FRESH DATA: Most Companies Putting Critical Apps in the Cloud

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A study by the Cloud Foundry Foundation revealed that companies treat digital transformation as a constant cycle of adaptation.

SAccording to the latest report released by Cloud Foundry Foundation, a majority of companies are now putting their mission critical apps in the cloud, and are treating digital transformation as a constant cycle rather than as a one-time thing.

As a result, cloud technologies are growing at scale. This includes Platform-as-a-Service, containers, and serverless, and artificial intelligence and machine learning are on the way to be integrated into workflows as well.

74% of respondents said they equate digital transformation as a continuous cycle of growth and adaptation, compared to just 26% who view it as a one-time change. 75% of IT decision makers said they believe in digital transformation and 86% of CIOs and CTOs agreed.

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“The vast majority of companies agree digital transformation is a constant process of incremental change, rather than a one-time initiative, and are realizing their long-term strategy must involve adaptation to a wide range of unforeseen challenges and technological changes,” said Abby Kearns, Executive Director, Cloud Foundry Foundation. “Although companies are starting to see the benefits of advanced cloud technologies, what’s coming next—artificial intelligence, machine learning and blockchain, for example—will continue to prove that the only constant in technology is change.”

According to the report, other key findings include:

  • Multi-platform strategy is flourishing: Almost half of respondents (48 percent) report using a combination of PaaS, containers and serverless technologies together—an increase of nine percent from last year’s multi-platform report. There are increases across the board in companies using a combination of all three technologies in various iterations, with 72 percent using PaaS and containers together (+8%), 50 percent using PaaS and serverless together (+7%), and 49 percent using containers and serverless together (+7%).
  • Container usage widens: Among companies using or evaluating containers, there has been substantial growth in the number of containers used. Organizations using 100 or more containers has grown from 34 percent in April 2018 to 48 percent in February 2019. Among the IT decision makers surveyed, 62 percent report they expect containers to be mainstreamed at their organization within a year.
  • Serverless evaluation slows, but there is broader deployment among users: While there was a slight pull back in overall usage and evaluation since September, for those using and evaluating serverless, broad deployment doubled since last year—increasing from 9% to 18%.
  • Timeline to see digital transformation vary by region: North American companies are largely feeling the benefit of digital transformation or expect to in this quarter (49%), though slightly more than a third (34%) don’t expect to see benefits for a year or more. Conversely, a third of organizations in Asia expect to see benefits later this year while only 24% expect it to take over a year. More than half of European companies (56%) already feel the benefit or expect to this quarter, while a small percentage (19%) expect to feel the benefits within the year.

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Sue Walsh

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Sue Walsh is a freelance writer and social media manager living in New York City. Her specialties include tech, security and e-commerce. You can follow her on Twitter at @girlfridaygeek.

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