OutSystems Reveals Obstacles Hindering Cloud Native Application Development

The value of cloud-native applications is undoubted, but organizations struggle to develop them properly.

Although most IT teams expect widespread development of cloud-native applications in the next two years, complexity and lack of knowledge are proving detrimental, according to research by OutSystems

A study published today by the low-code platform OutSystems found that while 72% of IT decision makers and developers expect the majority of their applications to be cloud-native by 2023, only 47% said they know much about the capabilities this entails.

Looking specifically at ‘leaders’ – respondents using cloud native today – and ‘laggards’ – those who have not yet adopted the technology, 58% of leaders said they know a lot about the technology , against only 1% of laggards.

Meanwhile, just over one in three (34%) Laggards have formally evaluated cloud-native technologies; exactly half have engaged in formal analysis; and 15% have not yet considered.

Cloud native challenges

When asked about the biggest challenges faced when using cloud-native technology, the most frequently cited were:

  • identify the right tools/platforms (52% of leaders and 39% of laggards);
  • architectural complexity (51% of leaders and 38% of laggards);
  • implementation of the architecture (50% leaders and 52% laggards);
  • keep tools and infrastructure up to date (48% of leaders and 44% of laggards).

Additionally, companies preparing for cloud-native growth feel the need to augment engineering talent in more than 10 different roles at a time when the skills gap is rampant in the technology sector.

Take advantage of low-code

To mitigate skills shortages and complexity, 72% of executives surveyed said they currently use low-code platforms, with 60% expressing their belief that low-code is “a winning solution.”

When asked when they think the majority of cloud-native apps will be built using low-code, 28% said this year; 29% said 2023; and 19% 2024, demonstrating optimism regarding technology.

“Cloud-native technology opens up new possibilities for speed, reliability, and massive scale in applications — if done right,” said Patrick Johntechnical director 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.”

OutSystems, in partnership with a research company Lucidsurveyed 505 enterprise, commercial, and SMB IT decision makers and developers based in the United States, Europe, Canada, Latin America, Australia, and Singapore.


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