When to build new

In some instances, it may be easier to develop new applications utilizing cloud-native development practices instead of working with a current monolith. The reasons for building new can vary, from politics, perceived risk or regulatory compliance. Building net new applications provides teams with the ability to deliver innovation to users, encourage creative thinking unencumbered by previous design decisions, and allow developers to experiment in a low-risk fashion.

Recent research on developing new cloud-native apps

Overall efficiency in using the cloud platform, including the flexibility to add features or to scale resources to meet user demand, is important to application development executives. This enables faster app updates and business growth due to employee productivity.


of new apps will be deployed on the cloud within three years


of companies plan to develop at least one cloud-native app within one year

Building the perfect application

Plan your perfect new app and build it with microservices, enhance it with agile methodology, and strengthen it by incorporating cloud-native toolchains

Build new with microservices

Streamline cloud-native app development by adopting a microservices architecture. In this model, software developers build and maintain a distinct set of loosely coupled microservices that together create the application. Developers can iterate each microservice independently; they no longer have to wait for all components to be updated before delivering new code into production.

Typically, microservices are deployed in containers and utilize a container orchestration tool like Kubernetes to ensure service availability and automatically scale the application services.

Adopt an agile methodology and 12-factor practices

Implement an agile methodology to speed up development work and better meet expectations. With an agile approach, your developers can incorporate feedback from business groups as they iterate. You can also produce a working version of the application quickly, adding more capabilities over time.

To improve efficiency and enhance results, adhere to the 12-factor methodology, which defines best practices for building modern, cloud-native apps. The rules outline practices such as using a single codebase for tracking and revision control, strictly separating build and run stages, executing the app as one or more stateless processes, and more.

Capitalize on cloud-native expertise and toolchains

Building new cloud-native apps for the first time can be intimidating. Working with outside experts can help ensure your team is on the right path and accelerate time to business value.

Successful adoption of cloud-native architectures requires the right DevOps toolchain, development process, architectures and culture. When implemented correctly, these elements can help your development team bring new applications to market quickly and securely.

Creating an intelligent chatbot

UBank — Australia’s first online-only bank — used the IBM Garage™ Method and adopted an IBM Cloud™ toolchain to develop an intelligent customer-facing chatbot, resulting in a 15% higher home loan completion rate.

Want to get your next app right?

Building a new cloud-native app enables you to deliver enhanced experiences and capabilities without the burden of using existing systems, architectures or infrastructure. But how do you start to build new?

IBM Garage can help your team acquire the skills they need for building new cloud-native apps — or modernizing existing applications. IBM Garage combines deep expertise with a methodology based on IBM Design Thinking, Lean Startup, agile development and continuous delivery to help you capitalize on emerging technologies and deliver tangible results fast.