A growing number of application developers are now drifting to cloud-based development environments from in-house development to build their apps more cost efficiently and effectively with the attraction of low monitoring, maintenance and operational costs. While these are benefits for app developers, not all companies can rely on cloud-based environments due to regulatory, security and privacy risks. In fact, all app developers must carefully evaluate their requirements before committing to either approach to avoid compliance issues and unexpected expenses.


Security is one of the most crucial concerns for many bigger brands building their apps on mobile platforms. In fact, many companies avoid the cloud-based environments because they fear any sort of security breaches. In-house environments that do not connect to internet are typically the most secure environment, however, they come also with certain limitations and challenges and users don’t get the best value for their development.When relying on cloud-based development environments, it is important to know what data and user protection mechanism techniques and practices are utilized in service provider’s data centers

Performance and Availability

Whether it is in-house or cloud-based development environments something error can always happen to the system and cause downtime when the data, apps, tests are not accessibleEven absence internet will block the use of cloud-based service but the system built internally can still keep going. These sorts of issues related to reliability must be considered when selecting the right platform for development.


Good product itself may allow users to get their things done, but good support fully complements the service and enables its users to fully utilize all features and benefits built in. There are different types of supports available for both in-house and cloud-based development environments. Some require human interaction, some are more like a self-service and enables users to find out more information. This can be very important especially in case of challenging test automation where frameworks, tools, and other technological issues may not be trivial to everyone. its importance is flexibility of support: excellent manuals help pages for self-service and manual options via online live chat systems with operations, social media etc. plus an online system for submitting service tickets.


The integration is the key for efficient use of all tools and software. It is recommended that open standards and technologies are used as widely as possible to avoid vendor lock-ins, expensive maintenance costs and also time-consuming customization work between different technologies. Cloud-based solutions that provide these capabilities with API, open standards and all required bits and pieces to connect with internal infrastructure, is ideally preferableThis will make integration simple, fast and cost-effective.


Good usability – also good user experience got from the use of a tool – is one of the top most important criteria for any development environment. Especially in cloud-based environments, it must be intuitive, easy to use and straightforward to adopt for your organization’s daily needs.

written by- Simpi Nath

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