provides developers with cloud-based solutions all the way to the marketplace.”

SaaS Maker™ features a software development kit that lets developers create feature-rich programs that integrate with other web services, such as big data and geospatial services. It is portable across data centers, so that developers can implement secure solutions on their own private cloud, and it is equally suited for multiple types of developers. According to Landis, businesses can use SaaS Maker™ to immediately start building enterprise systems that scale to millions of users, and can leverage the platform to cut their time-to-market, costs, and risks by more than half.

For more information about SaaS Maker™, please visit http://www.saasmaker.com.

About Virtual Global
Virtual Global, Inc. is a West Virginia-based cloud computing software company that focuses on federal and commercial cloud strategies and software development. Virtual Global was founded in 2003 by Cary Landis, CEO, who also serves as lead architect for the SaaS Maker™ Cloud Computing System. Landis formerly co-founded a software firm listed on the INC 500 list of fastest-growing small companies. Virtual Global has supported both leading corporations and government agencies, including the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST), and an online performance and reporting system for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). For more information, contact Cary Landis, or visit: http://www.saasmaker.com.

SaaS Maker™ Newest Platform as a Service Release Gives Developers Tools and a Store to Launch Their Own Dotcoms

Virtual Global’s “Idea to Revenue” model provides more than app development for the cloud, giving developers end-to-end tools for creating, publishing, and selling their SaaS apps.

Quote startSuccess hinges on taking a complete, cloud-based approach from the very beginning, and staying with it all the way through to the go-to-market stage.Quote end

Reston, WV (PRWEB) January 24, 2013

Virtual Global today announces a new online store where developers can monetize their SaaS Maker apps with user subscriptions.

SaaS Maker™, a full-featured, end-to-end platform as a service, now implements what Virtual Global terms its “Idea to Revenue” model for developers, which provides an end-to-end service for easily developing, publishing, and marketing software-as-a-service solutions. “Most cloud platforms have stopped short of providing the complete environment a developer needs to go to market,” said Cary Landis, CEO of Virtual Global. “Our Idea to Revenue model gives you more than a set of development tools and a hosting platform. It gives developers everything they need to succeed, from the moment they conceive of their app, all the way through putting it on the marketplace and becoming profitable.”

The demand for SaaS applications is rising faster by the day, and key drivers including enhanced security, dependability, and favorable costs are pushing businesses from the corner store to the Fortune 500, as well as government agencies at all levels, to the cloud. Developers, as well as resellers, VARs and integrators, are finding that they must re-invent themselves to survive in this new marketplace. Virtual Global, a provider of full-featured cloud platform development tools, now provides the platform necessary for that re-invention.

With over 95 percent of organizations moving toward the SaaS model, many software developers are interested in launching their own companies but they lack the resources. Until recently, the cost of bringing a new software product to market has been prohibitively high, with some organizations investing millions of dollars to bring a software product to market. New platform-as-a-service tools like SaaS Maker are leveling the playing field, because they allow software developers to create, deploy, and sell robust, standards-based software on the cloud in a fraction of the time and at a much lower cost.

SaaS Maker, and Virtual Global’s “Idea to Revenue” model, fills in the missing gaps that SaaS developers have faced in the past. Lacking true, end-to-end tools for the cloud, platforms as a service have until now have taken a piecemeal approach, offering only hosting and deployment platforms, or development tools in isolation—leaving cloud developers in the cold when it comes to putting together a holistic plan. “Achieving success as an app developer requires a lot more than a set of development tools,” added Landis. “Success hinges on taking a complete, cloud-based approach from the very beginning, and staying with it all the way through to the go-to-market stage.”

SaaS Maker provides that holistic approach. Developers use SaaS Maker’s easy development tools to create their initial conceptual product or a quick proof-of-concept model, refines it into a full-featured product with built-in cloud functionality and security, deploys it in the cloud, and sells it in a ready-made marketplace for cloud apps. After the development phase, developers simply hit the “Publish” button, specify a price, and the platform will publish and host the app, collect the payments, and send a check to the developer.

“What we’ve done with SaaS Maker is extend it to accommodate the entire lifecycle of an application – from idea to revenue. We want to stay with users after they’ve already completed development, and help them actually enter the marketplace and derive revenue from those products,” said Landis. “Our Idea to Revenue offering takes SaaS development to the masses, for the first time allowing entrepreneurs and startups to develop web programs, take them to the marketplace, and generate revenue, all within the same platform.”

SaaS Maker Idea to Revenue is ideal for any developer, entrepreneur or startup that wants to take advantage of this growing market, but may lack the resources to take the project all the way to the revenue-generation stage. Landis noted, “Idea to Revenue, in addition to serving as a perfect barrier-busting platform for smaller companies, is well suited for larger companies that want to enter a new market quickly, or just build out a proof-of-concept project.”

For more information on SaaS Maker and the idea to Revenue program, please visit Virtual Global athttp://www.saasmaker.com.

About Virtual Global:
Virtual Global, a West Virginia corporation with a Northern VA presence, is a provider of cloud-enabled enterprise IT solutions, including the SaaS Maker™ cloud platform for building SaaS applications without programming; TeamLeader™, a real-time team management system; and Cloudipedia, a website that brings cloud computing information to entrepreneurs. Since 1995, Virtual Global’s technologies have served commercial and federal customers worldwide with enterprise-class IT needs.

Virtual Global’s New Platform-as-a-Service Gives Developers a Fast and Free Path to the Cloud

Virtual Global, Inc. announces the release of SaaS Maker™, an open and portable platform-as-a-service that lets developers build multi-user apps for free and sell them on the cloud.

Reston, VA, November 8, 2012 – Virtual Global, a cloud computing company that specializes in federal and commercial cloud strategies and software development,  has announced the release of SaaS Maker™ – a platform-as-a-service for building, deploying, and selling subscription-based software on the cloud. The application features, among other highlights, a wizard for the convenient building of functionalities and a software development kit that makes it possible to better integrate with legacy software systems.

In developing SaaS Maker™, Virtual Global has addressed the large and growing market for custom software on the cloud, and has acknowledged and served the need – on the part of developers – to find ways to migrate and modernize their legacy software applications without being locked into proprietary infrastructure providers. Furthermore, SaaS Maker™ functions in providing a new way for developers to build and sell true subscription-based software-as-a-service applications on the cloud.

“We tend to forget the cloud movement is largely about the upcoming mass adoption of software-as-a-service over the next few years – and, yes, infrastructure services save money…but the real value is realized when cloud adoption moves ‘up the stack’ into software services,” said Cary Landis, President of Virtual Global. “The framework of our new SaaS Maker product has a proven, decade-long acumen in federal, commercial, and academic installations – both nationally and internationally – and we’re confident that it’s ready for primetime.” Saas Maker makes available point-and-click tools for developers to quickly add functionalities – such as user subscriptions, data-entry forms, role-based access security, workflow management, team collaboration, and business intelligence reports – and it allows developers to publish their apps for sale on the cloud.

The new software development kit in SaaS Maker™ lets developers create feature-rich programs that integrate with other web services, such as big data and geospatial services. It is portable across data centers, so that developers can implement secure solutions on their own private cloud, and it is equally suited for multiple types of developers – including large enterprise companies moving mission-critical systems to the cloud.

According to Landis, software companies can leverage the platform architecture to cut their time-to-market, risks and costs by more than half. SaaS Maker also lowers the cost of getting started, because developers don’t need to invest up-front into expensive development tools and servers. With SaaS Maker, developers can literally sign up for free and immediately start building enterprise systems that scale to millions of users.

For more information about SaaS Maker™, please visithttp://www.saasmaker.com.

About Virtual Global

Virtual Global, Inc. is a West Virginia-based cloud computing software company with a Reston Virginia presence that focuses on federal and commercial cloud strategies and software development. Virtual Global was founded in 2003 by Cary Landis, CEO, who also serves as lead architect for the SaaS Maker™ Cloud Computing System. Landis formerly co-founded a software firm listed on the INC 500 list of fastest-growing small companies. Virtual Global has supported both leading corporations and government agencies, including the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST), and an online performance and reporting system for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). For more information, contact Cary Landis, or visit: http://www.saasmaker.com.

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See what NJVC, Gartner and others are saying.  The PaaS space is heating up fast…

Platform as a service (PaaS) is a core layer of the cloud computing architecture, and its evolution will affect the future of most users and vendors in enterprise software markets, according to IT research firm Gartner. PaaS is a common reference to the layer of cloud technology architecture that contains all application infrastructure services, which are also known as “middleware” in other contexts.

http://www.eweek.com/c/a/IT-Infrastructure/Platform-as-a-Service-Entering-Pivotal-Year-Gartner-543626/

STAMFORD, Conn., Feb 01, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Platform as a service (PaaS) is a core layer of the cloud computing architecture, and its evolution will affect the future of most users and vendors in enterprise software markets, according to Gartner, Inc.

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/gartner-says-platform-as-a-service-is-on-the-cusp-of-several-years-of-strategic-growth-2012-02-01

Gartner says Platform as a service (PaaS) is poised to be one of the fastest-growing areas of cloud and service oriented architecture.

http://www.zdnet.com/blog/service-oriented/platform-as-a-service-ready-to-rock-the-middleware-market-gartner/8524

“Using PaaS, it’s possible to save millions of dollars on a single, large-scale software development project. Developers can create and deploy software faster. Agencies can lower their risks, promote shared services and improve software security via a common security model. Data centers can leverage PaaS to make their infrastructure more valuable. PaaS can lower the skill requirements to engineer new systems and can lower risks by taking advantage of pretested technologies. It has been said that it takes an order-of-magnitude improvement to change the industry. PaaS provides an order-of-magnitude improvement in how software is engineered.” – Platform as a Service (PaaS). What Is It? Why Is It So Important?

http://www.forbes.com/sites/kevinjackson/2012/01/25/platform-as-a-service-the-game-changer/

PaaS represents the on-ramp to the cloud in that it provides the linkage between application platforms and underlying cloud infrastructures, according to Forrester Research. Further, Forrester defines platform as a service as “a complete application platform for multitenant cloud environments that includes development tools, runtime, and administration and management tools and services” and adds that PaaS “combines an application platform with managed cloud infrastructure services.”

http://mobile.eweek.com/c/a/Cloud-Computing/Is-This-the-Year-PaaS-Goes-Mainstream-430373/

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