This is the year of the cloud native enterprise.

Gone are the days of business experimentation with the cloud and IT-led cloud adoption. We did our homework and we now have data points to prove that large scale, all-encompassing business transformation is taking place in a big way.

Check out these 6 research-supported tech trends about the cloud native enterprise.

1. About 49% of organizations are now engaged in large-scale business transformation

We’re seeing the convergence of business experimentation, large scale IT transformation and cultural change, which is leading to performance breakthroughs as organizations adopt cloud native as a maturity model.

The era of IT-driven adoption of cloud technology is over. The era of sweeping business transformation is here.


2. Automation is a game-changer for cloud migration, modernization and management

The emergence of new tools (such as AI) and methodologies, and the massive amounts of historical data and knowledge accumulated over the last several years is powering next generation cloud innovation to happen faster, at scale and with lower cost.

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3. Enterprise data and edge computing strategies are on the rise

A rapid rise of scale ML models using the power of Edge and Fog compute are driving new experiences and functionality to areas the public cloud cannot easily reach. 

This is driving an evolution of next generation application architectures.

And, with edge devices becoming more powerful and less costly, we’re starting to see large scale adoption of edge computing.

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4. About over 90% of organizations point to cloud technology as a critical strategy

For business leaders, Digital Quotient (DQ) is an indicator of their ability to think and operate in a cloud native way – and that goes for leaders across all lines of business.

We’re starting to see a greater focus on supporting leadership teams to become highly data and technology literate, including digital preparedness, digital strategy, technology, culture and capabilities – so they can create a culture where digital transformation is seen as a strategic business initiative rather than an IT project.

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5. More than 70% of organizations have a cloud skills gap

There’s a talent crisis.

Cloud adoption has rapidly scaled, yet the supply of people with cloud skills has not kept pace with this unprecedented growth.

The lack of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) is one of the reasons for this talent pool shortage.

But that’s changing – executive leaders are starting to recognize the critical importance of hiring people with different backgrounds and are launching recruitment and education programs to access underserved groups and untapped pools of talent.

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6. Climate action and decarbonization can’t happen without cloud

Decarbonization is rapidly becoming a priority on the corporate to-do list.

Some enterprises have already executed very specific sustainability programs, while others have not even started – but practically all are realizing that optimizing consumption is no longer just about managing cloud spend; it’s about managing carbon footprint, too.

Digital decarbonization improves efficiency, reduces costs and drives innovation.

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Click here for more info on the research we did, the resulting cloud trends and the full InfoBriefs for Europe and North America companies.