Read the full article: Why Mobile Developers Embrace the Cloud. And why Enterprise Java Developers Loath it.
Last week I got a chance to talk to some of the good Irish folk over at FeedHenry about their big announcement regarding Cloud Foundry. "Mobile application developers can now build and deploy applications on Cloud Foundry using the FeedHenry developer platform" was the big message TSS's new friend Cathal McGloin was promoting (you can read more about the FeedHenry and Cloud Foundry collaboration here).
In our little tête-à-tête we got to talking about the ways mobile development differs from enterprise development. Timelines for development are shorter for mobile applications. Mobile applications often focus more on functionality than finesse. Organizations often push out many small mobile applications that do a few specific things well, rather than pushing out big apps that do everything very poorly as the enterprise Java community tends to do. The list of obvious differences could go on and on, but suffice to say, there is a different mentality that permeates the mobile landscape. Mobile teams don't seem to think, work, behave and produce like enterprise teams.
So, do these differences make mobile developers more likely to embrace the cloud? Are mobile developers hip kids with moronic tribal pattern tattoos intent on revolutionizing the computing world by adopting new technologies like cloud, while enterprise developers are now just a bunch of stodgy old men with white hair hoping nothing changes before they hit retirement? Is this why mobile seems to lend itself so naturally to cloud based solutions, while enterprise developers tend to fear and loath it?
"If your hefty salary as a WebSphere administrator is now being threatened by the prospect of blitzkrieging the data center and moving administration off site to a PaaS provider, it’s unlikely that you’re going to swallow a poison pill by recommending a cloud based solution" - Cameron McKenzie
I think the postulated question answers itself. But for more insight, take a gander at the article TSS put together on the topic, largely inspired by words of wisdom from the discussion I had with Cathal McGloin, and some pertinent comments I pulled from Rod Johnson's keynote speech at last years symposium. Give it a read. Let us know what you think.