Louis-Victor Jadavji (or "LV") is a recognized leader in the cloud services industry. He's helped 50+ digital native companies like ModusBox, Later, and NS1 choose the right cloud stack for their applications. His work has been featured in Forbes (30 Under 30 All-Star), HuffPost, The New York Times, The Globe and Mail, and Inc. Magazine.
The primary objective Platform Engineering is to implement a robust and scalable Internal Developer Platform, or IDP. This post covers what an IDP is, some common confusion with Internal Developer Portals, the benefits and adoption challenges.
You’ve probably seen the terms Internal Developer Platform and Internal Developer Portal used somewhat interchangeably. It doesn’t help that they have the same acronym. However, these are completely different concepts wherein the Internal Developer Portal is just one of many components for a successful Internal Developer Platform strategy.
An Internal Developer Platform is a comprehensive environment that provides developers with the tools, frameworks, and services they need to build, deploy, and manage applications more efficiently.
An Internal Developer Portal is a user interface or portal that serves as a central hub for developers to discover, explore, and interact with various resources provided by an organization.
Internal Developer Platforms are a solution to the ever-increasing demand for faster development cycles and releases with automation. There are many benefits provided by the adoption of Internal Developer Platforms to an organization, including:
Platform engineering, while offering numerous benefits, also comes with its fair share of challenges. Successfully navigating these challenges is crucial for organizations to harness the full potential of their Internal Developer Platforms. Here are some common challenges associated with platform engineering: