Mathew Dawe 03 Aug. 2023
As we’ve seen with DevOps over the last decade, what is old is new again, including Platform Engineering. Although its rise has been accelerated by Cloud computing, Platform Engineering has been around for decades, hailing from a time when computer systems were large and required specialised teams and individuals to manage them.
While we are on the topic of large and complex things, and with LLMs (large language models) being all the rage right now, let’s ask ChatGPT for a definition of Platform Engineering:
“Platform engineering is the practice of designing, building, and maintaining the core infrastructure and software platforms that enable an organisation’s products or services. Platform engineers are responsible for creating a robust, scalable, and secure platform that can support the company’s business goals.”
Glad to see we agree.
Well-designed platforms enable businesses to try out new ideas quickly and gain much needed customer feedback, all the while knowing they are meeting their BAU operating requirements in a secure and resilient way with customer concerns front of mind.
But, as the computing landscape continues to rapidly evolve, businesses are confronted with new challenges. Managing the complexity of distributed systems, and ensuring that workloads are secure, compliant, resilient, scalable, and performant makes adapting to the demands of modern architectures and design patterns essential for any business who wants to lead the pack. With the rise of ransomware and theft of customer data (especially PII data,) it’s crucial that all businesses practise defence or security in depth to keep their systems resilient and secure from the ground up.
Effective platform engineering offers several key security benefits:
Basically, platform engineering affords businesses a holistic and proactive approach to security, strengthens their security posture, helps them comply with regulations, and mitigates the risk of security breaches.
As a multidisciplinary field requiring broad expertise, it’s safe to say choosing a provider is but one piece of the platform engineering puzzle.
You’ll also need to consider:
In summary, Platform Engineering is crucial in today’s fast-changing technology world. Done correctly, it creates strong and secure platforms that can grow and adapt, transforming your business into a fortress of security, scalability, and innovation.
By defining and leading delivery of platforms and strategies tailored to your organisation’s needs, we enable self-service, reduction in tech debt and rework, standardisation of common functions and processes, all with a reduction in delivery cost while producing a quality outcome.
At 460degrees we are passionate about making a meaningful difference for our customers and Platform Engineering is in our DNA. We advocate for best practices and principles in everything we do and, with a long history of professional services in the Information Technology landscape, we have the Experts and the know-how to help ensure that your platform not only enables your business goals but sets it up for success in years to come.
If you are interested in how 460degrees can help you achieve your goals, please reach out to us today.
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