Cloud Native Comes of Age

Cloud-native applications, built to excel in the cloud, are driving a transformative shift in the business world.

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Cloud Native Comes of Age

Main report: What businesses need to know

The shift to cloud native is under way, and businesses who fail to embrace this change risk falling dangerously behind. Meanwhile, leading cloud-native organisations say it is making them more agile, innovative, and profitable than their competitors.

We spoke to 900 executives to see how a cloud-native approach was driving change at their organizations. We discovered a world of what we call cloud-native leaders, and cloud-native laggards—with leaders building more than 20% of their applications in the cloud, to excel within it. This means they’re better able to respond to changing market demands and grasp opportunities than their laggard counterparts.

Our findings have uncovered that cloud-native apps enable IT to better contribute to business agility and innovation. Adoption of cloud-native apps is set to jump from 15% today to 32% by 2020.

We uncovered that the shift to a cloud native way of working was attributable to a desire to improve velocity (74%), collaboration (70%), and improved customer experience (67%).

Cloud-native leaders are also more likely to describe their approach to software development as agile (69% to 37%), their deployment as automated (78% to 46%), and their DevOps teams as integrated (69% to 38%).

Furthermore, they’re more likely to have a growth-focused attitude towards IT functions, with improving customer experience (90%), business agility (87%) and scalability (85%) viewed as higher priorities than reducing costs (79%).

However, adopting this approach comes with its own set of challenges. CIOs and business leaders often aren’t on the same page regarding priorities when it comes to IT. Other challenges include skills shortages (70%) and battling ingrained cultures that are opposed to a cloud-native approach (65%). On the technical side of things, there are difficulties integrating with legacy infrastructure (62%) and being locked in to vendor contracts (58%).

Read this report to learn from organizations that lead the way in the cloud-native approach and find out our recommendations on how to overcome the challenges and build a cloud-native business.


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Podcast Series: Hear From The Experts

Starting off with an analysis on how the cloud-native approach has affected the market, this series of podcasts explores how organisations can drive positive change.

Join our experts Lisa Hirsch and Dan O'Riordan as they sit down with cloud-native experts and discuss the current state and future of cloud development. Over the forthcoming six episodes we cover everything from the state of the market to best-in-breed practices.


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Go on the cloud-native journey. See how businesses are achieving strategic goals using a cloud-native approach to application development—improving business velocity and customer experience.

What are the drivers for cloud-native innovation? What are some of the key challenges that cloud-native organizations need to address in order to become digital leaders? Find out in our animation below.


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Blog Series: What Capgemini Is Saying About Cloud Native

What are the unique benefits and challenges inherent to a cloud-native future? How will cloud-native organisations adapt to this new way of working?

We delve deeper into the future of cloud-native working, how organizations are changing strategy, emerging business models, and other key topics on the subject. Read informed, engaging, and in-depth content from our Capgemini experts.


We’re embarking on a not-to-be-missed cloud journey, and taking you with us.

Author: Dan O’RIORDAN


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