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Navigating the Cloud Dev Landscape: Key Takeaways from the 2023 Cloud Developer Survey Report

Tuesday, August 29, 2023 - 10:17 by Thabang Mashologu

We’re thrilled to unveil the results of the 2023 Cloud Developer Survey. This year’s report offers invaluable insights into developers' preferences when it comes to selecting cloud-based tools, their considerations for switching to new IDEs, barriers to cloud adoption, and much more.


From November 2022 through January 2023, over 500 global developers, architects, executives, and other software professionals shared their perspectives and experience with cloud development. Their collective input, drawn from the Eclipse Cloud DevTools community and developers worldwide, has uncovered some interesting findings. 


The survey reveals the growing prominence of cloud native applications in mission-critical scenarios. As the cloud migration trend continues, 35% of participants said that their organization's most vital applications have now embraced cloud native architectures. Impressively, a mere 13% of participants mentioned that their company has no intentions of migrating important on-premises applications to the cloud.


We’ve found that industry adoption starts with technical practitioners, as developers have been quicker to get interested in, experiment with, and ultimately adopt cloud native technologies than their IT leadership counterparts. The results also highlight the top reasons developers would adopt a cloud IDE or development tool. Developers are looking for tools that help them work faster, with improved speed being named the primary reason to try a new technology. Better integration with cloud technologies and faster setup and configuration also ranked among the biggest motivators. 


The survey responses also reaffirm the enduring significance of open source software within developer circles. Our research found 74% of respondents express their desire for their respective organizations to intensify commitments to open source technologies. This inclination can be attributed to the relatively painless  integrations with existing software stacks, while also allowing developer teams to focus on building unique features.


Notably, foundation-supported open source solutions are also preferred over independent community distributions and vendor distributions. Eclipse Foundation projects like Eclipse Open VSXEclipse Theia, and Eclipse Che have undeniably made a mark on the cloud development tool landscape, both standalone and as part of commercial offerings. Additionally, the Eclipse IDE continues to rank highly among desktop IDEs, trailing only behind VS Code in terms of usage.


We invite you to download the full report for more insights, including data concerning developers' preferences around new technologies, how perceptions around cloud IDE security have changed over the past two years, and recommendations for tool vendors and industry analysts.  


For more information about the Eclipse Cloud DevTools ecosystem, its projects, members, and how you can get involved, visit ecdtools.eclipse.org.