It does seem that security and convenience are at odds. More convenient apps are less secure, and greater security makes an app harder to work with.
The word "convenience" itself is a bit of a misnomer. We're really talking about productivity. The more time business users need to spend on securing apps, the less time they have for getting their work done.
For a personal example, I find the time spent logging into and out of apps to be an ongoing source of frustration.
It's interesting to see that the porportions of the pie aren't going to be changing significantly, but the dollar amount is going to explode for all of these services. It is going to go from $900 million to $2.9 billion.
I think one of the major concerns in PaaS has to be control and visibility. I think many providers sell IT a bill of goods only for them to find out later on that they lack the kind of access they need. We'll see how that shakes out going forward.
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