Five compelling arguments to go cloud native

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Your clients want to capitalise on the scalability and flexibility of the cloud.

How can we be sure of this?

Because according to a recent survey* of more than 150 top enterprise executives, most enterprises are seeking to move 75% of their non-cloud applications to the cloud in the next three years.

Every company wants to deliver their offerings to new and existing users quickly and efficiently.

In turn, these users want better experiences and new, fresh ways to address their list of demands.

Which means demands on your capabilities and services are continuously increasing.

The right orchestration, structures, and specialised technologies can help you provided the solutions required.

The answer is specifically designed cloud-native applications.


The cloud-native model and modern technology development

Organisations who build and operate applications in a cloud-native fashion bring new ideas to market faster, while also responding sooner to client and customer demands.

Cloud-native applications are built using multiple, independent microservices deployed across a cloud environment.

When compared to traditional monolithic applications, it’s a far more agile approach to creating new applications.

It’s a flexible means of building and running applications that exploits the advantages of the cloud computing delivery model.

It automates and integrates the concepts of DevOps, continuous delivery, microservices, and containers.

Cloud native is about how applications are created and deployed, not where.

The DevOps-based continuous delivery model enables software development teams to swiftly and automatically add new features to an application.

Similarly, software developers can build and maintain a distinct set of loosely coupled microservices that, brought together, create the cloud-native application.

These microservices are usually deployed in containers, utilising a container orchestration tool like Kubernetes, to ensure service availability and automatically scale the application services.

The developers no longer have to wait for all components to be updated before delivering new code into production because they can now iterate each microservice independently.

Do you need any more reasons to go cloud native?


The cloud-native approach to working in tandem with other companies

Normally, following the crowd isn’t always good advice in business.

In this case, however, it’s impossible to ignore the fact that recent surveys show that 78% of companies planning to develop apps in the next year are designing at least one of those apps to be cloud native.

Moreover, it’s predicted that approximately three out of four non-cloud applications will move to cloud in the next three years — most commonly by being lifted and shifted or modernised.

Quite obviously, organisations who emphasise the importance of innovating their customer experience are quick to see the value of adopting the cloud-native development model.

And in certain industries, its spread is increasingly rapid, with government, blockchain consortiums, financial services, and even health research in particular embracing its many advantages.

The growth of open source capabilities allows these companies to work together on a large variety of projects, integrating tools, apps, and platforms.

The cloud-native model meets critical business needs by making development of microservices architecture easier.

It’s an architecture that allows DevOps teams to work in partnership with other companies, perhaps by focusing on different components.

Surely, you want to be an important part of this revolutionary movement?


The cloud-native approach keeps you ahead of the competition

If increasing numbers of organisations are leveraging the numerous benefits of the cloud-native model, you can’t afford to be left behind.

Over half, 55%, of new applications developed in the next year will be cloud native.

That means most organisations out there in the rough and tumble of the business world are adopting cloud-native technologies to ensure they’re delivering a consistently positive customer experience while staying competitive.

Along with these undoubted advantages, cloud-native app development will grant them the ability to add artificial intelligence or blockchain services.

Are you really prepared to let your rivals get so far ahead of you?


The cloud-native approach means bringing apps to market quickly

Every organisation is seeking overall efficiency in using the cloud platform.

This includes the flexibility to add features and to scale resources up or down to meet user demand, thereby reaching more people more quickly.

This leads to a more responsive, speeding up of app updates, increased employee productivity, and ultimately stimulates business growth.

73% of development executives, IT executives, and developers agree that the cloud-native model results in both quicker development and roll-out, rapidly bringing new features online so customers can use them right away.

Of course, both your clients and their customers appreciate the rapidly delivery of new or updated apps.


The cloud-native approach ensures you keep in step with changing customer expectations

Keeping up with fluctuating customer demands is one of the biggest challenges any organisation faces.

No matter what a person’s role within an enterprise is, application performance stands out as a priority.

And according to the survey, by improved app performance they don’t just mean ease of development, but also improved app quality, polyglot coding support, app development automation, and reduced dependencies.

It’s quite a wish list.

Yet your clients, just like their own customers, have come to expect a proactive – perhaps even predictive – approach from you and your company, providing them with everything they need or might possibly need in the near future.

Their shifting changes or demands, in other words, must be both foreseen and immediately responded to by the DevOps team.

75% of those surveyed believe the cloud-native model gives them greater flexibility to make the real-time changes required.

Performance enhancements are delivered on demand and, in many cases, pre-empt a request to update the systems.


The cloud-native approach makes for easier, simpler app changes

The cloud-native model saves resources and minimises downtime whenever an application has to be altered in any way.

Even the smallest change to a software platform once took months of work, involving complex and cumbersome processes, all taking up considerable downtime and the combined efforts of a wide team of developers.

Going cloud native provides you and your clients with a larger range of efficient modernisation options.

Managing a large-scale development can be simplified by containerising it on a public cloud.

Everyone benefits from a fast and simple deployment in an environment open to current and future modernisation.

Instead of changing an entire application, it can be improved immeasurably via just the smallest of tweaks.


The cloud-native approach made even easier via IBM Cloud Computing

The survey most of the facts here were taken from – ‘The enterprise outlook on cloud-native development: Key findings according to development executives, application developers and IT executives – also took the opportunity to explore the evolving preferences of today’s organisations when it came to the types of clouds they were seeking to leverage.

Non-cloud applications will almost entirely migrate to cloud environments, with most being hosted on private cloud.

Work on existing applications and new app development will continue to shift onto cloud platforms in the next three years, with most happening in public cloud environments.

Public cloud deployments will almost double due to migrations from other environments, while there will be relatively few migrations away from it.

Hybrid cloud will also show significant growth, with deployments in private clouds remaining relatively flat.

Are you interested in taking a cloud-native approach?

IBM Cloud Computing technologies, such as IBM Cloud Pak for Applications, offers a simple, swift modular approach to developing cloud-native applications using integrated tools of your choice.

What’s more, its hybrid, multicloud foundation breaks down technology and data silos to make modernisation faster and more secure, along with effortless deployment on any cloud.


*The enterprise outlook on cloud-native development: Key findings according to development executives, application developers and IT executives


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