Zend Technologies - 6/26/2012
New Survey of 3,000 Developers Sheds Insights on Development Trends and Cloud Adoption
Second Zend Developer Pulse™ survey finds that 63% of developers are deploying some apps to the cloud; 1 in 10 developers expect 100 percent of their apps
to be cloud-based
Zend, the PHP Company has announced the findings of its second Zend Developer Pulse™ survey, in which 3,035 global developers shared insights on usage
of emerging technologies and trends in PHP development practices. The survey confirmed an increase in cloud application development, indicating a growing
interdependence between usage of the PHP language, faster speed of development and deployment of applications to the cloud.
Zend Developer Pulse™ is a survey series that takes the pulse of a vibrant community of developers from around the world. The series is administered by Zend,
the leading provider of solutions to build and deploy web apps using PHP. Complete survey findings are summarized in a report now available at
PHP and the Cloud: A Symbiotic Relationship
The proportion of enterprise workload in the cloud is poised to more than double in coming years, according to a recent MorganStanley report. By deploying
cloud-based applications, enterprises are driving their competitive advantage, reducing time-to-market for applications and the management and cost overhead
of traditional infrastructure. PHP in the cloud can magnify those advantages by accelerating the development cycle.
Due to its ease of use and speed of development, PHP is increasingly becoming a cloud-application development language of choice. Sixty-one percent of
developers said that they intended to develop to the public cloud in Zend’s previous Developer Pulse survey, released during Q4 2011. Corresponding with
those results, in this new summer 2012 survey, more than half of developers said they are using PHP to develop apps for cloud environments. Among other
reasons, they prefer PHP because it is simple to use and they can quickly develop applications using PHP. In today’s business environment, where cloud and
mobile applications are evolving more rapidly than ever, this is a significant finding.
Key Survey Findings
Most Developers are Coding for the Cloud
1 in 10 developers expect all of the apps they are currently working on to be deployed in public or private cloud environments, reflecting an increasing focus on
the cloud as a cornerstone of enterprise computing. The survey also found that:
• 63 percent of developers expect at least some of their current apps in development to be deployed in the cloud.
• 15 percent expect more than half of their apps to be deployed in the cloud.
• 18 percent expect to deploy between 10-50 percent of their apps in the cloud.
• Only one quarter of respondents (26 percent) do not expect any of their apps currently in development to be cloud-based.
This data is consistent across company sizes. Like their small-business counterparts, 10 percent of developers in larger corporations (of more than 5,000
employees) said that everything they are developing is going to be deployed to either private or public cloud.
The results of the Zend Developer Pulse Survey also parallel the continued interest that Zend is seeing in phpcloud.com and the Zend Developer Cloud
sandbox, which streamline development and deployment across various cloud infrastructures.
PHP Enables Fast and Easy Development
When asked why the adoption of PHP has grown so rapidly during the past decade:
• 72 percent of developers said PHP is easy to learn.
• 68 percent said they can get things done faster in PHP.
• 53 percent cited the availability of application frameworks for PHP.
These findings are consistent with the results uncovered by the recent UBM TechWeb survey of enterprise director-level and executive decision-makers, in
which 88 percent of respondents found speed of development to be greater with PHP than other languages.
Widespread Use of APIs and Cloud-Based Services
Today’s developers have a sophisticated understanding that today’s apps have APIs at their core, pulling data from multiple sources and enable collaboration
within and outside of the enterprise. APIs are a fundamental component of cloud computing, and the Zend Developer Pulse survey once again found that PHP
and the cloud are becoming standard components in enterprise development.
• 72 percent of developers reported that they are using cloud-based services or APIs as a part of the applications they are designing today.
• 24 percent of developers are using APIs aggressively for more than half of their applications in development.
• 36 percent are using APIs in up to half their applications.
• Only 30 percent are only moderately approaching the integration of APIs into their applications.
A Focus on Quality in Development
The survey found that PHP developers put a significant focus on maintaining their skills and coding at the latest versions. The vast majority of developers are
staying up to date with the latest versions of the Open Source PHP language.
Tools to Maintain App Quality
After exclusively asking corporate developers which development tools and processes they used, the survey uncovered that:
• 85 percent of corporate developers are using an IDE (Integrated Development Environment).
• 77 percent use or intend to use version control.
• 75 percent are using at least one application framework.
• More than 10 percent of those developers not currently using a framework intend to adopt one within the next 12 months.
Zend Framework and other popular frameworks enable developers to build secure, reliable and modern cloud applications and services, with a proven
codebase and established best practices.
An Opportunity for More Automation
Automation can save PHP development teams time and energy throughout the development cycle by reducing human error and automatically detecting
application errors, among other benefits. Yet automation has a low adoption rate:
• 42 percent of developers at large companies have automated their development process.
• 39 percent of developers have automated their error detection and application monitoring.
• Fewer than 30 percent use automation for unit testing, performance, system testing and server provisioning.
These areas pose opportunities for PHP development teams to adopt and reap the benefits of automation.
Build and Deploy on Any Cloud With Zend
According to Andi Gutmans, CEO and co-founder of Zend, “Our survey underlines the fact that the PHP community and cloud computing are interdependent.
PHP is increasingly being chosen for its ease of use and deployment to the cloud by PHP development organizations. Enterprises are turning to Zend to help
them rapidly build and deploy those high-quality, business-critical PHP apps across public and private clouds. As such, it is not surprising that we’ve seen growth
in Zend Server and in usage of the Zend Developer Cloud. ”
Zend Technologies - 6/12/2012
New Survey Reveals State of PHP Adoption in the Enterprise
Sixty Percent of Companies Using PHP Applications to Manage Critical Business Processes
Zend, the PHP Company, and UBM TechWeb announced the release of the “State of PHP in the Enterprise” survey, the first significant survey of IT decision-
makers that measures usage of the PHP language to create applications in large enterprises. Administered by UBM TechWeb the survey was conducted with
InformationWeek’s audience of business technology professionals, and focuses on how enterprise director-level and executive decision-makers are using or
planning to use PHP. The findings are summarized in an executive report now available for free at www.zend.com/enterprise
The survey reveals that PHP is being used broadly to develop and run diverse and business-critical applications. The drivers of increased PHP adoption include
faster development cycles when compared to other languages, a widely available talent pool, increased efficiency in the application development process, and
ease of use. Of those surveyed, 97 percent of organizations that are using PHP plan to expand their usage and start additional PHP projects in the next 12-18
Pervasive and Diverse Adoption
Of the decision-makers surveyed, half are actively using PHP, and the remaining half plan to use PHP in the near future. The survey found a high prevalence of
PHP in larger companies; more than half of the IT decision-makers surveyed worked for companies that had 500 or more employees, while 20 percent
represented enterprises with more than 10,000 people.
The study found that PHP has evolved from its origins as a specific use language, and is now actively used to build applications of all shapes and sizes. Nearly
half of enterprises use PHP in their business integration applications, while 64 percent use PHP in external applications and 62 percent use for internal apps.
The functions of existing PHP apps were also diverse, including content management (50 percent of respondents), database/system administration (46 percent),
data visualization (one third), financial apps (28 percent), e-commerce (25 percent), and human resources (20 percent).
Sixty Percent of Companies using PHP for Business-Critical Purposes
When asked to describe the importance of the PHP apps they have or plan to have, 60 percent of decision-makers reported that their PHP applications are
revenue-generating or critical in nature. This breaks down as 21 percent of users describing their apps as directly revenue-generating, while 25 percent and 14
percent of users respectively described their PHP applications as being responsible for a critical internal or external business process. It is clear that decision-
makers rely on PHP to power business-critical applications that directly impact their company’s bottom line.
Why is PHP So Pervasive?
When decision-makers with PHP apps were specifically asked how using PHP compares to their next most-used language:
• 88 percent said PHP enables faster speed of development.
• 81 percent found it easier to work with the cloud.
• 79 percent experienced a faster ramp-up time for new developers.
• 76 percent found administration easier.
• 65 percent were able to improve performance.
• 60 percent or more found that resolution of production issues, availability of talent and frameworks were better than their next most-used language.
The survey found that the majority of decision-makers are opting to use PHP in order to deliver high-quality applications faster. Sixty percent of respondents said
they chose to develop their apps in PHP due to its speed of development. This was even higher, 75 percent, for those who had already deployed their PHP
apps. Availability of programming talent and fast ramp-up time were also high on the list of reasons that PHP was chosen.
Continued PHP Growth
The vast majority of current PHP users, 97 percent, plan to continue using PHP for future application development. Seventy-seven percent of these
respondents said they plan to release two or more new PHP applications within the next 12-18 months, and another 21 percent said they intend to release at
least one new PHP application. For those evaluating PHP for future usage, 92 percent intend to release at least one application within the next 12 to 18 months.
“This study clearly shows that PHP is no longer a boutique language, and is actively used in critical applications at large enterprises around the globe,” said Eric
Bruno, the enterprise architect and industry analyst who led the study for UBM TechWeb. “Clearly, enterprises agree that using PHP for their apps directly
improves revenue, customer satisfaction and overall process efficiency more than any other enterprise language today.”
“It’s no surprise to Zend that this study found pervasive usage of PHP in larger companies,” said Andi Gutmans, CEO of Zend. “Our clients, including BNP
Paribas, NYSE Euronext and Bell Helicopter, trust Zend to help them quickly release, manage and scale their PHP applications. As more companies use PHP to
build and deploy diverse applications, Zend will continue to play a key role in empowering our clients to benefit from the rapid and comprehensive approach that
PHP can bring to their development organization.”
BNP Paribas, one of the world’s leading banks, has implemented more than 700 tools and applications using PHP. “We wanted to establish an agile, iterative
development environment,” said Yannic Mahé, audit manager within the BNP Paribas IT organization. “Our developers are fully satisfied with the PHP language
and Zend’s PHP solutions. For certain projects, PHP has enabled them to dramatically shorten the development cycle and accelerate application delivery
compared with their previous experiences using Java.”
Zend Technologies - 4/19/2012
Zend Builds on Relationship with Amazon Web Services, Makes Zend Application Fabric Available Through AWS Marketplace
Zend’s leading cloud application platform, now available on a pay- as -you -go basis, offers unique advantages to businesses that need rapid scalability
Zend, the PHP Company, today announced that Zend Application Fabric, the industry-leading, enterprise-ready Platform as a Service (PaaS) for PHP apps, is
now available on Amazon Web Services (AWS) Marketplace. With the addition of Zend Application Fabric, businesses can deploy and run their PHP apps on
the AWS cloud with a high level of reliability, performance and security, while being able to pay for capacity by the hour and receive a single bill from Amazon for
all of their software usage.
With Zend Application Fabric, enterprises can harness the agility of PHP to quickly and cost-effectively deliver quality web applications on the AWS cloud. Zend
Application Fabric benefits PHP applications by providing a dependable, scalable runtime environment. It also provides application monitoring and built-in
diagnostics that let developers quickly identify and troubleshoot issues without spending time guessing at root cause and attempting to recreate production
problems, and comes with full support from Zend, the PHP Company.
The Zend Application Fabric is based on Zend Server technology, which already powers thousands of web applications, and is deployed at thousands of
companies around the world.
“We are pleased Zend is making Zend Application Fabric available on AWS Marketplace, optimizing the PHP user experience for the cloud,” said Terry Hanold,
Vice President of New Business Initiatives, Amazon Web Services. “Providing the Zend Application Fabric on AWS Marketplace enables enterprises to run
applications on the scalable, secure, pay-as-you-go AWS platform making it even easier to use PHP in the cloud.”
“Zend Application Fabric enables developers to confidently deploy fast, elastic and dependable PHP applications,” said Zend CEO Andi Gutmans. “AWS
Marketplace makes it simple for our customers to access Zend on the AWS cloud and pay only for the infrastructure needed to run their applications. By
providing customers a single invoice for combined software and server capacity, businesses can operate more effectively than ever before.”
Zend Application Fabric and AWS Marketplace: Performance Meets Simplicity
Zend Application Fabric provides an open, elastic platform for business-critical PHP applications. Through auto-scaling, Zend Application Fabric enables high
levels of performance, even at times of variable and unpredictable demand.
The AWS Marketplace makes Zend Application Fabric accessible to users in a convenient setting. Users can quickly scale their applications in AWS’ proven
cloud environment on a pay-as –you-go basis. Amazon’s 1-Click deployment enables users to spin up applications running on their own Amazon EC2 servers in
moments and scale up or down on demand.
“We need to know that our architecture will handle sudden changes in capacity,” said Michael Speicher, CEO of Mediaspike. “Because of Zend’s offerings,
along with cloud management capabilities from RightScale, we were able to build a much more robust system than we ever had before. We are happy that
Zend is making it even easier to purchase their software through the AWS Marketplace. Things that used to be a problem, like slow response times and
expensive server investments, aren’t even a factor anymore.”
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More information about the Zend Application Fabric can be found at www.phpcloud.com, where Zend also offers the Zend Developer Cloud, a free service that
can be used to develop PHP applications. With today’s announcement, the AWS cloud now makes it even easier to deploy and monitor these applications