Yesterday, my meeting with Kwanson Park, the CISO of the flex team, was to learn more about how they developed intelligent cloud-based HR solutions using QueryPie and Okta while safeguarding their data assets and streamlining identity management processes.

Every time I see him, I am amazed by his unique ability to convey his ideas and objectives through charisma, wit, and, yes, technical insight. In my book, he is equally at home as the CISO, the CIO, the CRO, the CTO, the CEO, or anything else at any start-up, and he can take it to any point in the future. Getting to know him on Linkedin would be wonderful for any startup. He so inspired me that I decided to write and share with you why cloud-native companies, like flex, are more agile and, in most cases, perform better than traditional businesses.

QueryPie's customers are 9 out of 10 cloud-native and at the top of their respective industries. These industry icons chose QueryPie because both solutions and companies strive for continuous innovation, faster change management, better customer satisfaction, and lower costs, allowing us to maximize our capabilities and scale effectively.

Cloud-native companies outperform traditional enterprises

Cloud-native companies are now the norm. Traditional organizations are adapting to this new way of doing business. Cloud-native companies have better business performance than traditional organizations due to their agility and ability to change quickly with the ever-changing technological landscape. This way, they stay ahead of competitors and provide an excellent user experience for customers. Below are some ways at how you can make your company cloud-native.

Cloud-native paradigms have evolved into platforms for highly scalable applications. The cloud-native paradigm is highly scalable and distributable, meaning that developers can create applications with the ability to scale horizontally across any number of nodes as needed based on the current load. So, why do companies want to implement cloud-native applications? Their goal is to release better software faster and to solve problems faster. In turn, cloud-native computing allows IT teams to deliver better services with greater agility and lower costs.

Taking a cloud-native approach

Applications built on a cloud-native platform should have the capability to adapt and evolve quickly. For this to happen, they must be highly configurable and independent of any specific server. Recent architectural developments in the industry reflect this. A microservices architecture consists of loosely coupled and independent applications, each with its lifecycle. As services are released more frequently than updated, they must be re-deployed and disconnected from the various services to ensure maximum responsiveness.

Being cloud-native can benefit companies

The implementation of cloud-native applications seems to provide little business benefit at first glance. So, why would a company invest in this field? Cloud-native delivers an immediate competitive advantage due to increased market product competitiveness. As long as the costs of cloud-native infrastructure are lower than those of other solutions, the company will benefit from cloud-native deployment. They would cut back on their spending if they had the option to do so in the first place. Taking a closer look at how cloud-native companies invest, it soon becomes apparent that their main goal is to adapt to change: The primary purpose for a cloud-native company is to adapt and adopt new business models to gain a competitive edge in the marketplace.

How to implement a cloud-native strategy

Cloud-native is more than just a technology; it is a software development approach that aims to accelerate enterprise IT and development processes. As a result, a cloud-native approach should address how information and communications technologies are developed from the ground up and delivered, focusing on speed and flexibility to achieve operational excellence.

The bottom line

Cloud-native is a broad term that could refer to a variety of factors. The most common characteristic is the emphasis on doing as much as possible as quickly as possible with as few resources as possible. Besides that, it is a buzzword that refers to operational flexibility. What does this mean for your company? You can count in deployment times hours, not days. The openness of the infrastructure is another advantage. Cloud-native environments are designed to be transparent, so anyone can see where and how applications are running. In companies without an IT department, it is essential. Simply put, adopt a cloud-native strategy to improve your IT and business performance and work smarter, not harder!