In 2022, we saw the world rapidly come out of the Covid pandemic causing a roller coaster ride for the economy and the technology landscape. We saw enterprises continue to mature their cloud adoption while at the same time prepare themselves to do more with less due to rising interest rates.
This year, we expect many of the trends from 2022 to continue with the key one being adoption of cloud systems. Chances are good that this will impact your organization firsthand — as 94% of global enterprises currently leverage cloud computing in their operations.
To help you prepare for 2023, we asked the Shoreline team what trends and challenges we should expect to see in the cloud reliability space this year. Here’s what we learned.
Our 2023 Predictions
1. More companies will move to the cloud.
Experts agree that more companies will move to the cloud this year. In fact, Mckinsey projects that companies could move 60% of their IT estate to the cloud by 2025.
This mirrors a trend we highlighted in our recent survey report 2022 Market Research: Benchmarking Production Operations, which noted the average cloud footprint of US businesses increased by 38% in 2022. Additionally, Gartner predicts that by 2026 over 45% of enterprise IT spending will be taken over by cloud costs.
It’s easy to see why cloud footprints are increasing so quickly. Some valuable benefits of moving to the cloud include increased cost savings, streamlined collaboration, strong security, quick time to market, and data loss prevention.
But moving to the cloud is no simple task, as businesses may soon find themselves with fewer resources to work with.
2. We will need to do more with less.
Many economists predict that a recession is coming, as the Federal Reserve continues to increase interest rates to decrease inflation. A looming recession means that companies must prepare to continue (and even grow) their operations with fewer resources (funds, employees, partners, etc.).
A recession could wreak havoc on engineering teams in particular.
Enterprises often rely on hiring more SREs to keep up with the rising number of incidents occurring in complexity of their rapidly growing cloud environment. But increasing headcount to address this complexity and maintain reliability won’t be possible if your organization has a limited hiring budget in 2023 (spoiler alert: It probably will).
If businesses can’t rely on hiring more SREs to resolve the never-ending flow of incidents, they’ll have to find another way to stay above water. We think that engineers will work smarter, not harder, to stay afloat (I promise we’re done with the water puns).
3. The use of automated solutions will soar.
In late 2022 after OpenAI released the beta of ChatGPT, enterprises are either putting together plans or are already incorporating some automation into their business and technology operation. It is still early days for technologies like ChatGPT to achieve mainstream adoption but there is a clear trend in 2023 towards automating repetitive, manual work when operating cloud environments.
The first step towards automation of reliably managing your cloud environment is figuring out what tasks are the most repetitive. The second step is to implement a solution that will build a self-healing infrastructure for said repetitive incidents.
With our experience in automation, we believe we’ll see automated solutions being used to achieve both of these steps.
Implementing an automation solution will enable businesses to automate data collection and analysis to help uncover opportunities for efficiency. Additionally, an automated solution can build and trigger automatic fixes for incidents that frequently tear engineering teams away from innovative work.
Is your on-call team ready for 2023?
We hope that with these predictions, you’ll be able to make the right decisions to address the rising cloud reliability trends and challenges that could appear in 2023.
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