A buzzword that's picking up steam but not totally recognized yet is CPaaS, or Communications Platform as a Service. CPaas is a specialized kind of PaaS (Platform as a Service) that functions directly in the cloud. CPaaS removes the complexity of having to develop communications apps in real time. Software vendors, systems integrators and service providers often use a CPaaS to speed up their deployment schedule for communications rich services and apps. Larger companies tend to leverage a CPaaS to create a more open stream of communication for internal or consumer-facing processes.