Cloud-native software development: knowledge and experience deficit

By the end of 2025, nearly all apps will be built using cloud-native development – but most companies are still in the early stages.

external systems, A low-code application development specialist, today released the results of a global survey of IT leaders and developers on the benefits and challenges of cloud-native development. The findings reveal significant discrepancies between expectations and current capabilities: While analysts anticipate a sharp increase in cloud-native development worldwide, the report “Cloud-native development: ready or not? Ratings by IT executives and developers” states that more than half of those surveyed The survey (53 percent) do not yet have extensive knowledge about this topic.

“Cloud-native technology opens up new possibilities for speed, reliability, and scaling of applications at scale — when used correctly,” said Patrick Jane, CTO of OutSystems. “Many companies have a gap between their goals and their current knowledge and know-how. Our research shows that most organizations do not adequately understand the challenges of cloud-native development, and do not have the staff to successfully implement the approach. The answer lies in powerful low-code tools that accelerate and simplify the journey into the future. and dramatically improve the creation and management of future-ready applications.”

The report is based on a global survey of more than 500 IT CEOs and developers from various industries. Both cloud-native leaders (companies that are already using cloud-native development) and retirees (companies that are not) are both represented. The results illustrate the current state of cloud-native technology in terms of its adoption, challenges, and opportunities. The main results include:

  • knowledge gap While 72 percent of respondents expect the majority of their applications to be built using cloud-native development by 2023, only 47 percent have a good understanding of the technology.
  • Unexpected challenges Cloud-native leaders cite choosing the right tools or platforms (52 percent) and architectural complexity (51 percent) as the top two challenges for cloud-native development. The retarded rank these two challenges as significantly less serious.
  • The need for talent Leaders and laggards agree that their engineering teams need to grow – and that’s a challenge. It is needed across 13 different fields, from backend, integrated, and mobile developers to enterprise architects and designers. Cloud engineers stand out as a particularly important site to fill.
  • Low code feature Cloud-native pioneers see low-code platforms as a valuable way to support their approach. 60 percent describe low-code platforms as “very good” or “excellent” tools for cloud-native implementation. More than 7 in 10 (72 percent) entrepreneurs are already working with low-code platforms.


Findings from the Cloud Native Development Report: Ready or Not? IT Managers and Developer Perceptions’ is based on a survey of 505 IT decision-makers and developers from businesses, organizations and small businesses around the world. The survey was conducted online in February 2022 in the US, Europe, Australia, Latin America, Canada and Singapore in partnership with the market research firm Lucid (a Cint Group company).

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