Ready your business

Before 2021, 95 percent of internally developed apps are expected to move to the cloud. Today, 69 percent of cloud-native adopters already report more effective digital business growth.*

Learn how to ready your business for the next steps in cloud-native app development.

Top motivators

*According to 2018 unbiased research polling of 152 IT decision makers, developers and developer executives.


Enterprise-grade security is a top concern among pre-adoptive companies, with 77 percent stating it is a top priority. In practice, both developer executives (76 percent) and IT executives (70 percent) report improved security with customer and company data after moving to cloud-native app development.


Better security of customer and company data


As the top drivers among both application developers and IT executives, improved performance (84 percent) and reduced downtime (79 percent) are commonly experienced in companies that have adopted cloud-native development methods.


Improved employee productivity


Roll out enhancements and new features quickly and with the flexibility to scale automatically. Infrastructure independence benefits your whole organization, and shared information via microservices and APIs give your team more creative freedom to build more and maintain less. Teams report faster roll-outs (85 percent) and greater flexibility to scale (89 percent) after cloud-native adoption.


Faster time to market and response to market changes

Transform the way your team works

Companies benefiting most from cloud-native development implement these processes across their teams:

  • A microservices architecture: With each team specializing on a specific business function within an app, they can work independently, simultaneously and far more quickly.
  • Automation of DevOps: Work with IT using tools to automate the build and deployment of your apps. Reduce handoff issues and manual processes.
  • An established continuous integration and continuous delivery pipeline: Each of your microservices teams are able to iterate continuously in fully agile sprints, producing improved apps with vital changes based on customer feedback.

What’s your first project?

One of the biggest hurdles to adopting cloud-native app development is the difficulty in assessing which apps will benefit most. So where do you start?

  • Build a new app: While the rest of your organization remains focused on existing apps, assign a well-formed team to work on a low-risk, high customer-value project. After the initial launch, continue to optimize your app by adding new cloud services and features.
  • Modernize an existing app: Move your existing app to the cloud by containerizing it and connecting it via secure APIs to advanced cloud services. You can then build new app functions as microservices that interact with the app or even refactor the original app into microservices.

Want deeper insights?

Get the key drivers and statistical trends in the interactive report.


*IBM, “Cloud-native development outlook and key findings,” March 2018.