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Hybrid cloud-hungry enterprises are entrusting developers with key IT purchases

Written by Tue 20 Aug 2019

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The importance of containers and Kubernetes to enterprise hybrid strategies is bringing the developer closer to the board

Developers exercise significant autonomy over the purchasing decisions of enterprises embracing cloud computing and hybrid strategies, according to new research released by IDC, that surveyed 2,500 developers for its 2019 PaaSView and the Developer 2019 survey.

IDC says there are two areas in which the influence of the developer is rising. The first, influence over the selection of developer tools and technologies, is not that surprising, given that these tools are specific to the narrow day-to-day work of the developer.

It is developer influence over enterprise purchasing decisions in general that is more interesting, a trend which is emblematic of the rise of cloud and tools like Kubernetes in the average enterprise.

Popular developer tools containers and Kubernetes are key figures in the ascendance of hybrid IT as they are integral to the running and transporting of workloads and data between IT environments.

According to Flexera’s State of the Cloud survey, 58 percent of companies have adopted a hybrid strategy, while 48 percent of organisations are leveraging Kubernetes.

IDC says that companies adopting a cloud strategy accompanied by internal digital transformation now view developers as “key stakeholders” in technology purchasing and procurement.

“The autonomy and influence enjoyed by developers today is illustrative of the changing role of developers in enterprise IT in an era of rapidly intensifying digital transformation,” said Arnal Dayaratna, research director, Software Development at IDC.

“Developers are increasingly regarded as visionaries and architects of digital transformation as opposed to executors of a pre-defined plan delivered by centralized IT leadership.”

IDC warned that the landscape of programming languages and frameworks is highly fragmented, putting the long-term support of applications at risk. IDC expects languages that support a variety of use cases and environments, such as Python and Java, to continue gaining traction.

According to IDC’s survey, 67 percent of organisations have adopted DevOps practices in some way, while over 50 percent of dev and test applications deployed on the public cloud are ultimately deployed in production elsewhere.

“Developer interest in DevOps reflects a broader interest in transparency and collaboration that illustrates the trend in software development to not only use open source technologies, but also to integrate open source practices into software development,” said Al Gillen, group vice president, Software Development and Open Source at IDC.

“Developers prioritise decentralised collaboration and code contributions as well as transparent documentation of the reasoning for code-related decisions.”

Written by Tue 20 Aug 2019


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