Cloud developers are multi-faceted. They have to understand DevOps principles, security requirements, performance testing and monitoring, and much more. And because they are required to have a firm grasp on these additional concepts, it can be hard to target them with the right resources, marketing messages, and tools.
We surveyed the DZone audience to get more insight into their cloud work habits, preferences, and the things that influence their decisions. The full survey results are published in the 2017 Guide to the Cloud: Native Development and Deployment.
- Java is their primary language used at work — 59.1%.
- Team sizes range from 2-5 people (38.2%) to 6-10 people (27.4%).
- Primary job roles are Developer/Engineer (29.5%), Developer team lead (21.7%), and Architect (19.7%).
- About 86% are using cloud fundamentals to develop web applications/services (SaaS).
- Cloud professionals are knowledgeable and skilled, with 52% having 10-20 years of IT experience.
They also love to learn — with 85% saying they read online articles and tech websites to stay current on the latest in cloud news and trends. And 73% also said they use online classes and training.
Then it gets serious:
Factors that influence cloud provider selection, ranked in order of importance:
- Free trial
- Variety of features
Cloud security factors that influence selecting a cloud provider, ranked in order of importance:
- Firewalled servers
- Encryption of data
- Authentication options
- SSL termination on load balancers
- Location of data
- Dedicated servers
- Cloud-native VPN
We also asked the DZone audience what issues they expect to experience versus those they currently experience.
The most anticipated issue regarding cloud development is changes in internal processes/guidelines. Incidentally, that is the same issue they are currently facing.
Cloud Developers on DZone
To get a little more perspective on our cloud audience, we dove into our database and found:
- Majority of our cloud audience is male – 89%.
- They are between the ages of 25-34.
- Prefer to read tutorials, opinions, and research-based articles.
- Are from Germany, United States, United Kingdom, Canada, and India.
- Are technophiles, shutterbugs, movie lovers, and mobile enthusiasts.
Future of Cloud, According to Execs
DZone Research Analyst, Tom Smith, talked with 15 executives from 13 companies on the state of the Cloud industry in 2017. He talked to:
Nishant Patel, CTO, and Gaurav Purandare, Senior DevOps Engineer, Built.io | Sacha Labourey, CEO and Founder, CloudBees | Jeff Williams, co-founder and CTO, Contrast Security | Samer Fallouh, V.P. Engineering, and Andrew Turner, Senior Engineer, Dialexa | Anders Wallgren, CTO, Electric Cloud | Jack Norris, S.V.P. Data and Applications, MapR | Michael Elliott, Cloud Evangelist, NetApp |Faisal Memon, Technical Product Marketing, NGINX | Seth Proctor, CTO, NuoDB | Pedro Verruma, CEO, rethumb | Pete Chadwick, Director of Cloud Product Management, SUSE | Nick Kephart, Senior Director Product Marketing, Thousand Eyes | Dmitry Sotnikov, V.P. of Cloud, WSO2
- The biggest obstacle is security.
- Need to understand and manage the code lifecycle and deployment.
- When searching for a new cloud partner, scalability, stability, and ease of use are the most important factors.
- Adopting a cloud vendor is more than just a technology decision – it’s much more than that!
- There is a lack of knowledge and skills when it comes to setting up and running secure platforms – a shortage of DevOps skills.
Read all of Smith’s insights in the articles below:
- Problems Solved by Cloud-Based Development and Delivery
- The Evolution of Cloud Development and Deployment
- Obstacles to Cloud Development and Deployment
- The Future of Cloud Development and Deployment
- Additional Considerations for Developing and Deploying to the Cloud
- What Developers Need to Know About Cloud
- (The Few) Concerns of Developing for and Deploying to the Cloud
- The Most Important Elements of Cloud Development and Deployment
- Tools of the Trade: The Software Used in Cloud Development and Deployment
You can also see Smith’s executive research in the 2017 Guide to the Cloud: Native Development and Deployment.