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Key Findings from the 2021 Cloud Native Engagement Report

8 March 2021

We surveyed 220 IT professionals to get their views on Cloud Native – it’s potential impact to organisations, teams, and individuals, in the short term and in the future. The findings were not what you might expect - to explore the full report for yourself, you can download your copy here.

Below we outline our 5 key takeaways from the report, giving you an snapshot into the current status of Cloud Native among your peers.

Cloud Native in a Time of COVID


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In a world of increasing uncertainty, IT’s focus has understandably been on data security. Many in IT feel nervous about moving from an on-premise operation, to cloud infrastructure.

Cloud Native allows businesses to adapt and evolve faster, with less risk. It provides secure access to data and apps, delivers new technological capabilities, and achieves all this in the most cost-efficient way. As we continue through 2021, it is imperative that businesses employ better safeguarding measures for their processes and systems, so while Cloud Native allows for increased security it also introduces new paradigms and architectures, and therefore new risks.

With the help of Cloud Native, you can build intuitive applications with faster responses and adaptability in times of uncertainty. Nearly 30% of those surveyed said Cloud Native offered higher data security and greater business agility than anything else they had tried.


Mainstream Uptake and Benefits


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2020 saw more than 85% of employees in the UK work from home in some capacity as a result of the coronavirus. As remote, flexible working continues into 2021, our report found that many businesses are stepping away from their on-premises systems and transferring to the cloud.

Our report found that over 30% of people enjoy working with Cloud Native. This increase in uptake coincides with the challenges of the coronavirus and remote working, as businesses have been alerted to the true value of the cloud for IT infrastructures over the long-term.


Changing the Narrative


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“The cloud isn’t new, but that doesn’t make it any less revolutionary.” - Forbes

As digital transformation becomes a house-hold term, the cloud narrative is changing. Organisations view technology as an opportunity to change how the business operates and delivers value and Cloud Native is providing both public and private sectors with unmatched technological capabilities. As a result, businesses already experimenting with the cloud predict a significant shift from ‘part cloud’ to ‘mostly cloud’ within the next 3 years.

However, uptake has been slow and while our research showed movement towards cloud technologies, a tipping point has yet to be reached. While 45% of respondents considered themselves ‘beginners’ experimenting with the cloud, they had yet to commit to an ‘off-premise’ model. This was despite evidence that 91% those surveyed were already using multi-cloud technologies, such as SaaS, on a regular basis.

Let’s take a look at why cloud uptake has been slow so far.


Fear of Change Hindering Uptake


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Despite cloud uptake being gradual but slow, with many using the cloud alongside other on-premises solutions, one third of our respondents claimed that progress was happening too quickly. This lack of confidence was also reflected in the “we’ll eventually get there” answer when reporting expectations around overall cloud adoption progress. While over 30% of those surveyed said they understood the benefits of Cloud Native, they felt cautious about fully committing and transferring their data completely to the cloud.

Our findings suggest that a large majority of the IT community are keen to transfer their work to the cloud more slowly to review the risks and benefits before fully committing. Confidence remains key. While IT professionals understand that the cloud can deliver high security and increased value over the long-term, most want to gain the required skills first to complete the transition.


Upskilling Essential for Competitive Edge


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One of the major hinderances around cloud uptake was fear of lacking the required skill sets. Two-thirds of companies surveyed reported a lack of critical skills needed to transfer from on-premises systems to the cloud. As a result, many companies were keen to play it safe by staying true to the core business models they knew and understood.

However, delaying the upskilling of employees out of fear has a higher risk potential for businesses. Fear hinders business development, seeing many companies fall significantly behind their competitors. Upskilling employees on the cloud is essential for businesses looking for that competitive edge in 2021.


Final Thoughts

So, there we have it, our key findings from the Cloud Native Report. Although just a snapshot of what we uncovered, we feel the results show significant optimism of the benefits Cloud Native offers, as well as a keen desire to learn and upskill for competitive edge.

Despite Cloud Native uptake being slow but gradual, we believe confidence is being found to relinquish traditional on-premises servers and embrace the potential of cloud and its agile, responsive technologies.

To read the full report, download your copy here.

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