To make it more tangible, developers want to be able to quickly spin up a new environment, test a new concept, fail fast and try a new approach or solution direction in which they think might be right. In general this will require a solution in which you can quickly create a new environment as well as an environment that allows you to quickly deploy or clone a existing solution and build upon that. Cloud based solutions provide such a solution and that is why cloud based solutions find such a big adoption within enterprises.
Developers tend to more and more adopt agile ways of working and companies tend to move more and more to a DEVOPS kind of operational model. Both desire and require a fully flexible platform which allows developers as well as operations the option to work in an agile manner, having the option to adopt fail fast development ways of working is a big advantage for the end result.
Traditionally this results in shadow IT, developers getting a budget / credit card and start consuming cloud services to make this happen. In general this is not the best solution and a better approach is to ensure you provide the required tools and solutions to your development community.
If you look at the options provided by Oracle Cloud, the combination of Oracle Developer Cloud Service and Oracle Cloud services in general you can provide that solution to your development and DEVOPS community without risking creating a shadow IT organization. Oracle Cloud Services allow you to channel the direction of cloud your DEVOPS and developer community is heading into and ensure the right level of governance and security is in place.
Providing your development teams or your DEVOPS team with the Oracle Developer Cloud Service access can provide the ideal way of providing your teams with what they need and still maintain a level of control.
It provides a rich set of functions out of the box and provides the option to allow your developers to use the toolset of their choice.
As an example you can use Maven, Hudson or Ant if you like Use one of the tools your developers prefer with built-in integration; Eclipse, Netbeans, JDeveloper and have the freedom to host your source code on (for example) Git or Github.