The Best Platform as a Service (PaaS) Software According to G2 Crowd Winter 2017 Rankings

G2 Crowd finds Amazon EC2 tops satisfaction ratings while AWS Elastic Beanstalk earns highest overall market presence score

CHICAGO – December 8, 2016 – G2 Crowd, the world’s leading business software review platform, today released the Winter 2017 Platform as a Service (PaaS) GridSM report to help businesses make the best platform as a service (PaaS) technology buying decision. Amazon EC2Microsoft AzureSalesforce App Cloud: Force.comSalesforce App Cloud: Heroku Enterprise, and OpenShift were named Leaders in the report, receiving a strong customer satisfaction score with a large market presence.

Morpheus and Dokku were named High Performers in the report, earning strong customer satisfaction marks with smaller market presence scores. Morpheus earned the highest overall satisfaction score, while Amazon EC2 earned the highest overall market presence score.

The GridSM leverages customer satisfaction data reported by authenticated users along with vendor market presence determined from social and public data. Based on a combination of these scores, each software solution is categorized as a Leader, High Performer, Contender or Niche.

Key Findings:

  • Ease of Use remains strength — From development to deployment, users said that the tools are easy to use, manage, and master. Users repeatedly mentioned the simplicity at which they can build customized backends for applications. Ease of Use was tied with Meets Requirements for the highest average satisfaction rating at 86%.
  • Customer support struggled — Users frequently cited difficulties communicating with vendors and attempting to receive assistance when using PaaS products. Some users subscribed to lower-usage tiers felt neglected in comparison to premium users. Quality of Support was the lowest of all satisfaction scores with an average of 80%.
  • Tons of tools — Users were often impressed with each PaaS solution’s native toolset. Users were also highly satisfied with products’ abilities to expand functionality through third-party tools, plugins, and integrations. This likely explains why Meets Requirements tied with Ease of Use for the highest satisfaction score at 86%.
  • Poor documentation — While users appeared thoroughly satisfied with the product’s final functionality, users said a lack of documentation slowed their start. Some users were unable to find proper documentation and others said documents were outdated. Most users simply said documentation for certain features and practices could not be found.

About the Platform as a Service (PaaS) GridSM report:

  • The report is based on more than 471 reviews written by business professionals.
  • Of the 51 products listed in G2 Crowd’s Platform as a Service (PaaS) category, the ranked products each received ten or more reviews to qualify for inclusion on the GridSM.

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Adam Beeson

Communications Director for G2 Crowd