Knowledge and experience must grow rapidly to meet cloud-native development expectations

OutSystems, a global leader in low-code application development, released the results of a global survey of IT managers and developers assessing the benefits and challenges of cloud-native development, with results highlighting stark contrasts between expectations and readiness. The report, Native cloud development: ready or not? What IT managers and developers are sayingreveals that while analysts expect a surge in cloud-native development globally, more than half of respondents (53%) still don’t know much about it.

“Cloud-native technology opens up new possibilities for speed, reliability, and massive application scale, if done right,” said Patrick Jean, CTO of OutSystems. “Many companies display a delta between their desired future state and their current knowledge and expertise. Our research reveals that most companies don’t know enough about the challenges of cloud native and don’t have the staff to implement it successfully. The answer lies in high-performance, low-code tools that can help speed and simplify the way forward and dramatically improve how they build and manage applications for the future.

Based on global survey of 500+ IT leaders and developers from all industries – including cloud native leaders (those currently using cloud native) and laggards (those not using it) – The OutSystems report identifies the current state of the technology, in terms of adoption, challenges and opportunities. Key findings include:

  • Knowledge gap – While 72% of respondents expect the majority of their apps to be built using cloud-native development by 2023, only 47% know much about it.
  • Unexpected challenges – Cloud-native leaders say selecting the right tools/platforms (52%) and architectural complexity (51%) are the top two challenges of cloud-native development, while cloud-native laggards rank them significantly higher down.
  • Need for talent – Cloud native leaders and laggards agree that growing the engineering team is a necessity — and a struggle. Respondents share the need for talent in 13 different roles, from back-end, full-stack and mobile developers to enterprise architects and designers, with cloud architects standing out as a critical role to fill.
  • Low-code advantage – Cloud-native leaders view low-code platforms as winning partners in their cloud-native journeys, with 60% saying low-code platforms are “very good” or “excellent” tools for a cloud-native implementation. More than seven in 10 cloud-native leaders (72%) are already working with low-code platforms.

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