by Resourcing People

No matter your personal thoughts on cloud computing, its rapid rate of growth in Germany can’t be ignored. With the sudden boom brought upon us by the online demands of the pandemic, Cloud-Native has been fortified as a present force across many industries. 

From its emergence in the market in 2015, to Linux Foundation creating the CNCF open-source software to increase Cloud-Native access, the reality is this: thousands of IT directors (from small-scale technology start-ups right through to large enterprise software companies such as FTAPI) are utilizing Cloud-Native approaches for updated, efficient, business delivery models.


What Is Cloud Native?

Cloud-Native solutions differ from original cloud services due to their intended purpose. They were specifically “designed and built to work in a connected, online retail world. They deliver web-centric capabilities that enable retailers to improve customer engagement and service, scale server capacity for busy periods, offer more fulfillment options, and experiment with new promotions and new technologies.” (Source: Manhattan Associates). These features offered vital platforms for businesses and customers alike during COVID-19 lockdowns, and transformed the future of technology within our companies. 

While cloud computing has been steadily increasing in use by German organizations since its establishment in the 1980s, (with an estimated 80% accessing services on a day-to-day basis), Cloud-Native has been slower on the uptake due to existing barriers to entry. 

For years, cloud computing has promised:

- Smoother, more secure data transfer

- Cost savings for storage

- Increased collaboration

- Disaster recovery 

Now, Cloud-Native applications go one step further to additionally promise:

Automated Delivery

Cloud-Native applications use automated features to enable continuous delivery and deployment of software updates - allowing firms to stay up-to-date on technology advancements and, of course, keep data as secure as possible. 

Workload Independence
Current Cloud-Native existing architecture allows applications to be managed and deployed as separate entities - enabling engineers to concentrate on individual projects, rather than editing essential core code.

Standards-Based Services
Standards-Based software has long been celebrated for its portability and ease of use, encouraging learners to adopt its new technologies. Linux’s open-source approach for Cloud-Native access also reduces barriers to entry. 

Business Flexibility
Flexible deployment reduces workloads for engineers, making apps easier to develop, deploy and iterate.

Zero Downtime
Cloud-Native applications are often able to stay online during infrastructure outages, and, thanks to container orchestrators such as Kubernetes, “you can deploy a software update with essentially zero downtime” (Source: Oracle).


Cloud Native Approaches in Germany

Cloud-Native adoption wouldn’t be possible without market leaders fronting the charge. As the popularity of Cloud-Native approaches increased over the pandemic, consultancy companies such as Munich-based Krusche led the way for easy integration of technologies. Similarly, Cloud-Native Computing in Berlin formed an online network of 1,500 members that meet monthly to discuss current hot topics in the industry. They act as a support network for new-starters and were able to spearhead passion for Cloud-Native amongst IT workers. 


Highlights From 2021 Cloud-Native Survey

A recent survey conducted by ISG Pulse Check and Euro Cloud-Native Deutschland found that 22% of companies use Cloud-Native applications, 23% had concrete launch plans, and 27% were planning to “get started” in the next 12 months.  Of the 200 German IT managers interviewed, all ran businesses with 50 or more employees - the direct target for cloud software. 

With so many benefits for medium and large companies guaranteed, it’s no surprise that cloud strategies are booming. However, as a result of the sudden surge in demand, arises a skilled worker shortage. According to ISG, “37% of companies surveyed see their cloud strategy slowed down due to a lack of skilled workers.” This bounces off the desperate need for:

1. Cloud Infrastructure Consultants
2. Cloud Data Platform Engineers
3. Cloud Security Architects
4. Cloud Programme Delivery Leaders

At the time of writing this article, over 2,559 cloud-related jobs are available in Berlin alone (Source: LinkedIn). Currently, 85% of IT directors are only willing to work with specialized Cloud-Native providers, halting growth as the market labour shortage grows. 


Solving the Labour Shortage

As many current software engineers have found, integrating Cloud-Native architectures to current servers is incredibly difficult for non-specialized workers. Despite the arise of training courses provided by the Cloud Native Computing Foundation, standard software engineers have huge time constraints ahead of them, with average module qualifications taking weeks to complete. A D2iQ study found that “only 23% of organizations believe they have the existing talent required to successfully complete their Cloud-Native journey.” Although the Linux Foundation Training & Certification is working hard to decrease the barriers to entry for new Cloud-Native workers, the multitude of expected skills and high-quality requirements demanded of software developers to work with Cloud-Native applications means the shortage isn’t forecast to end any time soon. 


Further Issues Facing Cloud-Native Development

Experts predict that Cloud-Native has reached a “peak.” Alongside labour shortages, slow adoption of IT infrastructure from business owners builds a barrier that many IT directors are struggling to overcome. Lack of funding, disinterest, and confusion about Cloud-Native may mean that many German businesses restrict their own growth going forward.

Additionally, Cloud-Native development seems to have reached a point that matches current existing online technologies. For current architecture to advance even further, standard legacy technology (systems that are outdated or obsolete) will have to go through a major transformation to keep up with the speed of cloud growth. Outdated IT access in older businesses and offices will no doubt be a huge barrier to the continued growth of the Cloud-Native market. 


Working in the Cloud-Native Industry

The majority of issues facing Cloud-Native development can be fixed by improving education, and increasing skillsets in the software market. Currently, there’s no shortage of job roles available - an attractive position for engineers looking for a change in working environments. Skill shortages allow existing talent to negotiate improved benefits and pay rates, and, throughout 2022, we anticipate an increase in outsourcing recruitment practices to help fill these vital technology roles.

If you are someone who likes a challenge, or a trained Cloud-Native specialist looking for a move - Resourcing People can help. We can connect you with new opportunities in forward-thinking companies ready to adopt new cloud infrastructure.

Similarly, if you’re a German business looking to fill an IT cloud computing skill gap - get in touch with us today. Our wide-ranging network can help you attract qualified talent and compete against the thousands of businesses looking for Cloud-Native engineers. We are driven by tech, powered by the people.