A new study has predicted that the world will see a significant rise in enterprise cloud adoption through the increased use of cloud native applications – applications and services built to perform optimally in the cloud, leveraging Platform as a Service (PaaS).

Conducted by consultancy firm Capgemini, the research found that 15 per cent of new enterprise applications are cloud native today, with adoption set to increase rapidly in the next three years, jumping to 32 per cent by 2020.

Capgemini surveyed more than 900 senior professionals working in both IT and the wider business, from 11 countries across Europe, the Americas and Australia. The results found that the shift in cloud adoption is largely down to a desire to improve business agility, with 74 per cent reporting this was their reason.

Meanwhile, 70 per cent of those surveyed reported increased collaboration with external partners as their main reason for cloud adoption, and 67 per cent said they wanted to deliver better customer experiences through the cloud.

The study identified a group of ‘leader’ organisations that have already committed to cloud-native applications. These are described as having more than 20 per cent of new enterprise applications developed this way.

According to the research, these leaders are almost twice as likely to report increases in organisational revenues attributable to cloud-native applications than slower adopters (84 per cent compared to 44 per cent).

It was also found that as cloud adoption grows, chief information officers expect IT to become even more central to supporting business ambitions. This includes the rapid scaling of the business (72 per cent), quicker updating of products/services (71 per cent), adopting new routes to market (68 per cent) and the development of new business models (67 per cent).

Franck Greverie, cloud and cybersecurity group leader at Capgemini, said: “We predict that cloud-native architectures will become the default option for customer-facing applications by 2020, driven by a need to continuously deploy innovations at an accelerated pace and enhance the customer experience.

“Businesses that delay adopting this approach will struggle to make up the gap with cloud-native competitors.”

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