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Cloud Foundry Foundation 2020 Predictions: Cloud Complexity Urges Developers to Seek Simplification

VMblog Predictions 2020 

Industry executives and experts share their predictions for 2020.  Read them in this 12th annual VMblog.com series exclusive.

By Abby Kearns, Executive Director, Cloud Foundry Foundation

Cloud Complexity Urges Developers to Seek Simplification

2020 will be about simplifying application development and deployment. This year, we saw developers turn to technologies that abstract away the complexity and provide consistency across platforms as they are faced with an increasingly complex, multi-cloud environment. I predict this trend will continue, along with a few others.

1. A move towards simplification: Developers are moving up the stack as they seek out ways to simplify their workflow and boost productivity. Our most recent round of global research supports this hypothesis, showing PaaS usage is on the rise again (from 41% in February to 47% in July) while the percentage of teams evaluating serverless technology has risen six points from February to 42% in July. Ultimately, developers want higher levels of abstraction to gain greater control over the tools they use to deliver apps and achieve business objectives. 

2. Cloud is more commoditized than ever: And cloud technologies are approaching ubiquity. Our research shows nearly three in four, or 72%, of IT decision makers agree cloud technology is increasingly more commoditized and standardized. We will continue to see momentum towards standardization in 2020.

3. Consolidation continues, in multiple ways: We predicted 2019 would be the year of consolidation among major enterprise tech companies itching to get a piece of the latest innovations. Indeed, we saw some major mergers and acquisitions this year, and the market is continuing to consolidate around specific technologies. In 2020, we believe those technologies are Kubernetes and, more broadly, cloud. Organizations are consolidating around their cloud footprint and while many will continue to employ a multi-cloud strategy, the major players will make themselves known.

4. Developer tooling will rise to the top of Kubernetes: Kubernetes is bringing together multiple cloud native ecosystems and organizations' portfolios as everyone clamors to get a piece of the pie. But what about developers? Kubernetes isn't exactly built for them. In 2020, we'll see the rise of a major innovation cycle around developer tooling on top of Kubernetes in parallel with developers seeking greater abstraction levels elsewhere.

5. Open source is the future: It seems that each month, another major enterprise finally figures out the incredible benefits of using open source technologies and getting involved in open source communities. In 2020, open source will continue to be the foundation on which all forward-looking cloud-based infrastructure and applications are built. This conversation can only get louder in 2020.

6. Tech is getting checked: Technology touches everything we touch -- and there are going to be more rules and regulations about how that looks in 2020. When an industry explodes the way that technology has in the last ten years, it cannot go unchecked. We are beginning to understand the broad impact that consumer (and enterprise) tech has on every citizen in the world, and 2020 will see some major legislation drafted, if not passed, to regulate the reach of the tech industry.

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About the Author

Abby Kearns, Executive Director, Cloud Foundry Foundation

Abby Kearns 

With nearly twenty years in the tech world, Abby Kearns is a true veteran of the industry. Her lengthy career has spanned product marketing, product management and consulting across Fortune 500 companies and startups alike. As Executive Director of Cloud Foundry Foundation, Abby helms the ecosystem of developers, users and applications running on Cloud Foundry, and works closely with the Board to drive the Foundation's vision and grow the open source project. Prior to Cloud Foundry Foundation, Abby focused on Pivotal Cloud Foundry as part of the Product Management team at Pivotal. She spent eight years at Verizon where she led Product Management and Product Marketing teams dedicated to the early days of cloud services. In her free time, Abby enjoys indulging in food and wine, and spending time with her husband and son.

Published Thursday, December 19, 2019 7:50 AM by David Marshall
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