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No matter the industry, product designers are struggling with the implications for their products as connectivity, mobility and cloud computing become the mainstay. Healthcare manufacturers want to enable doctors to diagnose patients' ailments from hundreds of miles away. Factory automation vendors are automating the process of proactively predicting failures in critical equipment. Media companies are collecting feeds constantly from around the globe and creating backend systems that can dynamically adjust capacity to accommodate surges in demand throughout the day.
A successful architect needs to quickly assess impacts of these trends and select technologies that will meet their customers' needs. It would be a mistake to base decisions on an initial impression or an aging gap analysis of today's large scale products, as new vendors are coming to market each month to capitalize on the needs of specific industries that could not cope with the compromises inherent in a one-size-fits-all approach. Platform as a Service (PaaS) cloud products demonstrate this point precisely.