As your enterprise migrates to the cloud, developing cloud native apps will likely be at the top of the list of your projects. Whether you’re doing the work in-house or with a partner, these are the pitfalls you want to avoid.
1. Not knowing what it means to be cloud native
As you start to explore your own cloud native app development projects, keep in mind that cloud native apps don’t have to only live in the cloud. Microservices, containers, declarative APIs—these inclusions are what define cloud native, and the apps built around them can be run on any platform.
Knowing this at the beginning will go a long way toward making your cloud native app project successful.
2. Lack of understanding
Developing cloud native apps involves a lot of moving parts. One pitfall that can be easy to fall into is embarking upon a project without a clear understanding of your own usage patterns, scaling needs, and the tools available.
In other words, know what you need from a cloud native app before you start building one.
3. Not leveraging the strengths of the cloud
One of the major benefits of the cloud is an accelerated development and delivery cycle.
If your finished app is static—and your development team is unable to iterate and deploy at a rapid pace—then you’re not really putting the strengths of the cloud to use. Chances are, all you’ve really done is rebuild an app you already use.
4. Forgetting about tertiary teams
Cloud native applications are not just for your development team. Networking, storage, and overall IT squads will also be working within your new cloud environment in some capacity.
Make sure all of your internal teams are involved in the process of roadmapping your app’s architecture in order to avoid costly roadblocks in development.
5. Not using DevOps
Similar to leveraging the strengths of the cloud, failing to lean into the power of DevOps will result in an app that is not really cloud native.
The foundation of DevOps is made up of all the things that make an application cloud native, from containers and microservices, to continuous development and delivery.
How do you avoid these and other mistakes?
The simple answer is to go into your cloud native app development project with a clear and concise vision.
You need to know what your goals are, the strength of your current in-house technical abilities, and whether it will be more efficient—and cost-effective—to work with a partner or internal teams.
What if you commit one of these mistakes and need to save your project?
Listen to the late, great Douglas Adams and DON’T PANIC. None of these mistakes are insurmountable before your cloud native app project is completed.
Stop and take stock of where you are in the process, where you need to go, then pivot accordingly. You might spend more on resources, but you’ll be much better off in the end.
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Reach out to us today for help with your cloud native app development. To learn more about leveraging the cloud, download our free resource Into the Blue: How to Succeed in Your Path to the Cloud with Microsoft Azure.