Cloud native comes of age
What businesses need to know.
The study of more than 900 senior professionals working in both IT and the wider business, from 11 countries across Europe, the Americas and Australia, attributes this shift in cloud adoption to a desire to improve business agility (74%), increase collaboration with external partners (70%) and deliver better customer experiences (67%).
It identifies a small group of ‘leader’ organizations that are already committing to cloud-native applications – those with more than 20 percent of their new enterprise applications developed in this way – with these leaders almost twice as likely to report increases in organizational revenues attributable to cloud-native applications than slower adopters (84% vs 44%).
As adoption increases, CIOs at organizations leveraging or planning to leverage cloud-native applications expect IT to become even more central to supporting business ambitions, including the development of new business models (67%), rapid scaling of the business (72%), quicker updating of products/services (71%) and adopting new routes to market (68%).
However, many CIOs are facing challenges in building business cases to invest in cloud-native apps from business leaders that see cost reduction as the priority for IT teams. These challenges range from the organizational, including battling an ingrained culture that is opposed to the nature of cloud-native working (65%) and a skills shortage when developing cloud-native apps (70%), to the technical, such as difficulties integrating with legacy infrastructure (62%) and being locked in to vendor contracts (58%).
Digital Challengers Drive Sector Disruption
Just over a quarter of high-tech firms (26%) and almost a third of manufacturing firms (29%) are cloud-native leaders, compared with just 11% of banking providers, 18% of insurers and 22% of CPRD firms. Priorities are changing as a result of the digital challengers: banks now build 10% of their new applications using a cloud-native approach, while almost half of insurers (47%) and almost one-third of consumer products, retail and distribution (CPRD) firms (27%) say that cloud native forms a core part of their technology strategies. All three groups – banks, insurers and CPRD firms – plan to spend considerably more on PaaS in three years than they do today (41%, 44% and 41% respectively).
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