As end-user demand for new services continues to rise and businesses adapt to changing times, digitalization has never been more important. Pressure is increasing on organizations to deliver digital transformation initiatives more quickly as 55% of CIOs in 2021 said they were increasing staff to accelerate their digital programs. The cloud is essential for this. Because it can enable new opportunities for revenue and quicker delivery to market, the cloud is the way forward for companies that want digital success. That’s why 95% of those surveyed by Accenture say they’ve adopted advanced cloud services.
However, this is not without its challenges. For one, teams need the skills to match—individuals who know how cloud works and the expertise to unlock its potential. But this is proving difficult as talent remains hard to recruit (a recent Gartner report found that IT executives view the talent shortage as the most significant barrier to deploying cloud, edge computing, automation and other emerging technologies). In addition, as 92% of companies believe DevOps is crucial for revolutionizing their digital strategies, it’s worrying to see a new report from Boston Consulting Group that revealed up to three-quarters of developers are looking to change their jobs within two to three years.
This is something enterprises need to address if they wish to accelerate digital transformation programs and take advantage of the emerging cloud technologies that support the growing need for a distributed cloud architecture. Without the required developer expertise, organizations will fail to address end user expectations and fall behind their rivals.
A Concrete Problem
While the shortage of developers was an issue even before the pandemic, the problem is only getting worse due to the increasing need for digital transformation. It is putting more pressure than ever on existing developers and making it difficult for organizations as they struggle to recruit more talent. In fact, research found that pressure on digital architects has more than doubled during the pandemic, with almost 50% saying they are currently under high or extremely high pressure to deliver digital projects.
This skills shortage is an important issue for companies to consider. It is well-known that the expertise needed to deploy and maintain cloud services differs considerably from what’s needed for on-premises environments. Without those skills, it becomes difficult for IT teams to oversee and understand what is happening with regard to their cloud deployments, and it ultimately hinders organizations from generating new revenue opportunities through increased innovation. Cloud is a whole new world where control and insight are limited, there are new inflexible cost structures to get used to and other departments can easily procure new applications without the IT team’s involvement. However, we still see examples of organizations being tripped up by these differences.
Organizations take proactive steps to keep their developers engaged and happy to avoid digital transformation burnout and ensure they make the most out of their cloud deployments.
One Brick at a Time
One way enterprises can do this is by embracing a Lego approach to their digital transformation journey. By adopting a composable business strategy, organizations are in the best position possible to remove pressure from developers and drive increased innovation with less need for highly specific technical expertise.
When building things with Lego, even if you’re starting without instructions, you don’t need to completely start from scratch—and you can use the same bricks time and time again. Composability, or the notion of building and configuring infrastructure and applications from component parts with well-defined interfaces, means the same is true when developing new digital services. Instead of having to start from scratch each time or write specific code, developers and even business users can quickly innovate new experiences by composing and decomposing existing digital assets and reusing them—just like Lego bricks. In this way, the company is using its existing skillset to the fullest; maximizing the value of its resources and allowing it to concentrate on actually developing new experiences and services.
Perhaps most importantly—especially for developers—this means less pressure on development teams, not only because there’s less need to reskill but because composability means they no longer need to worry about managing underlying infrastructure or reconfiguring physical assets like servers, storage and connectivity. Instead, they can manage all assets through a single unified control plane that spans multiple clouds, right through to the edge.
Making use of Existing Resources
As part of this composable approach, enterprises should also examine how they move away from legacy technology, making sure they invest in innovations that leverage their existing in-house developer expertise. For instance, using a database-as-a-service platform that has the same programming language and tools that developers are already used to will accelerate adoption and reduce training costs.
The move away from legacy technology won’t just increase value for the money at a time when developers are becoming harder to recruit and budgets are tight. It will, again, also make life easier for developers. Instead of having to struggle with the integration of older systems with newer innovations, next-generation technologies will make this process harmonious and easy, further reducing the pressure and speeding up digitalization.
Creating a Solid Foundation
The developer divide is an issue that organizations need to take seriously if they wish to drive forward their digital transformation initiatives. At a time when demand for improved end user experiences is high, the need for developers has never been greater.
While recruitment and retention remain a challenge, the Lego approach of composability means enterprises do not need to lose out. Using the existing skills and resources of a company, composability propels faster innovation and greater agility.