Looking for an Alternate Platform for your Cloud Application? AWS vs ServiceNow

​​Not all customers build applications or solutions. They simply find solutions or leverage manual processes to solve their IT issues. However, customers that can invest in application development may choose to build tailored, scoped applications that fit their business processes. When making this choice, they must consider the differences between AWS vs ServiceNow.

In the past, these customers had servers/computers on their premises onto which they would load their applications. This required a full-time IT staff to manage and maintain those systems, as well as the network support for the application to work. There were benefits, such as physical and network security to reduce the risk of data breaches. However, the downside is tied to maintaining and managing the environment (or employing a staff to do so).

Larger organizations might even have dedicated data centers to run these servers, including the staff and systems needed to run them sufficiently, along with processes for provisioning those servers and building, deploying, and testing the application.

Today, cloud-based solutions provide an easy path towards achieving business continuity. For example, if an application matches new innovations in the industry, replacing the application with Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) is a viable option. Cloud providers like Amazon (AWS), Microsoft (Azure), or Google (Cloud) allow businesses to migrate applications “as-is” by creating virtual servers, or by modifying these applications. This still requires strong technical expertise (creating virtual networks, security, role, etc.) and often necessitates modifying the existing application code and migrating both the application and data. In the case of integrations, rewiring them to talk to the cloud (or move those integrations to the cloud as well) becomes a necessity.

One option is to build out cloud management teams to replace or augment their existing on-premise solutions. Unfortunately, this requires significant investment. As an alternative, Platform as a Service (PaaS) cloud solutions remove the virtual infrastructure management component and provide higher level application services. Component services make up the cloud-based Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS). AWS and other cloud vendors are built on PaaS capabilities. The approach they take is to provide PaaS services which allows an application to be integrated using APIs. Additionally, creating AWS based applications on the PaaS still requires lots of moving parts, but unlike other PaaS solutions, ServiceNow doesn’t take the cloud vendor approach.

ServiceNow implementations speed up delivery by using existing ServiceNow workflows, adding to them, employing platform services like email, creating and working with data/data models, and integrating with other applications with REST and the integration hub.

Creating, modifying, and deploying code is significantly faster in ServiceNow. Click To Tweet

Once deployed, use a single button to affect changes between environments. Additionally, ServiceNow manages its own secure networks and platforms, and provides continual software updates and patches. As a result, customers no longer need to worry about building teams to manage cloud components or have the expertise to deploy cloud-modified applications. AWS vs ServiceNow implementation teams have many differences. A similar implementation team working in ServiceNow, versus AWS, can see faster results, iterate on changes, and deploy very quickly, while taking advantage of ServiceNow’s security and platform features.

While adopting the ServiceNow platform ultimately streamlines and centralizes applications and operations, managing the integration and deployment can be complex and cumbersome. Cask’s artisan engineers work with our clients and partners to provide alternative application solutions built on the ServiceNow platform. In ServiceNow, you can build your application logic within a scoped application. Say goodbye to worrying about creating network access, setting up APIs for different types of components, or database management. Let us show you how to realize business-centric solutions without the complexities of cloud management, all while managing your time-to-market expectations.

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