How PHP Frameworks Build Better Enterprise Software

There’s an unwritten rule for talking about enterprise software. One must always tiptoe around the topic and weigh one’s words carefully. Otherwise, the status quo is broken, risking the integrity of the whole idea.
Why has this been the reality of corporate software for so long?

What is Enterprise Software?

Enterprise software is typically a business management tool built for an organization’s specific needs. Unlike client-facing software, which is built around a marketing concept, enterprise software often refers to internal solutions that align with a particular corporation’s activities. An enterprise solution could be a content management system (CMS), a customer relationship management tool (CRM), an enterprise resources planning system (ERP), or any other tool that manages the organization’s assets.

  • Secure
  • Scalable
  • Powerful
  • Independent

Why PHP Application Development Works for the Enterprise

It is easy to mistake PHP for a simple, functional language, suitable only for small businesses and low user loads. But this couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, developing PHP for use in the enterprise is on the rise.

  1. Scalability
  2. Support
  3. Reasonable cost

Community, Diversity, and Speed

PHP application development is based on an open source and cross-platform language, and so it has one of the largest support communities. Its numbers make PHP developers easier to locate and hire, and the majority of them have a broad knowledge of other common web technologies. The typical PHP team is likely to be cross-functional and knowledgable of CSS3, HTML5, MySQL, MongoDB, Vanilla JavaScript, or JS frameworks — well enough to the point where they can provide all necessary expertise.

Scalability and Performance in PHP Application Development

The biggest myth around PHP application development is that, unlike Java and .NET, PHP doesn’t scale, making PHP application development unsuitable for use by the enterprise.

  • Less load is simple — limit the number of all connections and requests to the database and performance will rise through the roof. If this isn’t possible, then distribute the workload across more servers via load balancing and get the same effect.

Development and Support for PHP Application Development

PHP powers the top three CMS engines: WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal. It’s unlikely that this lineup will change anytime soon. According to wordpress.com, the system powers 27% of the internet and counting. That shouldn’t come as a big surprise. Taking advantage of ready-to-use platforms that provide all the necessary tools to represent a business’s brand, marketing strategy, or ecommerce tool is cheap, fast, and it promises long term support. Additionally, anything that isn’t part of the platform’s core functionality is almost guaranteed to be found as a plugin or an extension.

Ask the Right Questions at Development Kickoff

Asking the right questions to gain as much intelligence on the business as possible will help teams to build the right solution and the architecture that will support it best, regardless of development language.

Reduce Total Cost by Developing PHP Apps

The following aspects of PHP app development result in a faster development speed and a lower cost for the whole project:

  • the enormous pool of pre-built modules for direct integration
  • the processing workflow (unlike Java, PHP doesn’t need to compile and gives instant output)

How Sustainable is Support for PHP Application Development?

When it comes to maintenance, PHP is really serious about its long term support. The previous LTS version — 5.6, released mid 2014, will receive support through 2018. If a development team chooses PHP 7 now, it can anticipate at least five years of official PHP support for that version of the language. By the time support for the current version expires, an upgraded version of PHP will already be available on the market with a similar support lifecycle.
LTS is a warranty where, should any vulnerabilities or bugs be found, they will be patched quickly by PHP engineers. Since there is such a huge community of PHP developers, there’s practically zero chance for a security bug to go unnoticed for even a couple of hours.

How Developing PHP Apps Helps Teams Build New Skills

The development team’s collective skill level in the chosen framework will determine the outcome of a project (keeping, of course, any external or unaccounted for circumstances, out).

Why Teams Should Be Pro-Solution and Language Agnostic

The language chosen in a development project is simply a computing tool meant to solve a specific business need. The choice of what platform to use for a specific case should evolve around its purpose, target, budget, and available support. The right solution should be based on the most acceptable combination of those elements.

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